The Pot Shop

The Pot Shop offers wheel throw pottery classes for adult beginners, adult intermediate & advanced.

Classes meet once a week for 8 weeks.
(Class levels and times are below.)

2019 Schedule
Winter: January 14 - March 9
Spring: April 1 - May 25
Summer: June 10 - August 3
Fall: September 9 - November 2
Holiday: November 4 - December 14

Registration Cost
As of April 1, 2019, the new class prices will be:

$290 Credit Card (MC or Visa) or Check
$280 Cash

Cost for the Holiday Session
$250 Credit Card (MC or Visa) or Check
$230 Cash

Pot Shop

Adult pottery class fees include everything you'll need to turn lumps of clay into finished pieces:

  • Wheel instruction

  • 25 pounds of clay (additional clay can be purchased at The Pot Shop)

  • Glazes and firing

  • Storage for your tools and materials

  • Free makeup classes

  • Unlimited use of the studio (you may sit in on additional classes, too, whenever a wheel is available)

Adult beginner & Pre-Intermediate Classes

(Pre-intermediate means you may have had some experience with pottery but it’s been a long time and you'd like a refresher. You can switch classes if it’s appropriate.)

Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Demonstrations and discussions include clays and their classifications, basic firing and glazing techniques, and some aesthetics of form and design. Students will learn fundamental skills and become proficient in executing basic shapes such as cylinders, mugs, pitchers, and covered jars. Early intermediate students may also incorporate plates, larger bottles, vases, and bowls. If there’s something else you’d like to learn to make, just ask Dominic! Tools can be purchased at the first class. 

Adult intermediate/Advanced Classes

Monday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm *this class is full

Demonstrations and discussions include further exploration of form, design, and decorating techniques as well as glaze formulation and production pottery techniques. Students have the opportunity to experiment with new surface treatments such as underglazes, stains, and slips. Increased skill level allows students to create more advanced shapes such as platters, teapots, and casseroles. Shapes are geared toward individual style, with an emphasis on originality. Personalized instruction enhances creativity. 

The registration deadline is 10 days before the first day of class. Please call Dominic at 847-864-7778 to inquire about class availability. 

General Information
Adult classes run for 8 weeks and meet once a week for 3 hours. Class size is limited to 19 students so that each student has use of a wheel for the entire class period. Students are allowed and encouraged to sit in on other classes whenever a wheel is available. 

Missed Sessions (Adult Classes Only)
Students are encouraged to attend every class during the 8-week course. A missed class may be made up by attending one of the other classes in session, as long as a wheel is available. 

Studio Hours
Students have unlimited use of the studio and are encouraged to practice frequently.
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (up to 10pm if there is a class that night)
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Class Policies
Due to space limitations in the studio, all supplies must be removed from bins at the end of the class session. All pots must be removed from the studio within 30 days of the end of the session.