Tribeca Clayworks at the Downtown Community Center

Tribeca Clayworks, the first clay studio in Tribeca, has been conducting ceramics classes for the past 30 years. Now housed at the Downtown Community Center, we offer classes for all ages from toddlers to adults. Our classes are taught by professional ceramic artists in our fully-equipped ceramics studio. With pottery wheels, slab rollers, clay extruders, electric kilns and lots of space to work, our classes are designed for all levels.

Our class sizes are kept small so that sessions can be structured around the individual student. Classes are specially designed for each age group and level. Depending on the class there will be demonstrations of new skills and fun projects. Beginner students are given simple projects ranging from functional items such as cups, plates, and bowls to sculptures large and small while learning basic skills. Adult students, that have more experience, can work on their own projects. Our instructors help guide students down whichever path they choose while introducing new techniques and processes to the whole class along the way. We would love to help you explore this very special medium.

During these uncertain times we ask that anyone entering our building please read our safety guidelines. Please keep in mind that as of September 10th, 2021, anyone 18 and over who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine must show proof of vaccination in order to enter the Downtown Community Center. Masks are required anytime you are in the Center, even with a vaccination. Masks will be provided if you do not have one.  

Adult Classes:

 Whether you are new to ceramics, would like to brush up on some skills or are comfortable working in clay, our Adult Ceramics Classes are open to all levels.  

Join us in December for some special Holiday intensives, December 27th -30th. Classes available for ages 5 - 8, and adults too.

 

5yr–Adult

Ceramics: Holiday Intensives

Ceramics Holiday Intensives

Handbuilding and Pottery Wheel for Adults

Adults,  Tuesday December 27th -  Friday December 30th (4 days) 10:00am -3:00pm

Join us for a holiday binge! Whether you want to use the pottery wheel or handbuild with clay, immerse yourself for 4 full days of creating (12/ 27- 12/30). Our staff of ceramic artists will offer demonstrations and guidance(10am-12:30pm). From 12:30-3pm, you will have time to work on your own practicing and completing your work. The opportunity to concentrate on either a skill you would like to perfect or just have 4 days of uninterrupted ceramics is a gift to yourself.

Your work will remain in the studio to dry and be fired. You will then be able to sign up for one of our open studio sessions offered throughout the week and weekend, to glaze your work. All levels welcomed!

Fee: $400 (additional firing fees- .05 cents per cubic inch)

 

Children's Clay and Paper Art Holiday Intensive

AGES 5-8 (Tuesday 12/27 - Friday 12/30) 9:00am-12:00pm

A creative and fun way for your child to spend the holiday! Part of the workshop will be working with clay- making all sorts of fun projects from cups to castles! Students will glaze their clay projects. The work will remain in our studio to dry and fire in our kiln. Later date pick up.

We will also be teaching the craft of paper making. Using paper pulp, dried vegetable/fruit, leaves, colorants, scents and other materials, this 2,000 old method of processing actual colorful and fun paper products is becoming all the rage!

Fee: $400

 

AGES 8-12 (Tuesday 12/27 - Friday 12/30) 1pm-4pm

Your older child will also work with clay but have the opportunity to work on the pottery wheel (as well as handbuild). The students will glaze their work which will remain in the studio to dry and be fired in our kiln. Later pick up.

We will also be teaching the craft of paper making. Using paper pulp, dried vegetable/fruit, leaves, colorants, scents and other materials, this 2,000 old method of processing actual colorful and fun paper products is becoming all the rage!

Fee: $400

 

Register for all intensives here

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Adult

Winter Adult Ceramics Classes

Winter Classes: Adult Ceramic Registration (Capacity: 12 Students)

10 WEEK SESSIONS

POTTERY WHEEL AND HANDBUILDING

This course will cover many aspects of working on the pottery wheel, handbuiilding, glazing/surface and design. Whether you are interested in functional or sculpture work, you will get individual attention according to your skill level and interest. The classes are structured with demonstrations and information sharing. There will be plenty of time to work on your own during class, as well as, uninstructed open studio hours for enrolled students.

Tuition: 10 week session $450.

 Additional non-refundable minimum $45 fee towards firing.

 (priced at .05 cents per cubic inch per piece) There will be charges for work done after minimum fee is used up.

Session 1: Monday 10 classes (All Levels) 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM                   

1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 26, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20          

          

Session 2: Tuesday 10 classes (All Levels) 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM                   

1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14   

                           

Session 3: Tuesday 10 classes (All Levels) 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM                   

1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14          

                    

Session 4: Wednesday 10 classes (All Levels) 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM              

 1/4, 1/11,1/18,1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15         

                                     

Session 5: Wednesday 10 classes (All Levels) 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM             

1/4, 1/11,1/18,1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15  

 

Session 6: Sunday 10 classes (All Levels) 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM                      

1/4, 1/15,1/22,1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19         

 

 

HANDBUILDING AND SURFACE

Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools. allowing for a wide range of creativity.

This class will also explore many surface decoration and finishing techniques. Surface treatments can occur at any stage of the ceramic process. On wet clay creating textures with stamps , lace, shape aids etc. /leather hard stage you can carve, scratch and apply many underglaze techniques. Once your piece is fired and ready to be glazed going beyond dipping, pouring and brushing glazes onto your work, you’ll find the alternatives to surface decoration using glaze pencils, water color, image transfer ,stencils, wax resist and more

Tuition: 10 week session $450.

 Additional non-refundable minimum $45 fee towards firing.

 (priced at .05 cents per cubic inch per piece) There will be charges for work done after minimum fee is used up.

Session 7: Thursday 10 classes (All Levels) 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM                    

1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16  

 

                                

Open studio hours for 10 week enrolled students:

In the Art Studio: (no pottery wheels):   Monday and Tuesdays 6:30-9:00PM

In the Ceramic Studio (pottery wheels)

Thursday-            11:00AM-2:00PM

Thursday -            6:30-9:00PM

Saturday (time slots)-  12:30PM-3:00PM,     3:00PM-5:00PM

Sunday (time slots)-    1:00PM-3:00PM,      3:00PM-5:00PM

 

4 WEEK INTRO HANDBUILDING WORKSHOP            

Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools.

This class will introduce the basic handbuilding techniques used to build functional pottery forms.  Focusing mostly on slab building techniques using bisque molds and stamps, will also cover the basics of pinch pots and coil building.  No previous experience in clay is needed for this class.  

Sunday:  4 classes  1:30PM-4:00PM

  • WS-1  1/8, 1/15, 1/3, 1/4
  • WS -2  2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5 

Wednesday: 4 classes  6:30PM - 9:00PM

  • WW-1  1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
  • WW-2  2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1  

FEE: $250 each section (additional firing fee, priced at .05 cents per cubic inch per piece)**

 

 

4 WEEK INTRO PORCELAIN WORKSHOP

Porcelain has been around since A.D. 700 in China and is one of the finest clays you can work with. Its smooth white finish and the ability to be slightly translucent makes it one of the most luxurious mediums to work with. In this workshop you will be introduced to the basics working with this type of clay. Either throwing or handbuilding, you will get a sense of its characteristics that are quite different from other types of clay. Some clay experience is required.

Saturday 10:00-12:30

  • PW-1   1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4
  • PW-2   2/11, 2/18, 3/4, 3/11

FEE: $300 (additional firing fee .05 cents per square inch)

REGISTER FOR ALL CLASSES HERE And use password winter23pottery!

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Toddler & Family Ceramics

2–4yr

MY Grownup and Me Ceramics

You and your child can drop-in to our ceramics studio and work with an instructor who will take you through the process of making your own masterpiece! All work is non-toxic and food-safe.

Mondays 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM. 

Wednesdays 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM and 12:30 PM.

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All Ages

Family Clay Day

Spend an hour with your whole family in our ceramics studio. You can be led through a project or simply work on your own handbuilding project with access to our full ceramics studio. All pieces will remain in the studio to be fired and will be ready for pick up within two weeks time. All work is non-toxic and food-safe. All ages!

Saturdays 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm

 

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After School Classes

Please visit our Downtown Community Center After School Page for more information, and to register your child today!

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