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. 



Adult Ceramic Sessions



Pottery Wheel and Handbuilding (10-Weeks)

This class will cover basic handbuilding techniques and skills working on the pottery wheel, according to your personal skill level. The class will begin with demonstrations of the techniques (on request as well). Then students can work on their individual projects, focusing on their preferred technique, but we encourage exploring both. If you are a beginner, we will structure the projects for you unless you have something in mind. For more advanced students, the instructor will work with you to help with further developing your skills and design concepts. The class will cover glazing and finishing techniques.

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

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

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

Session 4: Wednesday (Beginner) 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Handbuilding and Surface (10-Weeks)

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. Using press and hump molds, and other types of form aids you can create functional and sculpture work.

We 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

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

Tuition: 10 week session $400. Additional non-refundable minimum $50 fee towards firing. (priced at .045 cents per cubic inch per piece)

*Once that minimum fee is used up, you will be charged per piece. (Note: the minimum fee covers a lot of work.)

Adult classes use mocha and white bodied low fire clays (Cone04-06) along with a large variety of slips, underglazes, brush on glazes, and dipping glazes.

If you would like to be put on our mailing to be informed when classes open up please email:



Toddler & Family Ceramics


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.

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



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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