Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. 
-Bill Moyers

And finding that marvelous is marvelous!
Come join us and start your own journey down creativity's path. 
-Grace
 
 
 
 
** WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Sept 1st, 2nd & 3rd **
We Wish You All A Happy, Peaceful And Safe Holiday
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sign up early for preregistration discount!
Our Fall Semester Classes Start September 4th
There's still time to sign up for one of our many wheel throwing or handbuilding classes!

Register for any one of our day, evening or weekend wheel throwing or hand building classes before September 3rd and receive a $25 discount for new students or a $25 firing fee credit for current and former students.

*Can’t make it for a full semester? Don’t want a commitment?*
TRY OUR ONE TIME 1-HOUR INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY CLASS!
 
 
 
 

BY POPULAR DEMAND... 
**SILVER PARTIES ARE BACK**
Next dates: 
Sunday October 28th 4:30-6:30pm

Let's make a Sterling Silver Keepsake Charm out of Precious Metal Clay!
Bring your best friends, your sweetheart or even just yourself to a one-of-a-kind evening you'll never forget. 
You'll be supplied with all the materials necessary to create your very own personalized embossed pendant, all while sipping wine and enjoying some pizza from the famous Dani's House of Pizza!
And, of course, you'll take home with you your finished keepsake to cherish forever. 
Party size is limited to 8 people, so sign up now!
Cost $75 per person
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FEATURED ARTIST:
PEGGY SIMMONS

Tell us a little about yourself, how you came to clay, what inspires you and any advice you might have for someone new to the art form.

About four decades ago, my best friend and I were looking for a class while our kids were in school. She found a new studio in Forest Hills called The Potter’s Wheel. We signed up for a beginner’s session, and my lifelong passion was ignited. Six years later, I bought the studio and subsequently moved it to the present location in Kew Gardens.

My ceramic work has always been mainly functional pottery. The glazing techniques have changed over the years, but still the basic pots are wheel thrown and meant for people to enjoy every day. Usually, every year we hold Raku or saggar-fired workshops to produce work that is non-functional with special glaze effects.

I have always been influenced by the latest techniques that other potters have tried and published. I use this information as a starting point to inspire my students to make their own creations. Recently, I’ve realized that my ultimate influence has been my upbringing on a poultry farm in Western Pennsylvania. Our fields contained lots of terra-cotta clay which we were constantly trying to “loosen” to grow crops. I’m now trying to allow the “farm roots” to be more directly reflected in my pots; I’ve even dug clay from the farm and used it exclusively to make handbuilt pots.

After selling The Potter's Wheel over 15 years ago, I continued teaching. Soon, I found that repairing pottery kilns and wheels was a skill that was needed all over the tristate area. I had always repaired the ones in the studio, and I started a repair business. I now repair kilns and wheels for school districts in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Connecticut, in addition to private potters in the city and surrounding counties.

I’m still teaching and “potting” and I expect to continue for many years. 

NOTE FROM GRACE:
One of the things I love most about the Potter’s Wheel is that it’s family history stays so vibrant and close and that although the baton has been handed down from potter to potter over all these years, our original ‘mama hens’ are still a huge part of our studio and community. 

Peggy teaches our very popular Tuesday morning wheel class and there is always something interesting happening on those wheels. 

Stop in, say hello and have a look at Peggy’s wonderful work. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New to Ceramics?
Thinking about rekindling your past experience?

Now is the perfect time to sign up and get your hands dirty!
Pick any one of our three options. Join us for a 3-week introduction course , a full 7-week semester, or come and try a 1-hour one-on-one class. 

Our next semester of ceramic classes start  September 4th-~SIGN UP EARLY FOR REGISTRATION DISCOUNT! ~

Register for any one of our day, evening or weekend wheel throwing or handbuilding classes before Sept 3rd and receive a $25 discount for new students or a $25 firing fee credit for current and former students.

Choose wheel throwing or hand building: day, evening or weekend classes. 
Sign up now to reserve your place in the class of your choice.

 
 
 
*Introduction to Pottery Class (one-time 1-hour class):
Bring your friends, your soulmate or just yourself to this special hands-on introduction to the world of clay. 

In your hour-long introductory class you will learn the basics of clay making and create your first ceramic piece that you will be able to take home (in about three weeks, after we finish your piece in our kilns/ovens).

 
 

Introduction to Wheel Throwing:

Friday, September 28th  (6:30 PM)
Sunday, October 14th  (5:30 PM )
Friday, October 26th (6:30 PM)

$50 per person everything included.

Reserve your Wheel Throwing Class

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Introduction to Handbuilding:

Friday September 7th @ 6:30 pm
Friday, October 19th @ 6:30 pm

$50 per person everything included. 
Reserve your Hand Building Class

on Eventbrite

 
 
 
 
 
Throw A Clay Party!

We offer events for both adults and children in large or small groups. 
Whether it's a birthday celebration, a girls' night out, a casual get-together, or a holiday party, you can't match the fun you'll have getting down and dirty with us!

So, gather up your best friends and family for a casual, fun and creative experience!
Our professional pottery instructors will guide you on your mud-filled journey as you create great memories and ceramics!
Reservations are required and food and beverage may be brought in or we can arrange for pizza and wine. 

At the end of the party, you'll have a work of pottery made by your hands to keep and treasure. Your glazed and finished ceramic piece will be available for pickup within three weeks.
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We can accommodate up to 16 people.  
For more pricing and scheduling information, please call 718-441-6614.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 6th Annual KEW GARDENS OUTDOOR ART FAIR 
will be taking place on Sunday, September 9th (rain date: September 30th) from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on Lefferts Blvd & Austin Street. 
FREE ADMISSION

Come join us all in celebrating the artistic talents and rich diversity of Queens!

Our Kew Gardens neighborhood will be transformed into a living art showcase featuring the Kew Gardens Art Fair- showcasing an eclectic mix of 20 artists selling their original fine art, and of course the ever popular Kew Gardens Community Art Day- which will include a hands-on Arts Zone for one and all, sidewalk chalk drawing, a fence art exhibit, art demonstrations, entertainment, local business participation and much much more!

So.... mark your calendars and we hope to SEE YOU THERE!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucia Mills: Windchimes

These wonderful pieces were created this summer during Lucia’s first semester with our Wednesday hand building class. We can’t wait to see what she'll do next!

“I created these wind chimes as a novice, taking for the first time a hand building pottery class. The inspiration for my designs are the things that I love and beliefs I hold.

My vision for my completed product was always a work in progress, I took the time to design each individual piece as just that, a piece of its own design. 

In the end I tied in pieces that to me just fit with each other.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Margaret Wozniak
Oh, it’s that time of year again! The wonderful Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY is scheduled for the weekend of Sept 14-16th and our popular Thursday handbuilding teacher & amazing artist Margaret Wozniak will be showing and selling her incredible ceramic pieces. 
This is a show not to be missed with so many different creative artists in so many mediums- there is truly something for everyone. 
Go out and enjoy an early fall weekend at this diverse and interesting show and don’t forget to drop by Margaret's booth and say hello!

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst-
Tarrytown, NY
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Friday, Sept 14 - 10:00am-5:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 15 - 10:00am-6:00 pm
Sunday, Sept 16 - 10:00am-5:00 pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spa and game room found at 1,700-year-old pottery workshop in Israel
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Old-time work and play: With 20 hot and cold baths and a kitted-out break room, an ancient ceramics factory near Gedera could teach employee-friendly Google a thing or two.
By Amanda Borschel-Dan 31 July 2018
World's oldest mancala board?
 
The game room in the northern Gedera excavation. (Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
The excavation in Gedera, July 2018. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
Students unearth piles of potsherds at the excavation in northern Gedera. More than 100,000 damaged jars have been disposed of at the site for 600 years. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
X marks the spot: Game boards in the games room discovered at a northern Gedera excavation. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
The excavation in northern Gedera. (Yitzhak Merzmstein, Israel Antiquities Authority)
 
 
Third-century Roman potters were, apparently, early adopters of the elusive work-life balance. At the central Israel town of Gedera, an Israel Antiquities Authority team has uncovered an impressive 20-bath spa and robust game room alongside evidence of 600 years of a massive ceramic industry.

Boards for still-popular games are etched into large stone benches at the 3rd century CE site. Among the game boards, the IAA archaeologists identified mancala, an ancient one- or two-player game using a board and seeds or marbles that is still an international bestseller.

“People are people and the archaeology reminds us that we’re not inventing the wheel,” said IAA excavation co-director Ella Nagorsky. “Just like how Google established a play area in its workspace, so too here: We discovered a game room that was perhaps used for breaks from the potters’ intensive work.”

The entertainment complex was discovered during a salvage operation conducted ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood in northern Gedera, under the initiative and funding of the Israel Lands Authority.

For the past two years, a large-scale archaeological dig has been conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority with the help of students from pre-army preparation programs and local schools as part of an educational initiative to connect the next generation to the historical Land of Israel.
 
 
Mancala, modern iteration (Courtesy
 
 
The archaeologists discovered four game boards, two for mancala, and two of the sort commonly found where Roman soldiers take rest stops. Mancala has previously been dated to the 6th and 7th centuries.
An additional large game board was discovered in the center of the room.

The room was set up for a good time. In one corner, a “cabinet” held glass cups and bowls, said Nagorsky. The games were found in another corner in what appears to be a storage space located next to a stone bench.
 
 
The game room in the northern Gedera excavation. (Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
 
 
For those workers who preferred to sit back and relax, there was a spa complex with some 20 pools of hot and cold water.

Of the workshop itself, there is no documented historical record. The area around Gedera is hypothesized by scholars to be associated with a number of ancient settlements, including Gedor, which appears on the famous Madaba map of the Holy Land, and the Hasmonean-period Kedron.
 
 
Excavation director Ella Nagorsky at the northern Gedera excavation site. (Israel Antiquities Authority)
 
 
The archaeological evidence at the workshop points to continuous operation for some 600 years, during which the same type of ceramics were made: “Gaza” wine jars.

“The continuous industry could point to a family workshop, which was passed from generation to generation,” said co-directors Nagorsky and Tamar Harpak in an IAA press release.

The site was also a depository for broken or flawed vessels and the team estimates there are remains from over 100,000 pots.
 
 
Fingerprints of the potters who fastened the handles to the pitcher some 1,500 years ago at this northern Gedera ancient industrial zone. (Yoli Schwartz, Israel Antiquities Authority
 
 
On closer inspection of some of the potsherds, the archaeologists discerned several fingerprints left by the ancient potters.

“It’s like getting greetings from the past, it’s very exciting, which tie us to the people who lived here and created these vessels with their own hands hundreds of years ago,” said Nagorsky and Harpak

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
          
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