An attitude of gratitude brings great things.       Yogi Bhajan

As Thanksgiving nears, we like to take stock in all the things we are grateful for: the potters that walk through our doors, our wonderful neighbors and friends that come by and support our artists with their purchases, the unlimited amounts of creativity around us, the diversity and peace that fills the air of our humble abode. We are blessed with all these things and more.
Beauty is always all around us, if you just keep your eyes and mind open to see it. That's where all creativity ultimately comes from.
Why not add a little beauty to your world by joining us for a class or a party? We'd love to see you.
November Sale: 10% off platters and casseroles for your Thanksgiving table


Our Holiday Open House Party & Sale Kicks Off on Dec 3rd from 4-7pm.
We are busy planning a real shindig, so look for more details to arrive in your inbox soon.

By popular demand...     
Looking for something to do on those school holidays?
Something that will bring you all smiles, laughter and creative fun?
How about letting the kids make their own holiday gifts to give?
Bring the whole family to the Potter's Wheel for some special clay play!
We'll give you a block of air-dry clay and everything you'll need to create pendants, ornaments, small monsters and sculptures. The only boundary is your imagination!
You will be able to take your creations home with you to paint or decorate however you choose.
$5 each
Friday, Nov 24th 4pm - 6pm
Sunday, Nov 26th 4pm - 6pm
Sunday, Dec 10th 4pm - 6pm

Ruth Danis (1924-2017), 
a native of Antwerp, Belgium, escaped to New York when just a teenager during World War II. Ruth was a long-time resident of Forest Hills, and for 25 years she taught art in public elementary schools in Astoria.A potter, sculptor, needleworker, and poly-craftsperson, she enjoyed courses at The Potter's Wheel, as well as Queens College, Queensborough Community College and Snowfarm. Ruth always encouraged others' creative endeavors.

Ruth came to The Potter's Wheel studio after she retired from teaching. She and her friend, Florence, were anxious to continue pursuing artistic expression and chose to concentrate on clay as their medium. Peggy Simmons, the owner at that time, showed Ruth the "mechanics" of throwing a "good pot" and Ruth showed us all how to express ourselves artistically with clay. It was a wonderful experience of sharing and learning for the studio. In her quiet way, Ruth's supportive, encouraging manner inspired and touched so many of us who knew her.

We are honored and humbled and we wish to thank all of Ruth's family and friends who have been honoring her memory with their generous donations in her name to the Potter's Wheel at
Thank you.
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 new semester starts the week of November 5th!
Choose wheel throwing or hand building: day, evening or weekend classes.
Sign up now to reserve your place in the class of your choice.


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.
We can accommodate up to 16 people.  
For more pricing and scheduling information, please call 718-441-6614.
Margaret Wozniak
Our ever-popular Thursday hand building teacher, Margaret Wozniak, will be very busy this holiday season. She is exhibiting in two prominent juried craft shows. These are great places to find one-of-a-kind unique treasures for your holiday gift giving and Margaret's pieces will always be a memorable gift for that special someone on your gift list.

The Fieldhouse at Staples High School
70 North Ave Westport, CT
Saturday Nov 4th 10am - 6pm
Sunday Nov 5th 10am - 5pm

*Celebrating the Cathedral’s 125th anniversary
(This year the fair will be bigger than ever and will be in the Cathedral itself!)
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street New York, NY
Thursday Nov 30th 1pm - 9pm
Friday Dec 1st 10am - 8pm
Saturday Dec 2nd 10am - 6pm

National Guard Armory
430 Western Ave Morristown NJ
Friday Dec 8th 4pm - 8pm
Saturday Dec 9th 10am - 6pm
Sunday Dec 10th 10am - 5pm

Asta Bubliene
Our remarkable resident potter, Asta Bubliene, is also busy this holiday season, with both craft shows and exhibitions scheduled for the coming weeks. Asta's pots are precisely decorated, nature inspired functional forms that are sure to please all the folks on your holiday list.

23 Garrison's Landing
Garrison, NY 10524
November 17–26
Opening party November 17, 5 – 7 pm

1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street New York, NY
Thursday Nov 30th 1pm - 9pm
Friday Dec 1st 10am - 8pm
Saturday Dec 2nd 10am - 6pm

The Worcester Center for Crafts
Krikorian Gallery
25 Sagamore Road
Worcester, MA 01605
December 1-24, 2017

Main Street Arts gallery
20 West Main Street
Clifton Springs, NY 14432
Exhibit Dates: December 2, 2017 – January 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday,
December 2, 4 – 7 pm
Gallery Hours During Exhibition: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
Artist Crafts and Art Fair
Two of our wonderful potters Marie Cameron & Denise Matis will be exhibiting their beautiful creations at the Sunnyside Artist Crafts and Art Fair. This Queens craft fair is a wonderful way to shop local and support Queens artists.

Sunnyside Artists Crafts & Art Fair
Sunday, Nov. 12th, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Queen of Angels Parish Center,
44th Street & Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, NY

Denise Matis
Denise's colorful bowls and fanciful pots are the perfect gift for anyone's kitchen.
Marie Cameron
Marie's traditional, functional wheel thrown and hand built pottery are a must for anyone's shopping list.
The Potter's Wheel has always been about community, from our Empty Bowls events that help local food banks, to our family days that seek to bring in young and old alike to experience first hand some creative time. We love introducing new people to art and think of our role as not just a teaching ceramic studio, but also as an anchor of the community at large. We are a big family that reaches out into all sorts of community outreach programs.

This is why we are especially proud to announce that the Potter's Wheel has been awarded a grant to create two special new classes starting in November and running through December for seniors and kids. This grant is a partnership of The New Homestead Senior Residence, PS 99 PTA and The River Fund.
Hopefully, this is the first of many such opportunities...
Thank you to all involved in making this a reality!
The Potter's Wheel has been lucky to be able to participate in the gas and salt kiln firings at New Prospect Pottery in the upstate community of Pine Bush, NY for the past several years. The beautiful results we get keep us going back again and again.

Proprietor, Lynn Isaacson has announced that there are two firings planned before Christmas. There will be enough work for one firing of each of the kilns (salt and reduction). The day for loading the last kiln load is December 16th, so pots will be out by the 19th or 20th- in time for Xmas gift giving. Don't miss this great opportunity.
Lynn Isaacson
New Prospect Pottery
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors-Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei conceived this multi-site, multi-media exhibition for public spaces, monuments, buildings, transportation sites, and advertising platforms throughout New York City. Collectively, these elements comprise a passionate response to the global migration crisis and a reflection on the profound social and political impulse to divide people from each other. For Ai, these themes have deep roots. He experienced exile with his family as a child, life as an immigrant and art student in New York, and more recently, brutal repression as an artist and activist in China. The exhibition draws on many aspects of Ai’s career as a visual artist and architect, and is informed by both his own life experience and the plight of displaced people. In 2016, Ai and his team traveled to 23 countries and more than 40 refugee camps while filming his documentary, Human Flow.
“Good fences make good neighbors” is a folksy proverb cited in American poet Robert Frost’s Mending Wall, where the need for a boundary wall is being questioned. Ai chose this title with an ironic smile and a keen sense of how populist notions often stir up fear and prejudice. Visitors to the exhibition will discover that Ai’s “good fences” are not impenetrable barriers but powerful, immersive, and resonant additions to the fabric of the city.
This exhibition is curated by Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator Nicholas Baume with the assistance of Associate Curator Daniel S. Palmer.
About The Artist:
Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing. He lives and works in both Berlin and Beijing. He attended the Beijing Film Academy and later, on moving to New York (1983–1993), continued his studies at the Parsons School of Design. Major solo exhibitions include the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic (2017); Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2016); 21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria (2016); Helsinki Art Museum, Finland (2016); Royal Academy of Art, London, UK (2015); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2014); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2012); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009). Architectural collaborations include the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion and the 2008 Beijing National Stadium, with Herzog and de Meuron. Among numerous awards and honors, he was granted the lifetime achievement award from the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2008 and the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation, New York in 2012; he was made Honorary Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2011. He was given the Ambassador of Conscience Award by Amnesty International, London in 2015.