Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-Scott Adams

And what fun it is to travel down creativity's road to find the keepers.
Why don’t you stop on in and see what you're missing...?

Come visit us in costume
this Halloween for a special treat
Sign up early for preregistration discount!
Our Fall Semester Classes Start November 3rd.
There's still time to sign up for one of our many wheel throwing or hand building classes to make your own special gifts for the holidays!

Register for any one of our day, evening or weekend wheel throwing or hand building classes before 0ct. 29th and receive a $15 discount for new students or a $15 firing fee credit for current and former students.

*Can’t make it for a full semester? Don’t want a commitment?*
*** NEW!!! ***
Sign Up As 5 Friends or Family and Only Pay For 4! 

Sip & Create - a brand new take on that old Sip & Paint! 
Love to color? 
Who says coloring books are for kids only?

Come & Learn the Technique of Image Transferring Onto Clay!

Grab your friends and head on down to the hottest new party time in town!

We’ll start you off by giving you a handmade blank clay plate (like the plate shown) on which you will learn to transfer a graphic line drawing (a selection of scenes and designs will be provided to choose from). 

Then, with brush and underglazes in hand, you will bring life to your image by adding color, pattern and texture. 

Last, you'll carve out the outlines of your pattern and put the finishing touches of black underglaze onto the lines of your little masterpiece. 

All this while sipping wine and enjoying shared time with friends- old and new. 

We'll finish and fire your creation in our kiln (oven) and you'll be able to pick up your one-of-kind handmade dish in about 2 weeks. 

All tools and supplies will be provided.

Your finished piece will be microwave, oven and dishwasher safe so you'll be able to enjoy eating off of your dish or use it as a serving platter on your dinner table. 

Imagine, you can even make a few as unique personalized handmade holiday gifts for all those very special someones. 

Cost: $45 includes wine for sipping & all the materials needed to create your finished handmade dish.

Saturday October 13th 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday October 20th 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday November 3rd 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday November 24th 6:30-8:30pm
New dates: 
Sunday October 28th 4:30-6:30pm
Sunday November 18th 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
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  November 3rd
Register for any one of our day, evening or weekend wheel throwing or handbuilding classes before Oct. 29th and receive a $15 discount for new students or a $15 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:

Sunday, October 14th @ 5:30 pm
Friday, October 26th @ 6:30 pm
Sunday, November 4th @ 5:30 pm
Friday, November 16th @ 6:30 pm

$50 per person everything included.

Reserve your Wheel Throwing Class

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Introduction to Handbuilding:

Friday, October 19th @ 6:30 pm
Friday, November 9th @ 6:30 pm

$50 per person everything included. 

Reserve your Hand Building Class

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Throw A Clay Party for the Holidays!
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 12 people.  
For more pricing and scheduling information, please call 718-441-6614.
Margaret Wozniak
Our popular Thursday handbuilding teacher and amazing artist Margaret Wozniak will be showing and selling her incredible ceramic pieces at some of the best and most prestigious craft and artist events in our area. 

All of these shows will delight with a large variety of unique and interesting art from truly amazing artists, and the Crafts at the Cathedral will take place again in the main Cathedral which is a wonderful treat unto itself. 

Craft Westport- Westport, Connecticut
Saturday, November 3: 10AM - 6PM Sunday, November 4: 10AM - 5PM

Crafts at the Cathedral 
Saint John's the Devine
1047 Amsterdam Ave, NY,  NY 10025
Thursday, November 29, Crafts Show preview 6PM – 9PM
Friday, November 30: 11AM – 8PM
Saturday, December 1: 11AM – 6PM
Sunday, December 2: 12PM – 5PM

Holiday Crafts at Morristown
Morristown, New Jersey 
Friday, December 7: 4PM - 8PM
Saturday, December 8: 10 PM to 6PM
Sunday, December 9: 11 AM to 5PM

Asta Bubliene:
Our remarkable resident artist 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.

Crafts at the Cathedral 
Saint John's the Devine
1047 Amsterdam Ave, NY,  NY 10025
Thursday, November 29, Crafts Show preview 6PM – 9PM
Friday, November 30: 11AM – 8PM
Saturday, December 1: 11AM – 6PM
Sunday, December 2: 12PM – 5PM

Three Potters Share Their Best Sgraffito Tips,
Plus a Bonus Video!
Getting Creative with Sgraffito Designs
Ceramic Arts Network
Sgraffito can be an impactful, dramatic way of decorating pots (like in Kathy King’s plate above) or a more subtle way to add color or definition to a design (see Kristen Pavelka’s plate below). No matter what effect you’re after, it is super fun to carve into an underglazed or slipped pot.
In today’s post, Kathy King, Wayne Bates, and Kristen Pavelka share their best tips for sgraffito, including what tools they use and the perfect time to carve. Everybody does it slightly differently. Read on to see which method makes the most sense to you! – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
Sgraffito Tips
by Kathy Kin
A Good Scratch: Kathy King Gives Helpful Tips For Using Sgraffito in Your Work
Homemade Sgraffito Tools
by Wayne Bates
Detail of trimming tool with ferrel removed and watch-spring cutter formed to desired contour.
My sgraffito tool tips are made from the main spring of a pocket watch. The spring metal is thin and strong, doesn’t have to be sharpened and keeps the same feel as it wears away. To make the tip, cut a piece of spring, heat it with a small torch and bend it to the shape you want. A small rounded point is used for the line cutting tips, and a broader rounder tip for large cuts. Glue the tip with Elmers glue into the brass ferrel of the trimming tool and allow it to harden. Lightly heating the ferrel softens the glue and the ferrel can be removed and another tip glued into the tool. For ribs, cut them with tin snips from sheets of metal and flatten the edges, making two square edges for scraping (do not sharpen the edges). You can also cut serrated-edge ribs with the snips.
Decorating with Slip and Sgraffito
by Kristen Pavelka
I slip my pots when they look dry but have a small bit of moisture in them. This allows for a relatively even coating of slip, yet it dries a bit slower giving me time to complete my sgrafitto before the slip starts to chip when scratched. Because the slip dries quickly, I have to work fast to complete my design, so I plan the patterns ahead of time in a sketchbook or by drawing with a soft pencil on the unslipped plate itself.
Once I’ve decided on a pattern, I can begin slipping. Holding the plate vertically, I pour the white slip onto the middle of the plate using a large ladle, turning the piece clockwise until the entire face is covered. Keep the plate vertical until the slip drips have firmed, then rest the plate on the tabletop and allow the slip to dry for a few minutes until you can touch it without a fingerprint remaining, but while it still feels cold and damp
Lightly draw a grid on the piece using a soft pencil, like a 2B. Breaking up the space symmetrically on a circular form is a quick and easy way to understand the space. I sometimes draw my pattern on the piece to double check the placement of key elements, but usually I draw directly with my sgraffito tool using just the grid as an aid for placing the design.
My sgrafitto tool had a previous life as a dentistry tool and is thicker and duller than a standard needle tool. A long nail with a dull point is a good substitute. The line created is thicker than an X-Acto blade or needle tool and can give a similar line quality as a standard-sized pencil lead. Medium pressure is exerted with the tool tip so that it scratches through the white slip and just barely digs into the red underlying clay.
I brush a stiff yet soft-bristled brush across the surface of the plate once the design is carved to clean up the edges of the incised lines as well to rid the surface of the slip crumbs
To see the rest of Kristen’s decorating process, see this post in the archives!

**First published in 2010.