You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. 
-C. S. Lewis

All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas

Layin' In The Sun,

Talkin' 'Bout The Things

They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done...

But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas

All Ran Away And Hid

From One Little Did.
-Shel Silverstein

Isn’t it time to be that One Little Did?
Come join us for a class, learn something new & begin this year with energy and creativity!

Just in time for Valentine's Day!
All Vases 15% off!
Special Valentine's Day 'One Love' Party!!
Let's make a Sterling Silver Keepsake Charm out of Precious Metal Clay!
Bring your sweetheart 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 famous Dani's House of Pizza!
You'll each take home with you a finished Valentine's keepsake to cherish forever. 
Party size is limited to 6 couples so sign up now!
Three dates to choose from:
Friday Feb 9th 7:00-9:30pm 
Wednesday Feb 14th 7:00-9:30pm
Friday Feb 16th 7:00-9:30pm
Cost $150 per couple
Presidents’ Day
Family Fun!
Come learn to make a bank or sculpture!
For kids and grownups 4 and up. 
We’ll supply the air dry clay so you can take your creations home with you. 
Monday February 19th 1:00-4:30  $5 each
Classes start the week of March 4th
Pay by Feb 28th: 
New Students: $20 off a 7 week semester.  
Current Students $10 firing fee credit
20% OFF Carol Vineberg's work during the month of February in our gallery~

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. 
As far back as I can remember growing up in North Woodmere, LI, my mom fostered my love of everything artistic and musical. For my three younger brothers and myself our house was filled with every musical instrument, oil paints, acrylics, charcoal sketch pencils, and pastels. I often thought my house was Sam Goody’s and an art studio combined. While I took piano lessons for 18 years anything artistic appealed to me more. 
My mother was my inspiration! She was a millenary designer prior to marriage and she did everything from sewing, knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint. Because I showed an interest in learning to do the things she excelled in, my passion for art grew with her as my very first art teacher.

Once I got into Hewlett High School I had excellent art teachers who encouraged my love of art; from drawing and painting to clothes designing and interior designing. Classes were challenging and interesting. One of my classmates and fellow art students was Donna Karan from grade three to twelve.
The very first time I had the opportunity to play with clay was in college. I took an elective art class in hand building at CW Post College where I was studying to become an elementary school teacher. In this class we worked with slabs and coils.
It wasn’t until many years later that my sister in law and I decided to take a wheel class at the Potter’s Wheel on Queen’s Blvd in Forest Hills followed by hand building classes. When the studio moved to a larger location in Kew Gardens I continued going to the studio on Wednesday nights; the highlight of my week. I was hooked! 
As a teacher I was often bogged down with papers to grade on a daily basis. I always tried to encourage my students to find something they love to do and to take time to do it. I had found a hobby I was passionate about. They felt my enthusiasm when I would share with them what I learned in class on Thursdays. They couldn’t wait to see some of my finished pieces; especially when I brought chocolate chip cookies and served them on a platter I made. No marked papers were ever returned the day after class.
What I love most about clay is that the learning process is ongoing. There is always a new technique to learn. We brainstorm a lot in class. For every project we do each one of us has our own take on it. The first step is is always deciding what type of clay to use. There’s a lot of versatility deciding how to embellish our creations and choosing one or more glazes for it. My favorite glaze is “floating blue.” My favorite projects are ones I can use and display in my home. I have made bowls, platters, sculptures, vases, and wall hangings, etc. over the years.

There is an enormous amount of community at the Potter’s Wheel. It has been 31 years that I’ve taken classes on Wednesday nights and now during the day on Wednesdays since I retired. It’s always been my “over the hump day” and my happy day of the week. My clay friends and teachers are friends for life.

The Potter’s Wheel is a marvelous place to be inspired. You can take beginner classes and work yourself up to advanced classes on the wheel, hand building, or jewelry making. You can also take individual one on one classes as I have done on the wheel with Grace. Whatever class you choose you will have the best time. And, you will amaze yourself with the artistic clay pieces you have created and everything you have learned.

Note from Grace:
Carol is a cat lady at heart and also a wonderful potter... 
She loves combining the two in unexpected ways while still leaving room for other forms.
You can usually find Carol at the studio on Wednesday’s- during what she calls ‘her happy day’. Stop in to say hi and make sure to take a look at her wonderful handbuilt pieces.
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. 

Classes start the week of March 4th
Pay by Feb 28th: 
New Students: $20 off a 7 week semester 
Current Students $10 firing fee credit

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.

Sheila Blunt
Congratulations to Sheila Blunt whose wonderful piece ‘Gray Cat on a Pot’ won the Best 3D Award in the Bayside Historical Society’s annual art exhibit!

Sheila’s three dimensional works are really something to behold and this piece is no exception. Her work is playful, graceful and distinctly her own. 
Empty Bowls
Our annual Empty Bowls event is coming up again....
Monday April 9th
Help us raise some money for the wonderful Riverfund organization  enabling them to continue their important work of lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need. Each dollar raised goes as far as $20- and we hope that this will allow them to extend their reach even further. 
Donate as many bowls as you wish but please have them ready and handed in to Grace by March 30th.
Old is New Again!
Our old staple go-to studio glaze Sable is working again BETTER THAN EVER!

The many colors that are present in this glaze are producing amazing one glaze pots that are both organic and interesting and is making many happy potters within our walls. It looks great on texture or on smooth walled pieces. 
You MUST paint Sable onto your pots. DO NOT DIP OR POUR! For best results use a soft bristle brush and brush on 2 good coats.
History of Ceramics
Ceramic Arts Daily   By: Eileen De Guire
Ceramics is one of the most ancient industries on the planet. Once humans discovered that clay could be dug up and formed into objects by first mixing with water and then firing, the industry was born. As early as 24,000 BC, animal and human figurines were made from clay and other materials, then fired in kilns partially dug into the ground.
Almost 10,000 years later, as settled communities were established, tiles were manufactured in Mesopotamia and India. The first use of functional pottery vessels for storing water and food is thought to be around 9000 or 10,000 BC. Clay bricks were also made around the same time.
Glass was believed to be discovered in Egypt around 8000 BC, when overheating of kilns produced a colored glaze on the pottery. Experts estimate that it was not until 1500 BC that glass was produced independently of ceramics and fashioned into separate items.
Fast forward to the Middle Ages, when the metal industry was in its infancy. Furnaces at that time for melting the metal were constructed of natural materials. When synthetic materials with better resistance to high temperatures (called refractories) were developed in the 16th century, the industrial revolution was born. These refractories created the necessary conditions for melting metals and glass on an industrial scale, as well as for the manufacture of coke, cement, chemicals, and ceramics.
Another major development occurred in the second half of the 19th century, when ceramic materials for electrical insulation were developed. As other inventions came on the scene-including automobiles, radios, televisions, computers-ceramic and glass materials were needed to help these become a reality, as shown in the following timeline.