Some of the best memories
are made in flip flops. 
-Kellie Elmore

Come join us this summer as we form & shape clay and memories. And yes.... bring your flip flops!
JULY 3RD & 4TH**

We Wish You All A Happy, Peaceful And Safe Holiday
10% Off all Plates in the gallery

Our Summer Semester Classes Start Saturday July 7th. 
There's still time to sign up for one of our many wheel throwing or handbuilding classes!

MudFest 2018!
A special place for kids to imagine and create!
It's summertime! 
No more teachers, no more books....
Time to have fun and let the imagination take over and run free!

MudFest is our summer place for your kids to have inspiring, imaginative, playful and creative hours through the summer months. 

Create a monster, a cup, a spaceship, a chia pet!

Our very talented & popular kids teacher, Jacob,  will guide your child through various clay building techniques and projects while focusing on their individual imagination and creativity. 

Your child will learn about clay, ceramics and art, all while fine tuning important motor skills, igniting their imagination and developing self confidence and social interactions that will last well beyond the walls of our studio. 

We will be hosting 2 separate weekly  MudFest sessions:
-Mondays 2pm-4pm
(6 weeks: July 9th through Aug 13th)
-Thurdays 1pm-3pm
(6 weeks: July 12th through Aug 16th)

Ages 6 and up Cost: $250 (all inclusive)

SPECIAL!! Register before July 4th and SAVE $50!
Hurry! Class size is limited and will fill up fast!
NEW! Kids and their Grownups
3 week clay course!!
Create memories with your child by crafting functional and decorative ceramics. Not only does it build language skills, but manipulating clay helps children develop hand and eye co-ordination, develop the small muscles in their fingers and hands and hone their fine motor skills. All as they pound, pat, pinch and push the clay adding detail and form as they work to build their creative shapes and objects.
For ages 4 and up
We are offering 2 summer sessions to fit your schedule:

3 week session: July 9, 16 & 23 4:30-5:45pm
3 week session: July 30, August 6 & 13 4:30-5:45pm

$100 for 1 adult plus 1 child. Each additional child $25
To sign up or for more information please call: 718-441-6614
*** NEW!!! ***
Sip & Create - a brand new take on that old Sip & Paint! 
Love to color? 
Who says coloring books are for kids only?

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

You'll start by creating a handmade clay dish with a coloring book type pattern. Next, you'll paint in your pattern while sipping wine and enjoying shared time with friends. Then you'll trace out the outlines of your pattern to put the finishing touches on your own little masterpiece. 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. 

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. 

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

Saturday July 14th 6:30-8:30 pm  Reserve your space on Eventbrite

Saturday August 18th 6:30-8:30 pm  Reserve your space on Eventbrite

Next dates:
July 20th from 7:00-9:30pm
Aug 24th from 7:00-9:30pm

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

20% OFF Jacob's work
during the month of July
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. 
After a brief career in advertising left me feeling creatively unfulfilled, I was in search of a new outlet of expression. I wanted something different than what I was used to, and thought working in 3D would be a fun way to re-examine my process. 

I chose ceramics because I had little to no experience with it, and it just felt so far out of the range of the academic or commercial art world that I felt so bogged down by. 

From the first time I touched clay I was immediately transported back to a time of childlike learning and progress. Every pinch, roll, and slap was teaching me a new technique and I could feel the wellspring of creativity opening up and flowing again. I was solving more and more puzzles every day dealing with balance, construction, and applying many of the lessons this new medium was teaching me to my daily life. I became hooked on the sensation of overcoming a set of problems, reaching a new plateau, and surpassing it at a rate I hadn’t felt since I was a very young child.

It took me very little time before I began to overcomplicate and overreach and I began to feel that old gnawing feeling of frustration because my pieces were taking much longer than I would have liked to complete or were becoming gigantic overwrought hulks that were failing before I could get to the end. 

Thankfully, this was right around the time when I was asked by Grace if I would be interested in teaching a kid’s handbuilding class at The Potters Wheel. 

Seconds after the whirlwind of creativity in our first lesson had finished I stood awestruck looking over the table at the dazzling array of finished pieces my new students had dizzyingly churned out and realized that I was not the teacher here but a very grateful student. 

As I admired the huge range of improvised pieces each child had created that day I realized I had been approaching my own work the wrong way. From that point on I’ve always tried to remind myself to approach my work with the same fearlessness, joy, imagination, and self expression that I watched my students pour into their own work. 

Since that day my work has been imbued with an energy and vitality that I could not have discovered on my own, but was generously shared with me through my amazing students.

Jacob is our beloved, energetic and immensely creative teacher of The Potter's Wheel kid's classes.  During the year you can find him here happily teaching (and learning from) his students on Sunday mornings. He will also be teaching our special summer MUDFEST kid's classes and our Kid’s and Their Grown Ups classes starting in July (see above for all the class details). 
Come on by, say hello and take a look at his 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 new Semester classes start the week of July 7th
Register by July 4th for any 7 week class and save $20!
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 3 weeks, after we finish your piece in our kilns/ovens).


Introduction to Wheel Throwing:

Sunday July 15th @ 5:30pm

Friday, July 27 @ 6:30 pm

Sunday August 19th @ 5:30 pm

Friday, August 31 @ 6:30 pm

$50 per person everything included.

Reserve your Wheel Throwing Class

on Eventbrite

Introduction to Handbuilding:

Friday July 13th @ 6:30pm

Friday August 10th @ 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.
We can accommodate up to 16 people.  
For more pricing and scheduling information, please call 718-441-6614.
One of our wonderful potters (and all around favorite people) is exhibiting and selling her inspirational pots at the Southampton Farmers Market on Sundays, starting July 8th. 
What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday- walking around Southampton and sampling the farm fresh produce and hand crafts for sale. 

Janine Martel:
Southampton Farmers
(and craft) Market
starting July 8th 2018 9:00 am - 2 pm
East Side Grounds of the Southampton Arts Center: 25 Jobs Lane
Southampton Village, Southampton, NY 11968 United States
Animals and Our Changing World in Focus

The Thursday night wheel class at The Potter's Wheel recently embarked on an exploration of animal forms, both real and imagined. The process of using our hands on the clay to form, alter, join, carve and decorate each piece was a meditation on the enduring connection between the earth and the creatures that live here. 

It is hoped that the creation and display of these pieces will increase awareness of the real dangers faced by all species, including humans, in the face of climate change.
Pulling Spoons
by Paige Puckett - January 23, 2016
A while back I shared how I made spoons from a mold. I still have the plaster molds, but after awhile, I found them to be clumsy and frustrating. I'm not patient enough to wait for the mold to release the wet clay. So over the past few days being cooped up inside do to nasty weather, I've started back at spoon making without the molds. Instead of pressing clay into a mold, I roll a wedge-shaped coil, press the thicker end around the bowl of an existing spoon and pull the handle. My process is changing and evolving, but these are my basic steps for pulling ceramic spoons.
And here is the finished product in a Faux Shino and white glaze:
How to make spoons out of clay using your own kitchen spoons:
Select a spoon from the kitchen with a bowl shape you want to achieve or use as a starting point. Also grab any texture you may want to add and a pony roller (this one is similar to mine: Norpro Deluxe Pastry and Pizza Roller). If you plan on having a hole, get your hole punch. I have this hole punch set: Jack Richeson 4-Piece Clay Hole Cutters 
1-Select a spoon from the kitchen with a bowl shape you want to achieve or use as a starting point. Also grab any texture you may want to add and a pony roller (this one is similar to mine: Norpro Deluxe Pastry and Pizza Roller). If you plan on having a hole, get your hole punch. I have this hole punch set: Jack Richeson 4-Piece Clay Hole Cutters ​​​​​​​
2-Roll a small clay coil with a bulbous end, with enough volume to press around the end of the selected spoon.​​​​​​​
3-Press the bowl of the spoon into the bulbous end and evenly shape the clay around the bowl paying attention to any cracks that might be forming and smooth those out.
4-By either holding the clay spoon by the bowl ("real" spoon still attached) or laying it on the work space, narrowing the handle by gently pulling and shaping being careful not to stress where the handle connects to the bowl. I do about half the pulling with the spoon attached and half later while supported on the work space. You can support the "neck" with one hand to keep it from pulling. 
5-The trickiest part by far is releasing the clay from the bowl of the "real" spoon. If you have a slick metal spoon, a little water will allow you rotate and slowly pull it out if you make sure you limit stretching the clay bowl. If you used a wooden spoon, this may not work.
6-The bowl and stem are then cleaned up to remove cracks and get the thickness I want. If the clay ball on the end was much larger than the "real" spoon's bowl, I will continue to shape the bowl as I would a pinch pot.
7-Use your texture and a pony roller to gently press in the texture. I like to wrap lace just barely around the sides.
8-Punch the hole and clean it up.
9-As the clay firms, clean up the bowl and rim to get the shape you want.
10-I let mine dry imprint and rim side down and give a final few smoothings to the handle and slim the neck a tiny bit more.
11-So there are all the pulled spoons drying on the kiln shelves ahead of bisque firing. I think they may turn out stronger than the molded ones as they began with a fresh, solid ball of clay where air was not introduced in the process.