Most adults haven’t thought about pottery since that tragic clay pot disaster in third grade art class. But there are so many great locations in Houston for adults to learn about ceramics. Take a multi-week course that goes into depth about many different materials, techniques and levels of expertise, or just drop by for one evening of ceramics know-how. With so many skill levels of courses and studios to choose from, any Houstonian could become a ceramics genius in no time. Make sure to check out one or more of these best ceramics classes for adults in Houston.
706 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006
www.foelberpottery.comFoelber Pottery Gallery & Studio, known for its annual floral exhibition and for displaying the work of talented clay artisans, also has multi-week courses for adult beginners to learn more about the art of ceramics and how to create clay work through a variety of techniques. Its five-week sessions meet once a week, and there are three class time choices each month for students to choose from. Each class will teach wheel throwing, hand building, glazing techniques and Raku firing. No supplies are necessary – everything is included in the course price – but an apron or towel is suggested as ceramics can get a bit messy.
106 Vintage Park Blvd., Suite P
Houston, TX 77070
www.giftedpotter.comThe Potter’s Wheel Gallery and Gifts shop has a variety of classes for adults and can be individually tailored according to someone’s skill level. It is also available to be rented as studio time for more advanced practicioners. This studio is a low-fire studio that features electric potter’s wheels, electric kilns and one Raku kiln. The multi-week classes have three timing options, and the single evening class involves making a plate on the wheel and then painting it. This studio also features paint-your-own pottery for those interested in decorating the ceramics without getting involved with the wheel.
741 A Dulles Ave.
Stafford, TX 77477
www.pottersplacepottery.comIn addition to offering adult and children’s classes for all skill levels, Potters’ Place also offers team-building parties for organizations and corporations. Its pottery classes feature many different techniques, including hand building, sculpture and learning to throw items on the pottery wheel. Additionally, it offers studio rental to advanced ceramic artists who need a space to practice their art. Special techniques instruction is available to adults who are qualified for and enroll in the CAM pottery (advanced) class.Related: Best Places For Glass Art In Houston
www.theknittingpotter.comIt’s two crafting experiences in one. The Knitting Potter offers pottery classes and parties for children and adults. Some of its most popular events are the Girls Night Out and Mom’s Escape parties, where attendees can paint and glaze already crafted ceramic pieces or create the whole clay experience. One of the most liked things about these parties is the ability to have the teacher come to you. It is perfect for any holiday get-together that you want to make a little extraordinary. Classes are by reservation only.
619 E. 11 1/2 St.
Houston, TX 77008
www.oldschoolclay.comHosted out of a fully equipped professional studio, the classes at Old School Clay run the gamut of small, beginner children’s courses to a more advanced adult class to private instruction at all levels. Basic instruction courses include learning the science behind the clay, how to make a glaze and the ins and outs of firing in a kiln. A popular event Old School Clay hosts is a “Getting to Know Clay” party, where attendees share food and wine in the studio while learning the basics of creating an individual piece of artwork.Related: Best Places To Buy Local Art For Less Than $100 In Houston
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.