Pottery Co-Op Spring 2020 Registration

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Living and Learning Center

633 Main Street

Burlington, VT 05405

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Registration opens 2/3 @ 9am

UVM Affiliates - CURRENT students, staff, and faculty - $110

Community Members and Alumni - $220


First-time members must take a class...

..regardless of pottery knowledge and experience. This is to become familiar with studio safety, systems, and culture. Any class will meet this requirement so long as it is commensurate with your skill level.

*Do not register for classes you cannot attend. This includes classes to which you will be late*

Registering for a spot in a class you cannot or intend not to attend prevents others who could take the class from joining. Arriving late to class is disruptive and not permitted.

New Member Orientation 2/9 @ 10am in L/L Rm 315

Policy and safety review REQUIRED for all new members. New members cannot use the studio until they have attended New Member Orientation.

Spring Classes


Plants, Planters, and Pots! - All Levels - Monday 3:30-5:30pm

All skill levels welcome in this 11 week class taught by Sophia Rampone, though previous clay experience is preferred. Learn to wheel throw different styles of planters, bases, and double walled forms. Learn decoration using natural objects and by drawing inspiration from nature. Design your own terrarium, planter, air plant home, vase, or clay model garden. Build clay flowers, trees, and succulents.

Sculptural Handbuilding - Intermediate - Monday 6-8pm

Taught by Chloe Foster, this 10 week intermediate class requires that students must have basic handbuilding skills: coiling, pinching, slab making, slipping and scoring. Project prompts will be a mixture of technique-based and theme-based. We will be exploring organic, abstract forms while also creating room for realism and functionality. Come in with your own ideas for sculptures (or discover them through brainstorming during class), and we will have a lot of fun!! Wheel-throwing will not be taught or available during class time.


Pottery Troubleshooting/Study Hall - Intermediate - Tuesday 10am-12:30pm

This 12 week intermediate course taught by Patty Brushett is a pottery study hall. Students must come to class with previous skills and experience, as well as individual plans and goals for themselves. The instructor and TA act as resources or sounding boards, with the objective of helping the students brainstorm new ideas or solutions. Acting as facilitators and advisors, they will guide the students towards their own personal growth as potters, and helping with any issues or questions that may arise.

Introduction to The Wonderful World of Hand-Building - Beginner - Tuesday 3:15-5:15pm

This 11 week beginner class taught by Emilie Begin will teach students the basics of ceramic hand-building. We will cover the introduction and purpose of wedging, as well as many base forms: cups, mugs, plates, bowls, coasters, etc. We will create some pinch pots and also do some slab work and coil work. Also, we can experiment with some smaller items like ornaments, coasters and jewelry. The main goal of this class is to allow students a strong hand-building base (proper wedging, rolling, attaching, etc) and hopefully foster a love of ceramics and an interest in further learning. Wheel-throwing will not be taught or available during class time.

Choose Your Own Adventure - All Levels - Tuesday 6-8pm

This 9 week all levels class taught by Becky Mulheron and Geoff Gordon will focus on each individual student's desired project or skill for the semester. Students will meet with teachers during the first class to discuss their projects. Come to the first class with ideas of what project or skill you’d like to complete. Then, the class will vote on the demos they would like to see throughout the semester. There will be 3 wheel demos, 3 hand building demos, and 2 glaze demos.


Wheel Throwing for Beginners - Beginner - Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm

In this 10 week beginner class taught by Kate Vanni, students will learn basic wedging and throwing techniques, tool uses, and about different clay bodies. They will also learn how to salvage a piece, knowing when to leave a piece alone, how to wrap a piece to keep it from drying out, surface decoration techniques, and most importantly in a community studio, how to clean up.

Intermediate Skills and Projects - Intermediate - Wednesday 6-8pm

Members in this 12-week intermediate class taught by Chris Behr and D Bouchard will get individual attention developing self-selected skills and projects. Planning and making will start right away so that students have a good understanding of skill building and project goals. The early classes will include "Express Demos" of these enabling skills to support everyone's projects. As a group and individually, we'll check and share our progress each time we meet.


Nailed It: Clay Edition - Beginner - Thursday 2-4pm

Savannah Maroun and Liv Numa’s 10 week beginner class is an exciting new method of teaching. It combines learning and practicing some basic skills with the excitement of friendly competition. Each week starts with a quick demonstration followed by two short and electrifying competitions; one hand-building & one wheel-throwing. After the competition students will receive help refining the skills demonstrated that class. This class is half thrills and half skills!

Beginning Pottery: The Cylinder - Beginner - Thursday 6-8pm

In this 8 week beginner class students will learn to wedge, center, throw, trim, and perform basic modifications to cylinders. They will learn to make a cup, vase, and other cylindrical forms.


CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES - Beginner - Saturday 10am-12pm

The first half of this 10 week beginner class will focus on core wheel-throwing skills. Students will learn different ways to alter wheel thrown pieces in wet and leather-hard stages of clay during the second half of the class. This class is meant to give beginners the skills to roll with the changes if something goes awry during the process and to learn to embrace and build on the imperfections of their piece.

Fall Important Dates

  • Informational Meeting - L/L Room 315 1/26 @ 10am

  • Online Registration Opens 2/3 @ 9am

  • Online Registration Closes 2/9 @ 9pm

  • Last Day for Written Refund Request 2/9 @ 9pm

  • New Member Orientation - L/L Room 315 2/9 @ 9am

  • Studio Opens 2/10 @ 9am


  • Last Wet Clay Day 4/8

  • Last Day to Glaze 4/26

  • Studio Closes 5/8

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