Studio: Class Info


PLEASE NOTE: As of August 16th, 2022 no new names will be added to our waiting list for classes at this time. We hope to be able to add new names to the list starting February 2023, however, that will not mean we will have openings then. In February, we will start taking names for our summer classes for 2023, but not before that. We appreciate all the interest but simply cannot accommodate the many people already waiting to get into a class. 


As of March 15, 2022 we are continuing to only accept fully vaccinated people into the classes, and will be requiring proof. Masks are also mandatory until further notice, since the nature of the classes put students close together for an extended period of time, and hands-on instruction is given.


The Stoneware Studio is a communal studio space privately owned by five partners. It adjoins the Stoneware Gallery, and together the two businesses work in a symbiotic relationship. It’s a dynamic community of students, teachers and professional potters who have practiced in this space since the foundation of both businesses in 1978. Today, its main focuses are classes, and the use of its large gas kiln.

The current studio partners are: Valerie Metcalfe, Marusia Foster, Kathryne Koop, Colleen Chamberlain, and Jennifer Johnson.

About the classes: Morning and evening adult classes are offered year round. The lessons emphasize throwing on the wheel and are tailored for most skill levels, from beginners to advanced students alike. They are designed for adults over the age of 16, and due to limited space with only one instructor per class, anyone requiring special assistance or attention unfortunately cannot be accommodated. Ten wheels are available for use, as well as a slab roller for hand-building.  Students have access to dozens of glazes, and their work is professionally loaded and fired in the studio’s gas kiln. The kiln is high-fired in a reduction atmosphere, a sophisticated process that is difficult to emulate in other firing methods.

Regular classes – These operate from September to June where students pay at the beginning of each month, and continue for as many consecutive months as they are interested. For some this has become years, but for others, attendance is for a few months only. New students are contacted when someone quits, and must commit to two consecutive months as a minimum. (Click on “regular classes” link for more info.)

Summer classes – Three or four different classes are offered as an eight week session during July and August. This is a great time for new students to be introduced to throwing. (Click on “summer classes” link for more info.)

Please note that we are not taking any new names for our waiting list until February 2023. To get on the waiting list at that time:  email and provide both your phone number and email address, and state whether you would like morning, evening, or summer classes. Also mention if you have some pottery experience, or are a beginner. Once we have an opening for you, one of our instructors will contact you. Openings become available when one of our students quit. Names are kept on the list for 6 months. If after 6 months you are still interested in joining our classes but have not heard from us, contact us again.