Studio: Class Info



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.

To get on our waiting list follow the instructions below. The list is quite long for all our evening classes, but shorter for the morning classes. Names are kept for 6 months.


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 link for more info on the regular classes.)

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 link for more info on the summer classes.)

To get on the waiting list:  email or phone the gallery at 204-475-8088 (preferably on a Monday to speak to either Valerie or Kathryne). Please 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, you will be contacted by one of our instructors. Openings become available when one of our students quit. Names are kept for 6 months. If after 6 months you are still interested in joining our classes but have not heard from us, contact us again.