DAC Clay Studio

Get creative at the Durham Arts Council Clay Studio!

The Clay Studio at Northgate offers a variety of classes for all ages including special monthly Clay Date Nights on the first Friday of each month.


Fall Class offerings

Clay Date Night (Ages 18 & up)

Grab your spouse or a friend and have a creative night out at the DAC Clay Studio. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with clay as the instructor introduces a variety of handbuilding techniques. Each person will complete and paint a functional piece of pottery that will be glazed and fired by the instructor and available for pick up 2 – 3 weeks after the workshop.

$25 per participant per workshop

  • Friday, September 7, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA682.1
  • Friday, October 5, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM – 18FA682.2
  • Friday, November 2, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA682.3
  • Friday, December 7, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA682.4

Kids Night Out (Ages 6-12)

Have some fun and make something great at the Clay studio (and parents can sneak away and grab a bite or do some shopping at Northgate Mall). Each kid will complete and paint a piece of pottery that will be glazed and fired by the instructor and available for pick up in 2-3 weeks after the workshop. Make something different every month! Sara McCreary, Instructor

$18 per child per workshop

  • Friday, September 14, 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM -18FA682.1
  • Friday, October 12, 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM -18FA682.2
  • Friday, November 9, 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM -18FA682.3
  • Friday, December 14, 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM -18FA682.4

Parent/Child Clay Workshops! (Ages 2 & up)

These workshops are a great way to get creative with your child. Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create their very own ceramic artwork. Take one, or take them all! Because the projects need to be fired, artwork will be available for pick up 2 – 3 weeks after the workshop.

$15 per child per workshop

Fall Gourds and Pumpkins

Using various hand-building techniques, you will create colorful gourds, such as pumpkins and squashes. Once created, you will paint them using liquid colored clay.

  • Monday, September 10, 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM -18FA681.1
  • Monday, September 10, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.2
  • Tuesday, September 11, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.3

 

Fairy and Gnome Houses

Using slab construction you will build your own gnome or fairy house then use colored slips and stamps to decorate it!

  • Monday, October 1, 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM -18FA681.4
  • Monday, October 1, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.5
  • Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.6

 

Holiday Ornaments

Using slabs and clay cutters, create beautiful sentimental ornaments as gifts for your family and friends!

  • Monday, November 5, 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM -18FA681.7
  • Monday, November 5, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.8
  • Tuesday, November 6, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.9

 

Snow People

Create a Snow Person with clay using coils and pinch pots and then paint it with liquid colored clay!

  • Monday, December 3, 10:00 AM — 11:30 AM -18FA681.10
  • Monday, December 3, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.11
  • Tuesday, December 4, 4:00 PM — 5:30 PM -18FA681.12

Beginning/Intermediate Wheel

(Ages 16 & up)

Use the potter’s wheel to make cups, mugs, bowls, vases & much more. If you’ve never used a potter’s wheel before, you’ll learn the skills needed to make pottery. If you’re a returning student, we’ll focus on improving your skills.

Becca Hulett, Instructor (Mon/Tues)  – Lisa Brown, Instructor (Thurs)

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  • August 27 – October 15 (7 weeks)
  • No Class September 3

$184.50 or two payments of $92.25

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  • August 28 – October 16 (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA624.3
  • August 28 – October 16 (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

  • Thursdays, 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM -18FA624.4
  • August 30 – October 18 (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

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  • August 30 – October 18 (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

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  • October 22 – December 10 (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

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  • October 23 – December 11 (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA624.8
  • October 23 – December 11 (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

  • Thursdays, 10AM — 12:30 PM -18FA624.9
  • October 25 – December 13, (7 weeks)
  • No Class November 22

$184.50 or two payments of $92.25

  • Thursdays, 6:30 PM — 9PM -18FA624.10
  • October 25 – December 13, (7 weeks)
  • No Class November 22

$184.50 or two payments of $92.25

Open Pottery Studio (Ages 18 & up)

Already have a project in mind? This intermediate class is designed for students with previous wheel or hand-building experience who are ready to work independently. Improve your technique and refine your skills with as-needed assistance.

Sara McCreary, Instructor

  • Wednesdays, 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA651.1
  • August 29 – October 17, (8 weeks)

$207 or two payments of $103.50

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  • October 24 – December 19, (8 weeks)
  • No Class November 21

$207 or two payments of $103.50

Hand-building 101 (Ages 18 & up)

Curious about clay? Haven’t touched the stuff since kindergarten? Well now is your chance to learn the basics of hand-building. This class will cover pinch pots, working with coils and slab construction. Challenge yourself, try something new and go home with something great.

Sara McCreary, Instructor

  • Monday, 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM -18FA652.1
  • August 27 – October 15, (8 weeks)
  • $171 or two payments of $85.50

 

  • Monday, 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM – 18FA652.2
  • October 22 – December 10, (8 weeks)
  • $171 or two payments of $85.50

Sculptural Hand-building (Ages 18 & up)

Create 3-dimensional art, using basic sculptural hand-building techniques. You will also explore surface treatments with texture, glazes and colored slips. Please note, we do not teach wheel technique in this course, but we encourage students with such skills to incorporate thrown work with hand-built. All skill levels are welcome!

Larry Downing, Instructor

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA630.1
  • August 28 – October 16, (8 weeks)
  • $207 or two payments of $103.50

 

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM — 9:00 PM -18FA630.2
  • October 23 – December 11, (8 weeks)
  • $207 or two payments of $103.50

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