Class Descriptions

  • A great starting place for an intense 6-week course where students are introduced to throwing on the wheel, trimming work, surface design techniques, glazing and a week of hand-building that can be used to incorporate into wheel work or on its own.

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill, SoMa

    Note: Prior experience is not a prerequisite 

  • Ok great, you’ve caught the pottery bug and you’re feeling somewhat comfortable with centering. From here let’s begin working on turning pottery into one’s practice and learning how to throw other types of vessels. Additionally, we are going to broaden and refine our technique through challenging exercises in creating symmetry and learning to throw off the hump

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill, SoMa

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 3 pottery classes beforehand

  • Let’s start to put it all together now through declaring intentions. Let’s also start to find  and express our style/voice in the medium. Projects include a teapot, closed forms, lidded jars and nested bowls.

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill, SoMa

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 2 pottery classes beforehand

  • Join Kelly Beiremann in a special offering of Intermediate Clay called "Push it". In this 6 week course you will focus on taking risks with your wheel-throwing techniques so that you can reap but rewards in your work and wheel practice!

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 3 pottery classes beforehand

  • The journey continues as we home in on our practice for symmetry (creating a dinnerware set of 4) while also learning other types of work (i.e. plates). Continue to be challenged through throwing larger work for a pitcher and a serving platter

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill, SoMa

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 3 pottery classes beforehand

  • Bring it back to the basics of getting in touch with raw materials and working with our hands to create stunning hand-crafted functional work. Techniques covered in the class will include: pinching, slab construction, bisque press molds and a real emphasis on texturing and coloring design.

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill, SoMa

    Note: Prior experience is not a prerequisite

  •  A guided 6-week course as your learn to make visually appealing work for that you would be delighted to have in your home or gift. The course will be predominately ceramic based but will also include 1 week of woodturning for the neck of the lamp. Projects include lamps, bookends and clocks.

    Locations Offered: SoMa

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 1 pottery classes beforehand

  • Let’s tame the beast known as the “diva of clay” as we learn all the tips and tricks for being successful (compression and hydration) when working with porcelain. Let’s also work on creating transparent lamp shade forms

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 3 pottery classes beforehand

  • This is an advanced wheel throwing class (+1 week of woodturning) for students wanting to make cookware that can go directly on a stovetop. Attention and focus will be on forms and clay thickness to promote durability and thermal shock.

    Locations Offered: SOMA 

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 5 pottery classes beforehand

  • Learn techniques you didn’t even know were possible such as transposing an image on clay, using mason stains to color clay and a whole array of other surface treatments that you can incorporate into your practice

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill, SoMa

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 2 pottery classes beforehand

  • Tired of symmetrical pots? Combine wheel-throwing w/ hand-building or work exclusively with hand-building in exploring and creating altered forms through cutting, darting, surface decorations and msre. Think of this class as learning some great techniques to enhance your work and continue your exploration and practice into clay

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 2 pottery classes beforehand

  • Learn the fundamentals of slipcasting . After 6 weeks, students will be comfortable making consistent functional pottery using 1 and 2 part molds. Colored slips and surface design techniques such as marbling will be introduced as well. At the end of the course, each student will have at least 2-3 molds to take home to continue to practice with. Prior wheel experience is a prerequisite, students need to attend each session as there will be no make ups available during the session.

    Locations Offered: Potrero Hill, SoMa

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 2 pottery classes beforehand

  • Build off the foundations from the Intro to slip-casting to dive into more advanced techniques with some really neat projects including making a lamp shade, molds for large hollow pieces (i.e. handles) and mugs created from your drop molds thrown on the wheel. Surface design techniques include slip-drips, slip inlays, mason stains for marbling and others.

    such as creating drop molds on the wheel

    Locations Offered: SoMa

    Note: It's encouraged that students who enroll in this class have taken at least 5 pottery classes beforehand and the Intro to Slip-casting or be comfortable with the basics of slip-casting before the class 

 
  • Intro to Turning is a hands-on course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of turning wood. Students will learn proper setup procedure, safety, and various carving techniques. This course also serves as a prerequisite for intermediate level turning courses.

    Locations Offered:  SoMa

  • You've got some of the fundamentals of woodturning now, but it's time to fine-tune it and go more in depth. Students will start with making a pair of matching and complimentary bowls, with an emphasis on bowl design, wall thickness and turning a feet on the bowl. From here it's on to candlestick holders in this challenging spindle turning project. Finally we'll cap it with turning a live edge bowl 

    Locations Offered:  SoMa

  • In this class, learn the fundamentals of furniture making as well as safety in the woodshop. Make your very own multi purpose step stool that can serve as a night stand.

    Locations Offered:  SoMa

  • The trifecta: wood-turning, slip-casting and traditional woodworking (milling) all punched into this 8-week course. Students will come out of the class with a complete chess set that will be part pottery (the chess pieces) and part wood (the table). 

    Note: highly encouraged that students either have some woodworking or pottery background- there is a lot of material in this class between slip-casting, woodturning and woodworking

    Locations Offered:  SoMa

  • Take the dive into learning the craft of working with a living object (wood) in this multi-project 6-week class series. Let us convert you from a strictly a potter to a multi-discipline maker. Projects include: rib making, a modern plant stand and wooden lids/handles on ceramics

    Locations Offered:  SoMa

  • Hand Carved Utensils is an intensive course that will teach students how to transform logs of wood to a beautiful set of a wooden utensils you can use yourself or give as gifts. Learn how to safely use seemingly daunting tools to unleash their full potential to make beautiful pieces of work

    Locations Offered: SoMa

  • Blended Medium

    (Pottery & Woodworking)

    Experience our studio to its fullest by taking an immersive 12 week course split between ceramics and woodworking. Students will start the first 6 weeks on the potter's wheel making a dinnerware set for 4. Students will then transition over to the woodworking portion where they will get an introduction to several woodworking formats with making utensils, wooden bowls and  cutting boards.

    Locations Offered: SoMa

  • Intro to Hand Tools is a hands-on course designed to introduce students to the basics of traditional hand tools to through the process of creating an elegant modern box. Students will cover usage of common tools such as planes, chisels, saws, and explore different types of joinery.

    Locations Offered:  SoMa

  • Blended Medium

    (Pottery & Woodworking)

     

    Learn to work on symmetry across mediums under the lens of coffee. Think about making the perfect coffee mugs in ceramics and woodworking or making a ceramic mug with a beautiful wooden handle.

    Locations Offered:  SoMa

Contact

Clayroom Potrero

1431 17th Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 851-4846

Potrero@clayroomsf.com

Clayroom SoMa

375 9th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 851-4846

Soma@clayroomsf.com

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