Best Ceramics Classes For Adults In Seattle

December 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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Why should kids have all of the fun? Sometimes adults want to play too. Sometimes they just want to get their hands dirty. They want to play with clay. They want to throw it down, spin the wheel and create. If this sounds like you, then you’ll appreciate these ceramic classes available to adults only.

Pottery Northwest
226 1st Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 285-4421

The goal of Pottery Northwest is simple – to build a passionate community for clay. It does this by providing a professional center focused on nothing but clay. Students of every level are welcome and encouraged to sign up. Classes are offered almost every day of the week with many options including learning the pottery wheel, hand building, soda firing, figure sculpting, mask-making and more. Registration fees will cover firing and 25 pounds of clay. Additional clay may be purchased at $15 per bag. Classes range between $375-$400 each for the season.

Barbara Dunshee Pottery
1060 26th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 229-3311

Barbara began her creative adventures in ceramics on a whim to sign up for a pottery class. One time was all it took to convince her, and she believes that the same can happen to you. Barbara offers a special 10-week group class several times a year that will give participants time to get their hands wet with 25 pounds of clay, glazing and firing. Classes are offered mostly on evenings but there are a few day classes as well, but you’ll need to hurry as the winter session begins in the second week of January. Tuition is $330.

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Seward Park Clay Studio
5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

Seward Park Clay Studio has been churning out beautiful art since 1969. It’s a self-supporting operation that welcomes a diverse mix of people and art styles. Classes range between $305-$325 and include classes in hand-building, pottery-wheeling and full-figure sculpting. Classes are offered throughout the year by a variety of artists.

1806 N.W. 70th St.
Ballard, WA 98117
(206) 719-4207

You could say that Faye is very dedicated to her work as her pottery studio is located next to her home in Ballard. She describes herself as having a potter’s hand and a teacher’s voice. She offers an Adult Pottery 101 class that focuses on the potter’s wheel, functional forms, hand-building, demonstrations and open studio practice times. Classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Classes are three hours long and the fee is $115 per month. The fee also includes 25 pounds of clay and all glazes and firings up to two cubic feet per month.

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Dahl Arts
7712 Simonds Road N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028
(206) 495-5424
www.dahlartsstudio.comDirk Dahl offers a unique one-time-only experience for people who want to experience working on the potter’s wheel to see if pottery is right for them. It includes the basic skills of working with clay on the wheel, hands-on experience, materials and firing. The cost is $49. If you like it, you may want to sign up for the eight-week beginner’s class for $220. That class includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing up to 1.5 cubic feet per month.

Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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