About Our Studio
Located in central Queens, The Potter’s Wheel has been teaching and instructing thousands of people like you in the ceramic arts for more than 40 years. Initially started in Forest Hills, it moved to Kew Gardens where it has played a significant role for 30 years in the lives of many in this close-knit neighborhood. As a community of deeply committed artists, we provide a venue for the pursuit of the ceramic arts for all ages in a thriving and creative environment.
Class sessions for all levels of experience are offered every two months throughout the year. We
promote awareness of the cultural impact of the ceramic arts and believe that it enriches our appreciation of every day experiences, restores our inner creative energies and calms our senses from an often over-stimulating world.
Unfortunately, due to time & size constraints, our services are only available to those we have signed up for one of our 7 week courses or numerous workshops/intro classes. We do, however, have a small gallery where the work our our talented students is on display for sale!
Classes are grouped by methods of construction. While for many hand building is considered an easy introduction to ceramics, there are those who like the challenges of learning how to manipulate clay on a potters wheel. If this is your first time trying your hand at pottery, the following will explain the differences.
In hand building, potters design and create with pliable clay. It is how people first began making ceramics and is an easy and rewarding way to make ceramic objects. In hand building you learn to make items such as plates, bowls, sculpture, boxes and much more by using pinch pots, coils and slabs of clay.
When throwing on a wheel, the clay is balanced in the center of a round spinning platform. Students learn to maintain and form the clay into a myriad of desired shapes and sizes to create bowls, vases, plates, cups, vessels, etc. While it requires practice and coordination, the endless possibilities of shapes you can make and the swiftness of creation is remarkably rewarding.
Seven Week Courses
Each weekly adult class is 3 hours long. The fee for a 7-week class session is $370 and includes the cost of clay, underglazes, and glazes. There is a separate charge for kiln firing which is calculated at five cents per cubic inch.
Please check our class schedules for course meeting dates and times. You can conveniently register online here.
Adult Beginner’s Wheel Class
Students learn the skill of centering and evenly distributing clay to make cups, bowls, and plates, as well as the application of handles. Gaining control of these skills further prepares each student for more advanced techniques. The course also includes instruction in glazing techniques. No previous experience is required. This class is a good option for those with previous experience to refresh their basic skills.
Adult Advanced Wheel Class
This 7-week course builds upon the skills learned in a beginner’s wheel class, and introduces new concepts that can include making ceramic sets, as well as bottles, pouring vessels, lidded vessels, closed forms, and more. Prior experience and a level of competency is required.
Adult Hand Building Class
This 7-week course focuses on techniques that include the use of pinch pots, coils, slabs, and extruded forms to make open and lidded containers, vases, cups, figures, bowls, trays, plates, teapots, wall-pockets, clocks, etc. An overview of ceramic materials, surface treatments and glazing is included. Students are encouraged to innovate and follow their creative vision. No experience is required.
Adult Open Studio Time
At The Potter’s Wheel, currently enrolled adult students and artists can utilize the facilities of the studio for their independent pursuits during times of normal operation, when classes are not meeting. There is a charge of $3 per hour which includes access to all equipment and the areas dedicated to hand building, wheel throwing, and glazing.
Annual Session and Class Schedules
Each session runs for 7-weeks. Please note, that class scheduling does take major holidays into account, so that you may find a class does not meet one week mid session for this reason. In that event, the session will be extended to 8-weeks, to ensure that all 7 classes meet. The length can vary, but the Potter’s Wheel tries to schedule a break between sessions. In addition, if you miss a class, you can make it up by attending a different class of the same discipline. We do not refund for missed classes.
Below is the yearly schedule of when class sessions begin:
Session I: January
Session II: March
Session III: May
Session IV: July
Session V: September
Session VI: November
7-Week Children and Tweens/Teen Classes
Each weekly child’s or teen’s class is 2 hours long. The fee for a 7-week class session is $250 and includes the cost of clay, underglazes, and glazes.
Tweens/Teens Wheel Class
This 7-week course provides tweens and teens with instruction in basic wheel throwing and fundamental glazing techniques. No previous experience is required. The registration cost includes clay, underglazes, and glazes; no additional fees apply. Each session is 7-weeks long, and classes meet for 2 hours, from 11am to 1pm.
Kids Hand Building
This 7-week course provides children with a supportive environment, a creative outlet and opportunities to problem solve while developing fine motor skills. This weekly two-hour class is suitable for children from ages 6 to 10 and enables them to learn various methods of clay construction. Discussions on topics relating to science or natural history are encouraged as students engage in their individual and creative endeavors. This is a drop-off program with a limited class size and encourages children to explore the creative process in a nurturing environment. The registration cost includes clay, underglazes, and glazes; no additional fees apply. Each session is 7-weeks long, and classes meet for 2 hours, from 11am to 1pm.
Intro Classes & Workshops
1-Hour Intro Class
For a fun introduction to ceramics, we offer opportunities to learn with a small group.
Whether anyone has worked with ceramics in summer camp, or as a college elective, or never touched clay
before, this activity is perfect for couples, families or friends to try out.
Ceramics is a diverse medium for functional and decorative items. In our workshops, individuals can learn
one of many types of decorating or construction methods not typically covered in our seven-week courses.