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Ceramics

The Champaign Park District offers a full range of ceramics classes for anyone ages 6 and up. Classes are taught by experienced instructors who are gifted at bringing out the artist in you. Their wealth of experience, education, and knowledge will truly make this an enjoyable experience for you and/or your family. We also offer group workshops.


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For questions regarding our pottery program, please contact Liza Wynette.  liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376.


Workshops

FAMILY POTTERY

Ages 6+ with parent/guardian
Ever get jealous of your kids when they get to take art classes? Join them! This three week workshop will let the family get creative together. Learn how to use coil, slab, and pinch to create unique works of art. No clay experience needed. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

  • June 9 – June 23 
  • July 8 – July 28 

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6-8p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $64/$96 per family member
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

 

Youth Pottery

POTTERY FOR KIDS I

Ages 6-10
Kids will be led through a different fun project each week. Basic forming and decorating techniques will be taught, as well as an introduction to the potter’s wheel. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/9-7/21* Tu 1-2p $79/$118.50 6/2 120025-01
6/13-7/25* Sa 9-10a $79/$118.50 6/5 120025-02

No Class: 6/30, 7/4*
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

POTTERY FOR KIDS II

Ages 9-12
Kids will be given different projects each week. They will learn various hand-building and pottery wheel techniques and be encouraged to both refine their skills and get creative. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/10-7/22* W 1-2p $79/$118.50 6/3 120026-01
6/11-7/23* Th 3:30-4:30p $79/$118.50 6/4 120026-02

No Class: 7/1, 7/2*
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909
Online registration not available for this program.

HARRY POTTERY

Ages 6-13
It’s a clay workshop inspired by everyone’s favorite child wizard! Create and decorate a wizarding themed creation in clay. Open to pottery wizards and new muggles! Fee includes all supplies.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/15 M 1-2:30p $18/$27 6/8 120028-01
7/13 M 1-2:30p $18/$27 7/6 120028-02

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

STEPPING STONES

Ages 6-13
Kids will create a stepping stone by pressing leaves and flowers into clay. We encourage kids to explore the outdoors and bring their own natural materials, but we’ll also have a selection of hand-picked leaves available during class. Projects will be ready to pick up two weeks after the workshop. Fee includes all supplies.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/8 M 1-2:30p $18/$27 6/1 120027-01
7/6 M 1-2:30p $18/$27 6/29 120027-02
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

GNOME HOMES

Ages 6-13
Learn how to use slab, pinch, and coil to create a unique home that will invite gnomes into your garden. No clay experience needed! Pottery will be ready for pick up 2 weeks after the workshop. Fee includes all supplies.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/22 M 1-2:30p $18/$27 6/15 120029-01
7/20 M 1-2:30p $18/$27 7/13 120029-02

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

Adult Pottery

 

STUDIO CERAMICS

Ages 18+
Want to learn how to create with clay? Join us as we explore the world of ceramics through fun hands-on projects. Beginning students will be introduced to the fundamentals of working with clay; starting with hand-building techniques and concluding with an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Experienced students can refine their skills and explore advanced techniques through self-guided projects. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/8-7/20* M 6-8:30p $139/$189 6/1 120030-01
6/13-7/25* Sa 10:30a-12:30p $127/$177 6/5 120030-02

No Class: 6/29, 7/4
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

BEGINNING WHEEL THROWING

Ages 18+
Discover the secrets of making great pots on the potter’s wheel. Learn techniques for throwing bowls, cups, and vases. Surface treatments such as glazing, carving, and staining will also be covered. No pottery experience needed! Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/10-7/22* W 6-8p $127/$177 6/3 120031-01
6/13-7/25* Sa 1-3p $127/$177 6/6 120031-02

No Class: 7/1, 7/4*
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

ADVANCED METHODS FOR POTTERS

Ages 18+
This class is intended for students who are familiar with the basics of pottery, but want to refine their skills. Each class will feature a demonstration, but there’s room for personal development. Recommended prerequisite classes: Studio Ceramics or Beginning Wheel Throwing. Recommended skills: ability to center clay and throw a 5” cylinder. Fee includes all clay, glazes, and firing costs.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Deadline Class ID
6/11-7/23* Th 6-8p $127/$177 6/4 120032-01

No Class: 7/2*
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Min/Max: 6/8
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

OPEN STUDIO TIME

Ages 18+ with experience (must have taken two sessions of Park District pottery classes)
Get more studio time outside of class and around your busy schedule.Purchase time by the hour as you need it. Contact Liza to schedule an orientation.

Date Day Time Min/Max
6/8-8/1 M-Sa Dependent on class schedule 1/8

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $8/$12 per hour
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

FOR THE BIRDS!

Ages 18+
Create a clay bird feeder or bath for your feathered friends! Our expert instructors will guide you through the simple process of transforming clay into a creation that will look beautiful in your yard or garden. No experience needed! Fee includes all materials needed to create your project.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Min/Max Deadline Class ID
6/19 & 6/26 F 6-8p $43/$64.50 6/8 6/12 120034-01

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

DATE NIGHT!

Ages 18+
Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your partner? Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. No experience needed! Pottery will be ready for pick up in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Min/Max Deadline Class ID
6/12 F 6-8p $22/$33 per person 6/8 6/5 120033-01
7/10 F 6-8p $22/$33 per person 6/8 7/3 120033-02
7/31 F 6-8p $22/$33 per person 6/8 7/24 120033-03

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

 

PRESSED LEAF DISHES

Ages 18+
Let’s play with clay and leaves! Join us for this pottery workshop where you will make dishes by pressing and rolling real leaves in clay. Bring your own leaves (the bigger the better) or you can choose from a selection of hand-picked leaves available during class. No experience needed! Fee includes all materials needed to create your project.

Date Day Time Fee (R/NR) Min/Max Deadline Class ID
7/17 & 7/24 F 6-8p $43/$64.50 6/8 7/10 120035-01

Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

Group Pots-Ability

Bring your friends, family, co-workers, or school group to a unique Pots-Abilities Workshop! We will design a project based on your group’s interests. Contact Liza at liza.wynette@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376 to schedule a workshop at least one month in advance.

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