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Pottery Programs

The Champaign Park District offers a full range of pottery and ceramics classes for anyone ages 3 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. Check out our information on Group Pots-Abilities listed below. Our pottery studio is located at Springer Cultural Center.

 
 
 

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Parent & Child PotteryPreschool

Ages 8+ with parent/guardian
Explore a new way to bond with your kids – create pottery together! Your child will amaze you with their creativity and you will amaze them with yours! Learn to throw pots on the wheel, sculpt, coil, and build. Make tiles, cereal bowls, magical creatures, and more in this weekly class.
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909
Online registration is not available for this program.

Pottery for Kids- NEW!

Ages 6-9
Kids will be led through a different fun project each week and they get to keep what they make! Basic forming and decorating techniques will be taught and then refined 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. 
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Pottery for Tweens- NEW!

Ages 10-12
Tweens will be given different projects each week. They will learn various handbuilding 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.
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Pottery for Teens- NEW!

Ages 13-17
Teens will be taught both handbuilding and pottery wheel techniques and given the space to
express themselves. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes,
tools, and firing costs.
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Creative Clay for Kids

Ages 6-9
Does your child like to play in the mud? Then they will love to play with clay! We will teach you the basics of forming and decorating and even how to use the potter’s wheel. No experience necessary. This class can be repeated for new challenging projects and techniques each week.

Studio Ceramics

Ages 18+
Have you ever played with clay? If you have, you are probably hooked. If you haven’t, here is your chance to learn a range of techniques, from handbuilding to throwing on the wheel. Experienced students will get the opportunity to refine their skills or to explore advanced techniques. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Saturday Adult Pottery

Ages 18+ 
What better way is there to spend a Saturday afternoon than playing with clay? Here is your chance to learn a range of techniques, from handbuilding to throwing on the wheel. Experienced students will get
the opportunity to refine their skills or to explore advanced techniques. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions: 
michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

 

Open Studio TimePottery

Ages 18+ with experience
(must have taken two sessions of Park District pottery classes or describe previous experience at orientation)
Do you have experience with clay and want a little time to make ceramics? Not getting enough time in the studio during your pottery class? Here’s the opportunity that can fulfill those needs. You can buy time by the hour as you need it. Schedule an orientation with the pottery studio supervisor by emailing michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or calling 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. We will base the class on the particular needs of the participants, but will include focused instruction on throwing, pulling handles, and making lids that fit. Students will learn to make better bottles, plates, mugs, tea pots and to refine their glazing techniques. Join us for some individualized attention on your unique needs and interests.
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Adult Seasonal Pottery Workshops- NEW!

Ages 18+
Looking for a fun way to get creative this fall? Join us as we spend one evening forming and one evening glazing your choice of seasonal pottery. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs. Come for one, two, or all three workshops!

  • Oct 5 &12 | Choose to make a jack-o-lantern votive holder, a horn of plenty, or some other seasonal decoration. Pieces will be ready to be picked up by Friday, October 19 – just in time to be included in your Halloween decorations.
  • Nov 2 & 9 | Choose to make a serving bowl, gravy boat, or some other serving or decorative piece. Pieces will be ready to be picked up Friday, November 16 – just in time for Thanksgiving.
  • Nov 30 & Dec 7 | Choose to make a set of ornaments, candle holders, candy dishes, or some other seasonal decoration. Pieces will be ready to be picked up by Friday, December 14 – just in time to be wrapped and shipped for the holidays.

Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Group Pots-Abilities

Clay is fun for everyone! Bring your Girl or Boy Scout Troop, seniors club, co-workers, bridal showers, corporate team, or even your neighbors for a special group workshop. We will create a workshop based on your group’s needs. Do some team-building, think outside the bowl, strengthen friendships, and flex the right side of your brain! Request a theme or style of pottery to learn for your group whether it be Indian, Korean, or other. Call Michelle at 217-398-2376 to schedule a workshop at least one month in advance.

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