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Pottery Programs

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

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Youth Pottery Programs

Family Pottery Workshop – NEW!

Ages 6+ with parent/guardian
Ever get jealous of your kids, when they get to take art classes? Join them? This class will let the two of you 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.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Online registration is not available for this program.
 

Magnificent Monsters – NEW!

Ages 6-13
Kids will use their imagination to sculpt and decorate a scary or friendly monster just
in time for Halloween! No clay experience needed. Pottery will be ready for pick up in
about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Harry Pottery – NEW!

Ages 6-13
It’s a clay workshop inspired by everyone’s favorite child wizard! Create and decorate a lidded jar to store magical ingredients and potions. Open to pottery wizards and new muggles! Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376
 

Fairy Houses – NEW!

Ages 6-13
Learn how to use slab, pinch, and coil to create a unique sculpture that will entice fairies to visit your home. No clay experience needed! Pottery will be ready for pick up in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Pottery for Kids I

Ages 6-10
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, 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:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Pottery for Kids II

Ages 9-12
Kids will be given different projects each week. They will learn various handbuilding and pottery wheel techniques and be encouraged to be creative and refine their skills. All ability and experience levels are welcome. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Pottery for Teens

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:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Adult Pottery Programs

Date Night! – NEW!

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. We will learn the basics of wheel throwing and underglaze decoration. No experience needed! Pottery will be ready for pick up in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Ceramic Sculpture – NEW!

Ages 18+ 
Learn how to create expressive, non-functional ceramic forms using slab, pinch, and coil techniques. Surface treatments such as slips, low-fire glazes, and staining will also be covered. Each class will feature a demonstration, but there’s room for personal development. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

It’s The Great Pumpkin! – NEW!

Ages 18+ 
Carve, paint, and sculpt a spooky or friendly pumpkin for Halloween! Participants will be provided with a plain clay pumpkin that’s ready for your creative embellishments. The first class will consist of demos and studio time. The second class will be dedicated to glazing. Pottery will be ready for pick up in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Beginning Wheel Throwing – NEW!

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.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Intermediate Wheel Throwing – NEW!

Ages 18+ 
Learn to throw teapots, lidded jars, pitchers, and more. Each class will feature a demonstration, but there’s room for personal development. Altering and embellishing wheel thrown forms will also be covered. Recommended skill: ability to center clay and throw a 5″ cylinder. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Advanced Wheel Throwing – NEW!

Ages 18+ 
Learn to throw teapots, lidded jars, pitchers, and more. Each class will feature a demonstration, but there’s room for personal development. Altering and embellishing wheel thrown forms will also be covered. Recommended pre-requisite:Intermediate Wheel Throwing and/or ability to throw a 6″ cylinder. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.
Questions:liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

Surface Decoration Workshop – NEW!

Ages 18+
We’ll cover alternative surface treatments, such as sgraffito, brush work, slips, stains, and more. Bring your own unglazed pottery or decorate pre-made tiles. Note: workshop does not include wheel or hand-building
time. Pottery will be ready for pick up in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

 

Winter Holiday Workshop – NEW!

Ages 18+
Learn basic clay hand-building techniques and create winter themed platters, candle holders, ornaments, and more! Follow one of our guided projects or create your own unique work of art. No experience required. The first class will consist of demos and studio time. The second class will be dedicated to glazing. Pottery will be ready for pick up in about 2 weeks. Fee includes all clay, glazes, tools, and firing costs.

Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

 

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: liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376

 

Open Studio TimePottery

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. Buy time by the hour as you need it. Contact Liza to schedule an orientation.

Questions: liza.wynette@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2376
 

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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