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Best Ceramics Classes For Adults In Charlotte

December 30, 2013 8:00 AM

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Clay may be considered by some to be a humble substance, but ceramic pieces created with this medium have served humans for thousands of years. Ceramics can be high art or functional household items, from creations by Ai Weiwei or Hoogeboom to the centuries-old Seagrove, NC pottery tradition that delights collectors. Clay modeling is not just a childish pastime. Try the adults-only options listed below to discover your own artistry.
Carolina Clay Connection
2132 Hawkins St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 376-7221

If working in clay is your thing, whether you are a beginner or a professional potter, Carolina Clay Connection has what you need. It stocks a vast variety of clays, glazes, tools and equipment. Many short classes are held in the summer months. Learn how to work with a wheel, fire a kiln, make surface designs and more. Carolina Clay Connection pride itself on its customer service.

Pottery Central
4843 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 307-7557

Eight-week sessions will be offered in 2014 for adult beginners, intermediates and independent advanced potters. Techniques include wheel-throwing and how to trim, fire and glaze your work. Each class will include instructor demonstrations and hands-on experience for adult students. Open studio time, up to 10 hours, allows students to be creative or put extra effort into their assignments. The clay and equipment necessary for classes is provided with tuition and additional clay may be purchased as needed.

Dish It Out

1600 E. Woodlawn Road, Suite 252
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 529-1766

Aside from longer term adult pottery and ceramics classes at this location (there are two), Dish it Out can be the scene of a ceramics party that you can organize with your friends for a few hours with no appointment needed. Choose ready-made pieces to paint and decorate them as you wish. This studio is available for corporate types to relax over their handiwork, and it also offers services for team building and other business events. Dish It Out is open late, so night time is another opportunity to meet and socialize there.

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4506 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 344-0795

What it refers to as a “true beginner,” or even someone with experience, can learn how to make mugs and vases or get instruction on more advanced techniques at Clayworks. Once you fashion your piece, learn how to finish it with decorations. Adult students can apply for financial support from the Marianne Oberg Scholarship Fund, created for a woman who loved expressing herself through ceramics. She tragically died from injuries suffered in a car accident in 2012. Tuition, clay and basic tools are included in the scholarship.

Levine Jewish Community Center Ceramics
5007 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 944-6781

Classes range from six to seven weeks at the LJCC Ceramics Studio. Under the tutelage of Celena Burnett, all levels of instruction are offered. You can work your clay by hand by coiling, assembling slabs of clay or using molds. Of course, the potter’s wheel is another option. More advanced techniques are offered as well as independent study for those ages 16 and up.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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