Learn to make your own pottery — from a lump of clay to a finished vessel, including centering, shaping, trimming, decorating, and glazing! All adults are welcome — from complete novice thru more experienced. Small class sizes allow teachers to give lots of individual attention.

REGISTER for classes or workshops — click here.

Summer Classes

Summer Classes begin June 13. Registration begins May 9.

IN SUMMER, the studio switches from stoneware to cooler-firing terracotta, which allows students to use color slips, transparent glazes and majolica for different and exciting decorating options.

Wheel classes are limited to ten adults; Handbuilding class is limited to six adults. All classes are open to all levels. Check listings below for times, dates and durations.

Thursday Mini Classes are a great way for beginners to try their hands at pottery, and for experienced potters who’ve been away from the wheel for a while to give it another spin! For regular students with summer travel plans, these brief sessions help stave off “pottery deprivation”! The 3-week Handbuilding Small Animals class will focus on constructing animal forms from clay slabs, expressing ideas that are uniquely yours. The 6-week Wheel mini class will focus on making cups and bowls, decorated with stamps, slips and transparent glazes for colorful surfaces.

Scroll down for registration information and for a link to additional information about EarthworksNYC's fees, policies and Benchtime hours.

Wheel Classes

thowing a pot on a wheel Throw pots on the electric potter’s wheel! Learn the skills needed to center, form shapes, trim and finish pots using the wheel. Decorating and glazing techniques will also be demonstrated.

Limited to ten adults; all classes are all levels. Classes are 10 weeks, 2 hours, except Wednesday afternoon and Saturday Handbuilding (see below for details).

  • Tuesday (starts 6/13; no class 7/4)
  •  1 - 3 pm
         9-Week 2-Hour Class: $375
  •  7 - 9:30 pm
         7-Week 2.5-Hour Class: $365
  • Wednesday
  •  1 - 3:30 pm –
      7-Week 2.5-Hour Class: $365
         (starts 6/21; no class 7/5)
  •  6 - 8 pm
         9-Week 2-Hour Class: $375
         (starts 6/14; no class 7/5)
  •  8:15 - 10:15 pm
         9-Week 2-Hour Class: $375
         (starts 6/14; no class 7/5)
  • Thursday (starts 6/15; no class 7/6)
  •  6 - 8 pm
         9-Week 2-Hour Class: $375
  • SATURDAY (start 6/17; no class 7/1)
  •  10 am - 12 pm
         9-Week 2-Hour Class: $375

Handbuilding Class

handbuilding pottery Build pots by hand thru pinching, coiling, and slab construction. Decorating and glazing techniques will also be demonstrated. There is no wheel instruction.

Limited to six adults; all levels.

  • Saturday (start 6/17; no class 7/1)
  •  3: - 5:30 pm
         7-Week 2.5-Hour Class: $365

Thursday MINI Classes

These short 3- and 6-week sessions are open to all levels, beginner to advanced.
Register for both Mini Classes = $375
  Save $40!

  • Handbuilding
    Small Animals from Slabs
    11 am - 1 pm, Thurs, June 15-29  $150
         3-Week, 2-Hour Class
  • Potter’s Wheel Intro Class
    11 am - 1 pm, Thurs, July 13- Aug 17  $265
         6-Week, 2-Hour Class

REGISTER by day and time; classes are not interchangeable. Toolkits available for purchase; bring your own towel and apron. Firing Fees: 5 cents/cubic inch. Towel rental: $1/visit.

Click here for information on fees and policies.


Benchtime is practice time in the studio for registered students only. It's very informal; just come in, sign in and get to work. No need to call ahead. If you miss a class, you get 3 free hours of benchtime as make-up. Benchtime fee: $6/hr.
10-hour pre-paid benchtime card: $50 — SAVE $10!

Click here for the Benchtime Schedule