ONE TIME CLASSES AND GROUP WORKSHOPS
STUDIO TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
Take a guided tour of the Firestick Studio with one of our staff members and explore the workings of a studio and the craft of making pottery. You'll likely see potters throwing on the wheel, kilns being loaded, and beautiful works in the gallery.
Tours are always free. If you would like to schedule a date for a "Play with Clay" workshop experience, you can make up to 5 pieces on the potters wheel. Group size is limited to 8 people.
Cost for a 2 hr. workshop is $55 per person, which includes all tools and materials. If you want one of the potters to "finish" your pieces which includes trimming, bisque fire, glazing and high firing each pot, the cost is $15 per piece and takes about 3 weeks. Or, you have the option to come back and glaze your own pottery after it has been bisque fired, which is usually in about a week. Or we can hold your pieces up to 3 months to allow more time for you to return to glaze your own pieces. When your pieces come out of the glaze kiln and are ready for pick up, we will call to let you know, or we can box and ship them to your mailing address.
Call 805 272-8760 to reserve workshop space.
HAND BUILDING CLASSES
2 hour Hand building clay workshops are available for private groups or individuals by scheduling a reservation. It's a great team building event or special way to celebrate by being creative together! Or you can sign up for a weekly 4 or 10 week hand building class for a more in-depth learning experience. Space is limited, so make your reservations today!
Public review - Daniel
“This experience was so great. My wife and I had a great time and it was really fun. We both had never done anything like this before but the instruction was clear and we were able to create nice pottery.”
Public Review - Cecilia
I absolutely recommend everything about this experience! It's perfect for those who are just looking to quickly dabble into pottery without getting too involved. The location is magical and surrounded by such a unique town. Robin and all the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable too! I will definitely be taking a full class with them in the future.
- HOW THE 2 HOUR "PLAY WITH CLAY" WORKSHOPS WORK:
We offer workshops daily:
- 11-1pm and 4 -6 on Saturdays and Sundays,
- 11-1 on Mondays and Tuesdays,
- 12-2: on Wednesdays,
- 2-4pm on Thursdays and Fridays,
- Price is $55 per person. Class size is limited to 8 people.
Please call for reservations advance! Weekends, especially, fill up early.
Also, be sure to wear comfy clothes and shoes. We do provide aprons.
You'll get a little dirty but the clay will wash right out.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE: THE TOUR
When you arrive we give a tour of the studio. You’ll see examples in the
gallery of different kinds of pottery, watch resident potters at work, and get
close look at the kilns and glazing area.
Your pieces won’t be fired on the day you make them! We are a high-
fire reduction studio; the process takes a while. If you decide to save your
work, they will need to be trimmed (the next day,) and your name applied.
Then they will be bisque fired (up to 1850 degrees) then glazed (the
application of minerals for color,) then high-fired (up to 2350 degrees!) We
can also hold your pieces for up to 3 months, if you’d like to come back to
glaze your own pieces. There is no additional charge for the glaze class.
LEARNING TO “THROW”
After the tour, you will don an apron, grab a towel and take a seat at a
potters wheel. Your teacher will do a 10-minute demonstration, pass out
clay and everyone will begin to "throw" on the wheel. We provide clay for
each person to make up to 5 pieces; you decide what you want to make.
Your teacher will work with you, hands on, to insure that you come away
with some nice pieces.
Afterward, you will decide which of our 40+ glazes you’d like to use or make
arrangements to come back within 3 months to do your own glazing.
FIRESTICK is well-known for its beautiful selection of made-from-scratch