Currently Offered

Classes run on a quarterly basis. Public registration is open for fall session now. Membership also entitles you to 10% off class tuition, and more during some special events. Not applicable to tasters. Not combinable with other offers.


Ceramics Faculty

Cathy Lu – Area Head
Robert Abrams
Maurice Caveness
Michiko Fukushima
Celeste Flores

Clay is a material rich in history and possibilities for art making. Ceramics at The Crucible offers a unique place to learn the different building techniques of pinching, coiling, using slabs, in addition to press molds and slip casting with plaster molds.

Students have the opportunity to explore different glazing techniques in low fire, high fire, and other firing alternatives such as raku firing. From functional tableware and vessels to sculpture and installations to mixed media, the possibilities in ceramics are endless for both youths and adults.

Ceramics I

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Explore making sculptural and functional forms in clay using all the traditional hand building and surface treatment techniques, as well as push these boundaries and cover more unconventional methods. Get a solid foundation in working with clay, glazing and firing.

Ceramics II: Sculpture & Surfaces

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Prerequisite: Ceramics I

Designed for intermediate to advanced students, this class will go beyond basics to explore all the various surface treatments and alternative firing techniques in ceramics. Through understanding all the different possibilities in clay, from using terra sigillata to raku firings, students will be able to further use the material to express their individual visions.

Ceramics Lab

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Entry-level. $15 to drop in. Crucible Members can sign up for the whole semester at a discounted rate.

Come play with clay! During lab sessions you can come in and hang out while working with clay. Purchase clay from the Crucible or bring your own with permission from instructor. We will also have occasional guest visitors, demos, snacks and drinks.

CeraMix: Mixed Media
& Sculptural Clayworking

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Entry Level

This class is ideal for those wanting to explore clay as a sculptural material for the first time and for artists interested in incorporating clay into their body of work.  There will be a strong emphasis on hand building techniques (slabs, coils, etc.), mold making with plaster, and different surface treatments, with traditional glazes and non-traditional approaches.  We will discuss how to incorporate other materials, such as fabrics, metal, and wood into our ceramics.

The Figure in Clay

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This is the ideal class for students interested in sculpting the human figure. While focusing on human anatomy and proportion, students will be encouraged to push the limits of their imagination. After this class, students will have a solid understanding of the human form, as well the ceramic construction techniques to build their visions. Prior experience with clay is preferred, but not necessary. There will be a live model.

Clay Animal Bowl:
Parent & Child Three-Hour Taster

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Entry-level. Child may be 4-11 years of age.

In this three-hour class, parent and child pairs will create “animal bowls.” An animal bowl is a bowl that is shaped like an animal! Students will learn basic hand building techniques to sculpt their animal bowls, and then use underglazes to paint them. Based on interest and time, we can also incorporate using the potter’s wheel. These unique pieces will be food safe.

Making Multiples:
An Introduction to Slipcasting Ceramics

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Whether you’re interested in making multiple vessels or sculptures, this class will cover basic mold making techniques with plaster, from creating simple press molds to creating multi-piece molds for slip casting. After focusing on the mold making process we will then bring our clay through traditional ceramic processes of hand-building, firing, and glazing.

China Painting

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This class is an introduction to china painting focusing on how to mix powdered china paint with a water based medium, basic brushing technique and layering of the paint. China painting is a traditional technique that is still appreciated by many people in current days for its dimensional images and delicate expression on a porcelain base.