Classes October - December  Clay
 * These classes come with FREE three-hour Open Labs -- one for each week of class. Open Labs are only given for eight week classes. Please consult your instructor for dates and times.
Online registration closes October 13th. After October 13th, those interested may call ClaySpace at 630 393 2529 to inquire about availability. There is a 10% class cancellation fee if cancelling before the start of the session. No refunds are given after the start the session. If you have questions regarding classes, cancellations, or need assistance with online registrations, please call our office (630 393 2529). All messages will be returned during normal office hours. There are no classes the week of Thanksgiving.

 Online Student Handbook 2016


Ceramics - Beginning/Intermediate Ceramics *


Learn and explore the basics - from technique to design - with an eye towards raising your skills to the next level. whether it is learning centering and throwing simple forms on the wheel or learning combined forms and advanced glazing techniques, this class is for you.
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Marie Gnesda 

$275 plus $30 Materials fee

Session A: Mondays, October 21- December 16, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Registration Closed
Session B: Saturdays, October 26 - December 21,  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Registration Closed

Ceramics - Throwing on the Wheel *

You will be challenged to not only develop a personal style, but also an awareness of the entire process of creating functional pottery. Included will be demonstrations of the creation of simple forms (mugs, small bowls, and plates) along with more complex forms (covered bakers, large platters, and bowls) as well as slip trailing, sgraffito, and glaze formulation.
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Kate Keilty

$275+ $30 Materials Fee

Session A

Mondays, October 21 - December 16, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Registration Closed

Session B

Wednesdays, October 23 - December 18, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Closed

  Make It Use It*
Sunday Fun  Day! Throwing class for beginning and intermediate potters. The focus of this class will be on making usable, functional, well crafted utilitarian pottery. Create your favorite coffee mug, your child's special cereal bowl, a Thanksgiving platter, of Fido's dog dish. Plus, there will be occasional cookies from my talented wife.
Experience Level: All

Instructor: Ken Maloney

$275 + $30 Materials Fee

Sundays, October 20 - December 15, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Closed
  Clay Skills *
Learn the fundamental skills that will lead you toward becoming proficient in the basics of wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing! Then use that knowledge to create handmade, functional pieces that reflect your artistic flare. There will be cookies on occasion!
Experience Level: All

Instructor: Ken Maloney

$275 + $30 Materials Fee
Thursdays, October 24 - December 19, 1:00 pm -  4:00 pm  Registration Closed

   Back to Basics Throwing*

In this beginning to intermediate class, you will learn the steps to throwing on the potter's wheel. We will prep the clay, center, raise the walls, and shape the pot. After basic skills are honed, move on to more complex forms, design, and glazing techniques.
Experience Level: All

Instructor: Marie Gnesda/Kate Keilty

$275 + $30 Materials

Wednesdays, October 23 - December 18, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Registration Closed

Ceramics - Anything Can Happen *

This intermediate independent study focuses on students improving skills in areas of their choice. In addition to advising on how best to improve focus areas, the instructor will demonstrate personal favorites. This session is best suited to those already proficient in the basics (centering, pulling, trimming, etc) of wheel thrown ceramics.

Experience Level: intermediate

Instructor: Marie Gnesda

$275 + $30 Materials Fee

Thursdays, October 24 - December 19, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm  Registration Closed


Ceramics - Hand Built and Sculptural *

Designed to expand your knowledge of the sculptural ceramic world, you will explore various techniques and artists to inspire you to create your own pieces of art. After learning the basics of hand building functional ware, the student may transition to sculptural hand building.

Experience Level: all

Instructor: Jon Pacheco


$275 plus $30 materials fee



Session A: Wednesdays, October 23 - December 18 , 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Registration Closed
Session B: Wednesdays, October 23 - December 18, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration Closed




Get Muddy
Want to experience clay without a big commitment then this four week class is for you. You will work on a different project each week during the first three weeks that will involve the use of the slab roller while learning various hand building techniques. In the fourth week, you will glaze your work. Projects will be available for pick up two weeks after class ends. No open labs are offered with this class.
Experience Level: All

Instructor: Pauline Ares

$100 + $15 materials

Session A: Thursdays, October 24 - November 14  , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Registration Closed
Session B: Thursdays, November 21 - December 19  , 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Registration Closed

  Color and Clay*
Explore the joy of adding color as you work at the potter's wheel and hand building! A well versed instructor, in the use of colored clay slip, underglaze, and stain and glaze, will lead students to explore adding color to both functional and nonfunctional work. Work will be fired in the electric or gas soda kiln.
Experience Level: All

Instructor: Linda Kiepke

Thursdays, October 24 - December 19, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Registration Closed

$275 plus $30 Materials Fee
  Ceramics - Goal Driven Ceramics *
Enjoy a class taught by a well versed instructor, who affords instruction in all aspects of clay. Perfect for beginners to advanced! POTTER'S WHEEL, HAND BUILDING, SCULPTURE, SURFACE DESIGN (Stains, Colored Slips, Underglaze, Sgrafitto, Bas-relief) GLAZE (China Paint, Majolica, Cone 6, Spraying, Glaze Mixing) KILN (Electric, Gas Soda) .
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Linda Kiepke

$275 + $30 Materials Fee

Tuesdays, October 22 - December 17, 9:00 am - noon  Registration Closed


Hand Built Ceramics *
This class highlights the many exciting clay methods that do not incorporate the use of the potter's wheel, such as slab, coil, and pinch construction. Classes are structured around the experience level and goals of each student. New techniques will be presented each week as the student is guided in creating limitless variations in functional, and/or decorative art. The student will be exposed to a vast array of surface decoration options, as well as receive glazing instruction.
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Pauline Ares

$275 + $30 Materials Fee

Tuesdays, October 22 - December 17, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Registration Closed

   Clay Sampler
Never tried clay before? Create something wonderful! Hand build using simple techniques. Some examples of a project are: mugs, small dishes with texture, trays with handles, or soup bowls. Wheel demo included. Your work will be ready for pickup in two weeks.
Experience Level: all

Instructor: Marie Gnesda

$50 includes materials

Session A: Friday, November 15, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Registration Closed
Session B: Friday, December 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register