Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery

Intro to the Potter’s Wheel



The Intro to the Potter’s Wheel class is designed for the absolute beginner looking for an introduction to the craft of wheel-thrown pottery. In an abbreviated format, we take a project-specific approach taking you step by step through the process of creating a mug on the pottery wheel from wet clay to finished product.

This class is also a good place for self-taught or long inactive potters who are looking for a refresher course in the fundamentals of wheel throwing.


5 weeks – $225*

($100 deposit required when registering)
The deposit is not refundable or transferable.

*.05 cent per cubic inch firing fee additional.


ONLINE REGISTRATION is OPEN – Click on a time below to register online for that class.
To register over the phone, please call us: (212) 974 – 9121

Tuesdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

General classes admit students ages 14 and over.

Focus will be on learning the following basic techniques:

Wedging – to manipulate the clay in such a way as to remove all the air and blend it for consistency of firmness and moisture.

Centering – learn to control the clay so it is perfectly centered on the spinning pottery wheel. Centering is the critical starting point in throwing pottery. From a still, centered mound of clay, everything is created. If you have some experience, and still having trouble centering your clay, this class will teach you a proven method that we’ve found easy for beginners to comprehend and master.

Lifting – to move clay up and away from the pottery wheel surface in order to form the walls or sides of your vessel.

Shaping – shaping techniques allow you to take your creations further. Once you master the basic lift, shaping the pot is where you can add your own artistic flare to the walls once you’ve lifted them.

Trimming – is the process of cleaning or shaping the bottom of your pot once it’s been removed from your wheel and has had the opportunity to stiffen up enough to be handled. The stiff but still wet state is called, “leather hard”.

Glazing Techniques – learn the proper way to apply liquid glaze to your pottery. Instruction will be given to help you successfully decorate and color your pottery before it goes into the kiln for it’s final firing. By learning to combine and layer your glaze, you will be able to achieve an infinite number of color and texture possibilities.

It is of great importance to us that you have a good time. Helpful, knowledgeable staff, a supportive classroom environment and friendly classmates make for the perfect environment to meet new friends and find your creative expression. Projects include mugs, bowls, plates and a pitcher.  No prior art experience is necessary to take this course. Our curriculum builds in difficulty each week, until you’re completely comfortable in front of the pottery wheel.

We’ve been teaching beginners the art of pottery for over 30 years, including the understudies from Ghost the Musical! Come in, take a class and join the ranks of thousands of others throughout the course of history that have worn the title “Potter”. You will be amazed and delighted with the beauty and functionality of your own unique creations, especially as you enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the mug you made! Create pottery, make memories!

Class Curriculum

Intro to the Potter’s Wheel Curriculum by week

  1. throwing
  2. shaping
  3. trimming
  4. attaching handles
  5. glazing
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