Adult Classes

HandsonWheel  Ready, Set, Throw! One Night Pottery Class
Kelsey Sickmeyer & Cayce Kolstad

Friday, October 28, 7-9pm
Friday, November 11, 7-9pm

Ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel? Have you always wanted to learn to throw but you're not sure if you want to commit to an 8-week class? Or maybe you and some friends are just looking for something different to do in Asheville on a Friday night. Well, look no further. Ready, Set, Throw is here!

Even if you've never touched clay before, our highly skilled staff will guide you through the entire process. It's the perfect opportunity to get creative and have fun! All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Level: All Levels, Beginners Welcome

Tuition: $50 Per Person, Per Night

Click below to register for RST#3: October 28, 7-9pm


Click below to register for RST#4: November 11, 7-9pm


September Session

September 6- October 11

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92  Independent Study/ Open Studio

September 6- October 11

Odyssey Clayworks is proud to announce a new studio experience: Self directed study, with studio representatives available at all times for technical advice and support. The Independent Study/ Open Studio will also feature 10 optional one-hour demos on various aspects of studio practice including use of the extruder and spray booth, artfully grinding your pots, and rolling perfect slabs. As a bonus, each Friday you are invited to the Director's Discussion, an open dialogue about ceramics technique, aesthetics, and valuation with Odyssey Director Gabriel Kline. Bring ideas for projects and an inquisitive mind. Tons of open studio hours to practice.

Demo Schedule:

Wednesday, September 7, 7-8pm: Making cookies with Taylor Robenalt

Saturday, September 10, 2-3pm: How to use the spray booth with Kelsey Sickmeyer

Monday, September 12, 7-8pm: Prepping a glaze with Anja Bartels

Wednesday, September 14, 3-4pm: Ceramics Terminology with Matt Rudloff

Saturday, September 17, 2-3pm: Slips, washes and underglazes with Mac McCusker

Thursday, September 22, 3-4pm: How to use the slab roller with Kyle Cramer

Monday, September 26, 11am-12pm: Grinding station use and safety procedures with Dakota Hines

Wednesday, September 28, 2-3pm: Cones, cone temperatures and kiln basics for beginners with Taylor Robenalt

Friday, September 30, 12-1pm: Identify/discuss glaze defects with Julia Claire Weber

Sunday, October 2, 12-1pm: Recycling clay with Autumn Joy Davis

Wednesday, October 5, 11am-12pm: Using and cleaning the extruder with Kim Douglas

Fridays, 2-3pm, September 9- 30: "Director's Discussion" with Gabriel Kline

Level: Seasoned Beginner to Advanced
Tuition: $200 + $25 Lab Fee*

*Clay not included. The lab fee covers use of the studio glazes and firing of work made during the session in the electric and gas kilns. Large-scale work, or large volumes of work will be charged an additional firing fee.


ben richardson 

Ben Richardson Lecture

Sunday, September 18th, 7-9pm.
Free and open to the public

Come meet international wood-fire sensation Ben Richardson for a screening of his documentary Fire Works, followed by a panel discussion and reception. Topics will include his Tasmanian studio and kiln and recent commissions to produce work for 4 of the top 10 restaurants in Australia. Odyssey is honored to host this unique chance to spend an evening with a world class, ceramic artist.

Sponsored by the Odyssey Scholarship Fund

Fall Session

8 Weeks, October 19- December 15


fall.peery.web  It's All In the Details: Enhancing Simple Forms
Laura Peery

Mondays 3-5:30pm
October 24- December 12

When it comes to making work that is distinctive, it's all in the details. This class is a good fit for intermediate students who are looking to develop their personal style. Beginning with simple hand built forms, students will explore how details such as feet, knobs, handles and rims can enhance their work beyond the basic form. Visual and textural interest and personal imagery will be encouraged through experimentation with under glazes, stamp making, texturizing slip, sgraffito, wax resist, and template design.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Beginner Wheel Throwing
Cayce Kolstad

Tuesdays 6:30-9pm
October 25- December 13

With an emphasis on ceramic tableware, this class is a perfect introduction to throwing on the potter's wheel. We will explore the fundamental forms for functional pottery and work towards altering them to make cups, mugs, bowls and more. We will also cover the basics of glazing in order to finish with food safe pots you can use at home.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee


The Handbuilder's Hangout
Mac McCusker

Wednesdays 11am-1:30pm
October 19- December 14, No class November 23

This class is designed to be an introduction to traditional and non-traditional techniques for making ceramics off the potter's wheel. We will hand build a variety of forms such as cups, tumblers, vases, and platters. Students will also learn how to create large-scale work using slabs, coils and pinch methods. Demonstrations will include carving unique images or designs on your vessels. We will also discuss finishing techniques, glazing, and firing methods.

Level: Beginner and Seasoned Beginner
Tuition: $255 + $35 Lab Fee



Terra Sigillata at Cone 6
Cynthia Lee

Thursdays 1-3:30pm
October 20- December 15, No class November 24

Terra sigillata, literally meaning "sealed earth," is a process derived from ancient Roman pottery. Terra sig, for short, has numerous applications for the modern potter. Join Cynthia as she demonstrates the use of this fascinating material to create beautiful textural surfaces on your work. Projects will include handbuilt message tiles, small trays and wall boxes. You will complete these pieces using kanthol wire, beads, made or found objects, or any mixed media you would like to incorporate.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee


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Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Julia Claire Weber

Thursdays 6:30-9pm
October 20- December 15, No class November 24

Have you completed a beginner wheel class and feel ready for more? This class will help you to refine your skills on the potter's wheel and offer tips and strategies for reaching your creative goals. We will practice making multiples of the same form, learn how to throw larger vessels, lidded jars, spouts and more. Julia will also share an in-depth demonstration on how to get great glaze effects. Come with a list of goals and we will make it happen.

Level: Intermediate
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee


How To Glaze Anything
Gabriel Kline

Fridays 10am-12:30pm
October 21- December 16, No class November 25

Do you hate glazing? I mean, do you really HATE glazing? Have you experienced the frustration of making a beautiful piece, then ruining it with a flawed, or perhaps worse, boring glaze? Would you rather spend your time doing just about ANYTHING else, even cleaning your studio? This is the class for you! Join Gabriel each Friday as he demystifies the techniques that will help you to learn to love the glazing process, achieve more dynamic results, and get your work noticed. Topics will include under and overglaze decoration, glazing large and delicate work, spraying glazes, and multiple firings. We will also examine the basics of formulating, mixing, or altering a glaze.

Level: Seasoned Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee


*The Lab Fee covers the cost of:

Your first bag of clay (25 pounds)
Use of the studio during scheduled Open Studio Hours
Use of the community studio equipment
Use of the studio glazes
Bisque and glaze firing of work made in class

Next Session: Winter 2017

January 9- March 2

Details coming soon