Classes

2017 Upcoming Class Schedule

Please EMAIL or call the studio TO SIGN UP for classes at this time. Then stop by the studio on a Monday or Wednesday night 6 pm to 9 pm. to officially register and put a payment down on the class you wish to attend.

To inquire about space availability, send an email: midnightpotter@gmail.com (This puts you on a temporary list for the class you are interested in attending). Confirmation that you plan to attend is still needed. Please stop by the studio to register.

To be officially listed as attending in a class, a non-refundable deposit of $35 is required, or pay in full when you stop in to register.

Also, you can call and leave a message: Ph. 907-563-2529.

 

2017 CLASS SCHEDULE:

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 1

It's winter time and time to cozy up in a warm studio making stuff for the fun of it. Make what ever you want to make on a wheel.

 

Jan 9th to Feb 1st, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$300 plus Registration Fee $30

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 2

It's still winter in Anchorage and it's still cozy warm in the studio. We're still making fun stuff. Come join us!

 

Feb 6th to Mar 1st, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$300 plus Registration Fee $30

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 3

It's still winter in Anchorage so get some projects started. We'll be in the studio for "Spring" Break this year. We'll be staying cozy in the warm studio. Come join us! It's a good time to think about making pots for a Raku firing this summer.

 

Mar 6th to Mar 29th, 2017 

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$300 plus Registration Fee $30

Did I mention that it's cozy in the studio?

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 4

Ahh..springtime in Alaska. Smell the muck! We're still making fun stuff in the studio and keeping our feet dry. Come join us before school is out! Several of us are making pots to Raku this summer before the the burn ban starts.

 

Apr 3rd to Apr 26th, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$300 plus Registration Fee $30

 

 

Raku Firing Day 2017

Saturday, May 6th, 2107, weather dependent

12pm - 4pm

$25/person plus firing & materials fees TBD. Other fees may apply depending on what you are firing!

All must sign our Waiver of Liability and be very responsible for their actions. We'll be dealing with real hot fire!! Get your pyro head in place! This event takes place if the weather is mild and hopefully a little sunny. If it's super windy or raining, the date will get moved to a future date. This type of firing takes place outside. Dress appropriately, but in cotton or wool clothes -- no synthetics! Getting burned is possible, but hopefully we are smarter than that. We'll be pulling out red-hot pottery at 1800 degrees and lighting fires in trash cans! The real fun is when we open the trash cans to see the shiny treasures. 

Call or email the studio to sign up.

 

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 5

School is almost out and the kids are driving you crazy!! Come take an Adult Time-Out Break with us in the evening. We're still making fun stuff in the studio and getting ready for the tourists visiting Alaska this summer.

 

May 1st to May 24th, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$300 plus Registration Fee $30

(Plant your garden) Did you make your clay garden gnome yet?

 

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 6

School is out and the kids are going wild!! Come take an Adult Time-Out Break with us in the evening. We're always making fun stuff in the studio and loving the long sunlight hours in Alaska. This is a great time for teachers and art teachers to pick up a new skill or expand their repertoire.

 

June 7th to June 28th, 2017 (Starts on a Wednesday instead of the usual Monday night.)

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$272.00 plus Registration Fee $30 (Pro-rated for loss of 1 class day)

 

In Celebration of July 4th, 2017, the studio will be closed from June 30th to July 9th, 2017. Have a safe and fun holiday! Don't start any fires! That will only delay our Raku Firings.

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing in July By the Week

 

The summer is upon us and the fish are on! In the studio, it's Christmas in July. Now is the time to learn how to throw clay on the wheel if you want to give away your pottery as Christmas presents to family and friends. Plan on taking a few classes for this if you are new to this craft. The first class is a warm-up on how to do it, then comes the real stuff in the following classes this fall. Don't procrastinate!

 

However, July is so busy in Alaska and we know you don't have all month to be in the studio! So, in July we offer classes by the week. Each week in July will be a different themed project. Attend on a weekly basis to complete a project. Throw it on Monday, trim it on Wednesday. Glazing will be arranged in early August.

 

All weekly sessions (a Mon & Wed in the same week) are $100. Includes clay, bisqueing and glazing of 2 projects.

All sessions are still on Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

July 10th and 12th, 2017

Demo Project: Wedging clay in preparation to throw and throwing cylinders

 

July 17th and 19th, 2017

Demo Project: Jars and Lids. These can become butter crocks, honey jars, jewelry and hair-tie containers, or be the base to a teapot.

 

July 24th and 26th, 2017

Demo Project: Throwing Bowls

 

There may be more weeks added for August if needed.

 

Aug 21st, 23rd, 2017

Demo Project: Waxing & Glazing Projects made in July

 

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 7

The summer is winding down and school just started. Your fish is on the BBQ or in the freezer now! In the studio, we're making stuff for Christmas already. If you haven't signed up yet, now is the time to get busy learning to throw on the wheel, especially if you want to give them away as Christmas presents to your family and friends. No time to lose getting started! Plan on taking a few classes if you are new to this craft. The first class is a learn-to-center experience on how to do it, then comes the real stuff in the following classes this fall. Don't wait! This craft takes practice to master.

 

(Holiday Warning: Labor Day, Sept 4th, The studio will be Open this evening and class will be in session!) If you need to miss it, that's ok, but no make up time provided.

 

Aug 28th to Sept 20th, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM (Includes Monday night Sept 4th, Labor Day)

4-Week Session

$335 plus Registration Fee $35

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 8

The summer is winding down and the kids are back in school. Getting into the routine now! In the studio, we're getting ready for the upcoming holiday season making stuff for Christmas. Hope you've been with us the past couple months and are throwing wonderful bowls & other pottery on the wheel to give away as Christmas presents to your family and friends. Your diligence is paying off and you're having a great time doing it! Of course, not everyone is making things to give away! 

 

Sept 25th to Oct 27th, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$335 plus Registration Fee $35

 

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 9

Winter in Anchorage once again. Time for cozying up in the warm studio and having fun together throwing clay on the wheel. The holiday shows have started and we are going crazy because there is so much to do!  In the studio, we're getting ready for the upcoming holidays making stuff for Christmas. Hope you've been with us the past couple months and are throwing wonderful bowls & other pottery on the wheel to give away as Christmas presents to your family and friends. Your diligence is paying off and you're having a great time doing it! 

 

Oct 23rd to Nov 22nd, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$335 plus Registration Fee $35

 

 

Adult Pottery Wheel Throwing Class # 10

  

And now, the final class offered in 2017. But guess what?! It's too late to learn to throw for Christmas Presents! This session is for those who already have been throwing or visitors to Anchorage who know how and want to have some fun locally while they are in town.

 

Christmas is a stressful time with all the hustle and bustle of finding the right gifts to give everyone on your list. (Check out our Seasonal Gallery in the studio; It's full of artwork by several Anchorage artists!)

 

This session of classes is about 'not stressing' and 'taking time out' from the stress. Come relax with us and have fun without expectations or goals. If you want to begin at this time, that's fine too, just remember it's about having some fun and not about making Christmas gifts.

 

The glaze firing for the December 2017 class may not be completed before Christmas. Please plan ahead and take my advice to start your Christmas present making projects before December!

 

Nov 27th to Dec 20th, 2017

Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00 PM

4-Week Session

$335 plus Registration Fee $35

 

Thanks for joining us in the studio this year! Have a safe holiday season and come back next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT POTTERY WHEEL CLASSES:

WHEEL THROWING CLASSES HAVE UP TO 6 SPACES EACH.

COST: $335.00 FOR MOST CLASSES OF 4 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS ON MON & WED EVENINGS PER THE SET SCHEDULE.

YOU MAY REGISTER FOR CLASSES BY CALLING OR EMAILING THE STUDIO.  

CLASS REGISTRATION IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. $35 WILL HOLD YOUR SPOT OR PAY IN FULL WHEN YOU REGISTER.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

DETAILED DEMONSTRATIONS & GUIDANCE FROM INSTRUCTOR, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, ELECTRIC KILN FIRINGS AND DIPPING GLAZES ARE INCLUDED IN THE CLASS FEE. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO CLEAN-UP WHEELS & WORK AREAS EACH NIGHT OF CLASS AND/OR OTHER WORK TIMES ATTENDED OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIMES.

A ONE-TIME $35 NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW CLASS PARTICIPANTS. THIS FEE COVERS YOUR FIRST BAG OF CLAY TO USE IN CLASS. CLAY IS PURCHASED SEPARATELY THEREAFTER.

YOU MAY EXPECT ONE TO TEN FINISHED PIECES ON AVERAGE, BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SKILL LEVEL FROM EACH SESSION (4 WEEKS).  YOU MAY PURCHASE ADDITIONAL GLAZE AND KILN SPACE IF MORE THAN 10 PIECES (of average size [1" to 4"]) ARE FINISHED IN ONE SESSION. LARGER PIECES TAKE MORE SPACE IN THE KILN AND THEREFORE COST MORE TO FIRE & GLAZE. ADDITIONAL FEES SHALL BE ASSESSED AS NEEDED.

TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AS WELL, IF YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR OWN. PAINT-ON GLAZES IN BOTTLES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. IN CLASSES, DIPPING GLAZES ARE INCLUDED, BUT NOT THE PAINT-ON GLAZES.

SOME DEFINITIONS:

FINISHED PIECES: MEANS AN OBJECT THAT IS GLAZED & KILN-FIRED TO VITRIFICATION.

CLASS: MEANS VISITING AND USING THE STUDIO ON A PARTICULAR DATE & TIME, LIKE MONDAY NIGHT FROM 6PM TO 9PM. HOWEVER, IT CAN ALSO BE USED AS A GENERAL TITLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH SESSIONS. 

SESSION: MEANS A SET OF CLASSES ATTENDED OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL WEEKS. (Up to 10 peices of average size [1" to 4"] are included in the class fees per SESSION.) (4 weeks)

VITRIFICATION OR VITRIFIED: MEANS ESSETIALLY, WATERPROOF. THE CLAY HAS SHRUNK AS FAR AS IT CAN GO TO BECOME WATER TIGHT.

SOME OF THESE DEFINITIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO JULY 2017.

 

OTHER STUDIO INFORMATION, TERMS AND AGREEMENTS:

A minimum of 3 to 12 months, twice a week, is typically needed in order to gain proficient skill levels. After throwing 100 pieces, proficiency is coming right along.

A one-time (NON-REFUNDABLE) $35 registration/start-up fee, in addition to the class fee, holds your space in a class and includes your first 25 lb. bag of clay.

Schedules and prices subject to change.

Payments accepted: Cash, Check, Visa/MC.

$35.00 cash fee for all NSF returned checks.

You should have the ability to push, move, or lift 25-50 pounds in order to participate in classes.

Should you decide to quit before the end of the term, but after attending the first or subsequent classes, due to pre-existing medical conditions which become aggravated from pottery related activities, a failure to disclose & discuss with instructor any medical, health, mental, or physically limiting factors before registration, forfeits any and all rights to refunds of paid fees in full or part for the remainder of paid terms after the first class is attended. You must disclose and discuss such conditions before committing to start a pottery related activity or class. Depending on condition, you may be advised to not enroll. If you receive an adverse notification and choose to enroll anyway, you agree to waive any and all rights to refunds of paid fees in full or part for the remainder of the paid terms should you change your mind for ANY reason (not just those mentioned above) about attending.

The nature of wheel throwing often causes cuts and abrasions of hands, making blood-borne pathogens transmissible. Such conditions must be disclosed prior to starting a class so that precautions can be taken to minimize or prevent incidents. Persons with such conditions will be liable to the extent of the law should any transmissions occur. Warts on hands are included in this statement.

Persons with respiratory ailments, such as tuberculosis or asthma, should  not pursue activities with clay & glazes, due to the nature of the materials. Anyone with a transmissible respiratory ailment should not attend class, including flus and colds. The studio is not liable for such absences.

Class fees are not refundable after the first class is attended, unless a replacement can be found to take your space, but even then a refund is not guaranteed. Do not ask for refunds. When you sign up for a class you understand and agree to these terms. Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to the start of the class in order to receive a refund of class fees. The $35 registration fee is not refundable. The studio is not liable for events that occur that prevent you from taking a class. The studio is not liable for your absences from classes and make up classes are not included, nor are make up sessions the responsibility of the studio to fulfill.

The workspace environment is not suitable for children under the age of 6 years. Children ages 8-12 who try wheel throwing may not succeed at this time. Such failure may prevent them from trying again when they are more capable. Younger children require more (80-100%) one-on-one, hands-on instruction, which is available only 20% of the class time to each student, so that the instructor can provide individual help to all participants during class.

Registrations received with the non-refundable registration fee of $35 dollars will receive confirmation of space availability by email unless verified in person at the studio. The registration fee is exchanged for the enrollee's first bag of clay to use in class. Clay is purchased separately thereafter. Submitting a registration form does not guarantee placement in a class. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Fees are not transferable to other persons or other classes. No refunds & no make-up sessions for missed classes, business trips, work schedule changes, vacations, sickness, or holidays, nor for any other reasons for absences. Detailed demonstrations & guidance from instructor, tools, equipment, electric kiln firings and dipping glazes (up to 10 peices of average size [1" to 4"]) are included in the class fee. Large wheel thrown pieces created by advanced-level potters will cost more per firing for glaze and firing space in the kilns and will be assessed as needed and paid for at the time of service. Raku firings are separate from throwing classes.

In order to run a safe, dust-reduced, workplace, everyone must follow studio rules as discussed in classes. Thorough clean up of workspaces is expected with every visit, class, or work-time using the studio.  Self-awareness is imperative to working safely with pottery materials.

Other terms and conditions may apply.