Ceramics Classes

Union Project's ceramics classes encourage the making of both hand-made objects and connections among people. Your class registration furthers UP's mission to use our space to bring people together to connect, create, and celebrate.

The online registration form is located within each class listing. After you submit the form, you will be to submit payment via Paypal. Your spot is not secured until payment is received. All materials and supplies are included in class price. Ceramic toolkits are available for $20.

Refund policy: Refunds may be issued if requested at least two weeks prior to class start date. A $20 administrative fee will be charged for all refunds.

Class make-up policy: Class participants are able to make up one missed class during an Open Studio session. The missed class must be made up before the last class of the session.
 

Have an idea for a class you'd like to Union Project to offer, please share it with Jenna at 412-363-4550 x222 or jenna@unionproject.org.

Winter Session: 
10 Mondays, January 26-March 30, 6-9 pm
Cost: $215

Whether you already have a little experience in clay, or are just starting out – this class will give you an introduction to the fundamentals of wheel-throwing and hand-building. If you have experience throwing on the wheel and want to take it to the next level, this class will also provide the opportunity to advance your skills, explore new forms, and deepen your ceramics experience. Work on more advanced shapes like teapots or larger pieces, and learn small steps to transform a mediocre pot into a beautiful piece. In addition to hands on learning, we’ll take the time to really look at the pieces you make – going beyond the mechanics of throwing and discussing the aesthetics of what makes one pot better than another.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Class make-up policy: Class participants are able to make up one missed class during an Open Studio session. The missed class must be made up before the last class of the session.

Winter Session:
10 Thursdays, January 29-April 2, 6-9 pm
Cost: $215

Whether you already have a little experience in clay, or are just starting out – this class will give you an introduction to the fundamentals of wheel-throwing and hand-building. If you’ve already learned the basics and want to improve your proficiency, this class will challenge you and help you expand your knowledge or refresh your skills. Your instructor, Rain, will focus on teaching centering, maximizing volume, trimming, glazing, and studio safety.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Class make-up policy: Class participants are able to make up one missed class during an Open Studio session. The missed class must be made up before the last class of the session.

Winter Session:
10 Saturdays, January 31-April 4, 9 am-12 pm
Cost: $215

This class has just one spot left!  If you want to nab that spot for yourself, email Jenna Vanden Brink.

Due to popular demand, we've added this Saturday session of Beginning / Intermediate Ceramics! Whether you already have a little experience in clay, or are just starting out – this class will give you an introduction to the fundamentals of wheel-throwing and hand-building. If you’ve already learned the basics and want to improve your proficiency, this class will challenge you and help you expand your knowledge or refresh your skills. Your instructor, Martha, will focus on teaching centering, maximizing volume, trimming, glazing, and studio safety.

To register for this class, email Jenna Vanden Brink.

Class make-up policy: Class participants are able to make up one missed class during an Open Studio session. The missed class must be made up before the last class of the session.

Winter Session 1:
4 Tuesdays, February 3-February 24, 10 -11:30 am
Cost: $55/person

Ages 7-12. This class is designed for young artists to have fun and socialize with peers while creating and learning various ceramic techniques. Your child will receive one-on-one attention on the wheel and complete various hand-built projects learning coil, slab, and pinch techniques. Students will also have time to free play with clay and see other artists work in our community studio.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, or would prefer to pay with an alternate method, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Winter Session: 
8 Tuesdays, February 3-March 24, 6-9 pm
Firing is March 27-March 29 at the Laurelville Wood-fire Kiln 
Cost: $250
 

This class is suitable for students at any level, including first time beginners. Students will create a body of work to be fired in the Union Project wood kiln located in the Laurel Highlands near Mt. Pleasant, PA. Students will be encouraged to produce hand built and or wheel thrown functional objects and sculpture. The fundamentals and principals of atmospheric firing and glazing will be discussed and experienced when the class heads down to the kiln to fire the work over the last weekend in March.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Winter Session 1:
4 Wednesdays, February 4-February 25, 5:00-6:30pm
Cost: $55

Ages 8-12. Your child will create functional and decorative work drawing upon their imagination and environment for creativity. Projects will provide students with an opportunity to find inspiration in area architecture and natural forms.  Each young artist will learn various hand-building techniques and will have a chance to try the potter’s wheel.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

 

Winter Session:
Friday, February 13, 7-10 pm
Cost: $65/pair or $40/person

Voted Best Imbibed Crafting by Pittsburgh Magazine!

Spend Friday night with buddies, drinking wine, in the studio! Grab a buddy or a date for three hours of clay and wine.  Everyone will have a chance to play on the wheel, and our instructor will also teach you a variety of handbuilding techniques!  Clay, wine, and firing costs are included in the fee.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. This workshop is for adults aged 21 and over.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Winter Session 2:
4 Tuesdays, March 3-March 24, 10 -11:30 am
Cost: $55/person

Ages 7-12. This summer class is designed for young artists to have fun and socialize with peers while creating and learning various ceramic techniques. Your child will receive one-on-one attention on the wheel and complete various hand-built projects learning coil, slab, and pinch techniques. Students will also have time to free play with clay and see other artists work in our community studio.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Winter Session 2:
4 Wednesdays, March 4-March 25, 5:00-6:30pm
Cost: $55

Ages 8-12. Your child will create functional and decorative work drawing upon their imagination and environment for creativity. Projects will provide students with an opportunity to find inspiration in area architecture and natural forms.  Each young artist will learn various hand-building techniques and will have a chance to try the potter’s wheel.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

 

Winter Session: 
Saturday, March 14, 3-6 pm
Cost: $40/person or $65/pair

Join us for a flask-making, whiskey-swilling workshop!

You will learn soft-slab construction and create your own ceramic whiskey flask...while sampling delicious whiskey. (mmmmm)

After the workshop, your flask will be bisque and glaze fired to completion.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. This workshop is for adults aged 21 and over.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Winter Session:
Saturday, March 21, 3-6 pm
Cost: $30/basket

Spring into the studio, and craft your own unique, ceramic basket! During this one-day workshop, participants will create and decorate a ceramic basket with the help of one of UP's ceramic artists. Working from a wheel-thrown form, participants will design and carve patterns into the clay, then decorate with color. All experience levels welcome.

Your creations will be bisque fired, glazed, and glaze fired after the workshop. Baskets will need to be picked up at a later date. All pieces are food and dishwasher.

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).

Winter Workshop:
Sunday, March 29, 1-3 pm
Cost: $25/birdhouse

Spring is just around the corner!  Handbuild with clay and make a cozy home for your feathered friends. You'll use slab construction to build your bird house and then paint on underglazes to spruce it up. Bring some buddies or your family and build a bird house together, or you can each make your very own. Sign up today to save your spot!

To register for this workshop, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment online using a credit card. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. This workshop is great for all ages.

If you have questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink (412.363.4550 x222).