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.

After you register for your class, pay here. 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.

Summer Session: 
2 Sundays, September 7 - 14, 1-4 pm
Cost: FREE

Union Project invites members of the deaf community to a ceramics workshop developed in partnership with Creative Citizen Studios. This is a free, two-part workshop taking place on Sunday, September 7 and Sunday, September 14 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The workshop will be held in Union Project's ceramics studio. Whether you have zero experience in clay or years of experience - this workshop will give you an introduction to hand-building techniques. Everyone will also have a chance to try the wheel. All work created will be glazed and fired to completion. Work will be finished and ready for pick up two weeks after the workshop. All materials and tools are provided.

There will be ASL interpreters on site.  Union Project is wheelchair accessible via our Stanton Avenue door - staff will meet all participants there.

This workshop is free, but spots are limited to ten people. Please register for your spot by completing the registration form below.  If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Vanden Brink - jenna@unionproject.org or 412-363-4550.

Union Project is located at 801 N. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  All workshop participants should enter the building from the side door located on Stanton Avenue (we'll be there to meet you).

Fall Session 1:
4 Tuesdays, September 16-October 7, 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 via Paypal. 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).

Fall Session 1:
4 Wednesdays, September 24-October 14, 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 via Paypal. 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).

 

Fall Session:
10 Thursdays, September 25-December 4, 6-9 pm (no class on November 27)
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, Ben, 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 via Paypal. 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).

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.

Fall Session:
10 Saturdays, September 27-December 6, 9 am-12 pm (no class on November 29)
Cost: $215

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, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment via Paypal. 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).

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.

Fall Session: 
10 Mondays, September 29-December 1, 6-9 pm
Cost: $215

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 via Paypal. 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).

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.

Fall Workshop:
Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, drop in anytime from 12-3 pm
Cost: $25/Pumpkin

Come pick your own ceramic pumpkin and then carve it into a jack-o-lantern!
Hollow clay pumpkin forms are individually hand-made by a member of the Union Project Ceramics Co-op, for you to come and carve - just like a real pumpkin! They will be in the "leather-hard" state, meaning that they are firm to the touch, yet soft enough to be carved with a knife. After being carved, the pumpkin will be dried and fired in our kiln to almost 2000 degrees. When you pick it up a week later, it will be a permanent jack-o-lantern, safe for inside and outside use.  

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment via Paypal. 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).

Fall Session 2:
4 Tuesdays, October 14-November 4, 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 via Paypal. 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).

Fall Workshop:
Saturday, October 25, 3-6 pm
Cost: $40/person or $65/pair

Beer and Clay come together in perfect harmony. You will glaze a stein made by one of UP's Ceramic Artists and learn how to build your own. Enjoy tasty beer while you get creative in the studio. Take this unique workshop alone or with friends-sign up today to save your spot!

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

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

Fall Session 2:
4 Wednesdays, October 22-November 12, 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 via Paypal. 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).

 

Fall Session:
Friday, November 7, 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 via Paypal. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. This workshop is for adults aged 21 and over.

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

Fall Workshop:
3 Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 6-8 pm
Cost: $75/person

Come create something special for your next holiday soiree. Dazzle loved ones with your unique handmade serveware. Showcase your food in a beautiful vessel. Must we go on? During this three day workshop, you will create and decorate a ceramic platter, basket, and bowl working primarily in slab construction. All experience levels welcome.

Your creations will be bisque fired, glazed, and glaze fired - so you add three stunning new pieces of artwork to your home!

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

Fall Workshop:
Sunday, December 7, 1-3 pm
Cost: $25/person or $60/family or group of four

Get ready to trim your tree like never before!
You will learn to slab build, coil build, and glaze your way to your very own ornaments.  Multiple techniques will be demonstrated for you to explore.  Once your ornaments have been fired in our kiln, you'll have one-of-a-kind creations to give away or keep!

To register for this class, you must complete the registration form below and submit payment via Paypal. 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).