Clay Classes

discover your connection with clay

The BMCA Clay Studio is located behind our main building. It used to be a city garage, and in 2005 was renovated to transform it to our clay studio.

We offer on-going classes for all levels of experience, a monthly Independent Study prorgram, and private solo or group lessons. Occasionally we will offer workshops in the studio, and information on those will be updated on this page.

on-going CLASSES

The on-going classes in our Clay Studio run in 6-week sessions. These sessions are $210 ($150 for tuition, and $60 for clay, glazes, and firing). The 2021 class schedule runs the weeks of:

January 4-February 8

February 15-March 22

March 29-May3

May 10-June 14

June 21-July 26

August 2-September 6

September 13-October 18

October 25-November 29


Due to the small size of our studio, most classes usually have a waitlist. Our studio policy is to allow current students in classes to sign up for continuing sessions until they decide to leave. Then, their spot opens up to the next person on the waitlist. We do this to give current students the chance to build upon their skills. Contact us if you're interested in being put on the waitlist.

Below are the 4 different classes that we offer weekly. Included in your class fee are 2-3 Open Studio sessions weekly to work on pieces while not in class. Due to COVID and distancing guidelines, we are limiting the studio to no more than 9 people at any given time. Because of this, we temporarily have a sign up sheet for Open Studio sessions. See the class days and times and Open Studio schedule below.

Class Schedule

Monday (beginner & intermediate)


Mathilda Tanner

Tuesday (advanced)


Charles Freeland

Tuesday (advanced)


Charles Freeland

Thursday (beginner & intermediate)


Geoff Bird

Open Studio Schedule
















Independent Study

The Independent Study program in the BMCA Clay Studio is an opportunity for experienced potters to have a studio to create in, but without instruction. The monthly fee for this program is $110 (this fee does not include clay, but does include studio glazes and firing). This fee allows potters to work in the studio during 2-3 Open Studio hours weekly. Due to COVID and distancing guidelines, we are limiting the studio to no more than 9 people at any given time. Because of this, we temporarily have a sign up sheet for Open Studio sessions. See the Open Studio schedule above.


Students interested in the Independent Study Program must submit an application and photos of work samples. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of glazing, firing, and building and/or throwing techniques and must have a minimum of one year of class instruction. Contact us to fill out an application.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are taught by BMCA Staff and Instructors

Call or email us to schedule a lesson!

Please book your lesson at least 1-2 weeks in advance

Adults (18+)

  • Beginner to advanced wheel work and hand building 

  • $35 an hour/2 hours minimum

  • Additional adults are $20 per person per hour

  • There is a limit of 2 people for wheel work, and a limit of 5 people for hand building

Children (-18)

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • $35 an hour

  • Additional children are $20 per child

  • For additional hours, double the rate

Contact the office for more information

or to schedule a session!


Busy Hands

Pottery for


Ages 10-14

$120 includes all materials

4 week workshop:

1/23, 1/30, 2/6 and 2/13

10:00-11:30 am

Come get messy and learn hand- built pottery techniques. We will make pinch pots, spoons, slab- built lanterns and small clay sculptures. This 4- week Saturday workshop will give your young potter the opportunity to explore ceramics and get their hands dirty. 


We prefer cash or check to avoid costly credit card fees. You may also pay via Paypal or by debit/credit card in our main office.

828.669.0930 / / Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

©2021 by Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

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