Of course! We offer classes that suit the needs of a novice or a pro. We intentionally limit the size of our classes so that our beginning students are able to receive the one-on-one instruction necessary while the intermediate students can develop their ideas and skills under the supervision of the instructor.
BrickHouse offers both hand building and wheel throwing classes for all levels. Students will also become experienced in basic glazing techniques as well as the firing process.
If you've never worked with clay before, hand building is a great place to begin. In these classes students will learn the skills needed to construct forms using the slab, coil, and pinch methods. Our hand building classes cover a wide range of basic hand building skills through various group projects and allow students of all levels to transform their individual ideas into reality with the help of the instructor.
Our wheel classroom consists of 12 wheels where students learn the skills needed to 'throw' and trim a pot. While wheel throwing may look easy in videos, keep in mind that practice makes perfect. This is a class that requires patience, an open mind, and of course a sense of humor when things may go awry.
Unfortunately we do not offer children's group classes. However, we do offer private lessons and if your child has a birthday coming up we are more than happy to help celebrate his or her special day. BrickHouse offers private parties for all ages; perfect for birthday parties, work events, or just something fun to do with family and friends.
If you own your own clay tools you are more than welcome to bring those. If not, we can sell you a tool kit so you can get started. We also find having an old hand towel by your side helpful, but not necessary. Otherwise, everything else that you may need should be here.
Clay is a messy medium so be sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or a large apron. Luckily clay comes out of fabric without much effort but there are glazes and other materials here that aren't so forgiving.
The class fee includes a weekly 3-hour slot of instruction, unlimited studio stoneware, and glazes. What is not included you may ask? Firing is an additional 5¢ per cubic inch (a decent sized mug generally costs about $3) for both firings. If you do not own a set of clay tools we require that you purchase a kit for your class. And lastly, if you are looking to come in outside of class time to practice your skills, Benchtime is available for an additional fee.
Of course, just know that classes fill immediately! Once registration opens online, you can register for a class right from our website. You can also register by phone (weekdays 11am-5pm)
As far as payment for phone registrations, we can take your credit card information over the phone or you can mail a check to complete your registration.
Unfortunately, missed classes are not refundable. Please understand that when you sign up for a session of classes, we reserve a wheel or table space for you for that particular time slot. Our classes fill with reserved spaces so there isn't room for anyone extra. There are no refunds or credits given for missed classes.
Unfortunately, since all of our classes are full, it is unlikely that there is a seat for you in another class. Therefore, due to space limitations, we cannot offer make-up or drop-in classes.
Those of you wishing to learn the ropes but can't quite find the time may want to consider private lessons. Once you contact us, we connect you with an instructor and together you schedule a timeslot for your lesson. Take a look at our 'classes' page on the website for prices.
Due to safety and liability concerns, we do not allow minors to be in the adult classes. BrickHouse serves over 200 adults in the studio each week and therefore, does not have the ability to take on the responsibility of an unaccompanied minor. Adult conversations may not be appropriate for minors. Certain dangers inherent in raw glaze chemicals, sharp tools, and electrical equipment are also of concern. A child or teenager may take a scheduled private lesson, have a private party or take a class with a parent or guardian.