Fall Pottery Classes 

Please note all new students taking a full class must pay a $30 materials fee. Returning students, who have taken a COMO pottery class within the previous six months, have the option of waiving the materials fee if they have left over clay purchased through the COMO. 

A COMO Introduction to Pottery course is required as a prerequisite to the intermediate and advanced courses. Potters with experience who wish to opt out of the beginner class requirement may do so by passing a pottery evaluation to determine if their skill level is appropriate for an intermediate class. Pottery evaluations are $25 and can be scheduled by calling the COMO office at 860-535-2476.

We are now offering one free hour of bench time with a signup for a full class. Classes must have a minimum of three students for the class to run.

Click here to download the Adult Registration Form. 


Introduction to Pottery

(Ages 16+)

This is an introduction class devoted to the understanding and practices of the joys of ceramics. You will learn the fundamentals of throwing on the wheel, handbuilding and glazing; so that by the end of the class you will have a portfolio of finished work. The main goal of this class is to create as well as appreciate expressive, beautiful three dimensional clay forms. 

Taught by Victoria Schmidlapp.

Should the COMO need to cancel a class, a makeup date will be observed on a certain date. Makeup dates will not be observed in the case of a participant's inability to attend class.

Days & Times: 

Mondays 6 — 8 p.m.

Session I: September 23 — October 28

Session II: November 4 — December 9

Wednesdays 2 — 4 p.m.

Session I: September 4 — October 9

Session II: November 6 — December 11

Member Price: $170
Non-member Price: $200
Studio Fee (Mandatory for all new students): $30 (includes 25 lbs. of clay, firing and glazes) 


Intermediate Pottery 

This is a class for those experienced students that want to further explore clay as an artistic medium. Students will be shown technical demonstrations every class and will have the option to apply the technique to their projects. The goal of this class is to allow students to walk away with a more technical aptitude in ceramic arts.

Taught by Victoria Schmidlapp.

Introduction to Pottery is a prerequisite. 

Should the COMO need to cancel a class, a makeup date will be observed on a certain date. Makeup dates will not be observed in the case of a participant's inability to attend class.

Section 1 : Wednesdays 6 — 8 p.m.

Session I: September 11 — October 16
Session II: October 23 — November 27

Section 2 : Thursdays, 6 — 8 p.m.

Session I: September 19 — October 24
Session II: October 31 — December 12

Section 3 : Fridays, 10 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Session I: September 13 — October 18
Session II: October 25 — November 29

Member Price: $150
Non-member Price: $180
Studio Fee (Mandatory for all new students): $30 (includes 25 lbs. of clay, firing and glazes) 


Glaze & Decal Workshop

(Ages 18+)

Participants will learn the essentials of what goes into making a glaze as well as tips and tricks to glaze application. Students will also learn about screen printing and applying decals on glazed ceramics that have been made in the COMO studio. 


Taught by by Victoria Schmidlapp. 

Should the COMO need to cancel a class, a makeup date will be observed on a certain date. Makeup dates will not be observed in the case of a participant's inability to attend class.

Days & Times: Tuesdays, 7 — 8 p.m.

Session I: October 22 — November 12

Member Price: $35
Non-member Price: $45

Material fee: $10



One-On-One Pottery Lessons

Looking for one-on-one pottery instruction? We offer private lessons for both youth and adults. 

Member Price: $60/hour. Three hour package for $150, package must be used within one month of purchase.
Non-Member Price: $75/hour. Three hour package for $200, package must be used within one month of purchase.

Contact STEAM Director, Victoria Witte at v.witte@thecomo.org, to schedule lessons.


PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL/CANCELLATION POLICY

COMO credit will be granted, minus a nonrefundable 20% fee, when written notice of withdrawal is submitted two weeks prior to the program start date. A full refund will be granted if a program is canceled by the COMO.