fall pottery 

Meet the Instructors

Victoria Schmidlapp, a ceramic artist from Old Lyme, Connecticut, is the COMO pottery studio manager. Schmidlapp has more than 17-years of ceramics experience. Allowing the clay to tell its story, her works have a fresh sophistication and modern aesthetic which exhibit a textural fluidity with notes from nature and societal surroundings. Schmidlapp received her B.F.A in ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). During her time there, she was appointed teaching assistant for Adelaide Paul, and grew to love teaching ceramics. Shortly after graduation she continued to make pieces as a studio potter and showed at the 92Y Tribeca in New York City. After moving from Long Island four years ago she became a full-time studio potter working and teaching at a small studio in Old Lyme, before coming to the COMO.

Instructor Amanda Oakes earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Skidmore College. Her concentration was in ceramics and for her senior show, she created a mural painting out of clay! Oakes enjoys the technique of hand building and the inspiration she gets from working with children. She previously taught at many places including Pine Point and St. Michael's School. Oakes has been teaching at the COMO for 18 years.


Family Clay Play

Come explore and have fun with clay in this preschool and parent class!  Alongside their instructor and parents, students will learn basic hand building techniques and paint with non-toxic glaze to add a pop of color to their creations at the end.  Clay is a tactile medium that teaches us about structure, shape and form while allowing expression through creativity.  A great learning experience for kids and adults alike! 

Fridays | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Fall Session II: October 13- November 3

Winter : November 10- December 8 (Skip November 24)


Fall Youth Pottery (ages 5-12)

Make a box, make a ball, make it short, or make it tall! Sculpt animals, flowers, faces and more. With hands in clay, students can create anything they imagine.

Youth Pottery A or B- Session 2: 4:00– 5:00 p.m., Ages 5-12 *

A: Tuesdays, November 7 – December 19

B: Thursdays, November 9 – December 21 

*Class does not meet the week of November 20 

Member Fee: $70

Non-Member Fee: $100

Youth Pottery A or B- Session 1: 4:00– 5:00 p.m., Ages 5-12

A: Tuesdays, September 19 - October 24

B: Thursdays, September 21 – October 26

Member Fee: $70

Non-Member Fee: $100

 

 


Students create works of art on the pottery wheel at the COMO pottery studio

Pre-Teen Wheel Pottery

Ages 9-12

Learn the essentials of throwing on the potter’s wheel, from centering to pulling to trimming.  Students will learn how to glaze their work at the end of the session.  No previous experience needed, but be prepared to have fun and get messy! Short nails and long hair pulled back required. 

Session I: Wednesdays, October 11-November 15 | 3:30-5:30 PM OR

Session II: Wednesdays, November 29-January 10 (skipping 12/27) | 3:30-5:30 PM

Member Price: $85

Non-member Price: $115

Materials Fee: $30


Teen Wheel Pottery

Ages 13-18

Learn the essentials of throwing on the potter’s wheel, from centering to pulling to trimming. Students will learn how to finish and glaze their pieces at the end of the session.  No previous experience needed, but be prepared to have fun and get messy! Short nails and long hair pulled back required. 

Fridays, September 15- October 20 | 3:00-5:00 PM

Fridays, November 3- December 15 | 3:00-5:00 PM (No class on November 24)

Member Price: $85

Non-member Price: $115

Materials Fee: $30


Youth Halloween Special

Make your own clay jack-o-lantern or ghostly ghoul then paint it in this workshop. Instructor will fire and glaze the pieces. Work will be available for pick up two weeks later - just in time for spooky festivities! Materials fee included.

Saturday, October 14 | 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Member Price: $25

Nonmember Price: $35

 

 

 

The COMO has a brand new pottery studio, right in the COMO Main Building at 28 Cutler Street.

Register for a class to be one of the first to experience this great new space!