Sip n’ Slurry – Pottery Friday Nights


$20 per session or $50 for series + cash bar

River Arts pottery instructors host a Sip n' Slurry creative experience - the pottery twist on Paint n' Sip! We will walk you through a specific handbuilding project - from mugs, candle holders, planters, plates, vases, and more, all while unwinding with a glass of wine or locally brewed beer. Handbuilidng is a great introductory method of working with clay, no prior experience is required (pottery wheel not used in this class as it requires more than one class to complete work). Couples and groups encouraged, bring some friends and make it a party!

Each participant will make 1 piece during the evening. We know it is tempting to make extra pieces, but to be able to keep firing, glazing, and costs low for participants, each person must follow guided project to complete one piece!

Price includes materials, pieces will be available to pickup after glazing and firing approximately 3 weeks later.

Special thank you to Rock Art Brewery for sponsoring the series!

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Afterschool Clay Class: Intro to Throwing


6 Sessions

Tuition: $120

Instructor: Heidi Bielenberg

Ages 8-18

This beginning ceramics class will introduce students to the mechanics of the wheel, skills in centering, throwing, and controlling clay on the wheel. Attention will be paid on forming handles, surface treatment, glazing techniques, and handbuilding with clay off the wheel. Students will leave with approx 5-10 finished pieces.

Students can expect help with managing their work in between classes, as the Instructor will assist in wrapping, misting or unwrapping wet pieces for success in the studio.
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Waitlist: Adult Beginner Wheel

Contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist!

6 Sessions

$135 includes materials and firing costs

Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang

This class is an introduction to wheel thrown pottery. Learn the basics of throwing, forming, handles, and finishing pieces trimming and glazing. Create several functional pieces. Beginners welcome! Tuition includes materials and firing costs, as well as open studio access during the weeks of your class. Additional clay is sold separately at $30/25lb bag.

  Instructor Bio:┬áLisa Wolfgang is an interdisciplinary artist who has been living and working in Vermont since 2016 since graduating from Alfred University with a BFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media. Her background includes work as an instructor of sculpture and ceramics at Helen Day Arts Center, a ceramics instructor and studio technician at Interlochen Center for the Arts, as an outdoor educator at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center. Lisa joined the clay studio this past fall and is looking forward to making more positive connections through teaching ceramics classes.
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Ongoing Mixed-Level Classes

Access through Punchcard System


Adult (ages 18+)

Every Sunday, 10am-12noon

Instructor: Lisa Wolfgang


All Ages

Every Thursday, 6-8pm

Instructor: Heidi Bielenberg


Instructor will assist you in your learning from beginning throwing, honing your skills, trimming, hand building, and glazing. Classes do not have a set start and end date, come when able! Reserve a space in advance recommended, drop-ins welcome based on availability. Sign-up in the studio, by calling the office at (802) 888-1261, or emailing [email protected]
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Monthly Membership, Punchcards, & Private Lessons

The Clay Studio at River Arts offers 4 pottery wheels, electric kiln, hand tools, glazes, and three clay bodies. Laguna Cone 6 stoneware clay bodies available including white, white with grog, and red with grog at $30 per 25lb bag, which includes all glazing and firing costs. Clay must be purchased through RA. Members may contact clay studio manager to approve bringing in additional materials or glazes.

Monthly Memberships:


Work independently in the studio

Dedicated shelf space for work, clay, and supplies storage

Unlimited studio hours, except for blacked-out dates during classes and rentals

Access to building key-code for working on weekends and after hours

Punch Cards:

$50/5 punches

$100/12 punches

Punch Cards are good for independent studio time (1 punch) or attending Ongoing Mixed-Level Classes (2 punches) if you need assistance. Sign-up recommended as there is limited wheel space. Sign-up on sheet in the studio, by calling the office (802-888-1261), or emailing [email protected] Drop-ins welcome based on availability.
2-hour Private Lessons:

$75 for 1 person

$100 for 2 people

$125 for 3 people

$150 for 4 people

Book a 2 hour private lesson! All materials included. We encourage you to sign up for multiple dates if you would like to learn how to trim and glaze your piece, otherwise we will take care of the finish work and you can pick up your piece approx 2 weeks after lesson. Give us a call or email [email protected] for more information or to reserve your date!
Questions? Interested in teaching or becoming a studio assistant?

Contact Heidi Bielenberg, Clay Studio Manager at [email protected]
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