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the ceramics studio


The Ceramics Studio on L3 offers some of the best facilities for pottery wheel and ceramics classes on the Upper West Side in NYC. As a part of the community center setting, we strive to offer an inviting work environment where ideas, creativity and laughs are shared. Working amongst peers — whether at a beginner or more advanced level — enriches the class experience.

We have a full schedule of adult and kids clay programs throughout the week and on Sundays. Every season will bring a host of fun new workshops in ceramics as well as single session Trial Classes to come and sample what we're all about. Send me an email or come by for a tour!

Call us to schedule children or adult birthday parties, we'll work with you to create a memorable occasion!

See examples of past student work.

For more information, contact Sigrid Longsworth Orr, director of Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking; Jewelry; Creative Arts; & Ceramics at sorr@jccmanhattan.org or call 646.505.5715.



for ceramics

facilities overview

4 large worktables, slab roller, 9 pottery wheels, 2 electric kilns (fired to cone 6 oxidation, using a white stoneware clay body), and cone 6 studio glazes and decorative underglazes/slips. Other clay bodies available for advanced students — selection will be at the discretion of the Studio Director and may change per term.

open studio time

Open Studio Time for registered students in ceramics courses and workshops offers a 3-hour Open Studio card, provided with course registration. Additional timecards can be purchased at the lobby box office: 5-hour Open Studio card $15/$20; 10-hour card $30/$40. (1st price listed for JCC Community members/2nd price for nonmembers.) Schedule of open studio time will be distributed during the first week of class and is determined by studio availability around class sessions.

additional costs

Additional Costs: Materials fee of $30 is included in course cost and covers clay and studio glazes. Class tools are provided. Bisque and glaze firing fees are calculated as follows: firings are $.03 per cubic inch ($.75 minimum firing fee), re-firings are $.02 per cubic inch.



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