LOOKING FOR A DIY ART FIXTURE IN HOUSTON? Although Space City great art scene is still thriving across our wide variety of museumsgalleries and famous theaters across the city, sometimes admiring the art isn’t enough. Lucky for you, passionate artisans, hands-on art lessons from local artists and educators are always available to support emerging artists, seasoned art veterans and novices, young and old.
Most pottery studios follow the same basic structure for classes, whether it’s casual, one-time workshops, or weekly classes. While you’re in the studio, you’ll be given clay to work with or without the wheel and (hopefully) shape something simple – a cup, vase, or plate – or more intricate, sculptural pieces, depending on your skill level, class and type of studio.
Once you’re happy with your beautiful new ceramic piece – or that more or less symmetrical vase-shaped thing you’ve made – the clay needs to be dried, then fired in the studio kiln and glazed. You will usually be able to get your finished piece back within a few days or weeks, depending on the studio’s turnaround time.
If that all seems too complicated for your extracurricular activities this week (especially if you just got a manicure), you can head to a pottery painting studio instead. Sit down for a few hours with or without a glass of wine (or the rest of your family) and have fun painting already-made pottery however you see fit.
Read on for a list of seven of the best pottery and pottery painting studios in Houston, and start planning your artistic career ahead of time.
Adults, kids, couples and families are all welcome to throw clay (not smash it) at the three Smashed Clay locations in Memorial, Cypress and Sugar Land. If you’re booking a one-on-one session, girls’ night out, birthday party, or date night, you can choose a “functional” pottery project like a jar, vase, mug, or bowl for your hour at flying. Or, you can attend one of their signings Agreement workshopswhere the tobacco pipes, seasonal decoration (even after Halloween, it will always be pumpkin season), and Pottery inspired by Seth Rogen projects can be done. Some workshops even involve wellness rituals like new and full moon ceremonies and intention setting. Bonus, if that’s your thing: almost all sessions are BYOB-friendly.
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While they offer classes for interested potters of any skill level, this local artist-run studio also has great resources and opportunities for artists looking to expand their range of clay techniques and pursue a serious career. in the ceramic arts. You can try a relaxed two-hour session wheel toss session if you are new, or join a eight-week course program with one of the studio’s many instructors to gain a foundation in the art. Most classes are for adults only, but parents can bring their kids to learn the hand-building technique (which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like) at a holiday themed workshop at Christmas or drop the kids and teens off at a mini summer camp in July.
This boutiquey and whimsical studio in the heights managed by ceramic artist Carole Smith offers handmade pottery classes for children, teens and adults. Five or ten week courses will teach students everything they need to know while giving them the freedom to choose the type of projects they want to complete. Workshops are offered to adults throughout the year for a variety of unique projects, such as a ceramic paint palette Where Dia de los Muertos altar, and kids can attend a “clay and craft” summer camp or have their birthday party at the studio.
This comfortable pottery painting studio suitable for all levels offers one of the largest selections of pottery (some of which you can check out before your visit on their instagram), underglaze colors (the proper term for the color you paint your piece of pottery before it is glazed in the firing process) and other materials including stencils and stamps to help perfect the design of your choice. They also offer a number of take-out kits, so you can paint in the comfort of your home and then take the piece back to the studio to be fired. In addition, right next door is a recently opened pottery workshop, The Clay Bar Company.where you can level up to create your own wheel-spinned coins whenever you’re ready.
Located at sawing lessons In the Arts District, Fire Gallery offers a wide variety of beginner and advanced pottery classes for small groups, including a number of relaxed evening classes. (Yes, they are on the Ghost referencetoo.) While studio membership can be pricey if you’re looking to use their space for more than the casual night out with friends and family, this can be a great place to rent as artist spaceor learn more advanced techniques like Raku firing and ceramic sculpture.
With multiple locations in River Oaks, Bellaire, and Memorial, The Mad Potter offers all the family-friendly pottery painting options from other studios, including evenings at the studio and home party kits. They also offer holiday workshops (which are also holidays and great opportunities for kids to make new friends) throughout November and December, and over 250 pottery options, from simple shapes to “coloring book” pottery with pre-printed designs to paint, Christmas decorations, home decor and even dragon and dinosaur statues.
Four Circle Studio Ceramics is a new studio to add to the growing number in the heights. Situated in Asch Building, an ethical shopping mall, the studio takes a more individual approach to the classes it offers. Whether you take a private introductory lesson to learn the basics of wheel throwing, having fun with your person (or your child, or someone else you love enough to take a pottery lesson with) at a party, or seeks to master a new vase, cup or more complex piece, there is no set curriculum for any of the classes. Instead, the studio wants to know what kind of items you want to craft or what kind of skills you’re looking to learn, and will organize your session to help you achieve those goals.