Oklahoma Contemporary
Unglazed ceramic forms sitting on a shelf

Ceramics

A flagship program of Oklahoma Contemporary since 1989, ceramic classes and workshops take place in state-of-the-art facilities at Studio School under expert instruction. After creating works in the Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio, students may fire their works of art at a range of temperatures and atmospheres in several kilns, including two outdoor gas kilns custom built by Donovan Palmquist of Master Kiln Builders. Studio School is also home to the state’s only community salt and soda kiln.

Due to the pandemic, all ceramics courses will take place outdoors with masks required and social distancing procedures enforced.


Outdoor Workshop | Raku Ceramics

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday, March 7 and Saturday, March 13, 2021
  • Cost $40
  • Location The Studio Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
A clay bowl sits inside a flaming oven

Join us for a two-day, hands-on workshop as we dive into the topic of Raku ceramics. Together, we'll explore traditional Japanese Raku as it relates to religious and cultural practices and its later expression among American ceramicists in the mid-1900s. During the first workshop session, you'll use hand building techniques to create tea bowls. We'll meet the following weekend to glaze and fire your works using the Raku process. This in-person workshop will take place outside. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. All materials and tools are included in the cost of tuition and this course is open to students of all levels. Registration closes Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Class | Altered Forms on the Wheel

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 - June 1, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Spice up your wheel throwing repertoire! This course will focus on wheel-thrown forms that are altered and reassembled at the leather-hard stage of the clay using hand-built clay slabs. Students will explore faceting, darting, paddling and carving techniques while creating a series of unique clay vessels. The class will also investigate a variety of clay surface options including slip application, underglaze, wax resist and glaze application methods. This course will take place outside with masks required and social distancing enforced. Registration closes Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Ceramics

  • Date 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, April 17 - June 5, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Explore the art of ceramics with an experienced instructor. This course will focus on the three hand building techniques, including pinching, coiling and using slabs of clay. Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to explore the potter's wheel. Through a variety of hands-on projects, you'll leave this class with foundational knowledge of clay and completed ceramic works of art. This course will take place outside with masks required and social distancing enforced. Registration closes Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing

  • Date 4-6 p.m. Saturdays, April 17 - June 15 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Erica Hopper
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

This beginner-friendly course is an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Each student will discover and practice the fundamental techniques of throwing — preparing, centering and pulling clay — and acquire the skills necessary to create a variety of clay vessels. Students will also investigate a variety of clay surface options, including slip application, underglaze, wax resist, glaze application and firing methods. This course will take place outside with masks required and social distancing enforced. Registration closes Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Rental | Ceramics Wheel Rental

  • Date April 12 - June 6, 2021 (closed May 31)
  • Cost varies - see description
  • Location Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Looking for an opportunity to work independently in the Wheel Throwing Studio? Ceramics Wheel Rental takes place during Studio School's sessions and is available in both full and half day sessions. Students are able to use their designated potter's wheel any day of the week during their allotted time and some storage is available. The cost of glazing materials and firings is not included in tuition and storage space is available (to allow for social distancing, appointments are required for glazing). Masks are required at all times while in the Studio Building. Students must purchase clay from Studio School or may furnish their own specialized clay with prior written approval.

Full-Day Access ($595): Monday-Friday 10-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10-5 p.m.
Half-Day Morning Access ($300): Monday-Friday 10-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10-1 p.m.
Half-Day Afternoon Access ($300): Monday-Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2-5 p.m.

To register, contact studioschool@okcontemp.org. The Manager of Ceramic Studio and Program must approve enrollment requests. Registration deadline is Apr. 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Outdoor Friday Night Series | Clay Snack Set

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Cost $65 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 21+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Unglazed ceramic cup and small plate

Are you curious about clay? Join us for a low-key workshop addressing basic hand building techniques to create a one-of-a-kind cup and plate. Students will pick up their glazed and fired work a few weeks after the workshop. This course will take place outdoors with masks required and social distancing enforced. With table service from Café Contemporary, you can enjoy an adult beverage and nibbles as you get creative with new friends. Registration for this workshop closes at noon on the day of the event.

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Eight-Week Rental | Hand Building Studio Rental

  • Date April 12 - June 6, 2021 (closed May 31)
  • Cost cost varies - see description
  • Location Studios Building | Hand Building Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Need space and resources for your hand building projects? Hand Building Studio Rental takes place during Studio School's sessions and is available in both full and half-day sessions. Students are able to use their designated space any day of the week during their allotted time and storage is available. The cost of glazing materials and firings is not included in tuition (to allow for social distancing, appointments are required for glazing). Masks are required at all times while in the Studio Building. Students must purchase clay from Studio School or may furnish their own specialized clay with prior written approval.

Full-Day Access ($595): Monday-Friday 10-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10-5 p.m.
Half-Day Morning Access ($300): Monday-Friday 10-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10-1 p.m.
Half-Day Afternoon Access ($300): Monday-Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2-5 p.m.

To register, contact studioschool@okcontemp.org. The Manager of Ceramic Studio and Program must approve enrollment requests. Registration deadline is April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Outdoor Workshop | Raku Ceramics

  • Date 3-5:30 p.m. Sundays, April 18 and 25, 2021
  • Cost $50 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
A clay bowl sits inside a flaming oven

Join us for a two-day, hands-on workshop as we dive into the topic of Raku ceramics. Together, we'll explore traditional Japanese Raku as it relates to religious and cultural practices and its later expression among American ceramicists in the mid-1900s. During the first workshop session, you'll use hand building techniques to create tea bowls. We'll meet the following weekend to glaze and fire your works using the Raku process. This in-person workshop will take place outside. Masks are required at all times and social distancing will be enforced. All materials and tools are included in the cost of tuition, and this course is open to students of all levels. Registration closes Sunday, April 11 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Class | The Almighty Cup

  • Date 12-3 p.m. Saturdays, April 17 - June 5, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Ceramic cups

There's a reason Dr. Jones nearly died fighting for a cup in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Perhaps no object the potter makes is more intimate than the cup. No other object can carry the weight a favorite cup can. It becomes an object of ritual and intent like no other. This hands-on class will explore the cup in its many forms and iterations, from historical vessels like the Japanese chawan or Greek Pythagorean cup to modern day hurricane glasses and everything in between. Students will apply their knowledge to create their own ceramic vessels on the wheel or at the table. This course will take place outside with masks required and social distancing enforced. Registration closes Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

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Hours

Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Location

Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003
info@okcontemp.org

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P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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