Oklahoma Contemporary
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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.

Learn more about the instructors' backgrounds and teaching approaches here.

Questions about a multi-week class? Browse the Studio School syllabi for more details on class topics, projects and required materials and supplies. Tuition for multi-week courses does not include materials. When signing up for a class, all students agree to abide by the policies set forth in the Student Handbook.


Eight-Week Class | Beginning Ceramics

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, July 17 - Sept. 4, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Hand Building Studio and Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing 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: 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. Students will have the opportunity to work on assigned projects independently in the studio between class meetings. Registration closes Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing - Monday

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Mondays July 5 - Aug. 23, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • 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. Students will have the opportunity to work on assigned projects independently in the studio between class meetings. Registration closes Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.

This course is sold out! Click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing - Thursday

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 8 - Aug. 26, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Joe Cox
  • 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. Students will have the opportunity to work on assigned projects independently in the studio between class meetings. Registration closes Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.

This course is sold out! Click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Teen Course | Ceramics for Teens

  • Date 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, July 7-30, 2021
  • Cost $265 (Includes all materials)
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liz Parham
  • Age Requirements 13-17
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Discover ceramics in a class designed with teens in mind. This course will focus on the three hand building techniques: 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. Registration closes Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Class | Intermediate Hand Building

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, July 13 - Aug. 31, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location The Studios Building | Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Based around utilitarian vessels and the intimate moments that surround them, Intermediate Hand Building is designed for those comfortable with ceramic basics and hand building techniques. Students will be asked to consider new approaches to texture, building and decoration, such as using clothing and other found objects to create texture slabs when creating various forms. Students will also explore surface decoration — through underglaze, transfers and decals — to add a sense of depth to their work. Expect a playful environment with opportunities for investigation and discovery at all stages of the making process and encouragement of creative inquiry, exploration and risk taking. Students will have the opportunity to work on assigned projects independently in the studio between class meetings. Registration closes on Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.

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Eight-Week Class | Intermediate Wheel Throwing

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 7 - Aug. 25, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location The Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

This course will focus on expanding student’s knowledge of clay and further developing their creativity through more advanced forms including lidded and pouring vessels. We will use the potters’ wheel as a point of departure to explore different approaches to making and create new and exciting forms. We will also explore many ways to adorn the surfaces of our clay creations such as slip-trailing, sgraffito, wax resist, under glaze and glaze application as well as firing procedures. Registration closes on Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.

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Friday Night Workshop | Mean Muggin'

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2021
  • Cost $65 - includes all materials
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 21+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Discover the basics of ceramics as you use hand building techniques to create your very own mug for coffee, tea or cocoa. Once you complete your creation, you will select your glaze color from a selection of house-made hues. Students will pick up their glazed and fired work a few weeks after the workshop. 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. This workshop has an alternate date of Friday, July 23 — refunds will not be issued in the case of postponement due to weather or other mitigating factors.

This course is sold out! Click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Workshop | Raku Ceramics

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 and 15, 2021
  • Cost $50 - all supplies included
  • Location The Studios Building (indoors and outdoors)
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
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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 and the raku process can be messy, so dress accordingly. Open to students of all levels and all materials and tools are included in the cost of tuition. Registration closes Sunday, Aug. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

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Friday Night Workshop | Snack Attack

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
  • Cost $65 - all materials included
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • 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. 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. This workshop has an alternate date of Friday, Aug. 27 — refunds will not be issued in the case of postponement due to weather or other mitigating factors.

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Eight-Week Rental | Wheel Throwing Rental

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 and storage space any day of the week during their allotted time. The cost of glazing materials and firings is not included in tuition. Students must purchase clay from Studio School or may furnish their own specialized clay with prior written approval.

Monday, July 5 - Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021:
Full-day rentals (M-F 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.): $595
Half-day rentals AM (M-F 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.): $300
Half-day rentals PM (M-F 4-8 p.m., weekends 2-5 p.m.): $300

To secure your rental, email dstevens@okcontemp.org
. Authorization from the Manager of Ceramics Studio and Program is required prior to registration. Registration closes Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Community Firings

  • Cost varies - email for quote
  • Location Studios Building | Ceramics Studio
  • Contact dstevens@okcontemp.org
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Working on a ceramic project and need access to a kiln? Ceramicists in central Oklahoma are invited to use Studio School’s several electric and two large-scale gas kilns, including a salt and soda kiln custom built by Donovan Palmquist of Master Kiln Builders. Use of Studio School glazes and dry materials is available for an additional expense. For more information and pricing, contact us at dstevens@okcontemp.org.

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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