Oklahoma Contemporary
Hands manipulating clay on pottery wheel

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.


SUMMER SESSION
Eight-week classes | July 5- Aug. 28
Four-week classes | Session 1 | July 5-July 26
Four-week classes | Session 2 | Aug. 1- 28

REGISTRATION DEADLINES
Eight-week and four-week Session 1 | June 28
Four-week Session 2 | July 25

Based on recent guidance from the CDC and our local health consultants, we have updated our COVID-19 policies. Because all counties in the Oklahoma City metro area rank in the “low” COVID-19 community level, masks are optional in Studio School. Anyone who would prefer to wear a mask is, of course, welcome to do so.

Interested in more than just Ceramics? See our full class and workshop list here.

Workshop | Date Night on the Wheel

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2022
  • Cost $140 per couple
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Chrystal O'Boyle
  • Age Requirements 21+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Two masked people looking at the camera with clay objects on the table between them

Reenact your favorite pottery scenes from the movie Ghost without the inconvenience of your significant other getting murdered. We can’t promise helpful advice from a psychic, but we do think you and your companion will have a great time learning to use the potter’s wheel and making a small bowl. Bad 1990s hair and overalls and tank tops are optional.Registration is limited to 4 couples. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring anyone you want as long as your partner is actually alive. No experience necessary.

Registration closes May 30.

A few weeks after the workshop, you will pick up your fired and finished bowl.

Register

Workshop | Raku Workshop

  • Date 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday, June 5 &12, 2022
  • Cost $75
  • Location The Studios | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio and Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Bowl on fire in a kiln

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.

Sorry, this workshop is SOLD OUT.
Click here to join the waitlist!

Workshop | Ceramic Whiskey Set

  • Date 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2022
  • Cost $65
  • Location The Studios | Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Cream-colored ceramic bottle with two matching cups

Grab your favorite father figure(s) and dad equivalents and hang out on Father’s Day making a custom ceramic whiskey set. No experience necessary! You will learn basic ceramic hand building skills and create a cool bottle and two sipping cups.

A few weeks after the workshop, pick up your glazed and finished piece.

Registration closes June 13.
If the workshop is postponed due to weather or unforeseen instructor circumstances, the rain date is June 26.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Introduction to Ceramics - Tuesday

  • Date 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 5 - Aug. 23, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio and Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Jordi Lister
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Ceramic cups

Prerequisites: Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.

Learn to create sculptural forms and functional vessels like mugs, plates and bowls. This course introduces the two main techniques of ceramic arts: hand building and wheel throwing. We begin with a focus on hand building skills, such as pinching, coiling and slab building. In the second half of class, you’ll learn how to use the potter’s wheel. The class also touches on the science and art of slips, glazes and textures as well as historic and contemporary ceramic artists.

Have fun, create functional art and remind your fingers they can do more than scroll.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Introduction to Ceramics - Wednesday

  • Date 2-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 6 - Aug. 24, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Ceramic cups

Prerequisites: Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.

Learn to create sculptural forms and functional vessels like mugs, plates and bowls. This course introduces the two main techniques of ceramic arts: hand building and wheel throwing. We begin with a focus on hand building skills, such as pinching, coiling and slab building. In the second half of class, you’ll learn how to use the potter’s wheel. The class also touches on the science and art of slips, glazes and textures as well as historic and contemporary ceramic artists.

Have fun, create functional art and remind your fingers they can do more than scroll.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Introduction to Ceramics - Saturday

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 9 - Aug. 27
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio and Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Ceramic cups

Prerequisites: Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.

Learn to create sculptural forms and functional vessels like mugs, plates and bowls. This course introduces the two main techniques of ceramic arts: hand building and wheel throwing. We begin with a focus on hand building skills, such as pinching, coiling and slab building. In the second half of class, you’ll learn how to use the potter’s wheel. The class also touches on the science and art of slips, glazes and textures as well as historic and contemporary ceramic artists.

Have fun, create functional art and remind your fingers they can do more than scroll.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Introduction to Ceramics - Sunday

  • Date 2-4:30 p.m. Sundays, July 10 - Aug. 28, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio and Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Dan Harris & Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Ceramic cups

Prerequisites: Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.

Learn to create sculptural forms and functional vessels like mugs, plates and bowls. This course introduces the two main techniques of ceramic arts: hand building and wheel throwing. We begin with a focus on hand building skills, such as pinching, coiling and slab building. In the second half of class, you’ll learn how to use the potter’s wheel. The class also touches on the science and art of slips, glazes and textures as well as historic and contemporary ceramic artists.

Have fun, create functional art and remind your fingers they can do more than scroll.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Wheel Throwing 1 - Monday

  • Date 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays, July 11 - Aug. 29, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Photo Feb 09 19 04 07

Prerequisite: Introduction to Ceramics

Join artist and Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio, David Stevens in this course focusing exclusively on the potter’s wheel. Expanding on the techniques covered in Introduction to Ceramics, this class will improve your skills on the wheel. You will make mugs, cups and bowls while learning more about firing techniques, temperatures and atmospheres.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Want to enroll in Wheel Throwing 1 but haven’t taken Introduction to Ceramics? Special admittance to the class is granted on a case-by-case-basis pending approval from David Stevens, Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio. Email: dstevens@okcontemp.org for more information.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Wheel Throwing 1 - Tuesday

  • Date 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 5 - Aug. 23, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Jordi Lister
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Photo Feb 09 19 04 07

Prerequisite: Introduction to Ceramics

Join artist and Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio, David Stevens in this course focusing exclusively on the potter’s wheel. Expanding on the techniques covered in Introduction to Ceramics, this class will improve your skills on the wheel. You will make mugs, cups and bowls while learning more about firing techniques, temperatures and atmospheres.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Want to enroll in Wheel Throwing 1 but haven’t taken Introduction to Ceramics? Special admittance to the class is granted on a case-by-case-basis pending approval from David Stevens, Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio. Email: dstevens@okcontemp.org for more information.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Wheel Throwing 1 - Wednesday

  • Date 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 6 - Aug. 24, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studio | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Joe Cox
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Photo Feb 09 19 04 07

Prerequisite: Introduction to Ceramics

Join artist and Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio, David Stevens in this course focusing exclusively on the potter’s wheel. Expanding on the techniques covered in Introduction to Ceramics, this class will improve your skills on the wheel. You will make mugs, cups and bowls while learning more about firing techniques, temperatures and atmospheres.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Want to enroll in Wheel Throwing 1 but haven’t taken Introduction to Ceramics? Special admittance to the class is granted on a case-by-case-basis pending approval from David Stevens, Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio. Email: dstevens@okcontemp.org for more information.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Wheel Throwing 1 - Saturday

  • Date 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 9 - Aug. 27, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Photo Feb 09 19 04 07

Prerequisite: Introduction to Ceramics

Join artist and Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio, David Stevens in this course focusing exclusively on the potter’s wheel. Expanding on the techniques covered in Introduction to Ceramics, this class will improve your skills on the wheel. You will make mugs, cups and bowls while learning more about firing techniques, temperatures and atmospheres.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Want to enroll in Wheel Throwing 1 but haven’t taken Introduction to Ceramics? Special admittance to the class is granted on a case-by-case-basis pending approval from David Stevens, Manager of Ceramics Program and Studio. Email: dstevens@okcontemp.org for more information.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Ceramics Special Topics: Altered Forms

  • Date 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, July 7 - Aug. 25, 2022
  • Cost $225
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Altered Form web

Prerequisite: Introduction to Ceramics, Wheel Throwing 1

An advanced ceramics class focusing on alternative construction methods. Using the potter’s wheel as a point of departure, you will throw forms to be later assembled into a unified piece. Projects will include stacked vessels, an exquisite corpse pot and functional objects taken out of the round. You may also explore altering techniques like darting and faceting.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Register

Eight-Week Class | Creative Foundations for Veterans

  • Date 2-4:30 p.m. Sundays, July 10 - Aug. 28, 2022
  • Cost free for military veterans
  • Location The Studios | Flex Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

This class is only available to military veterans.

Explore the fundamentals of creating and understanding art alongside other veterans. Course projects vary according to semester and instructor, but generally include ceramics, drawing and painting. No previous art experience is necessary.

A simple application form is required. Enrollment is limited, and approved applicants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications close June 25 at 11:59 p.m. You will receive notice of acceptance by June 29.

Apply here.

Open Studio* time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be scheduled in advance.

See Open Studio Times here.

Register

Four-Week Class | Ceramics for Teens

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7-August 2, 2022
  • Cost $235
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liz Parham
  • Age Requirements 15-17
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Photo Feb 09 19 04 07

Beginners welcome, ages 15-17.

A ceramics class especially designed for teens. Learn to create sculptural forms and functional vessels like mugs, plates and bowls. This course introduces the two main techniques of ceramic arts: hand building and wheel throwing. Hands-on projects help you understand, experiment and create with clay. Finish class with completed pieces of ceramic art, and remind your fingers they can do more than scroll.

Course price includes all clay, and there are no additional fees.
This class begins on Thursday, July 7.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Register

Four-Week Class | Ceramics for Tweens

  • Date 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Aug. 3-26, 2022
  • Cost $235
  • Location The Studios | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 12-14
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
Photo Feb 09 19 04 07

Beginners welcome, ages 12-14

A ceramics class especially designed for tweens. Learn to create sculptural forms and functional vessels like mugs, plates and bowls. This course introduces the two main techniques of ceramic arts: hand building and wheel throwing. Hands-on projects help you understand, experiment and create with clay. Finish class with completed pieces of ceramic art, and remind your fingers they can do more than scroll.

Course price includes all clay, and there are no additional fees.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Times vary weekly and can be booked two weeks in advance.

See Open Studio times here.

Register

Eight-Week Rental | Wheel Throwing Rental

  • Date July 5 - Aug. 28, 2022
  • Cost prices vary (see description)
  • Location Studios Building | Cathy and Phil Busey Ceramic Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact dstevens@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 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.

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.

Eight-Week Rental | Hand Building Rental

  • Date July 5 - Aug. 28, 2022
  • Cost prices vary (see description)
  • Location Studios Building | Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact dstevens@okcontemp.org

Need a space to work on your own on a ceramics project? Our Hand Building Rental options take place during Studio School's sessions and are available in both full- and half-day sessions. Students are able to use their designated work 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.

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.

Community Firings

  • Cost varies - email for quote
  • Location Studios Building | Ceramics Studio
  • Contact dstevens@okcontemp.org
Ceramic cups

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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