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2514 W. Armitage Ave
Chicago
United States

773-227-3575

Ceramic studio in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood offering classes and artist space. 

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Classes

Upcoming Sessions

November Session: October 30 - November 25

December Session: November 27 - December 23

**Winter Break - Studio Closed - December 24 to January 7**

January Session: January 8 - February 3


Wheel Throwing for Beginners - Level 1

4-week class times (choose one): 

  • Mondays 1-3pm or 7-9pm
  • Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm or 7-9pm 
  • Saturdays 1-3pm

For those with little to no experience or anyone looking to brush up on the basics, we offer a 4-week introductory course to throwing clay on the potter's wheel. We'll guide you through the wheel fundamentals of centering, opening, pulling, and shaping. You'll create several pieces from start to finish, learning the basics beyond the wheel including trimming and glazing. It is strongly suggested for newer students to take at least two 4-week sessions of Beginning wheel Level 1 to get a full grasp of the fundamentals before moving on to Level 2 classes.

Class price includes all supplies, firings (up to 20lbs of clay work through firings), and open studio time (All wet clay work must be completed during your 4 week session). Please be sure to read our refund policy before registering. 

$130

December session is posted for registration. Please click the link below.

January session will be posted for registration Monday, December 4th at 3pm.

 


Wheel Throwing - Level 2

4-week class (choose one):

  • Thursdays 7-9pm
  • Saturday 2-4pm

For students with some experience looking to expand their practice. We’ll focus on scaling up to larger amounts of clay, throwing with intention, attaching to wheel-thrown forms, and more intricate glazing techniques, including use of the spray booth.

Class price includes all supplies, firings (up to 20lbs of clay work through firings), and open studio time (All wet clay work must be completed during your 4 week session). Please be sure to read our refund policy before registering. 

$130

December session is posted for registration. Please click the link below.

January session will be posted for registration Monday, December 4th at 3pm.


Hand Building - LevelS 1 & 2

Class meets on Wednesdays 7-9pm (4 weeks)

This 4-week class explores the many options of creating with clay off the wheel. All skill levels welcome - whether you're touching clay for the first time or looking to expand your work to include new techniques and shaping ideas, this is the class for you. Students will be introduced to both introductory and more advanced techniques.  

Class price includes all supplies, firings (up to 20lbs of clay work through firing), and open studio time (all wet clay work must be completed during your 4 week session). Please be sure to read our refund policy before registering. 

$130

December session is posted for registration. Please click the link below.

January session will be posted for registration Monday, December 4th at 3pm.


Wheel & Hand Building: Surface Design - Level 3

Class meets on Thursdays 7-9pm (4 weeks)

This 4-week class will cover wheel throwing techniques as well as incorporating hand building elements. Explore new ways to add to and alter your form. Create new and exciting works of both functional and non-functional art with a special emphasis to surface design, color, and texture. 

This class is an Intermediate level course and encouraged for students with some clay experience. 

Class price includes all supplies, firings (up to 20lbs of clay work through firing), and open studio time (All wet clay work must be completed during your 4 week session).Please be sure to read our refund policy before registering. 

$130

December session is posted for registration. Please click the link below.

January session will be posted for registration Monday, December 4th at 3pm.


Wheel Throwing: Intermediate/Advanced - Level 4

Class meets on Wednesday 7-9pm (6 weeks)

If you are already comfortable centering and pulling clay to create simple forms, this 6-week class is probably more your style. We will discuss throwing techniques such as multiples, handles, lids, combining forms and manipulating the form on and off the wheel. 

Class price includes all supplies, firings (up to 30lbs of clay work through firing) and open studio time (All wet clay work must be completed during your 6 week session). Please be sure to read our refund policy before registering. 

$185

December session is posted for registration. Please click the link below.

January session will be posted for registration Monday, December 4th at 3pm.


Glaze Chemistry - Level 4

Class meets on Thursdays 7-9pm (8 weeks)

Ceramic Chemistry will give you a closer look at the elements as they make up clay, glaze, slip, and how to transform minerals with heat. This class will include test tiles and equations! You will develop your own slips and glazes as well as gain a deeper knowledge into using minerals for your artistic practice. Please be sure to read our refund policy before registering. 

*This class only runs once or twice a year. We will most likely be running it January 2018. If interested in the class please email chrisbusse@penguinfoot.com to get on the email list to be notified when it becomes available.

$300


Drop in hours - Level 1

Give yourself a taste of pottery without the class commitment! Come by during any of our drop-in times and pay by the project. Both wheel throwing and hand building projects are available. We also offer a list of ideas if you're feeling stumped. There will be an instructor on hand to show you how it all works and help you along.

Hand building: $22 per project

Wheel throwing: $25 per hour (keep up to 2 pieces)

Drop in hours are Mon: 3-6pm / Tues: 3:30-6pm / Thur: 1-6pm / Fri: 1-6pm / Sat: 11-1pm and 3-6pm (No drop in hours on Wednesdays) 

We do not take reservations for drop in hours. Drop-ins are on a first come, first serve basis.


Independent Study - Level 5

Practicing ceramicists looking for a studio to work in? Our monthly program may be what you need! Come in any time we're open to work. Price is per month (partial months or weekly programs are not permitted) and includes 25lbs of clay, class glazes, and firings through the duration of your membership month. Extra clay can be purchased at $2/lb. Outside clay is not permitted. 

The Independent Study program was setup to help artists find an affordable space to work. Artists in this program are expected to set an example for newer students by cleaning up properly, utilizing tools and machines appropriately, and being respectful of others in the studio.

Stop by to check the place out and make sure we're the right fit for you!  To register please email Ryanne at Ryanne@penguinfoot.com

$110/month