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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

December Session: November 26 - December 22 - C*

***Winter Break: Studio will be closed Dec. 23 - Jan. 6

January Session: January 7 - February 2 - A*

February Session: February 4 - March 2 - B*

* All level 2 and up classes run on a 3 session schedule. Each session (A,B,C) will cover new material.

You can start a class any session, they do not need to be taken sequentially.

 


Wheel Throwing for Beginners - Level 1

4-week class times (choose one): 

  • Mondays 1-3pm (Esme) or 7-9pm (Laura)

  • Tuesdays 1-3pm (Levi) or 7-9pm (Ryanne)

  • Saturdays 1-3pm (Ryanne)

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.

This class is a Beginning level course and is suited for students with little to no wheel throwing experience.

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

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

February session will be posted for registration Monday, January 14th at 3pm.

 


Wheel Throwing - Level 2

4-week class (choose one):

  • Thursday 7-9pm (Ryanne)

  • Saturday 2-4pm (Levi)

  • Tuesday 4-6pm (Levi)

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.

This class is a Beginning/Intermediate level course and is suited for students with some wheel throwing experience.

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. 

*A- Closed forms / B- Matching, multiples / C- Scaling up*

$130

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

February session will be posted for registration Monday, January 14th at 3pm.


Hand Building - LevelS 1 & 2

4-week class

  • Level 1 - Tuesday 7-9pm (Laura)

  • Level 2 - Monday 7-9pm (Levi)

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.  

This class is an Introductory level course and is suited for students with some to no hand building 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. 

*A- Slab forms / B- Coil and pinch forms / C- Extruder and press molds*

$130

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

February session will be posted for registration Monday, January 14th at 3pm.


Wheel Throwing- Form Focus - Level 3

4-week class

  • Thursday 4-6pm (Ryanne)

This 4-week class is for students confident in wheel throwing fundamentals. Each session for this course will examine a specific form, exploring unique ways to refine the form to fit your own practice.

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. 

*A- Drinking Vessels / B- Throwing on Bats / C- Planters*

$130

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

February session will be posted for registration Monday, January 14th at 3pm.


Wheel & Hand Building: Surface Design - Level 3

4-week class

  • Thursday 7-9pm (Laura)

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.

*A- Plates and platters / B- Larger forms and altering / C-  Throwing on the hump and combining elements*

$130

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

February session will be posted for registration Monday, January 14th at 3pm.


Wheel Throwing: Advanced - Level 4

4-week class

  • Wednesday 7-9pm (Levi)

If you are already comfortable centering and pulling clay to create simple forms, this 4-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. 

This class is an Advanced level course and encouraged for students with wheel 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. 

*A- Shapes, multiples, fundamentals / B- Adding, altering, texture / C- Larger, complex, pushing limits*

$130

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

February session will be posted for registration Monday, January 14th at 3pm.


Ceramic Chemistry - Level 4

12 weeks (two sessions)

  • Wednesday 6:30-9pm (Chris)

Session 1 (4 weeks): Students will be mixing slips and Terra Sigillata. We'll be covering how to create these types of slips, how to color them and various applications for these materials. This will be an introduction to the materials we use in ceramic chemistry and beginning to learn about progression blends, weighing materials and safety in the glaze lab. 

Session 2 (8 weeks): Students will examine the materials used to create glazes. We will be formulating base glazes in groups, exploring how materials impact our glazes, how they're colored and how to correct common glaze issues. Students will leave this course with a stronger understanding of the materials they use in their practice. 

Class price includes 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). 

Session 1 - $150

Session 2 - $300

Session 1 will be posted for registration Monday, December 3rd at 3pm.

Session 2 will be posted for registration Monday, January 14th at 3pm.


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