MIDWEST CLAY PROJECT – ADULT CLASSES                                         SPRING SESSION 2015                                                            Monday, March 16 – Saturday, May 2

For anyone interested in becoming involved w/ the MCP community, taking a class is strongly encouraged! There is no better way to learn about the studio and to become comfortable with our specific operating procedures. As always, class registration includes 10lbs. of finished work* and access to a generous schedule of open studio hours for independent practice. All classes are limited to 8 students, and they fill quickly!

PLEASE NOTE: There are no classes the week of the SPRING BREAK, March 30-April 3.

*See FAQ’s section for explanation of clay & firing costs.

Classes fill quickly!!   Give us a call today to register – 608-255-9240


WHEEL 1 – 1.5 This ever-popular class is designed for anyone new to the potter’s wheel, as well as those with some experience interested in re-establishing a firm foundation for more advanced work. Our skilled instructors guide you through the entire ceramic process tailoring each lesson to suit the, often diverse, needs of the group. Students generally leave the class with a nice selection of completed mugs and bowls. This is a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with the MCP community, and many people enjoy taking this class several times before continuing onto other classes.

-Tuesday mornings 9:00-11:00am, (March 17 – April 28) w/ Nicky Ross                   Fee: $214.  Please note: This morning class is 30 minutes shorter than our other adult classes.

-Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (March 17 – April 28) w/ Nicky Ross                  Fee: $244.

-Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (March 18 – April 29) w/ Nicky Ross                  Fee: $244.


WHEEL 1.75 – Keep the fun rolling and take your throwing skills to the next level! Designed for people who have taken one or more sessions of Wheel 1-1.5 and are eager to continue. MCP is offering this course w/ Jennifer as an opportunity to work towards readiness for a full-fledged Wheel 2 class. In addition to demonstrations and hands-on instruction, there will be conversation about what qualifies as a ‘well made’ pot and how to approach function.

-Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm, (March 19 – April 30) w/ Jennifer Lapham                    Fee: $244.


FLOWER BRICKS for SPRING                                                               SATURDAY MORNING HANDBUILDING w/ Brian Kluge                                       A traditional functional form that has found its way back into the pottery zeitgeist, flower bricks offer a playful challenge for the new as well as the experienced handbuilder. This class covers a variety of techniques such as coiling, slab building, pinching and extruding, and provides individualized instruction for students as they design and build unique forms for presenting flora. This class is ideal for those new to ceramics, as well as those with some experience looking for new horizons. Students will benefit from weekly presentations & demonstrations, hands-on teaching and facilitated work time.

-Saturdays 9:30am-12:00pm, (March 21 – May 2) w/ Brian Kluge                           Fee: $244.   Please note: LATER START TIME and this session, our Saturday morning class is a full 2 ½ hrs.


*****MONTHLY & CORE MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT FOR ALL CLASSES:                    Class fee $244. – MM discount $220. / Class fee $214. – MM discount $194.




PRIVATE LESSONS – Class schedule not suit your needs?

MCP’s Teaching Staff offer private lessons! Whether you have some experience, or are starting fresh, private lessons can be very beneficial. Each lesson is tailored to your needs, interests and skill level. In general, private lessons are scheduled Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, however, we can occasionally accommodate an evening lesson. One week’s notice, or more, is required to schedule all private lessons. Individual adult private lessons for one person are $50. for 75 minutes of hands on, in-depth instruction ($40. per person for 2-4 people). We do offer packages of private lessons that come along with the same benefits as a 6 week class session – please call to inquire.


HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES:                                                        –Please call, or e-mail, so we can confirm there is still space in the class of your choice.            608-255-9240  /   info@midwestclayproject.com

-A non-refundable $50. deposit is required to hold your place in a class. Once you have ensured availability and spoken with staff, you can pay the deposit, or full fee, in 1 of 2 ways:

  1. Stop by the studio during staffed hours (Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm).  In person, we are happy to accept cash, check or credit/debit.
  2. Send a check. Please make checks payable to Midwest Clay Project and mail to 2040 Winnebago St., Madison, WI 53704. Remember – Call first to check availability in your class of choice!

**We apologize, but MCP is currently not able to process credit or debit transactions by phone, though we are happy to do so at the studio.

-The class fee balance is due at the beginning of the first class session.                     -Class fees are non-refundable once the first class session has met.


FAQ’s                                                                                   Does my class fee include clay, glaze and firing fees?  Yes – your class fee includes up to 10lbs. of finished fired work.  This means that you may use as much clay as you like each time you come in to work and then you decide what you would like to keep and fire.

Can you give me a general idea of what “ten pounds of pottery” might look like?  We have found many beginning students in a wheel 1 class do not exceed ten pounds in six weeks.  Ten pounds is about 8-12 pieces of finished, glazed pottery from a beginning class.

May I make more than 10lbs. of work?  Yes, of course – work above and beyond the initial ten pounds included in your class fee can be fired based on MCP’s standard per pound material/firing fee, which is currently $2.50/lb.

May I work in the studio outside of class?  Yes – during the six weeks you are registered for a class at MCP, you have access Tuesday-Saturday during regular studio hours.  We also offer evening studio hours, which vary with each session, so please check with staff for our current schedule. This schedule is not posted anywhere on line – you must get it from your instructor.

QUESTIONS???   Call the studio 608-255-9240