LATE FALL: 11/1/17 – 12/16/17 (no classes 11/22-25)

Early Fall Class Schedule

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You may still email or call to sign up,    608-255-9240
or register through our online store.

For anyone interested in becoming involved with 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 materials & operating procedures. As always, class registration includes clay/glaze/firing (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!


*See FAQ’s at bottom for explanation of clay & firing costs,
plus an annual 2017 Class Schedule.


WHEEL 1-1.5   
(10 lbs. finished work included)  REGISTER
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 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 on to other classes.  (No experience necessary.)

-Tuesday mornings 9:00-11:00am (Nov. 7 – Dec. 12) w/ Nicky Ross
Fee: $220.   This class meets 11/21.
-Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Nov. 7 – Dec. 12) w/ Nicky Ross
Fee: $265.   This class meets 11/21.
-Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Nov. 1 – Dec. 13) w/ Shandra Bjyrd
Fee: $265.   No class 11/22.

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This class has been tailored to the unique skillset of instructor and studio artist Rachelle Miller. Rachelle began her work in clay as a production potter, but over time shifted her practice to making handbuilt sculptural objects. Students enrolling in this class should expect half of the classes to be geared toward developing wheel throwing basics while learning some production tips. The second half of the class will focus on some of the handbuilding techniques Rachelle uses in her current studio practice. Expect to blend the two areas of emphasis to take your pottery-making in some new and exciting directions! (Some basic throwing experience is helpful, but not required.)

-Thursday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (Nov. 1 – Dec. 13) w/ Rachelle Miller
Fee: $265.    No class 11/23.

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Creating carefully considered and crafted clay objects “off the potter’s wheel” is a highly rewarding experience that will benefit your studio practice and will broaden your understanding of clay and the ceramic process. Participants will explore functional and sculptural forms through a variety of techniques such as coiling, slab building, and pinching. Students will benefit from weekly presentations/demonstrations, hands-on teaching, and facilitated work time. This class provides individualized instruction for all experience levels. Feel free to explore both functional and sculptural forms. (No experience necessary.)

-Saturday mornings 9:30-12:00am (Nov. 4 – Dec. 16) w/ TBD
Fee: $265.   No class 11/25.


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Or, contact MCP to confirm availability.      608-255-9240

If using one of the methods below, a non-refundable $50.00 deposit is required to hold your place in a class. The class fee balance is due at the beginning of the first class session. The full fee will be due if paying online. Class fees are non-refundable one week prior to the first class session. Once you have confirmed availability, you may pay the deposit, or full fee, in 1 of 2 ways:

  1. Stop by the studio during staffed hours (M 1-5, T2-6, W 1-5, F 11-5, and Sat. 12-5).  When paying in person, we are happy to accept cash, check, or credit/debit.
  2. Mail a check. Please make checks payable to Midwest Clay Project and mail to 2040 Winnebago St., Madison, WI 53704.


Class schedule not suit your needs? 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 Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, however, we can occasionally accommodate an evening lesson. One week’s notice, preferably 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 email to inquire OR Register online.

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 amount included in your class fee can be fired based on MCP’s Member’s materials rate, which is currently $2.80/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 Monday-Saturday during student open studio hours.  This includes some evening studio hours, which vary with each session, so please check the our current schedule. This schedule is posted in the studio and will be emailed to you when your class begins.



WINTER 1/2417 – 3/4/17
SPRING 3/28/17 – 5/13/17 no class 4/10-4/15      MMSD Spring Break
SUMMER 6/19/17 – 8/5/17 no class 7/1-7/7  Independence Day
EARLY FALL 9/12/17 – 10/21/17 Labor Day is 9/4/17
LATE FALL 11/1/17 – 12/16/17 no class 11/22-11/25  Thanksgiving



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