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SUMMER 2019: 6/18/19 – 8/3/19
No classes or studio access
JULY 1-6

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 student open studio hours for independent practice. All classes are limited to 8 students, and they fill quickly! Descriptions below.


*Scroll down for FAQ’s, an explanation of clay & firing costs, plus a 2019 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 9:00-11:30am (June 18 – July 30, 2019) w/ Nicky Ross
Fee: $265.   
-Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (June 18 – July 30, 2019) w/ Nicky Ross
Fee: $265. 
** SOLD OUT! **
-Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (June 19 – July 31, 2019) w/ Shandra Bjyrd
Fee: $265.
** SOLD OUT! **

Pottery Boot Camp (15 lbs finished work included)   REGISTER
Get ready to make A LOT of pots in this pottery wheel skill building class! Each week will focus on making many variations on basic forms. Class meetings will include pot-shape brainstorming sessions, throwing with intention, weekly assignments, individualized trouble-shooting, and mini-critique sessions. Plan on making MANY and keeping few – most pots will be cut in half. Our focus is on skill advancement and style development. (foundational skills required)

Find your clay voice, join today!

-Thursday mornings 9:00-11:30am (June 20 – August 1, 2019) w/ Brian Kluge
Fee: $300. 

Throwing & Altering  (15 lbs finished work included)  REGISTER
Take your pottery skills beyond beginning throwing with studio owner Brian Kluge! This class will explore a variety of ways to alter a thrown pot for some truly creative outcomes. We will begin by revisiting how to curve the walls of your pots inward and outward. From there we will learn to join multiple thrown forms, make squared forms, facet walls, and create non-pulled handles and lugs. In addition to demonstrations and hands-on instruction, we will have conversations about what constitutes a ‘well made’ pot, throwing with intention, and fun ways to approach function. We will also make simple tools for you to keep!

-Thursday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (June 20 – August 1, 2019) w/ Brian Kluge
Fee: $300.   ** 2 seats remaining **

Pottery 101 (10 lbs finished work included)   REGISTER
NEW! This class has been tailored to those who like to blend handbuilding with the potter’s wheel. Students in this class will split their class time between wheel throwing basics along with handbuilding techniques. By using most of the equipment in our studio you will come up with some very unique pottery designs! (Some basic throwing experience is recommended, but not required.)

-Saturday mornings 9:30-Noon (June 22 – August 3, 2019) w/ Nate Trettin


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

Don’t care for online enrollment? Not a problem! Confirm availability in the class of interest and then use one of the methods listed below to enroll:

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

Class fees are non-refundable one week prior to the first class session.

Class schedule doesn’t suit your schedule? Consider a lesson series. 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 a Private Lesson Series that runs concurrent to the current class session and includes the benefits of a 6-week class session – please email to inquire about scheduling OR Register online.


What if I have to miss a class? If it fits your schedule you may do a make-up class by dropping into another class. Depending upon your schedule this could take place the week prior, the week of, or the week after your absence. Please speak with your instructor about this early or contact MCP to help decide what might be the best option. Every class is slightly different, so you may be learning different material, but it is all pertinent. If you’ll need to make-up more than 2 classes, please consider the Lesson Series instead.

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 to the studio. You decide what to keep and fire.

Can you give me a general idea of what “ten pounds of pottery” might look like?    Ten pounds is about 8-12 pieces of finished, glazed pottery from a beginning level class.

May I make more than 10lbs. of work?  Yes, of course! While we have found many beginning students do not exceed ten pounds in six weeks you are welcome to make as much work as you like. Anything above and beyond the 10 lbs included in your class fee can be fired based on MCP’s Member’s materials rate, which is currently $3.00/lb. If this is of concern to you, we recommend self-recording the weight of your pieces since our tracking process finishes after class completion.

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 Student Open Studio hours.  This includes some evening studio hours, which vary with each session, so please inquire about our upcoming schedule. This schedule is posted in the studio and will be emailed to you when your class begins.




WINTER 1/22/19 – 3/2/19 MLK Jr Day is 1/21/19
SPRING  3/12/19 – 4/27/19 no class 3/24 – 3/30/19
MMSD Spring Break
SUMMER  6/18/19 – 8/3/19 no class 7/2-7/6/19
Independence Day
EARLY FALL  9/10/19 – 10/19/19 Labor Day is 9/2/19
LATE FALL  10/29/19 – 12/14/18 no class  11/19-11/23
Thanksgiving week