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ONLINE SUMMER SESSION: 7/25/20 – 8/29/20
Classes will be held via bi-weekly Zoom Sessions. Clay and tools provided for pickup. Glazing will take place at the studio when COVID restrictions lift.

SUMMER SESSION: 7/21/20 – 8/29/20
in the studio again at 78 N BRYAN ST.
(off Milwaukee between E Wash and Fair Oaks)

For all interested in becoming part of 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*). However, access to STUDENT OPEN STUDIO schedule may need to be suspended. Class descriptions below.

Paying with a Gift Certificate? Simply email your class preference.


  •  limiting class sizes to 5 students 
  • all people in the studio are required to wear masks at all times
  • spacing workstations to maintain 6ft distance (except within households)
  • handwashing upon entry
  • alcohol spray is available to sanitize shared tools
  • student open studio times (outside of class) may be reduced or eliminated depending upon maximum capacity limits at the time

ONLINE HANDBUILDING    (1 bag of clay & 15 lbs of firing credit included)   REGISTER
Are you bored with your “Safer At Home” activities? Give our first ever online class a try! Check out the video link on our home page to set up a clay studio at home, then sign up for an engaging project-based class that will present new making challenges each week. We will explore functional and sculptural forms with a variety of basic handbuilding techniques. Participants will benefit from step-by-step video demonstrations and bi-weekly live video chats where you can ask questions and trouble-shoot problems. Get creative from your own home and join a new virtual community. Basic tools and clay are available for pickup. Firing and glazing will take place after COVID restrictions have lifted.

-ZOOM Saturday 1-1:40p sessions (July 25- Aug 29, 2020) w/ Brian Kluge
Fee: $265.


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 or joining as a studio member.  (No experience necessary.)

-Tuesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (July 21 – Aug 25, 2020) w/ Nicky Ross
Fee: $265. 
 ***4 seats left!***
-Wednesday mornings 9:30-Noon (July 22 – Aug 26, 2020) w/ Joel Huntley
Fee: $265.
-Wednesday evenings 6:30-9:00pm (July 22 – Aug 26, 2020) w/ Shandra Bjyrd
Fee: $265.
   ***1 seat left!***

Pottery 101   (10 lbs. finished work included)    REGISTER
This class has been tailored to the unique skillset of instructor and studio artist Dean Leeper. Dean began his work in clay as a  potter, but over time shifted his practice to include handbuilt sculptural objects. Students enrolling in this class should expect to split class time between mastering wheel throwing basics and a variety of handbuilding techniques. By approaching projects with a blend of the two forming methods you will take your functional ceramics in some new and exciting directions! (No experience required.)

-Saturday mornings 9:30-Noon (July 25 – August 29, 2020) w/ Dean Leeper
Fee: $265.    ***2 seats left!***

Throwing & Altering  (15 lbs. finished work included)   REGISTER
Take your pottery beyond beginning throwing! 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 (July 23 – Aug 27, 2020) w/ Brian Kluge
Fee: $300. *** 1 seat left!***


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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 1/21/20 – 2/29/19 MLK Jr Day is 1/20/20
SPRING  3/17/20 – 5/2/20

no class 3/30 – 4/3/20
MMSD Spring Break

SUMMER  7/21/20 – 8/29/20  
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