Ceramics & Clay Classes

Pottery FUNdamentals Ages 16 +

Starting Tuesdays with Christina Bendo

January 9 – February 13, 6-8pm

or March 6 – April 10, 6-8pm

Starting Thursdays with Brooke Avery

January 11 – February 15, 6-8pm

or March 8 – April 12, 6-8pm


These 6 week classes are designed for all potters, whether you are a beginner just starting out or an advanced potter that would like to learn something new. Beginners will learn the fundamentals of pottery; wedging clay, centering the clay on the wheel and pulling up the clay to make different forms. The three basic forms to make on the wheel are a mug, plate and bowl. After that, you should feel more comfortable with exploring different shapes and forms, such as jars, bottles, vases. This class in not limited to wheel throwing either, we will be going over handbuilding as well. We will also explore surface design, how to apply images, patterns, slips and glazes to the clay.

Cost of class is $145 members, $155 Non-Members, which includes all materials and open studio time. Enrollment deadline is January 4. Call about our private lesson rates, if you can not make it to our weekly sessions! We can also do payment plans, please inquire!


Meet the potters:

Christina Bendo grew up  helping her parents grow food in the red clay rich soil of Virginia.  It seems a natural progression that she now works in a craft that uses the same raw materials needed to grow food to make objects used to serve it.  After earning her B.A. at the University of Mary Washington, she went on to complete a three year assistantship with Trista Chapman.  She has been a resident at LibertyTown Arts Workshop, the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary, STARworks Ceramics, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Her current body of work uses local clay slips collected from her ramblings to add another physical and symbolic layer to her pots.











Brooke Avery grew up and currently resides in Trinity, NC. Always having a passion for art and creativity, she went on to study art and design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It wasn’t until there where she fell in love with clay. After graduating college, she went on to being a full time potter and teaching pottery classes at local art studios. Her background of art and design really shines through on each piece of pottery that is created. Brooke loves teaching and sharing her knowledge of clay with others, that’s why she is currently going back to school to get her Art Education license, so she can teach art in a public school one day. Outside of teaching, making pottery and going to school, Brooke loves to spend time with her friends and family.







Clay Valentine’s Day Decor with Brooke Avery

January 24 and 31 6-8 pm Ages 7+

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This is the perfect workshop to make something special
for that sweetie in your life! Join Brooke Avery as she guides you into how to make a heart ornament
and a small dish. All materials will be provided. Enrollment deadline is January 17. $30 for members and $35 for non-members



“Snowflake Mug” Saturday January 27th, 10-noon

Chase away the winter blues by creating your own snowflake mug in this fun workshop with Christina Bendo! Students will learn to hand build a mug with clay slabs and embellish with a handle. Then we will create hand-cut paper snowflakes to decorate the mugs using a stencil resist technique. Your finished mug will be ready to fill with hot chocolate while you watch the flakes fall! Snowflake Mug, for ages 8+, meets on January 27, from 10-noon. Cost of this class is only $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Registration deadline is January 24.


“Lidded Treasure Box” Two day Workshop, Friday

January 26th and February 2nd, 6 -8 PM

Christina Bendo will teach students how to make a decorative and functional lidded box for jewelry, keepsakes, or whatever your “treasures” might be!  We will use paper templates as a guide to build boxes from slabs, and learn to create a tight fitting lid to keep objects secure. Christina will then demonstrate how to add playful feet, knobs, and other attachments, as well as stamping and carving, so that students can select from a variety of techniques to personalize their boxes. Return the following weekend to continue the fun, adding color to the boxes with a variety of glazes. Lidded Treasure Box is for ages 15+, that meets on January 26th and February 2nd, from 6-8pm. Cost of this class is only $40 for members and $45 for non-members. Registration deadline is January 24.


Clay Easter Bunnie with Kate Keith

Saturday, February 3, 1-3 pm, Ages 6-12 (Ages 12
and under must be accompanied by an adult)



Kate is one of our multi-talented artists who just loves to work with kids! She is offering this wonderful
class on how to make clay easter bunnies! This class is only for kids, however we ask that parents stay
on the premises. Sign up and get a “hop” on Easter! Enrollment deadline is January 28. $35 (members)/ $40 (non-members)

“Put a Bird On It” Pottery Class with Brooke Avery

March 17 10 am- Noon Ages 5-10
(Ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

March is Youth Art Month here at RAG, this clay workshop is designed especially for young artists!
Pottery instructor Brooke Avery will select a book about birds to read to the class, then your child
will have fun coming up with their own little birdies and nest to make out of clay. Enrollment
deadline is March 10. $30 for members and $35 for non-members.


Chia Creatures!

March 10th, 10-noon, Ages 6-12

Min 4 students, max 10

In this workshop, kids will make their own version of the iconic “grow-your-own” pet!  Students will use basic hand building techniques to create a clay animal of their choosing.  We will learn a hollow construction technique so the animals hold water, and will also make a “drip tray” for the pets to perch on. We’ll finish up by carving grooved lines for their future “fur”.  Students will also receive a bag of chia and instructions on how to cultivate a coat for their new pet! Enrollment deadline is March 7th. $35 for members, $40 for non-members

Woven and Braided Basket

March 10thMarch 17th 2-4 PM

Ages 15+

Min 4 students, max 10

Join Christina Bendo as she guides you through making a ceramic basket perfect for bread or Easter goodies!  We will learn to weave slabs, braid coils, and use drape molds to create beautiful and functional forms.  Return the following week to glaze. Enrollment deadline is March 7th. $40 for members, $45 for non-members