Good Dirt Clay Studio

Located in Athens, Georgia, Good Dirt is a community clay studio with year-round pottery classes for adults and children and a gallery with a fine selection of work by professional artists.  If you have ever been interested in how pottery and ceramics are made, we hope you'll drop in and see us.  Our focus on community = something for everyone!

Here, you'll find our Fall Schedule, answers to some common questions and a link at the bottom to our registration page. Still have more questions? Great! We love them. Click our "Contact" tab, or email us at Already ready to register? Just click here and see you around the studio!


What, when,& how much?

8-week classes on the pottery wheel, in sculpture, and in music from the absolute beginner through the advanced artist.

Classes start the week of September 9th and meet once a week for 8 consecutive weeks. All classes cost $195 for tuition, $35 for clay & firing and (except for one-time classes, music, and Youth Wheel) come with unlimited open studio time so that you can come in and practice on your schedule.

Classes Offered:

Intro to the potter’s wheel: All the forms! Students can expect to learn how to create all the basic pottery forms including cups, mugs, bowls, plates and pitchers.  Instruction will also cover glaze and decoration techniques.  Students will fire work to stoneware temperature with functional, food-safe glazes.  At the end of class, students will also have the opportunity to participate in an exciting outdoor Raku firing. 

Sunday, 7:00 - 9:30 PM (September 9 – October 28) • Rebecca

Thursday, 9:30AM - noon (September 14– November 2) • Jessica

Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:30 PM (September 13 – November 1) • Jessica

All levels potter’s wheel: Back to Basics This class is designed for students with some wheel experience who want to identify and eliminate impediments to success.  From proper clay preparation and centering to effective pulling and shaping strategies, we will break the process down, identify the trouble spots, and develop personalized strategies for practice.  Whether you are trying to eliminate bad habits or build a solid foundation for future classes, we will focus on nailing down the basic techniques for controlling clay on the wheel.   Tuesday, 9:30AM - noon (September 12 – October 31) • Rob

Surface Decoration  In this first of a two-class series on Surface Decoration, Amanda will help students explore how to bring more beauty and personality to their pieces. Techniques taught will include slip transfers, slip trailing, wax resist decoration, carving, inlay, sgraffito, stamping and refined glazing techniques.  This class will be focused on surface techniques, so students will need to come in outside of class time to create forms to decorate. Thursday, 9:30am - noon (September 14 – November 2) • Amanda

 Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Wheel: Pushing the envelope… This term, Rob will lead students to become more playful, imaginative and experimental with their work. You will learn how to use objects like string to drape your forms and create amorphous and compelling shapes. You’ll learn techniques like extreme ballooning, folding origami like shapes, multiple darts to shift the pot’s direction, and processes of texturing and layering. The class will be focused on freeing yourself up, on encouraging experimentation while recognizing that some projects on the way to success will end up on your “pile of learning”. Thursday, 7:00 – 9:30 PM (September 13 – November 1) • Rob

 Intermediate Wheel: Intentional looseness & Asymmetrical throwing In Kyle’s fall class, students will be introduced to the dynamic technique of gestural throwing. Throwing this way infuses your work with movement and energy and visual interest.  It is a dynamic form of throwing that allows for more personality and ease than what the wheel typically allows. For those of you who would like to know how to take some of the “mechanical” look out of your work, this class will set you on your way. Monday, 7:00 – 9:30 PM (September 11 – October 30) • Kyle

 Advanced Beginner Wheel: Mastering the Mug  Ah, the mug. Deceptively simple and straightforward. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The mug is one of those forms that reveals that the more you know, the more you realize the less you know. Kyle has been creating beautiful, compelling mugs for eons, and will pass some of that knowledge on to you. He will show you how to create comfort and beauty, and how to bring that extra something that will take you out of your comfort zone with this iconic form. Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:30 PM (September 12 – October 31) • Kyle

 Special Projects Rob Sutherland will work with students individually to help them complete projects of their own design.  This class encourages lots of interaction between the students, as projects suggested by one student often inspire others in the class.  Topics are wide ranging, and Rob will make suggestions and demonstrate techniques when class members need new ideas to explore. Wednesday, 9:30 AM – Noon (September 13 – November 1) • Rob

 Sculptural Special Topics Caryn will demonstrate a variety of handbuilding and sculptural techniques relevant to projects suggested by students in the class.  This class promotes interaction among the students and exchange of ideas. Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:30 PM (September 13 – November 1) • Caryn

 Old Time String Band: Lost Songs Edition Students of all levels will come together to learn to make music in a group setting, focusing on rhythm, chord progressions, singing, and snippets of technique and music theory as the topics arise.  In addition to choosing “deep cuts” from our huge compendium of songs already in our songbook, we will add in the “lost songs” that should have been included, but haven’t yet found their way into the collection. Tuesday, 7:00-9:30PM (September 12 – October 31) • Rob & Tommy

 Youth Wheel In this 8-week class, students will learn the fundamentals of working on the potter’s wheel to create a variety of forms.  We will encourage students to embellish their forms and be creative with slips and glazes.  Students with prior experience on the wheel will be pushed to stack, cut, and assemble wheel-thrown forms into larger, more complex projects.  Ages 8+ Monday, 4:30PM – 6:30 PM (September 11 – October 30) • Zoe

 Independent Studio Tuition:  $150 for a two-month period. Materials are $35/bag and include the glaze and firing costs. Please do not bring in outside clay. Registration is by permission.  Individuals who have taken at least one class at Good Dirt or who have comparable experience may work in the studio independently. (Additional clay may be purchased for $35 a bag as needed—use of the glazes and firing is calculated into the price of clay.)

We also offer private lessons in music and pottery and several "Out of School" workshops for for the kiddos during school holidays.

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