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!

Stoneware Pottery for Homesteaders

Students in this workshop series can expect to create all kinds of useful, durable objects and no prior experience is required.  In the process, you’ll learn new skills and gain a new appreciation for the art of the potter.  The workshop topics will be arranged from simplest to most advanced to keep things interesting and challenging.  Students can sign up for individual workshops or the entire series (~10% savings).  Each workshop is $55, inclusive of materials and firing, and you can take the entire series for $250.  All of our creations will be glazed with a celadon made with local Georgia materials and will be fired to 2380F in Good Dirt’s gas kiln for maximum durability and beauty. 

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Tuition Payments: One Workshop, Two Workshops, Three Workshops, Four Workshops,
or Take All Five Workshops (best deal - saves you $25)

Each three hour workshop is $55, inclusive of materials and firing, and you can take the entire series for $250.  

Workshop 1:  Useful pots for the kitchen -- March 17

In this class, we will create a French butter bell to keep all your homemade butter fresh, delicious, and spreadable.  We will also create a decorative crock for holding utensils on the kitchen counter.  We’ll be working with soft slabs of clay and paper templates to create our basic forms, and then we’ll embellish them with textures and colored slip clay decoration.

Workshop 2:  More useful pots for the kitchen – April 14

In this session, we’ll create two more hand-built projects with slabs, coils, and pinching—a salt ‘pig’ and a small crock for holding sourdough culture.  In the remaining time, we’ll get acquainted with the potter’s wheel with the ultimate low-stress project…a spoon rest. 

Workshop 3:  Bowls, bowls, bowls – May 5

We’ll make three types of bowls in this session.  We’ll create a large mixing/dough bowl using slabs and paper templates, a serving or small salad bowl using a hump mold, and a salsa/dip bowl on the potter’s wheel.

Workshop 4:  Churn it up – June 2

We’ll make a functional butter churn with a well-fitting lid so that we can churn in style.  Rob will give a wood-turning demo to show how the dashers are made from poplar wood, and participants can place orders for a dasher to accompany their churn once it comes out of the kiln. 

Workshop 5:  What a crock! – July 14

We’ll make an excellent crock for sauerkraut and other naturally fermented products complete with internal weight to keep the food submerged.  The weight and lid can either be hand-built or thrown on the wheel (with some assistance from the instructor to make sure the fit is good). 

Each workshop will start at 2pm on a Sunday and will last for 3-4 hours.  The pieces you create in one workshop should be ready to take home by the time of the next workshop.  Because all of the pieces will have the same beautiful glaze on them, they should work well together as a cohesive set.  What’s even better is that you get all kinds of useful products for around your home and farm, and you get the fun experience of making them…all for less than the cost of purchasing hand-made products from a local artisan. 

Each workshop is $55, inclusive of materials and firing, and you can take the entire series for $250.