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Ceramics Studio

The Ceramics Studio

At The Ceramics Studio students are introduced to hands-on skills and technical processes of ceramics. Professional staff offer instruction in handbuilding (clay construction methods) and small classes in potter's wheel technique.

The Ceramics Studio is equipped with a slab roller and extruder, electric potter’s wheels, glazing materials, electric and gas kilns, and a collection of ceramic periodicals. All levels of students are welcome, from novice to advanced.

The first seven weeks of the term will be devoted to hands-on making with wet clay, with glazing occurring during the last few weeks of the term. One glaze firing may be scheduled halfway through the term.

Winter 2019

The Ceramics Studio opens for Winter term on Thursday, January 3rd at 1 pm.
Open to Dartmouth students with valid Dartmouth ID.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 1–5 pm and Thursday 1-7 pm
Please download Undergraduate schedule for details.


Tuesdays, 1–5 pm and Thursdays, 1–7 pm
Please download Graduate schedule for details.


Per-term registration fee of $20, includes one-term user fee and starting amount of clay. Register in person, at the studio, with cash or Dash.

Handbuilding: We recommend that students devote substantial time to handbuilding, a rich, diverse skillset fundamental to all ceramics traditions. Students can learn handbuilding construction techniques on a walk-in basis during open hours; no intro class is required.

Wheel throwing: Potter’s wheels are available to those who have completed “Intro to Potter’s Wheels (For Novices).” This prerequisite may be waived for students with previous throwing experience. Experienced throwers also can brush up their skills in “refresher” sessions. (Instruction details below.)


Intro to Hand Building and Decorative Techniques

$15 for three sessions, plus $12 term fee. Open to Undergraduate and Graduate students. In three sessions several hand building and slip decorating techniques will be covered, with an emphasis on functional forms. Please sign up in person at the studio.

Tuesdays: January 15, 22, 29 3:00-4:30 pm
OR Feb 5, 12, 19, 3-4:30 pm

Thursdays: Feb 7, 14, 21, 4:45-6:15 pm

Intermediate Hand Building and Decoration

$15 for 3 sessions, plus $12 per term user fee. Open to all students who have completed intro class or equivalent.

Wednesdays: January 16, 23, 30, 3-4:40 pm

Intro to Potter's Wheel (For Novices)

$20 for 4 classes; plus $12 per term user fee. Sign up in person at the studio.

“Throwing” on the potter’s wheel is a complex set of skills to learn which require practicing in addition to attending classes. This introductory class focuses on learning basic wheel throwing skills in four cumulative sessions. Please do not sign up if unable to attend all 4 classes! Space is very limited!

Mondays: January 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 2:30-4 pm.
Thursdays: January 10, 17, 24, 31, 4:45-6:15pm.

Attendance at all 4 classes, practice time outside of class required for all participants.

Wheel Throwing Refresher sessions for Undergrads:

For students who have thrown on the wheel before and have developed basic skills but need to brush up on skills or get help with particular forms. To attend, students must register for the term and purchase clay. For those who have not taken “Intro to Wheel” class please obtain waiver from director.

Fridays 3:15 – 5pm, please arrive on time.

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The Ceramics Studio is located on the lower level of the Hopkins Center next to the Student Woodshop.

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For more information email Jenny Swanson or call the Ceramics Studio (603.646.0188) during studio hours.

Students in the Ceramics Studio
Students in the Ceramics Studio
Students in the Ceramics Studio
Students in the Ceramics Studio