Workshops

Schedule

 


Parent/Child Studio Time
Date: Sundays –  February 4th, March 4th, April 8th, May 6th – 12:00pm-2:00pm
Fee: $20/MVPS member +1 child

This event is for currently Enrolled MVPS Adult Students and Members only.  Bring your kids in for some studio time! Parent must provide clay (from their class clay) and instruction and supervise their kids at all times. Appropriate for children ages 5+.


Friday Nights Throwing On The Wheel
Date: Fridays – February 9th & 23rd, March 9th & 23rd, April 13th & 27th – 7:00pm-9:00pm
Fee: $50/person

Looking for a fun activity on a Friday night? Give the potter’s wheel a try on the 2nd Friday of each month at MVPS. Sign up alone or with a group and make it a party! This is a 2 hour event: with an hour+ pottery lesson, time for snacks and drinks (BYO), and a quick clean up. Ages 18+.
Choose a glaze and we’ll finish your pieces (ready for pick-up 2 weeks later).


Parent/Child Pottery on the Wheel Workshop 
Date: Sundays – February 25th, March 25th, April 29th, May 27th – 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $45/person

Start your Sunday in a creative and fun way.  Give the potter’s wheel a try with your child. This is a 2-hour event with an hour+ pottery lesson and a quick clean up. Appropriate for children ages 7+.
Choose a glaze and we’ll finish your pieces (ready for pick-up 2 weeks later).


Parent & Child Clay Hand-Building Valentine’s  Workshop 
Date: Sunday – February 11th – 10:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $30/person

Join us for a fun heartfelt celebration! We will make unique boxes or planters, you’ll be able to decorate it with hearts or flowers or anything you like! You’ll be able to either paint underglaze on your piece that day or chose from one of our special glazes. Your pieces will be ready to pick up within two weeks. Appropriate for children ages 5+.


Pit Fire at Dillon Beach – It’s a Hot Pot Luck!
March 17th & April 22nd. Get excited for this 2 part alternative firing workshop!
Fee: $110/MVPS members, $125/non-members + $8 for beach parking

Day 1- March 17th, 12:30-2:30pm: will inform participants on how to burnish your greenware using Terra Sigillata. This part of the workshop is optional for advanced students and will take place at the Mill Valley Potter’s Studio.
Day 2 – April 22nd, 8am-5pm: will be spent at Dillon Beach for the Pit Fire. Be prepared to have fun, enjoy a potluck, get dirty, and do some manual labor. Please only wear cotton or wool, as synthetic fabrics are flammable.

Deadline 1: Register by April 1st; please sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Deadline 2: Have your pieces at MVPS for bisque firing by April 14th.


Summer Raku Workshop
Date: Sunday – June 10th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Fee: $90/MVPS members, $105/non-members includes glaze materials and informative meeting for first time Raku participants.

Raku is a quick and exciting way to decorate decorative pottery and ceramic sculpture. Glazed ware heated to red-hot is taken from the kiln and placed in cans with newspaper or sawdust and smoked from the resulting fire. The results include beautiful crackle glazes and shiny lusters. This is a great opportunity to experiment in making forms that are best suited to the technique, learn how to get widely varied results from the same glaze, and find alternate firing methods using the Raku kiln. Students of all levels are welcome in this class.

Glaze Materials are included in the Workshop Fee.

*Sign up for any workshop valued over $100 and get 10% off a second workshop when you sign-up within 2 weeks, contact us for a promotion code.

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Private Parties

Looking for a unique and fun party experience? Let’s play with clay! Mill Valley Potter’s Studio hosts private parties and events for adults and children.

Design a birthday party for kids ages 5yrs+.   Choose to paint pottery, hand-build and sculpt projects (animals, masks, mugs, etc), or throw on the potter’s wheel.

All parties enjoy the studio for up to 2 hours: this includes 15 minutes of set-up, 45-90 minutes of activity time, and 15 minutes for clean-up.

Choose a ceramics activity from the options below:

Paint It!
This option includes painting glaze on a 6″ x 6″ tile and a mug, small bowl, or small plate. Activity is 45-60 minutes. Items will be fired and ready for pick up in 1 week. Suitable for ages 5+.

Fee: $300 for 1-10 persons, plus $15 for each additional person (20 person maximum). Over 12 persons will require an additional instructor and a $50 fee. Materials included.


Hand Build It!

Hand-build and sculpt a ceramic bird-house or other project (16 person maximum, suitable for ages 7+. Activity is roughly 1 hour including demonstration.  Items ready for pick up in 2-3 weeks.

Fee: $350 for 1-10 persons (glaze and firing included), plus $15 for each additional person. Over 12 persons will require an additional instructor and a $50 fee.


Throw on the Wheel!

Give the pottery wheel a try (10-person maximum, suitable for ages 7+). Activity is roughly 1 hour including demonstration. Items ready for pick up in 2-3 weeks.

Fee: $350 for 1-8 persons (glaze and firing included), plus $25 for each additional person. Over 8 persons will require an additional instructor and a $50 fee.

Bring your own decorations, utensils, snacks, and cake. Bring your choice of music to have playing in the background for your party. Please contact us at least 2 weeks in advance to book a date and time for your event.
We reserve most Sunday mornings from 9:30am-1:30pm (2 hours) or Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30 (2 hours). These times are not guaranteed, the earlier you contact us the better.

Private Party Registration Form

Team Building

Looking for a great Team Building event 10 minutes outside of San Francisco, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge?

Working with clay is relaxing and provides a break from a busy office environment.  Our studio offers playful projects that get members’ creativity flowing.  The best part – the space allows team members to develop personal relationships that will transfer back at the office when working toward shared goals.  It’s a win-win.

All corporate Team Building events are 2-hour lessons.

Fee: $50 per person and a minimum of 6 people. Please contact us to schedule your event, a deposit is required to reserve your time.

Select from the lesson options below:

Any new skill takes time to perfect. These projects are meant to help you unleash your creativity and get your hands a little dirty. Try to have fun and enjoy yourself!

Textured Boxes:
Create a slab vessel from scratch. We’ll demonstrate how to make a closed slab box, but you can choose to leave your box open or make a cup with a handle instead. The project allows students to use our supply of lace, fabric, rubber texture mats and stamps to decorate and customize the clay slabs before creating the vessel of their choice. Students will have the opportunity to choose a glaze, MVPS will trim, glaze and fire pieces to be ready for pickup in 2 weeks.

Lesson on the Wheel:

Try your hand on the potter’s wheel. Get your hands in clay and enjoy the process with your team! The Wheel Lesson will include a short demonstration by the instructor followed by time to try it on your own with hands-on help if needed. Each student is expected to finish with up to 2 pieces. Students will have the opportunity to choose a glaze, MVPS will trim, glaze and fire pieces to be ready for pickup in 2 weeks.

Collaborative Pottery (musical chairs):
Looking for a TRUE Team Building Project? This departure from a traditional pottery lesson means that every hand-built piece will be touched & altered by every person present. With a game of musical chairs each student will rotate around the table and put their own personal touch on each other’s piece. This could mean adding height or shape, adding a handle or texture. Students will have the opportunity to choose a glaze, MVPS will trim, glaze and fire pieces to be ready for pickup in 2 weeks.

Don’t look puzzled – We fit together:

With the Puzzle project the instructor will cut large interlocking puzzle pieces from a slab for each of your team members. Each student will have plenty of time to embellish their own personal puzzle piece with textures, carving, cut-outs, and slips (as long as the outer shape of the puzzle piece remains intact). You may choose to keep your individual pieces separate or you could display your intact puzzle and show off your work as a team. MVPS will clear glaze and fire pieces to be ready for pickup in 2 weeks.

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