Tribeca Clayworks at the Downtown Community Center

Tribeca Clayworks, the first clay studio in Tribeca, has been conducting ceramics classes for the past 30 years. Now housed at the Downtown Community Center, we offer classes for all ages from toddlers to adults. Our classes are taught by professional ceramic artists in our fully-equipped ceramics studio. With pottery wheels, slab rollers, clay extruders, electric kilns and lots of space to work, our classes are designed for all levels.

Our class sizes are kept small so that sessions can be structured around the individual student. Classes are specially designed for each age group and level. Depending on the class there will be demonstrations of new skills and fun projects. Beginner students are given simple projects ranging from functional items such as cups, plates, and bowls to sculptures large and small while learning basic skills. Adult students, that have more experience, can work on their own projects. Our instructors help guide students down whichever path they choose while introducing new techniques and processes to the whole class along the way. We would love to help you explore this very special medium.

During these uncertain times we ask that anyone entering our building please read our safety guidelines. Please keep in mind that as of September 10th, 2021, anyone 18 and over who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine must show proof of vaccination in order to enter the Downtown Community Center. Masks are required anytime you are in the Center, even with a vaccination. Masks will be provided if you do not have one.  

Adult Classes:

 Whether you are new to ceramics, would like to brush up on some skills or are comfortable working in clay, our Adult Ceramics Classes are open to all levels. 



Pottery Wheel and Handbuilding (10-Weeks)

Tuition: 10 week session $400. Additional non-refundable minimum $50 fee towards firing. (priced at .045 cents per cubic inch per piece) 

*Once that minimum fee is used up, you will be charged per piece. (Note: the minimum fee covers a lot of work.)

This class will cover basic handbuilding techniques and skills working on the pottery wheel, according to your personal skill level. The class will begin with demonstrations of the techniques (on request as well). Then students can work on their individual projects, focusing on their preferred technique, but we encourage exploring both. If you are a beginner, we will structure the projects for you unless you have something in mind. For more advanced students, the instructor will work with you to help with further developing your skills and design concepts. The class will cover glazing and finishing techniques.

Session 1: Monday 10 classes (All Levels) FULL
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29

Session 2: Tuesday 10 classes (All Levels) FULL
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 

Session 3: Tuesday 10 classes (All Levels) FULL
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

Session 4: Wednesday 10 classes (All Levels) FULL

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1

Session 5: Wednesday 10 classes (All Levels) SEATS OPEN

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1

Adult classes use mocha and white bodied low fire clays (Cone04-06) along with a large variety of slips, underglazes, brush on glazes, and dipping glazes.  

Please click here to register for Adult Classes


Introductory Handbuilding Workshop

In our fully equipped ceramic studio (pottery wheels, kilns, clay extruder, slab roller and lots of clay and glazes), you will be instructed by our professional ceramic artists and learn many of the handbuilding skills that are needed to make all kinds of functional and sculptural works of art.

If you want to keep your work you can glaze your ware (during the session) and for $15 (per piece) we will fire it in our kiln.

At the end of the class, if you'd like, you can take a spin on the pottery wheel. Just be prepared to get dirty!

Wednesdays 6:30PM-9:00PM 

9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 12/15 

Thursdays 6:30PM-9:00PM 

9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 

Sundays 12:30-3pm 

9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 

Members: $70, Non-Members: $100

Register here!


Toddler & Family Ceramics


MY Grownup and Me Ceramics

You and your child can drop-in to our ceramics studio and work with an instructor who will take you through the process of making your own masterpiece! All work is non-toxic and food-safe.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15am and 11:15pm  (2-4 years)


All Ages

Family Clay Day

Spend an hour with your whole family in our ceramics studio. You can be led through a project or simply work on your own handbuilding project with access to our full ceramics studio. All pieces will remain in the studio to be fired and will be ready for pick up within two weeks time. All work is non-toxic and food-safe. All ages!

Saturdays 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm



After School Classes

Please visit our Downtown Community Center After School Page for more information, and to register your child today!

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