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.


Adult Classes:

In our fully equipped ceramic studio we offer classes in both the Pottery Wheel and Handbuilding that are designed for all levels. If you are curious about ceramics and new to the art, our 4 week workshops are a great introduction to working with clay. We also offer semester long sessions where you will have the opportunity to learn all the possibilties of working with clay. For more information on schedules and fees, please contact Susan Kay, Director of Ceramics: 


Adult Ceramics Classes

Summer 2024 Semester

July 7 - August 25

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This course will cover many aspects of working on the pottery wheel, handbuilding, glazing/surface and design. Whether you are interested in functional or sculpture work, you will get individual attention according to your skill level and interests. The classes are structured with demonstrations and information sharing. There will be plenty of time to work on your own during class, as well as uninstructed open studio hours for enrolled students. Students are required to have their own pottery tools which can either be purchased through Tribeca Clay and other ceramic supply stores. We use a variety of low fire clay.  We have a large selection of dipping and commercial paint on glazes.

Additional non-refundable minimum $40 fee towards firing

TOTAL $425

Optional: Additional fee: $10 for basic pottery tool kit (all students are required to have their own tools)                                                                         

There will be additional charges for work done after minimum fee is used up, (priced at .06 cents per cubic inch per piece for 2 firings).        



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Monday 7 classes    (All Levels) 6:30 PM-9:00PM    

7/8, 7/15,  7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19


Tuesday 7 classes (All Levels) 6:30 PM - 9:00pm  

7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20


Wednesday 7 classes (All Levels) 6:30 PM - 9:00pm PM 

7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21    


Sunday 7 classes (All Levels) 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM                                                         

 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25


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Handbuilding and Surface

Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-makint technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers and simple tools for a wide range of creativity.  This class will also explore many surface decoration and finishing techniques. Surface treatments can occur at any stage of the ceramic process.  On wet clay creating textures with stamps, lace and more.  With leather at the hard stes, you can carve, scratch, and apply many underglaze techhniques. Once your piece is fired adn ready to be glazed you may go beyond with dipping, pouring and brushing blazes onto your work.   You'll find the alternatives to surface decoration using glazze pencils, watercolr, image transfer, stencils, wax, and more.


Thursday 7 classes (All Levels) 6:30 PM - 9:00PM                                                  

 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22

 Tuition: 7 class session $385

 Additional non-refundable minimum $40 fee towards firing.

 TOTAL $425


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Cancellation Policy

Full semester session

To request a cancellation and refund, you must email  Refunds requested more than one week prior to the first class are refundable tuition minus $100 administration fee.  Refunds requested within one week of the first class are 50% refundable. There will be no refunds once the class begins under any circumstance, nor can we transfer you to a later semester. We cannot be flexible on this policy for any reason. Should a class not fill sufficiently, we may cancel it one week prior to the first class session.



 We realize that you may have to miss a class from time to time, however, we do not issue reimbursements or provide make-up classes for those missed due to student illness or other circumstances that fall outside the Centers control. You may not attend another class as an alternate make-up class. We do not prorate for missed classes. We encourage you to make up your missed time during the numerous open studio sessions.



4 Week Ceramic Workshops

4 WEEK WORKSHOP SERIES - Winter Registration Open Now!



Never used the pottery wheel before. This 4-week workshop will introduce you to the basics of throwing. You will have a chance to take a spin through the process. There will be demonstrations, drills and one on one support. The first 2 weeks making the vessels, the 3rd week tooling (cleaning up) your pieces, 4th week glazing. There is a 2-week turnaround where you can then pick up your finished piece.


SATURDAY   10:30AM - 12:30PM   FEE: 4 sessions $320 (firing fee included)   

1.  6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29

2.  7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

3.  8/10, 8/17, 8/24                                     




INTRO HANDBUILDING WORKSHOP                                                                                                                                          

 If you have never worked with clay before its best to start in this workshop, Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools.

This class will introduce the basic handbuilding techniques used to build functional pottery forms.  The class will focus mostly on slab building techniques using bisque molds and stamps but will also cover the basics of pinch pots and coil building.  No previous experience in clay is needed for this class. 

Sunday 4 classes 1:30PM-4:00PM    FEE:  4 sessions $320 (firing fee included) 

1.  7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4

2.  8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25


Wednesday 4 classes 6:30PM - 9:00PM   

1.  7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7  FEE: 4 sessions $320 (firing fee included) 

2.  8/14, 8/21  FEE: 2 sessions $160 (firing fee included) 


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Toddler & Family Ceramics


Sensory Ceramics

Using air dry clay and art supplies, make a ceramic creation as unique as you are!

Mondays 10:00AM, 11:00 AM. 

Wednesdays 10:00 AM, 11:00AM


Included in Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center membership.

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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