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 levels.Depending on the class there will be demonstrations to learn 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: Adult Clay Session Winter 2020 Registration opening December 9th

 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.



10-Week Ceramic Courses

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

This class will cover basic handbuilding techniques and all skills working on the pottery wheel. Developing skills through practice, we work individually with students so you can focus on which technique you prefer but encourage exploring both. The class will cover glazing and finishing techniques but not as indepth as the surface class.The intermediate class is for students with prior experience.

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

Session 2: Wednesdays 10 classes *Intermediate
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Session 3: Thursday 10 classes All Levels
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Session 4: Thursday 10 sessions- All Levels

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

Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools. Handbuilding techniques allow for a wide range of creativity. Using press and hump molds, and other types of form aids you can create functional and sculpture work. We will also explore many surface decoration and finishing techniques. Surface treatments can occur at any stage of the ceramic process. To name a few methods: on wet clay creating textures with stamps , lace, shape aids etc. /leather hard stage you can carve, scratch and apply many underglaze techniques. Once your piece is fired and ready to be glazed going beyond dipping, pouring and brushing glazes onto your work, you’ll find the alternatives to surface decoration using glaze pencils, water color, image transfer ,stencils, wax resist and more.

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

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


Handbuilding Workshop

In our fully equipped ceramic studio (pottery wheels, kilns, clay extruder, slab roller and lots of clay), 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 we will fire it in our kiln. At the end of the class you can take a spin on the pottery wheel. Just be prepared to get dirty!

Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00pm
Sunday afternoons, 12:00 - 2:30pm

Members: $70, Non-Members: $70

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Toddler & Family Ceramics


Mommy/Daddy 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, 10:00 - 10:45am and 11:00 - 11:45am (2-4 years)

$10 drop-in fee

All Ages

Family Clay Day

Spend an hour anytime from 12:00 - 3:00 pm with your whole family on Saturday afternoons. 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.

Saturdays 12:00 - 3:00pm

$25 drop-in fee for a family of four
$50 for non-members

1yr–All Ages

Pottery Painting

Come on in and paint any pottery you like, assisted by our friendly and professional staff. Just pay for what you make! The artwork will then be fired in our studio for a later pick up.

Sundays, 12:00 - 3:00pm, pay for only what you make!


After School Classes

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

Grade K– 2

DCC Ceramics Adventure

Introduce your child to the world of ceramics! Develop motor skills and learn creative problem solving through projects aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity. Projects range from animal themed sculptures, making a new favorite cup or bowl, figurative work and more!

Grade K– 1

DCC Ceramics Animals, Dinosaurs & Creepy Crawlers

Working with clay, your child will have fun making a wide variety of creatures and their habitats. Your child will create functional and non-functional ceramic projects. They will develop fine motor skills, and problem solve while learning about different animals, bugs, dinosaurs and other creepy animals.

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Grade 2–5

DCC Handbuilding and Pottery Wheel

This class covers both handbuilding and working on the pottery wheel. The 2nd graders get an introduction to the wheel, while the 3rd-5th graders have a chance to develop their skills for a more comprehensive experience. Students will learn basic handbuilding skills of ceramic construction like pinch pots, coils and slabs through creative projects that range from functional cups and bowls to more advanced sculptural works like clocks and teapots.

Grade 3–5

DCC Ceramic Masters

For students who have experience working in clay and have basic skills, this class is a chance to work independently or collaborate with the guidance of a professional ceramic artist. Students will work with the teacher to develop ideas and strategies, plan their own projects and set their own goals. This class includes working on the potter's wheel, and making functional hand built ceramics, as well as non-functional sculptural ceramic art.

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