Clayworks Beginner Pottery Classes

Build a solid foundation in wheel throwing and the basics of hand building through Roberson Clayworks’ Beginner Pottery classes (offered all year).

The course is geared for students with no clay experience or for those who have taken a class and would like to continue to improve their skills.

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The entire ceramic process will be covered, including glazing and firing techniques. Students benefit from taking this class more than once.

Students will receive 25 pounds of clay as part of the cost of the class. Additional clay may be purchased when needed for $30 for a 25 pound bag. Included is studio time outside of class along with all firings and glazes.

  • Masks and proof of vaccination are required for all Clayworks students. Students will be asked to provide proof of vaccination by sending a screenshot of the vaccine card or empire pass by separate email. You will be contacted when this needs to be done. These guidelines are subject to change.
  • These classes are offered as a benefit for Roberson Members only. Join or renew your membership.
  • Each course has a limit of 10 openings. Students 17 years and older are welcome to register. All students must be registered. No substitutes may be sent to class.
  • All sales are final. No refunds will be given.
  • Roberson Museum and Science Center and Clayworks are not responsible for firing any student pieces once a class semester is over. The studio is not responsible for any items left behind.

Summer 2022 Beginner Classes

Masks and proof of vaccination are required for all Clayworks students.

A Roberson Membership is required for Clayworks. Join or renew your membership.


Instructor: Daniele Vick
9 weeks
June 6 – August 8 (no class July 4)
FULL – Join the waitlist



Instructor: Betty McAndrew
10 weeks
June 8 – August 10
Roberson Members $330


Instructor: Nancy Ryan
10 weeks
June 7 – August 9
Roberson Members $330



Instructor: Daniele Vick
10 weeks
June 7 – August 9
FULL – Join the waitlist


A Little Bit About Our Classes

Students at Roberson Clayworks explore a wide variety of forms and methods. It is gratifying to drink your morning coffee out of a mug you threw yourself, or to serve dinner to your family on an array of dinner plates of your own design and handiwork. Other students choose to focus on more abstract creations rather than functional pieces, drawing their inspiration from nature and the world surrounding them. We have a well-equipped studio to meet the needs of beginning to advanced potters. Each participant works at their own potter’s wheel using clay provided by the studio. A wide variety of tools and glazes are available to refine creative expression.

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.