Rhode Island's Clay Art Center

To Register for Classes, please fill out the form on our Contact page with your name, email address ande which class you'd like to take.  We'll send you an invoice via email if there's room in the class and a note if we've added you to our wait list.  Once the invoice is paid, you are considered registered.

2018 Pottery Classes & Workshops

in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Welcome To Dew Claw Studios online! 
2018 Registration is now OPEN!
For our Classes & Workshops page, register online to save time and guarantee a spot in class. Check the website or like our page on Facebook to see more things going on. Get a gift certificate for that hard to buy for person in your life. 

Handbuilding 1 - 7 Weeks - $230

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If you are interested in working with clay but have little or no experience then this is the course for you.  During this 7-week class students will gain a foundation in the hand forming process and the basics involved with glazing your own work.  From pinch to slab to coil, this class gets you started. This class includes bisque and glaze (Δ6 oxidation) firing of pieces made in class. Ages 16 and up.

Instructor: John Mitchell
Section 13
Tuesday 12pm - 2:30pm
January  16 - February  27


​Section 34
Tuesday 3:30pm - 6pm
March 13 - April 24


Section 51
Monday 3:30pm - 6pm
May 7 - June 25 (No Class Monday May 28)

Wheel 1 - 7 Weeks - $230

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If you are interested in working with clay on the potter's wheel but have little or no experience then this is the course for you.  During this 7-week class students will gain a foundation in the wheel forming process and the basics involved with glazing your own work.  From cups to bowls to vases, this class gets you started. This class includes bisque and glaze (Δ6 oxidation) firing of pieces made in class. Ages 16 and up.

Instructor: John Mitchell
Section 11 
Monday 3:30pm - 6pm
January 15 - February 26


Section 15 
Tuesday 7pm - 9:30pm
January 16 - February 27


Section 16 
Wednesday 7pm - 9:30pm
January 17 - February 28

Section 32 ​
Monday 7pm - 9:30pm
March 12 - April 23


​Section 33
Tuesday 12pm - 2:30pm
March 13 - April 24


Section 36
Wednesday 7pm - 9:30pm
March 14 - April 25


​​​ Section 54
Tuesday 3:30pm -6pm
May 8 - June 26 (No Class Tuesday May 29)


Section 36
Tuesday 7pm - 9:30pm
May 8 - June 26 (No Class Tuesday May 29)

Wheel 2 - 7 Weeks - $230

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For students who have completed Wheel 1 or equivalent, this class shows many techniques to modifying your pots during and after the throwing process.  A fairly aggressive syllabus, we cover faceting, throwing feet, carving feet, applied feet, cut & paste, paddling, lids, spouts and throwing larger with coil & throw and slab & throw.  This class includes bisque and glaze (Δ05 oxidation or Δ6 oxidation) firing of pieces made in class. Ages 16 and up.

Instructor: John Mitchell

Section 52
Monday 7pm - 9:30pm
May 7 - June 25 (No Class Monday May 28)

Open Studio - 7 Weeks - $230

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This seven-week course is for students who have taken Pottery/Wheel or Handbuilding 1 and need to work on their skills.  This course provides students with the opportunity to continue at a beginner's level and to work toward more refined products.  Experienced participants may also learn more advanced wheel throwing or hand building techniques. This class includes bisque and glaze (Δ05 oxidation or Δ6 oxidation) firing of pieces made in class.   Ages 16 and up. 

Instructor: John Mitchell
Section 12 ​
Monday 7pm - 9:30pm
January 15 - February 26


Section 14
Tuesday 3:30pm - 6pm
January 16 - February 27


​​ Section 31
Monday 3:30pm - 6pm
March 12 - April 23


Section 35
Tuesday 7pm - 9:30pm
March 13 - April 24

Section 53
Tuesday 12pm - 2:30pm
May 8 - June 26 (No Class Tuesday May 29)

Section 56
Wednesday 7pm - 9:30pm
May 9 - June 27 (No Class Wednesday May 30)


Pit Firing Workshop - 1 Day - $75

Up to 4 participants will assist in firing their own pots in our fire pit.  Bring your burnished, bisque fired pieces ready for firing.  Pit fire materials (i.e. sawdust, coffee grounds, copper wire, etc) will be provided.  Firing will occur off-site at our home in Northern Seekonk, MA.   
Instructor: John Mitchell

Section 41 Sunday 11am - 5pm April 29 (Weather Dependent)


Section 51 Sunday 11am - 5pm May 6 (Weather Dependent)

Section 52 Sunday 11am - 5pm May 20 (Weather Dependent)




Raku Firing Workshop - 1 Day - $125

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Up to 4 participants will assist in firing their own pots in our trash can raku kilns.  Bring your bisque fired pieces ready for glazing.  Basic raku glazes will be provided.  Firing will occur off-site at our home in Northern Seekonk, MA.   
Instructor: John Mitchell

Section 41 Sunday 10am - 5pm April 29 (Weather Dependent)


Section 51 Sunday 11am - 5pm May 6 (Weather Dependent)

Section 52 Sunday 11am - 5pm May 20 (Weather Dependent)



Handbuilding 2 - 7 Weeks - $230

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Continue with your hand building studies with this 7-week class.  Fine tune your pinch, coil & slab skills.  Ages 16 and up.

Instructor: John Fazzino

No Sections Currently Scheduled

Gloworm Wood Firing - $275

Have you always wanted to participate in one of those weeks long wood kiln firings? Well, Tom has quickened the process. After just a few hours of firing, your pots can have that five-day firing look. Join Tom in the loading and firing of one of his famous "gloworm" kilns. In this two-day workshop, participants will load and fire a high fire fiber wood kiln.  You can come by and watch the fun at Thomas Ladd Pottery, 352 High Street, Wakefield, RI  02879 (401) 782-0050 
Instructor: Thomas Ladd
No Sections Currently Scheduled
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Clay Drum Making - 7 Weeks - $230   

In this class, students will design and build their own clay drums. Using historical reference and imagination, the class will explore the percussive and acoustic possibilities of the simple clay drum. The class will cover topics such as: drum head material, firing styles and effective drum shape. John will demonstrate several building techniques designed to cover all skill levels. This class includes bisque and glaze (Δ05 oxidation or Δ6 oxidation) firing of pieces made in class.    Ages 16 and up. 

Instructor: John Mitchell

No Sections Currently Scheduled.

In Depth Slab Making
- 7 Weeks - $230 

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Anna provides tips and tricks for working with slabs. This seven-week course is designed for intermediate hand-builders that are looking to refine their skills.  The main focus of this class will be on construction.  This class includes bisque and glaze (Δ05 oxidation or Δ6 oxidation) firing of pieces made in class.   Ages 16 and up. 

Instructor: Anna Galloway Highsmith

No Sections Currently Scheduled
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Clay Lamp - 7 Weeks - $230  

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In this class, students will design and build their own clay lamps. Students will explore the lamp as focal point and functional object. The class will cover topics such as: hardware and wiring, lamp styles and shade selection. John will demonstrate several building techniques designed to cover all skill levels. This class includes bisque and glaze (Δ6 oxidation) firing of pieces made in class.  Ages 16 and up. 

Instructor: John Mitchell

No Sections Currently Scheduled

Clay Stamp Making - 1 Session - $45

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Enjoy learning how to make stamps out of clay.  These stamps are great for putting pattern on objects.
 
Instructor: John Mitchell

No Sections Currently Scheduled

Clay Whistles -  2 Sessions - $90

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Enjoy learning how to make whistles out of clay. 

Instructor: Norma Anderson

No Sections Currently Scheduled

Big Clay Day! - 1 Session - No Charge

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Come and play with us or just come to watch.  We spin the wheel to determine the weight (10-20 lbs.), allow all our contestants to declare their 1 tool (not including a sponge, sorry torches and heat guns are not allowed) and then we tell them whether we are throwing for height or width.  Always fun and usually our defending champion shows up to defend their title.  We have had many winners from professionals to beginners.  Bring your clay or you risk having to use our reclaim which may not be in very good shape.

Mediator: Alternates between John Mitchell & Kris Pedersen

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Bowl Fundraiser - 7 weeks - No Charge

We love to contribute bowls to fundraisers.  If you would like to contribute bowls as well, come on down on our throwing, trimming and glazing days and help us make lots of bowls.  We provide the clay and firing, just bring your tools and a smile!  We are asked by many organizations for bowl donations and the more we can give, the better we feel about it.

Come on down and help us help others!

We've changed our Bowl Fundraiser - Now it's a 7-week session with critiques on what makes a better bowl.  All clay, glaze and firing still included.  But this new session comes complete with practice time.  Still NO CHARGE!!!  Take advantage of this great offer.  Session sizes are limited so register for this one early.  Wheel throwing skills are a prerequisite to this session.

You must email john@dewclawstudios.com to register for this class.  The email must include your name, mailing address, contact phone number.  Please also include a description your throwing skills.  You are not considered registered until you have a confirmation email back from us.  Space is limited.

Instructor: John Mitchell

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Pinch Pot & a Movie - 1 Night - No Charge

For those of you who know John & Kris, you'll understand this event.  We love to watch movies in our studio.  We would have a pinch pot & a movie night unofficially at our old studio often and we decided to add it to our schedule so that anyone interested could come by and join us.  If you usually throw on the wheel, it's very liberating to be forced to handbuild.  We do not require pinch pots, but we do require handbuilding only (since our studio is not equipped with the Shimpo Whisper wheels, wheel throwing would be too loud to watch a movie to).  Just bring your tools and clay (and a movie if you'd like).  We vote on a movie once everyone is there and if it's around a meal time, we might even order in (okay, so just about every time we have dinner from Not Just Snacks on Hope Street).  It is delicious and the movies are usually funny.  Ages 18 & up only.

Come by and have fun!

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Private Lessons - $90 Per 2-Hour Lesson

Just need a little help with something or want to take a class but you have an alternating schedule?  Call and schedule a private lesson with any of our instructors. 

Call for private scheduling, please specify instructor preference.