Imagine a place...

that blends artist studio, a week at camp, and maybe a dash of encounter group and you'll get a sense of the Hinckley Pottery experience. For many long-time students, Hinckley Pottery is their personal clay studio -- a place to enjoy the clay, meet interesting people and observe the miracle of turning mud into functional objects.

What to expect

Our studio specializes in teaching wheel-thrown pottery and offers instruction for all levels of experience. Classes are informal and are kept small to guarantee a wheel for every student. Each class is two-and-a-half hours long.

Beginners get grounding in pottery fundamentals. They learn how to center a mound of clay, and how to throw, trim and glaze their pots. Generally, after one 10-week session, they can make mugs, bowls, and other basic forms.

Intermediate and advanced students work on refining skills and glazing techniques. They learn how to make larger and more complex forms, and explore methods for altering thrown pots to create ovals and other shapes.

Get a feel for the clay

Not sure that the potter's wheel is for you? Register for a one-time Try It! class. Spend two-and-a-half hours giving the wheel a spin. We supply materials, basic instruction and hands-on assistance. You get a feel for the clay and discover the magic of making functional objects on the potter’s wheel.

Because making pots is a long process, there isn’t enough time in that one class to finish any pieces. At the end of your Try It! class, if you decide you want more, you can register for a 10-week session and any pots you’ve made will be saved for you to finish later. Click here for next Try It! dates and times.

Classes for kids

Class schedule

Getting started: fees and registration

Making up missed classes