Classes

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Ceramics Class Descriptions:

Intro to Clay is geared toward those with little to no experience, but open to all levels.

Try your hand at a variety of clay techniques, and learn the basics of handbuilding and throwing. You will learn to center the clay on the wheel as you begin to throw the basic forms and learn to trim.

Handbuilding projects might include techniques such as pinch, coil and slab built forms. Surface decoration and glazing techniques will also be covered.

By the end of the class, students will have gained a better understanding of the ceramic medium.

Beginning students should plan to purchase a clay tool kit (estimated cost $15).

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Continuing Clay classes are geared toward those with some experience with clay and want a continuation of basic skills.

This class covers throwing and handbuilding, shaping cylinders, pulling handles, lids, spouts. Returning students can refine their technique and create more complex forms. Students may create projects using one or both techniques.

Open to all levels.

Beginning students should plan to purchase a clay tool kit (estimated cost $15).

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Friday Night Clay

Friday night is for letting loose and relaxing. Couples, singles, and friends come join us.

Get a little dirty and creative at The Clay Underground while enjoying the wine or beer that you bring in.

  • Our instructor shows and assists you with the basic techniques on the potter’s wheel.
  • We provide the tools and clay.
  • We glaze and fire up to two pieces. Included in cost.
  • There is an extra charge for any additional pieces you decide to have glazed and fired.
  • We contact you approximately two weeks after your class when your work is ready to be picked up.

Open to all levels

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One Time Clay

This class will introduce you to the basic skills of throwing on the potter’s wheel. No prior experience required.

Our instructor shows and assists you with the basic techniques of throwing a bowl or cylinder on the potter’s wheel.

  • We provide the tools and clay.
  • We glaze and fire up to two pieces. Included in cost.
  • We contact you approximately two weeks after your class when your work is ready to be picked up.
  • Additional work can be glazed and fired at an extra cost.

A discount will be given for a 6-week class if you sign up within 2 months of taking the One Time Clay class.

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Kid’s Clay (After School or Weekend)

Students will learn and practice the basic skills of handbuilding and working on the potter’s wheel including pinching, coiling and slab, trimming, and glazing.  The goal is for students to use these basic techniques to create their own projects as they develop a feel for clay and find their creative voice.

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Private Lessons

Private ceramics instruction is available by appointment. Please Contact Us for more information!

General Class Info & Policies

Fees & Class Schedule:

  • Class Fees cover instructed class time (as listed in specific class schedule), 25 lb. bag of clay (unless otherwise noted), studio time, use of glazes, and firing of your work. Studio time TBA. Tools are not provided; however The Clay Underground provides these materials at a discounted rate.
  • Guaranteed firing is limited to the work made with 25 lbs of clay. Additional work may be fired for a fee.

Payments:

  • Registration for classes requires FULL PAYMENT FOR THE CLASS.
  • For immediate confirmation, please pay by Credit/Debit card, using the online registration system.
  • For Check or Money Order payments, use the online registration system, and choose “Check Payment.”
  • Checks/Money orders should be mailed to:

The Clay Underground,  PO Box 642152, San Francisco, CA 94164

or dropped off at:

187 Eddy Street, San Francisco, 94102

  • Spots cannot be held without full payment.
  • Please include your “Regis ID #”when sending your deposit (found in your email receipt).
  • Checks will be returned by mail if the requested class is already full. Terms for partial or full refunds may be viewed below. Please contact us or drop by during manager’s hours if you have questions. Classes sometimes fill shortly after the schedule is announced.

Refund Policy:

  • Class payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Circumstances which may allow for refunds:
    • Full refunds will only be issued if a class is cancelled due to lack of enrollment or if a request for refund is received a week before the start of a class session. No refunds or credits after the second week of classes. Refunds are given at the discretion of The Clay Underground, will be prorated and include a $25.00 processing fee.

PLEASE NOTE:

It is mandatory that all new students to the studio attend a class during the first week of classes.

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