Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro – open for Memberships, with Pottery Classes to start September 28

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The Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro is now open and inviting new memberships!  Just five short months after the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies launched a fund drive to establish a ceramic arts facility at 13 S. Church Street in Waynesboro, it will begin offering pottery classes to both adults and children.  Members of the Center will have open access to the nearly 2,500 square foot facility, which includes six potter wheels, a 10 electric kiln, and a gas kiln to be added in the near future.

Mary Ashe-Mahr

Mary Ashe-Mahr

Sally Sussman

Sally Sussman at the new Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro

The first class offered will be, “Coaster and Pendant Making Workshop for Kids,” with Nickole Bricker.   Scheduled for September 28, from noon to 3:00 p.m., budding potters between the ages of 8 and 13 will learn pottery fundamentals, decorate coasters, and make pendants from a variety of materials. The fee is $25 per child and includes all supplies.  With a smile, Bricker explained why she’s passionate about introducing pottery to the younger set, “It’s a way to help kids appreciate nature and art and still get their hands dirty.”  Bricker will offer a second class, “Pinch Pot Workshop for Kids”, on October 12, from noon to 3:00 pm.  The fee for this workshop is also $25.

An “Introduction to Ceramics Studio” class for adults will be also be  offered .  During this hands-on class with instructor Mary Ashe-Mahr, participants will learn to make hand built pieces, throw on a wheel, and trim and glaze finished pieces. This class is offered over two Saturdays, October 5 and October 19, from noon to 4:30 pm.  The fee is $175 and includes materials, glazing, and firing.  Ashe-Mahr will offer the same class on Sundays, October 6 and October 20, also from noon to 4:30 pm.

Another option is also possible.  James Smith and Tom McFarland will offer an “Introduction to Ceramics Studio” class for adults at Penn State Mont Alto, General Studies Building, Room 008, on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9:00 pm, October 2 through November 6. The fee is $200 and includes all materials.

Smith, director of the Ceramic Arts Center, envisions the studio becoming a vibrant hub for ceramic arts in the area, offering more advanced classes to studio members as well as public offerings for both adults and children.  To simplify enrollment, there is an online calendar where interested students can now sign up for classes:  http://nicodemuscenterforceramicstudies.fullslate.com

The Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro continues to be open to the public every weekend through October 27 as one of the art galleries featured in Destination ARTS!  A wide variety of beautiful pottery is available for sale on Fridays 5 – 8 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 6 pm, and Sundays 12 – 4 pm.  For more information about the Center, classes, membership opportunities, and future plans, please email [email protected].

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