Located behind the main building for the Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, North Carolina is the Clay Studio. It is place designed as a haven for those who love to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. The art of pottery is one that has ties to all of mankind’s history and if you haven’t had the chance to create your own pieces, it is something I highly recommend.

There is something soothing about molding clay and creating a piece of art that’s not only beautiful but functional as well. If you’re lacking experience, that’s all right. Every Saturday, the Clay Studio offers beginner clay classes. It’s perfect for locals with a busy work week schedule. It’s a six week course that includes 25 pounds of clay, glazing, and firing, as well as all the open studio time you need to perfect your techniques. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the pottery world and learn more about this traditional way of sculpting.

The Clay Studio also offers private instructions with teachers Mathilda Tanner and Charles Freeland. Mathilda Tanner is an artist living in Black Mountain. From 1994 until 2010, she was the Artist in Residence at Chilmark Pottery and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well was a Master Degree in Secondary Education. She is known for her amazing surface textures and carvings in clay. Charles Freeland is the Clay Studio manager and holds a Master in Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics. He has taught courses all over the United States and is a member of the Illinois Artisans Program that shows work in the state run gallery system. Either instructor will afford you an opportunity of a lifetime and an excellent introduction to the world of pottery.

For more information visit:

http://blackmountainarts.org/wp/clay/

Black Mountain Art Studio

225 West State Street

Black Mountain, NC 28711

Black Mountain Art Studio

225 West State Street

Black Mountain, NC 28711