pottery studio staff and students

UVM's Pottery Co-op is an incredible resource for the campus and the wider community. Membership includes all materials, firings, and use of the pottery studio.

UVM Affiliates and Vermont Community Members: Welcome!

Interested in learning about pottery? You do not have to be a part of UVM to join. All are welcome here! No previous clay experience required. You must purchase a membership to use the studio.

 

Looking for upcoming info sessions, classes, or registration details?

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FALL REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

  • Fall online registration opens Sept. 9 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Fall semester begins Sept. 16 at 8:00 a.m.
  • ALL FIRST-TIME MEMBERS MUST REGISTER FOR A CLASS
  • UVM alumni are NOT considered affiliate

REGISTER HERE STARTING SEPT. 9

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MEMBERSHIP?

  1. Nearly unlimited use of made-in-house clays at no additional cost: terra cotta (low temp), stoneware (high temp), and porcelain (high temp)
  2. Approximately 12 high-temp glazes and four high-temp colored slips
  3. Approximately 12 low-temp slips and one clear low-temp glaze
  4. A wall of shared community tools including ribs, wire tools, handbuilding tools, and sponges
  5. Shared community aprons and towels, washed each night by staff
  6. One or more bisque firings a week (depending on ware quantity) at no additional cost
  7. One or more glaze firings a week (depending on ware quantity) at no additional cost in a reduction gas kiln, except for low temp glaze firings, which take place in the electric kiln
  8. Ten reliable wheels
  9. Twelve weeks of thoughtful programming, both in and out of the classroom
  10. Workshops and events open to all members regardless of membership selection
  11. Amazing classes taught by community driven volunteer instructors
  12. The oversight of a full-time studio manager
  13. The support of a 12-person student employee team, who make clay, glazes, clean, load/unload kilns
  14. Access to the studio outside of class times, between 8 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week
  15. Access to visitor parking

AND SO MUCH MORE!

FALL CLASSES: SEPT. 16-DEC. 13

MONDAY

Nailed It: Clay Edition - Late Beginner/Early Intermediate - Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Taught by Savannah Maroun and Liv Numa, this class spans the gap between those who have some clay experience but do not yet identify as being intermediate. In order to stay engaged in this fast-paced class, students are required to have wedging, centering, and basic throwing skills (throwing a slab, throwing a cylinder). This 10-week class combines learning and refining some basic skills with the excitement of friendly competition. Each week we will start with a quick demonstration followed by a short and electrifying competition. After the competition, we will take time to help students refine the skills demonstrated that class. This class is half thrills and half skills!

 

Tuesday

Creative Handbuilt Mugs - All Levels - Tuesdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Taught by Patty Brushett, this all-levels class requires no previous clay skills. This 12-week class focuses on the handbuilding skills needed to make many unique hand-built mugs for your coffee/tea or as gifts. Surface decoration and forming techniques will be taught. Wheel-throwing will not be taught or available during class time.

Scratching the Surface - Intermediate - Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Taught by Bethany Mihavics, this intermediate class requires that students have basic handbuilding or wheel-throwing skills (wedging, centering, making cylinders), as this class focuses on surface decoration rather than forming techniques. This 9-week class serves as an introduction to surface design techniques with a focus on various ways to use colored clay.

 

Wednesday

Skills and Projects - All Levels - Wednesdays 6-8:30 p.m.
Taught by D Bouchard and Chris Behr, this all-levels class requires students bring attitude! Students in this 12-week class will get individual attention developing self-selected skills and projects. Planning and making will start right away so that students have a good understanding of skill building and project goals. As a group and individually, we'll check and share our progress each time we meet.

Handbuilding for Beginners - Beginner - Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Taught by Emilie Begin and Olivia Hartwig, this beginner class requires that students bring a will to learn and try something new! This 10-week class will give beginners a solid base in handbuilding and classic forms: cups, mugs, plates, bowls, etc. and allow for advancements in creativity through pinching, making slabs, and coiling. Wheel-throwing will not be taught or available during class time.

 

Thursday

Sculptural Handbuilding - Intermediate - Thursdays 6-8 p.m.
Taught by Chloe Foster, this intermediate class requires that students have basic handbuilding skills: coiling, pinching, slab making, slipping and scoring. This 12-week, project-based handbuilding sculpture class mixes elements of functionality and sculpture. Project prompts will be a mixture of technique-based and theme-based. We will be exploring organic, abstract forms while also creating room for realism and functionality.

 

Friday

Terrific Tableware - Intermediate - Fridays 6-8 p.m.
Taught by Becky Mulheron and Geoff Gordon, this intermediate class requires students have basic throwing and handbuilding skills. This 9/10 week class will focus on the creation of a set of tableware starting with the essentials, then expanding to more unique forms. Functionality and form will be combined to create pieces which can be used to make everyday meals special. Later in the course we will cover glazing and surface techniques.

IMPORTANT FALL DATES

Informational Meeting - L/L Room 315 Sept. 1 @ 10:00 a.m.
Online Registration Sept. 9 @ 8:00 a.m.
Studio Opens Sept. 16 @ 8:00 a.m.
Last Day for Written Refund Request Sept. 20 @ 5:00 p.m.
Last Wet Clay Day for Holiday Items Nov. 8 @ 11:00 p.m.
Last Bisque for Holiday Items Nov. 15 @ 11:00 p.m.
Last Wet Clay Day for All Projects Nov. 17 @ 11:00 p.m.
STUDIO CLOSED - THANKSGIVING BREAK Nov. 22-Dec. 1
Last Day to Glaze All Projects Dec. 8 @ 11:00 p.m.
Studio Closes Dec. 13

 

FIRST-TIME MEMBER INFO

First-time members are required to take a class equal to their skill level.

Q: Why do I have to take a class as a first-time member? I've been doing pottery for years and know how to use a communal space.
A: This requirement is not to teach you about clay--it is to bring you into our community and familiarize you with studio systems. Community is at the heart of what we do!

 

Q: Is there one specific class that I'm required to take?
A: There is no one specific course that first-time members are required to take. Any class selection will meet this requirement so long as it is commensurate with your skill level.

 

Q: Can I sign up for a class that is not equal to my skill level?
A: If you're not sure what your skill level is or what class might be a good fit, email the studio manager at olivia.hartwig@uvm.edu.

 

Q: Can I sign up for an open membership and use the space freely during open hours?
A: Returning members are welcome to register as open members. First-time members are not.

REGISTRATION FAQ

Q: How fast does registration fill?
A: In the past registration has filled within 30 minutes of opening.

 

Q: How do I get a spot if it fills that fast?
A: It is recommended that you review class offerings before registration opens and determine which you'll register for. On the morning of registration be ready with a computer or laptop, a reliable internet connection, and a credit or debit card at 8 a.m., when the site goes live.

 

Q: What if the class I want is filled by the time I try to register?
A: Check the registration site frequently between when registration opens and when registration closes. Openings do appear as people withdraw.

 

Q: How do I know if I have the skill for a class?
A: Skill requirements will be explicitly outlined in class descriptions. If you do not meet the requirement, please do not take the class.

 

Q: Can I sign up for a class that I can't attend and use the studio anyway?
A: No. Registration is designed to balance studio resources and community impact. Taking a spot you do not intend to use is harmful to the community and is not acceptable.

 

Q: Can I hold a spot by signing up for a class that I can't attend while I wait for the class I want to open up, and then switch?
A: No.The registration site is not designed to allow switching between membership selections. Switching between classes will not be accommodated by the studio manager.

 

Q: What if something comes up after I register. Can I get a refund?
A: Yes. A written refund request can be submitted to olivia.hartwig@uvm.edu up to one day before classes begin. Requests submitted after this date will not be considered.

MEMBERSHIP FAQ

Q: Once I'm registered, can I use the studio whenever?
A: Registered members may use the studio during open hours (seven days a week, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.) as long as a class is not in session.

 

Q: Can I use the studio when a class is in session?
A: No.The studio is closed during class times.

 

Q: Can I bring and use clay and glaze from home?
A: Outside materials are not permitted in the studio.

 

Q: Can I take clay and glaze home with me?
A: Studio materials are not permitted to leave the studio.

 

Q: Can I bring tools in from home?
A: Yes, tools are permitted. The studio is not responsible for loss or theft. Be sure to label them clearly.

 

Q: Do I have to take a class?
A: First-time members are required to take a class (see First-Time Member Info). Returning members are not required to take a class, but are welcome to.

CLASS FAQ

Q: Can I get academic credit for taking a class in the studio?
A: Our class offerings are not for academic credit at this time.

 

Q: I haven't been a member in a long time. Should I take a class?
A: Yes, in order to familiarize yourself with new studio policies, systems, and community members; but it is not a requirement.

 

Q: Can I sign up for a class that is not equal to my skill level?
A: If you're not sure what your skill level is or what class might be a good fit, email the studio manager at olivia.hartwig@uvm.edu.

 

Q: What if I'm not sure about my schedule. Should I sign up for a class anyway?
A: There is very high demand and a limited number of spots. If you can't take a class, leave room for someone who can.

 

Q: What if the class I want to take is full? Can I sign up for a different class and attend the one I want anyway?
A: No. Class limits are intentionally set according to space and resource availability.If a class is full, check back regularly during registration to see if a spot has become available.

 

Q: But I really want to participate!
A: That's great! Consider joining our Winter Session (Jan.-Feb.), Spring Semester (Feb.-May), or Summer Session (Term 1 May-June, Term 2 July-August).

LOCATION AND CONTACT

UVM Pottery Co-Op Location:
Living/Learning Center Commons
Room 102 (1st floor)
633 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405

Studio Manager: Olivia Hartwig, ohartwig@uvm.edu

Phone: 802-656 4150

WHO WE ARE

  • The studio community is an inter-generational group of UVM affiliates and Vermont community members with a wide range of clay experiences and skills.
  • The studio is run by Studio Manager Olivia Hartwig. They are responsible for programming and running the studio, among other things!
  • Our volunteer instructors range from undergraduate students to retired professionals. All are passionate, talented teachers.
  • Teacher Assistants (TAs) are volunteers from the membership who wish to become more involved in the community. They are also eligible to teach after one Fall or Spring semester of assisting.
  • The studio would not function without our amazing crew of student employees. Seriously! If you see them around, say hello.
  • Members, new and returning, contribute their love of clay, community, and cleanliness to the space and community at large.

WHAT WE ARE

The Pottery Co-Op is first and foremost a learning environment. Because of this, it is not suited to production potters. The studio is also a university laboratory, which means we have safety policies that other studios don't. Specifics are covered in New Member Orientation, which will be scheduled for the weekend before the studio opens for the semester.

MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

Memberships are open to all UVM students, faculty, staff, and community members 18 or older and include:

  • Non-credit instruction for all levels—from beginner to advanced
  • Studio access (unless a class is in session) seven days a week from 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

 

MEMBERSHIP FEES

During the academic year: 

  • $110 per fall/spring semester for current students, current staff, and current faculty (does not include alumni)
  •  $220 per fall/spring semester for community members (including alumni)

During the summer:

  • $225 per summer term