Many conversations about pottery lead to the question of “where can I learn”.
If you live in the Austin, TX area:
Austin Pottery Studio and Gallery – atxpottery.com. Amazing wheel throwing classes and hand building classes. They also offer a one-time come in and try it class. I started here as a potter and continue to take classes and workshops here. Great energy and fantastic teachers.
Laguna Gloria also has classes – www.thecontemporaryaustin.org I have taken workshops here but have not taken classes. The studios are beautiful. Nestled in the woods along lake austin. The teachers are fantastic and the workshops they provide have been top notch.
Armadillo Clay and Supplies – www.armadilloclay.com – incredible source of clay, supplies, equipment and advice. I have taken some brilliant workshops here as well.
The Dougherty Arts Center – http://www.austintexas.gov/dac – this one is downtown. I have not taken classes here, but know people who have and only have good things to say about it. They do very cool events here!
The Eye of the Dog Art Center – www.eyeofthedogartcenter.com – this place is amazing! It’s in San Marcos. Open area with studios, resident artists, an inn and lots of classes, workshops, events and fun. For me, the drive to San Marcos is totally worth it. I love being removed from all distractions, surrounded by art, land and trees and endless inspiration.
Check out the Texas Clay Festival – www.texasclayfestival.com – This is a glorious event held every fall in Gruene, TX! You get to meander from tent to tent seeing and buying potter’s creations and watch awesome demonstrations that go on all day. There is nothing like it for inspiration, the kick in the butt you need to get started, to meet potters, see what people are creating, learning new techniques and being immersed in the beauty of the creations and the pottery community.
Hope this helps you find the perfect start to your pottery journey!!