At MudFire we have a uniquely personalized approach. We teach, but not in a large class format. Instead, studio members receive one-on-one instruction. Our staff is always on hand for an in-depth lesson, last minute rescue, or help with a new form or project. It's like a gym where you can come any time and there are "personal trainers" on hand and ready to help you any time with personalized instruction. We offer several membership plans for your convenience.
Roughly half of our studio members haven't touched clay since 6th grade! We are very beginner friendly, and will spend the time with you to get you up and on your feet. Our personalized approach combined with the opportunity to come in several times a week makes it easy to learn quickly.
If you would like to sign up, please visit our Membership Options page. Or call us in advance at 404-377-8033 to discuss availability. If the studio membership is "full", we may need to schedule your start in the future.
If you'd like to stop by for a tour, we'd love to meet you. Come by the studio today!
Pottery Wheel Lessons
Learning to use the potters wheel takes patience, focus, and practice. It is also super-relaxing and rewarding.
If you are a total beginner, we will sit with you for an hour or two of lessons for each of your first several visits. After that people typically find their legs a bit and want to work on their own with occasional advice, troubleshooting, demonstrations of new forms, or rescue missions. There is always someone here who can help you as much as you need or want. You'll make a few wobbly small bowls your first couple of visits, and as you get better control you will begin to build out the portfolio of forms you are comfortable producing.
For intermediate and advanced potters, we're here when you need us for technical advice, aesthetic opinions, refresher courses, or learning new forms. We also aren't shy with challenging you to explore new directions like altering forms, advanced surface treatments, construction of more complex works, etc..
Handbuilding, or sculpture, is the other way of working with clay. The basic techniques are easier to learn and the range of forms you can produce is much broader. If you are interested in clay, but aren't sure the wheel is for you, think about handbuilding. For the beginner, you will be surprised how easy it is to begin making nice functional ware or artworks on your very first day.
We have tons of sample projects around to draw inspiration from, and a good library of books and ceramics magazines to browse and learn new techniques or find new challenges to pursue. We love to discuss the pros and cons of different approaches and help you figure out the right approach and techniques.