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Adult Workshops

Mudflat's workshops cover a broad range of topics for everyone from beginner to advanced students. They're a great opportunity to gather with students and clay artists from Mudflat and elsewhere to explore a variety of ceramic art, try your hand at new techniques, or meet visiting artists.

Fall 2024 Adult Workshops

Soda Firing 

Learn about soda firing, an alternative to Mudflat’s regular high fire reduction and oxidation kiln firings. This workshop includes an orientation meeting that will discuss clay bodies, best forms to make, application of flashing slips, texture considerations, glaze choice and glazing tips, plus what happens in a soda kiln during the firing. Mudflat’s tech staff will wad, load, fire and unload the kiln.Limited to 10 people for each section

Skill level: Not recommended for beginning students.


Fall #1

Orientation: Wednesday, September 11, 6-7 pm

Firing: Thursday, October 24

Fall #2

Orientation: Wednesday, October 30, 6-7 pm

Firing: Thursday, December 12

Tuition: $200, Subscribers $150, Includes one 25-lb clay

Semester Expansion Packs -
For Fall 2024 Registered Mudflat Students

Handbuilding Basics for Wheelthrowers

This 3-part workshop series is for wheel throwers looking to learn the basics of handbuilding to grow their practice. Each workshop is 2 hours, 10 am - 12 pm and includes a hands-on element. Limit of 15 people per workshop, all levels welcome.

Tuition: $20, Subscribers $18


Coiling basics- September 22, MPR

Adding coils to your thrown pots can be a fun way to add height, alter forms and perhaps add texture to your pieces. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn how to roll out and build using coils to create a brand new piece or to add height to an existing thrown pot. If you bring a thrown pot to add to, it should be leather hard. 

Slab building: Creating and using Molds - October 20, Main Wheel Room 

Learn how to make irregular shaped platters using wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques! In this workshop, students will learn two techniques for creating molds and how to use slabs to create forms using these molds. For the handbuilding mold, bring a small plastic, metal or ceramic dish that has a form you would like to recreate using clay. This workshop is for currently enrolled students. All levels are welcome.

Pinch Pot Basics - November 17, MPR

Learn the basics of creating pinch pots and ways you can add them to your thrown works. From adding feet to a dish to creating decorative elements, pinch pots are a fun way to add visual interest to your wheel work. Students will learn how to create, smooth, and attach pinch pots to a wheel thrown piece. If bringing a thrown pot, clay should be leather hard in order to add to it! 

Technical Tours

This series of studio tours will provide information about the ceramic processes at Mudflat.

​Tuition: Free to Fall 2024 registered students, Online pre-registration is still required for this free tour!


Glaze Mix Room Materials

Whast are the different materials that get mixed into a glaze? Learn how the Mudflat staff makes the glazes you use and the chemicals that are involved. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our glaze mix room with Lynn Gervens.


Section 1: Wednesday, October 16, 2-3 pm 

Section 2: Wednesday, October 16, 5:30-6:30 pm  

Meet the Kiln Room

Take a guided tour of the kiln room with Technical Director Jen DeAngelis. She will explain how the Mudflat staff handles your clay work through the firing process in both electric and gas kilns and show how the kilns operate.

Section 1: Monday, October 28, 5:30-6:30 pm 

Section 2: Wednesday, October 30, 2-3 pm

Adult Workshops

  • Soda Firing Workshop #1
    Soda Firing Workshop #1
    Sold Out
    Wed, Sep 11
    Sep 11, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Somerville, 81 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145, USA
    Fall Semester 2024
  • Soda Firing Workshop #2
    Soda Firing Workshop #2
    Sold Out
    Wed, Oct 30
    Oct 30, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Somerville, 81 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145, USA
    Fall Semester 2024

Workshops for Registered Mudflat Students

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