Classes for kids

Open to beginners aged 9 to 14 with no pottery experience as well as to those who have attended prior classes for young potters. Students get solid grounding in pottery fundamentals. They develop skills in throwing on the potter’s wheel as well as a variety of hand-building techniques.

On the wheel, students are taught how to center a mound of clay and later how to throw, trim and glaze their pots. All learn how to make cups, bowls and other simple forms. With handbuilding, they explore making functional and decorative objects.

Students should dress in clothes they don’t mind getting dirty, trim their fingernails short, tie back long hair and bring an old towel for wiping their hands. (Towels are also available for rent at $1.00 each time.)

Spring 2019: These two Sunday afternoon sessions for young potters begin on March 17 and end on June 2. There are no classes on April 28 and May 26. The first of these 10-week sessions meets from 12:30 to 3:00 pm and the second from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. The incomparable Karna Robinson, a kid favorite, teaches both classes.

The fee for each session is $400.00. Cost of clay, use of tools and equipment, glazes and firing are included in the fee. Full payment is required at registration.

Hinckley Pottery reserves the right to cancel a session if enrollment does not reach a minimum of five students. Maximum class size is 10. There are no refunds for registrations cancelled less than two weeks before the session begins. If the session is cancelled, a full refund will be made. There are no refunds for absences.

Update: Classes for the Spring Session are sold out.

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After completing registration online, click here to download and complete the student contact form and email it to Susan Weber at Or mail it to Hinckley Pottery, 3132 Blues Alley NW, Washington DC 20007. Please feel free to call 202-745-7055 with any questions.

Parents interested in taking a pottery class note there is an adult class that meets at the same time as the 3:00 pm kids session. Currently registration for adult classes must be completed by telephone / email.


Class schedule for adults

General class information

Getting started: fees and registration