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This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.

GCA also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.



Pottery Classes :


Beginner Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding

Instructor: Amanda Proctor

Class is full! Sign up on Wait List for future classes.

Dates: September 5 - October 10, 2017

Days/Times:  Tuesdays,   6:00pm - 9:00pm

Length of Class: 6 Sessions / 3 Hours each Session 

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $140.00
 Non-members - $150.00

Materials Fee: $35 Payable at 1st class (Includes a 25lb bag of clay, glazes & kiln firings)

Age: 14+

 Location: OCAF's School Street Studios building, Pottery Studio

Class Description: If you have ever wondered if you would enjoy the art of pottery this is the class for you! Wheel throwing & Handbuilding are many times viewed as completely separate methods of working in clay. However, they are many time used together to create even the simplest pieces. Think handles on mugs! Handbuilding also allows a potter to alter wheel thrown pieces &/or create shapes & items that are not suitable for the wheel.

Wheel throwing instruction will focus on the fundamental skills such as wedging, centering, shaping, pulling, and trimming used to create basic forms such as cylinders, bowls, mugs and vases. Handbuilding will cover basic pinch, slab, & coil construction skills including scoring/slipping, rolling slabs, extruding shapes & using slump molds. These skills will enable students to make such items as tiles, simple sculptures, butter dishes & more. Basic glazing & decorative methods will also be covered.

The class is designed for those with no prior experience, or for those who are ready for a refresher.




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Intermediate Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding
Instructor: Amanda Proctor

Registration now open for October 2017

Dates: October 17 - November 28, 2017 (No class Nov 21, week of Thanksgiving) 

Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Length of Class: 6 Sessions / 3 Hours each Session

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $140.00
 Non-members - $150.00

Age: 14+

 Materials Fee: $35 Payable at 1st class (Includes a 25lb bag of clay, glazes & kiln firings)

Class Description: Have you mastered the basics of pottery and are ready to move to the next level? This class will cover more complex thrown & hand built forms such as jars with lids, boxes, tea pots, bottles, platters, and pitchers and will explore further techniques for altering & embellishing forms. Class will explore the decisions potters make to create a pot that is balanced by form, surface, foot, and function. More intricate glazing & surface decoration techniques will also be covered.


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Amanda Proctor is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics. She currently works primarily in functional pottery, but while in school made large, abstract sculptural work. She enjoys building everything with clay, whether it is on the pottery wheel, hand building or 5 foot sculpture!

After graduation, Amanda started working at Good Dirt Clay Studio and selling her pottery around town in stores and art markets. She currently teaches at OCAF and at Good Dirt and has expanded her sales to the Atlanta area as well as locally. She hopes to continue teaching and growing her pottery business with her Etsy page and increasing her retail sales.




Previous Pottery Classes


Ceramic Surface Enrichment
Michael Pitts

Workshop is Over! Sign-up on Wait List for future Workshops.

Dates: March 18, 2017

Day/Time: Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Length of Workshop: 3 Hours 

Workshop Fee: OCAF Members - $30.00
 Non-members - $40.00

Age: 16 to Adult

Skill Level: All levels 

Class Description: Ever wanted to move beyond basic glazing and experiment with new techniques for decorating your pottery? Join Michael Pitts as he teaches methods of ceramic surface enrichment that will help you make your pottery pieces your autograph. In this demonstration class Michael will be showing students techniques such as mishima, sgraffito & glaze overlays.


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Michael Pitts, a well-known local potter of 40 years, is one of the founding members of OCAF. He grew up in Griffin, GA then attended UGA and has been in the Oconee County area ever since. Michael has taught pottery at OCAF, Athens Academy & the John Campbell Folk School. He is well versed in pottery history, materials, styles & techniques & shares his knowledge during OCAF’s annual Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational by leading the Gallery Talks. Michael also was a Perspectives’ participating potter for 7 years.



Pottery Open Studio

Open studio fee: $50 per month, or $5 per day pay as you go.

Clay cost: $35 / 25 lb. bag, includes bisque firing, glazing and firing.

Days & hours: change from week to week, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be placed on the list serv.

Age: Anyone  under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Open studio time is available for adults, 18 and over, who have previously taken OCAF ceramics classes or have previous experience working in another ceramics studio. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Clay used in the studio must be purchased from OCAF. Open Studio time determined by monthly need.