The Don and Marjie Mowery Studio

Try it Out! - RAKU Workshop

Teacher: Maureen Joyce

Ages: 14 – Adult

For beginners and novices

Wednesday, May 10 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Fee: $35 ($30 members)

Materials fee: $8

RAKU participants will glaze and fire a prepared form
that you will take home that night. This ancient Japanese process of ceramics yields dramatic results!

Maureen Joyce studied at Carnegie Mellon University, Pitt University and currently studies at Harrisburg Area Community College. ‘MoJo’ had the opportunity to study in Black Mountain, NC where she rekindled her love of clay and its creative possibilities.

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Monday Night Wheel Throwing

Teacher: Kurt Brantner

Ages 12 – Adult

Session D: June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10

Session E: July 24, 31; Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $150 member ($165 non-member)

Material fee: $18

Weekly demonstrations will be followed by studio time for students to focus on personal techniques.  Students of all skill levels will be given individual instruction on an as needed basis and will be encouraged to participate in discussions about the ceramic medium and it’s relationship to art and to society.

Kurt Brantner, Ceramicist and Artist-In-Residence at CALC. Graduated from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA with a BFA in painting. He worked in NC at Dirt Works Pottery for a one year apprenticeship, then continued there as a production and studio potter. His studio is in Boiling Springs, PA.

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Craft Beer & Clay

Teacher: Thom Bissey

Cost per session:
$35 member/$40 non-member
plus $20 materials fee per person

Classes start at 7 p.m.

A fun night out at CALC.

Class & materials fee includes all materials and instruction as well as beverages and snacks. All skill levels welcome- our experienced potter, Thom Bissey, will insure that you’ll create a successful piece.

Friday, August 11

(Each Date is a separate class)

Private classes can be arranged for groups of 6-10 people

Thom Bissey has been a professional potter since 1987, he was educated in high-fire ceramics but moved to alternative firing experimentation. His work has been shown nationally and internationally.

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Pottery Tools

Students may purchase a pottery tool kit ($15) to be picked up on the first day of class or at Open Clay Studio.

Set includes:

  • Potter's Rib
  • Steel Scraper
  • Wood Modelling Tool
  • Needle Tool
  • Ribbon Tool 
  • Loop Tool
  • Sponge
  • Wire Clay Cutter


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Open Clay Studio *

* Please call ahead to make sure the clay studio is available.

Ages: 12 – Adult/ Children welcome w/ Supervision of Adult

Summer Hours:

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday Nights 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. w/ Sarah Kersh

Fee: $8/session (non-member $10) OR

$20/3-session punch card (non-member $25)

$40/6-session punch card (non-member $45)

Bisque firing fee: Average price is $2/piece

Glazing firing fee: Average price is $3/piece

Experienced clay artists are welcome to throw or hand build during open clay studio hours. Basic studio tools are available for community use or you may purchase your own below.

Pottery Tools (see above for description): $15

Clay may be purchased for the following prices:

1 bag of Clay (25 lbs.): $18

1 box of Clay (50 lbs.): $36

Number of Sessions:
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Clay Your Way, Your Day!

With Ceramics Instructor, Tom Oakes

Customize your own wheel throwing experience for 1 to 5 students. Couples, groups of friends, or families will make this class extra fun and personal. One fee for the whole program whether a one or multiple student class. 

Call us to arrange the dates and time that suits your groups schedule.Age: 7 – Adult

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. OR 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.(your choice)
Fee: $285 ($300 non-member)

Materials fee: $5 per student

In this class, you will be introduced to the CALC ceramic studio and clay basics. Each student’s pieces will be finish fired and made ready for a future pick-up.

Wheel Throwing Private Instruction

Instructor: Thom Bissey

3 sessions, 2 hours per session

Total cost for 3 sessions $300 Member($315 Non- member)

All skill levels, from beginner to large pots

Thom Bissey has been a professional potter since 1987, he was educated in high-fire ceramics but moved to
alternative firing experimentation. His work has been shown nationally and internationally.

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CALC Refund Policy for Art Classes

Carlisle Arts Learning Center does not provide a cash refund for cancellation of art classes, unless the class is cancelled by CALC. If the student cancels with a notice of at least 30 days prior to the start of the class a gift certi cate will be issued for 100% of the class fee. If the student cancels with less than 30 days prior notice a gift certi cate will be issued for 90% of the class value.