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About
The Valley Pottery Association provides an affordable place for adults to explore and make their own pottery in the Matanuska-Susitna valley. Short classes of all levels are offered throughout the year. Studio membership allows clay enthusiasts to come and work on their own time in a social environment.

Facility
The studio has 8 pottery wheels (Brent C/CXC and Shimpo VL-Whsiper), a de-airing pugmill, a ConeArt electric kiln, three large work tables, storage space, ∆6 glazes and Newcomb-6 clay.

Hours
The studio is open from noon to 9 pm, Monday to Thursday. Feel free to stop by during these hours.
Sunday is a family friendly day from noon to 5 pm.

Location and Contact
Phone or text: 907 521 4640, Matthew
matthew [at] akpottery [dot] com

Studio location: 4740 E Greenstreet Circle, Wasilla.
In unit C, same building as Arctic Fox Taxidermy

Bud VasesBud Vase Decorating
Special Class -- One Day Only

Play with clay by hand building onto a very nicely thrown small vase. Your ideas and your creativity will decorate and finish the surface. Pretty much anything is possible and I will help make it happen. Yes, you can make a little purple elephant and add it to the vase.
These vases will hold water. The pieces have to be bisque fired, glazed, and glazed fired. This will be done for you. Everything will be ready for pickup in three weeks.

Time: Saturday, March 18 from noon to five (show up when you like, this should take ~45+ minutes)
Cost: $20/vase if you come by and pay in advance. $25/bottle on the day while supplies last.
All ages. Children must be supervised.

 

Studio

2017 Children's Classes
A parent is expected to stay and participate.
Wear clothing that can get dirty. Clay washes out with water.
Recommended age: 8 to 98
Time: Fridays starting at 1 pm
Cost: $25/participant for each day. Includes everything.
Sign up: call or stop by.

"Creativity"
Starting April 7and running for four weeks.
April 7 Make six, keep four
April 14 Shapes in bowls
April 21 Coiling pots
April 28 Glazing and such

Flower of LifeSpring (March-May) 2017 Pottery Classes
Age guides: high school students to senior citizens.
To sign up: call or email Matthew (907) 521 4640 or matthew@akpottery.com
Save $10 when paying by cash or check. Making two payments is also possible.
If you stop by and pay a $30 deposit fee and you will get a free coffee mug.
Because so many people go on a spring vacation, this class session has an extra two weeks!

Hand building class
Wednesday, 7-9 pm, March 22- May 31
Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 pm, March 22- May 31
Cost: $280, includes materials and firing costs
An excellent starting place and several people have taken this course multiple times. The class covers the fundamental methods of clay construction and glazing techniques. This includes coiling methods, slab construction, joining multiple parts, slump molds, working on throw pieces, sgraffito and using colors and textures.

Beginning Wheel class -- cylinders and mugs
Tuesday, 7-9 pm, March 21
- May 30
Tuesday 12:30-2:30 pm, March 21- May 30
Cost: $280, includes materials and firing costs
A pottery wheel class orientated to complete beginners. Students will learn to center, open, and pull clay into basic shapes using the potter's wheel. Learning to use the wheel is hard! By the end of the class, students will have several finished cups and mugs to enjoy.

Wheel class #2 -- bowls and plates
Monday, 7-9 pm, March 20- May 29
Monday, 12:30-2:30 pm, March 20- May 29

Cost: $280, includes materials and firing costs
This class is for students who have taken a beginning wheel class and wish to continue to more advanced shapes. Some extra time outside of class may be needed to be successful! Students will learn how to make bowls and plates with the potters wheel. By the end of the class, students will have some bowls and hopefully plates too (plates are hard!).

Wheel class #3 -- lids, pitchers, teapots
Thursday, 7-9 pm, March 23- June 1
Cost: $280, includes materials and firing costs
A class is for students who have taken an intermediate wheel class and wish to continue. Some extra time outside of class may be needed to be successful! Students will learn how to make lids, pouring vessels and assemble a teapot. By the end of the class, students will have started a collection of storage jars, pitchers and teapots.

Advanced Class
Thursday, 5-7 pm, March 23- June 1
Cost: $175 ($125 for returning students)
Class includes 3 months of membership but not firing costs. Possible topics include paddling forms, joining cylinders, decorative handles and other areas of interest.

 

Studio Membership Fees
Studio membership will only be given to people who have completed a pottery class at Valley Pottery. I have made exceptions to this before and find myself regretting it every time. No more! You simply must take a class to work here.
Includes full studio access during the studio hours. Includes storage for tools and one board for works in progress.
Materials and firing costs are not included.
$35 per month.
Firing costs are $7/kg for glazed work. This includes the cost of the studio clay and glaze materials.
Mugs

Location and Contact

Phone or text: 907 521 4640, Matthew
matthew [at] akpottery [dot] com

Studio location: 4740 E Greenstreet Circle, Wasilla..