Clay Handbuilding: Wednesday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

$215.00Member Price: $185.00

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Clay handbuilding is an ancient pottery making technique, but there is no shortage of exciting work being created today by the hands of ceramic artists. The basic techniques are easy to learn and the range of forms that are produced is very broad. In this class we experiment with approaches to construction and decoration that help you expand your craft and your art.

Instructor Bio:
Lou Mitchell Courtney received her BFA in Design from UNCGreensboro after graduating high school from the NC School of the Arts in Visual Art.
Having grown up in North Carolina, a state known for its craftsmanship, Lou Mitchell Courtney was fortunate to have family that valued textiles, fine paintings, sculpture, antiques, folk art, and architecture, not only for their aesthetic beauty but for the methods by which they were made. Courtney has experience with many art mediums and techniques and in various scales- painting miniatures as well as backdrops for theatre, designing and sculpting originals for cast furniture and accessories, and small figurative bronzes. For several years she freelanced for furniture companies, designing and creating original sculptures and sculptural cast furniture.  She returned to clay sculpting in 2002, initially focusing on custom art tile installations and handmade sinks (sold across the Southeast for nearly a decade). During the past 8 years she also designed 2 public art sculptures in steel (’Starlight’ and ‘Jubilee!’) and has won awards at various art shows.
Currently her work can be seen at Visual Index gallery in NC and at Gallery 1060 in Pensacola.

If you are new to FCAC, please see the campus map at the bottom of the page for studio location.


If the class start date is rescheduled due to city, state, or national mandates, you will be issued or reissued a credit for this class. We are taking all the CDC precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff. Please adhere to the signage in the studio, follow all cleaning protocols given by the instructor. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you in the studio!

2023 Dates:

  • January 4th – February 8th

Classroom Location:

When you arrive for class please use the De Soto Street entrance to enter the FCAC parking lot. You may park anywhere in the lot that is available, please do not block cars from exiting. There are several parking spaces along Guillemard St. if you need closer parking than available in the parking lot.

The hand building and sculpture studio (building #3), is located in the Northeast corner of campus, to your far right when entering the parking lot. The classroom has a wonderful mural with hands on it. See the campus map below.

Ceramics Open Studio

Students enrolled in one of our six-week pottery classes are able to participate in Open Studio for no additional cost for the duration of the class. This benefit extends to the seventh week right after the session, which allows students to finish work made in class.





January 4 - February 8, 2023


Additional information


14+(See Requirements)


6-week workshops