Clay Handbuilding: Wednesday Morning

Member Price: $170.00

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All Classes Are Currently Postponed

Connect with clay as you learn basic hand building techniques. We will use simple approaches to create forms, functional and decorative (pinch,coil,slab,slump). We will discuss different ways, philosophical and technical, to approach the clay and encourage finding your own imagery and marks to add narrative surface interest.

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

Artist/Instructor Statement

Lou Mitchell Courtney

The tension and release of flesh to bone, the ebb and flow of ocean tides, strength, truth, fear, courage, hope-qualities that interest me. My work in water clay is guided by intuition and is centered around the idea that we are constantly becoming or transforming, moving towards or away from something. In each moment there is the coexistence of opposites with the presence of one actively confirming the other.

The cannonballers are jumping away from fear and darkness, jumping towards joy. The animal head series encourages us to look for the animal spirit within ourselves and to see ourselves in all living things. The flying pigs represent hope and affirmation that anything is possible.

I have worked in many mediums. I have painted miniatures on jewelry and backdrops for theatre and interior landscape murals. I designed and sculpted prototypes for cast furniture and accessories and sculpted and cast my small bronze figures. In 2004 I returned to direct sculpting in clay, initially focusing on custom bas relief installations, gradually transitioning to exhibiting and selling my current work at galleries and fine art festivals. I dig and mix my clay and most of my glazes and fire electric to cone 5 (roughly 2250’ F).

To learn more about Lou, visit her website.

2020 Dates:

All Classes Are Currently Postponed

Jan. 8- Feb. 12  / Feb. 26- April 1 / April 15- May 20 / Summer/Fall Dates To Be Announced

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.

Open Studio Days and Times

  • Monday 9 a.m.-noon
  • Tuesday 9 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday 6 p.m.-9 p.m.*
  • Friday 9 a.m.-noon
  • Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

* On evening hours if no one shows up by 7:45 p.m. the studio may close.



April 15- May 20, Feb. 26- April 1, Jan 8- Feb 12


Wednesday Mornings 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


  • Students under 18 must be approved by the instructor before enrolling. Please contact The instructor will determine this.
  • Parents of students under 18 may need to attend with the child.
  • Participant/Guardian is responsible for notifying FCAC if there are any considerations, medical conditional, ect. that the Instructor should be aware of.
  • WAIVER: Signed waivers are required for participation. Please sign and bring with you to your class.
  • WAIVER: Students under the age of 18, must have parent/guardian signature.


  • Price includes one bag of clay, all materials, use of studio tools, firing and Open Studio time for the duration of the class.

Cancellation Policy

Students will receive a refund of tuition minus 10% if the student contacts us no later than 7 days prior to the first day of class. Cancellations up to 48 hours before the start of the class will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations within 48 hours before the start of the class, or after the class has begun will not be refunded. In the case of an emergency, the student may be able to transfer their payment towards another class based on availability.

Class sizes are limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, FCAC is unable to prorate students for missed classes or classes that they are unable to attend. We strive to provide the highest quality art classes and we value your feedback. If you would like to share your experience or have questions or concerns, please email us at

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