LESSONS, WORKSHOPS & STUDIO RENTAL

Register with credit card online, at (860) 712-9303, or by stopping in the shop.  Class size is limited.

Next class sessions are listed here.

Welcome to the ESP Studio!
I've designed a variety of Class, Studio, and Workshop options to meet different needs, levels, and schedules. If you've been in the shop, you've seen the unique space I've created for you: Come in to great views, warm bright lights, and new friends. If you've taken the full tour, you've seen the main basement studio, which I've enjoyed designing to be both functional and a very interesting space to work in. We've recently expanded to give you more working views of the river (and train) from the wheel and hand-building areas, and we've added a very funky lounge under the giant Main Street rock wall.  You'll have ample storage areas for your work and a full array of production equipment.  

 

ALL-LEVEL WHEEL & HANDBUILDING

Instructor: Teri Herel

Dates: 8 Wednesdays or 8 Thursdays

Age: Adults and Teens

Cost: $304   

Register: with credit card online, at (860) 712-9303, or by stopping in the shop during hours

Designed to accommodate both advancing students as well as beginners with no prior clay experience. This class will cover the basics of wheel throwing, hand-building, and glazing stoneware pottery. Students will be able to make and finish a variety of fun and functional pottery. Advanced techniques will be offered at your request (or my mood du jour).  

Class cost includes the first 20 pound bag of white or brown stoneware clay, a basic tool kit, use of basic glazes, all firing and equipment use, and unlimited use of posted studio hours.  

Lesson for Two!

Instructor: Teri

Dates: By Arrangement

Age: Teens & Adults  

Cost: $95.    

Register: with credit card online, at (860) 712-9303, or by stopping in the shop during hours

A private lesson for two! This special format includes 45 minutes of private instruction for ANY skill level (including beginner-beginners) with an additional half hour to practice and get muddy on your own. Clay is included along with firing of any pots that stand upright when all is said and done. :)     

CLAY NIGHT! (ONE-NIGHT SOCIAL WORKSHOP)

Host: Teri

Dates: Posted Friday Evenings from 7 to 9:15pm

Age: Adults!  

Cost: $41.  Call for special group rates for groups of 10 to 12.  

Register: with credit card online, at (860) 712-9303, or by stopping in the shop during hours

Relax and have fun!  Each month will have a different project (announced in advance) that you'll be able to complete that evening. (Pieces that need to be fired can be picked up at a later date, approximately four weeks). This class WILL have snacks and tasty beverages. This evening is designed for you to come and relax and have a good time with new or old friends while making something cool and fun out of clay. All class materials (and anything you eat & drink) are covered in the price.  Bring a friend, your family, a date, or just bring yourself and have a good time.

FAMILY CLAY

Instructor: Teri Herel

Dates: 6-class (2 hour) session TBD

Age:  Children with their (own) parents: Minimum age: 6

Cost: $215 

Register: with credit card online, at (860) 712-9303, or by stopping in the shop during hours

Children and their (own) parents will get a chance to explore a wide range of clay techniques in hand-building. Each six-week section will focus on a variety of fun and functional projects, glazing, and firing. Projects will be very beginner-friendly and accommodating for age and ability.   

Class cost includes the first 25 pound bag of white or brown stoneware clay, a basic tool kit, use of basic glazes, all firing and equipment use, and unlimited use of posted studio hours. (Students under 13 need to be accompanied by a parent during studio hours)

 

HOMESCHOOL CLAY

Instructor: Teri Herel

Dates: 6-class (2.5 hour) session by arrangement

Age:  Homeschool age children with their (own) parents (We need a minimum of six to run the class)

Cost: $228

Register: with credit card online, at (860) 712-9303, or by stopping in the shop during hours

Homeschool children AND their parents will get a chance to explore a wide range of clay techniques in wheel throwing and hand-building. Each six-week session will give the opportunity to follow projects through a complete cycle of throwing, glazing and firing. Projects will vary each session to give the opportunity to continue and build a strong repertoire of forms and techniques. 

Class cost includes the first 25 pound bag of white or brown stoneware clay, a basic tool kit, use of basic glazes, all firing and equipment use, and unlimited use of posted studio hours. (Students under 13 need to be accompanied by a parent during studio hours, but you should be practicing too!:)

 

STUDIO RENTAL

Host: Teri and an occasional train

Age: Adults with ESP Class experience and Teri's approval

Dates: 8-week sessions beginning with each ESP class session

Cost: $304 per 8-week session.  

Studio rental is available for students who have prior ESP class experience. Rental fee will include use of studio equipment, basic glazes,* firing,* storage space, and extensive studio hours (all posted shop hours with some evening time TBD).  Clay can either be purchased from the studio, or provided by you with my approval. Outside glazes and materials will also be subject to my approval. *Firing and glazes are for pots made during your ESP studio tenure: Pots previously made can be fired with additional firing fees. Excessive volume of pots may also be subject to additional firing fees.  

 

HOURLY RENTAL

Host: Teri

Age: Adults with prior ESP Class experience and Teri's approval

Dates: Per hour

Cost: $10 per hour paid in advance

For students who have prior ESP class experience. Fee includes use of studio equipment during posted studio hours, glazing,* and firing.* Short-term ware storage will be provided.  Clay can either be purchased from the studio, or provided by you with my approval. Outside glazes and materials will also be subject to my approval.  *Firing and glazes are for pots made during your ESP studio time: Pots made outside of the studio can be fired with additional firing fees.

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

Instructor: Teri Herel

Age: Teens & Adults

Dates: Scheduled individually

Cost: $55 / 1-hour
          $42/ 45-minute

For any level student. Clay and studio hours are additional. Studio tools and studio equipment available at no extra charge.  

 

group lessons

Instructor: Teri Herel

Age: Teens & Adults

Dates: Scheduled individualy

Cost: $55 / 1-hour for the first person
          $25 / 1-hour for additional students up to three students total.  

For any level students. Clay and studio hours are additional. Studio tools and studio equipment available at no extra charge.  

 

KILN FIRING SPACE

Cost: 3 cents per cubic inch for bisque or glaze. (Bisque pots can be "nested" to save space).

For potters not enrolled in other ESP programs. This fee does not include use of any studio space, materials, or equipment. A firm listing of any clay or glaze materials (cone 06 and 5 only) is required and subject to my approval. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES

  • OPEN STUDIO HOURS
    The full basement studio will be open for currently enrolled students and studio renters during all posted shop hours (Tues-Sun) with some additional evening time TBD, including second-Friday Arts on Main.  Studio hours are not open to students during breaks between class sessions. There are no additional fees for studio hours.  

  • CLAY
    Three clays will be available for purchase for students and renters from the studio at $13 per 25 pound bag:  White Stoneware with sand, Cream White Stoneware with very low grog, Speckly Brown Stoneware with medium grog.  Students enrolled in classes with get their first bag included free. Clay will be provided free for any once-a-month workshops.

  • GLAZE
    A set of basic glazes and underglazes will be available for all students and renters. This palette will be evolving and changing based on your input.  

  •  TOOLS
    Students and renters will be responsible for their own working tools (a one-time beginner set will be included free with class registration).  The studio will also maintain and provide a collection of specialty/odd tools available for everyone.

  • EQUIPMENT
    Our fully functional basement studio equipment will include: Two ten-cubic-foot electric kilns (I will be doing the loading and firing for you), nine wheels plus one kick wheel for the energetic, a giant slab roller, a three-inch barrel extruder with a large die assortment, ware boards, bats, brushes, banding wheels, and probably a bazillion other things I can't think of right now: Just ask, I probably have it. Or I'll get it.  

  • WORK SPACE
    You'll have plenty of space to spread out. I have a supply of great, sturdy work tables for hand-building and glazing, a big two-bay sink (with a story) for cleanup, plenty of pot storage, and a social wheel area with a view of the river & train. (I'm still working on a hanging-out or work-on-small-things couch for the back rock wall). 

  • SNOW AND OTHERWISE RIDICULOUS NEW ENGLAND WEATHER
    I will cancel classes at my best discretion no later than 4pm on class nights. If there is any question, please call (860) 712-9303. Any cancelled classes will be added on at the end of the session, so please keep those dates free, because this is New England.  

  • TEACHER AND STUDENT CANCELLATIONS
    Any unforeseen teacher cancellations will be announced as soon as possible and made up at the end of the session. Student cancellations will not be rescheduled or reimbursed. In the event a student needs to withdraw registration prior to the start of classes or workshop, a refund will be given minus a $50 cancellation fee.  Registration will not be refunded after classes start.  

  • GENERAL STUDIO USE
    At the end of your work session, anything you use in the studio needs to be left in the state you found it: Equipment needs to be cleaned and put away or back together.  Floor spills, table surfaces, wedging boards, etc. need to be cleaned. Any studio tools need to be stored back in their places. Please allow enough time in your studio or class session (usually fifteen minutes is adequate).   

  • STORAGE
    Every currently enrolled student will have assigned shelf space for your projects and tools.  This is your space to manage and do with what you like. I'll provide the studio with a big supply of dry-cleaning bags for pot-drying, and you're welcome to use your own plastic bins as long as you fit them and everything else in your space. Any bone dry or to-be-glazed pots can be put on the community firing shelves.  All student student storage areas need to be cleared one week after the last class session.  I will hold fired pots up to six weeks after the last class for you to pick up at your convenience during shop hours.  

  • SPECIALTY MATERIALS
    Specialty materials for advanced students will be available on a co-op payment basis. This will vary based on your interest and can range from special glazes, clays, stains, etc. I am very much in favor of experimenting and trying new techniques, so this will provide a way for advancing students to explore beyond the standard class curriculum.  

  • BROKEN WARE
    Pottery breaks. I will do everything in my power to take good care of your babies, but please remember that this is a community space, and things WILL get broken from time to time. Firing is also a dynamic process, with weird mishaps on a fairly regular basis. Along with empathy for your broken pot, I will also offer instructions on how to make shard mosaics. 

  • FIRING SCHEDULE
    As soon as I possibly can.  The studio will be operating two kilns to maintain the best firing continuity possible, however unforeseen maintenance may periodically cause temporary delays in firing. I will be encouraging students to have multiple projects going on at the same time so you always have something to work on.  

  • STUDIO SAFETY
    Students will not load, unload, or operate kilns
    Long hair should be tied back during any wheel work
    Long hanging jewelry and ties should be removed during wheel work (Please keep track of these items: The studio will not be responsible for lost or damaged items).
    No food or drink is allowed in the glazing area. 
    There is no sanding of bone-dry pottery inside the building.  Use wet or damp sponge cleaning for any pottery or equipment.  
    No smoking inside the building
    No alcohol in the studio during classes OR studio hours
    Registered children younger than 13 need to be accompanied by a parent
    Children under 13 not registered in classes are not permitted to accompany registered students in the studio
    Guests over 13 are welcome in the studio but may not use clay or equipment

  • TRAIN SCHEDULE
    There is none. Stay off the tracks and enjoy the terror. :)
     

A Clay Night workshop project