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About
The Valley Pottery Association aims to provide 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.

Facility
The studio has 6 pottery wheels (Brent C/CXC and Shimpo VL-Whsiper), a deairing 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.
Matthew is selling pottery at the Friday Fling (10 to 5 pm) in Palmer

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

Studio

Fall 2016 Children's Classes
Each class will be four weeks long. There will be three projects and day to glaze and play on the wheel. The projects will be different for each age.
A parent is expected to stay and participate.
Wear clothing that can get dirty. Clay washes out with water.
Time: Mondays, from 2:00 to about 3:30.
Cost: $110/student. Includes all costs.
Sign up: email, call or stop by.
Each class is limited to 8 students.

Grades 3-5 September 19 to October 10
Grades 5-6 October 17 to November 7
Grade 6-8
November 14 to December 5

 

Flower of Life

Adult Classes, October- November 2016
Will start October 3-6 and finish by December 1.
All current classes are taught by Matthew
Classes include studio membership, clay and firings to complete class projects.
Appropriate ages: Clay is fun for all ages but this facility is focusing on adults. High school age to senior citizens.
To sign up: call or email Matthew. Payment and paperwork will be done on the first day.
907 521 4640, matthew [at] akpottery [dot] com

Hand building class
Monday, 7-9 pm, October 3 - November 28 [9 space open]
Sunday, 12:30-2:30 pm, October 2 - December 4 [12 spaces open]
Cost: $250. ($220 for returning VPA students)
Class covers the fundamental methods of clay construction and glazing techniques. This includes coiling methods, slab construction, joining multiple parts, and using colors and textures. This class is the best starting place for people of all skill levels (beginner or experienced and returning to the art) who are interested in working with clay. This class covers techniques that can be useful in finishing wheel-made pottery as well. Students will have the opportunity to work on their own ideas. Limited to 12 students.

Beginning Wheel class -- cylinders and mugs
Thursday, 12:30-2:30 pm, October 6 - December 1 [5 spaces open 7-Sep-16]
Thursday 7-9 pm, October 6 - December 1 [Full!]
Sunday, 3-5 pm, October 2 - December 4 [5 spaces open 7-Sep-16]
Cost: $280. ($250 for returning VPA students)
Orientated to beginners but suitable for all levels. Students will learn to center, open, and pull clay into basic shapes using the potter's wheel. By the end of the class, students will have several finished cups and mugs to enjoy.
Space is limited to the number of wheels (currently 6).

Wheel class #2 -- bowls and plates
Wednesday, 7-9 pm, October 5- November 30 [4 spaces open 7-Sep-16]
Cost: $280. ($250 for returning VPA students)
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!).
Space is limited to the number of wheels (currently 6).

Wheel class #3 -- lids, pitchers, teapots
Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 pm, October 4 - November 29 [4 spaces open 4-Sep-16]
Cost: $280. ($250 for returning VPA students)
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.
Space is limited to the number of wheels (currently 6).

Studio Membership Fees
Studio membership will only be given to people who have completed a pottery class at Valley Pottery.
Includes full studio access when a volunteer is present. 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..