Top DIY Pottery In Connecticut

August 10, 2015 8:00 AM

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Pottery is one of the most ancient of the practical arts, for without it, civilization would not have had a pot to store things in. While few people today use pottery to make containers to store beer, wine, grain and other staples as ancient people did, it still has both practical as well as artistic value. Whether making a simple set of drinking mugs or bowls for everyday use or expressing their innermost creative musings, potters both amateur and professional can be found in every corner of Connecticut. Here are just five of the top places for do-it-yourself potters to get their hands muddy in the Nutmeg State.

The Claypen
997 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 233-3322
www.theclaypen.com

Jessica Fleming is an award-winning potter who believes in getting her hands dirty — or at least muddy with clay. She and her very friendly staff are serious artists, but they also know how to “put the art in party,” as Ms. Fleming likes to say. They teach pottery to school groups and scout troops, bridal parties and companies seeking team-building experiences. Making pottery is often a party at The Claypen, which in addition to teaching classes and hosting parties will even “bring catering to you” through their Catered Playpen program.

Expressions Pottery Workshop
9 School St.
East Granby, CT 06026
(860) 844-0138
www.expressionspottery.com

Expressions Pottery Workshop in East Granby is a place “where creative spirit yields the perfect gift,” or at least that is what the 32 potters in this cooperative studio firmly believe. For more than 40 years, they have been working together to hone their craft and to share their art and inspiration with others. Beginners as well as more experienced potters are welcome here, and the small classes (which are kept to a maximum of nine students) allow for individualized attention for both the budding as well as advanced artist.

The Giggling Pig
472 River Road
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 919-1153
www.thegigglingpigartstudio.com

With a name like The Giggling Pig, it is more than obvious that, in this potter’s paradise, the emphasis is on having fun with art. Children and beginners are not just encouraged — they are sought after. This place starts kids out early with their “Mommy and Me” and “Piglet” programs, as well as summer and after school art sessions. While Hannah Perry and the rest of the team are very welcoming of young potters, they also know how to help more accomplished potters put the finishing touches on works suitable for gallery showings. They also work in other mediums besides pottery, and their “Paint, Sip and Giggle BYOB” is particularly popular with adults who want to have fun with their art.

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TeachArt2Me
2333 Main St.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 633-1696
www.teachart2me.com

The “Paint your own Pottery” classes are among the most popular at the TeachArt2Me arts center in Glastonbury. Although pottery is just one of many of the arts taught and presented here (which include balloon animal making, face painting and other physical and dramatic arts), it is one of the biggest draws, especially for those who like to make art with their hands. Director Darci McHenry has assembled a team of actors, potters, painters, performers and other art professionals to both teach and entertain students and party-goers who come to her studio in Glastonbury.

Greenleaf Pottery
240 Chapel Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 528-6090
www.greenleafpottery.net

John Macomber has been a professional potter for 40 years — and while he is very, very serious about his art, he is also very encouraging of not only adults but also children who want to learn from this master potter. This is someone who is proud to proclaim that he “earns his living making and selling pottery,” and he has the gallery and the gift shop — and the awards —to prove it.

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