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Hand Built Pottery Class (4 classes plus Pickup)

There are many ways to create with clay from turning on a wheel ( many people will conjure up images of Demi Moore sitting at her wheel in the movie “Ghost”) to pouring a slushy mixture into molds, creating with slabs of clay and even rolling the clay around in our hands. It is this last method, hand building, that we will be teaching in class coming up.

Hand building allows us to get our hands into the clay where we can make just about anything we want. It can be shapes, figures, vessels, cups, plates, whatever you feel like. Many may remember as kids in art we would roll clay into a tube and coil it into… well, something childlike then. This method is a part of what we call “hand building.” Whether the pieces are made of sheets, (slab) or free formed or with coils, creating pottery by hand building can be extremely satisfying and as a begging potter an easy step to creating art with clay and a way to learn that is not as intimidating as some other ways.

By learning hand building you start learning skills that are easy to use while allowing you the freedom to create something uniquely yours.


Open Studios

We have started a schedule of open studio time where potters with a little experience can come and practice throwing or handbuilding pottery.

You can check our schedule at this link for the most up to date information about closing due to inclement weather.

Open Studio time is available for $20.00 plus materials. 25# of clay is $30.00
and includes glaze and firing. Note: 25 lbs of clay should make 12 – 15 pieces.
For the safety of your work along with the work of others, we require that everyone uses the clay available here at the 550 Gallery. There is no instruction with open studio time and potters must be comfortable using the tools here. Potters are responsible for cleaning their wheels, tools and workspace.

January Open Studio Special
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Open Pottery Studio Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through January 2019 There will not be any instruction, the studio time is self-directed. Come in and work on a wheel or hand build your pieces. Sessions are $20 plus $30.00 for 25# of clay which includes glaze and 2 firings.
(Please share this with anyone you know who is looking to get their hands dirty.)  


Holiday Gifts Created By Artists

We know that sales by big retailers, small local companies and online companies experience the lions share of their sales during Christmas/Hanukkah season. The kickoff of the season is “Black Friday” where companies offer deep discounts and customers clamor at their doors to be the first in line. Representing the overconsumption it is a frenzy I am happy to avoid.

The one start that does make me happy, ironically, was created by American Express in 2010 where they sponsored small business on the Saturday after “Black Friday” We are excited to take part in “Small Business Saturday“both  at our Gift Shop in Bethlehem, CT and our online store.

Our Gift Shop at 550 Gallery and Studios is not only a small business but our mission is to promote local artists and artisans.  Whether you visit our shop in person to browse exquisitely created gifts ( there is nothing like feeling a piece of woodwork in your hands ) or stop by our online stores we know you will find that special gift that we know you can’t find anywhere else.

If you can’t decide, we have gift certificates from $25.00 – $200 that can be used not only for items but also for classes or other events we offer.