Registration Form:
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Cancellation Policy: Tuition is refundable up to 1 week prior to the first class minus a $30 registration fee. Within one week, ½ tuition will be refunded. After the first class, tuition is non-refundable.

Late Registration: Registration for all classes closes one week prior to class start date. Late registration will be subject to a 10% late fee.

Contact us: 860-963-7807


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All Ages Workshops

Sawmill Pottery offers classes and workshops for all ages and all levels of experience. Call (860-963-7807) or email us for details or to register.

If you need a place to stay while visiting the area to take a workshop, please check out The Last Green Valley website.

Upcoming Workshops


Saturday, May 6, 10am-Noon
Friday, June 2, 6-8pm
Saturday, July 1, 10am-Noon
Friday, August 11, 6-8pm

Sunday, May 14, Noon-2pm Mother's Day Special: Mom and Me Wheel 101 $90/pair ages 9+

Sunday, June 18, Noon-2pm Father's Day Special: Dad and Me Wheel 101 $90/pair ages 9+


Wheel 101 is a two hour introduction to creating bowls on the pottery wheel. You’ll learn to “throw” the clay and have the opportunity to make 2 bowls. One is yours to keep, free with he workshop. If you’d like to keep both bowls, there is a small firing fee. You’ll pick glaze colors at the end of the session, and the bowls will be fired and glazed for you!

$55 includes firing of one pot.


Double Walled Bowls

Saturday, April 29, 10am-1pm $60 includes firing fees for your first bowl

This workshop is designed to suit the student with minimal wheel throwing experience. Usually this exercise is reserved for the more advanced thrower, but this same end can be achieved with more success and less developed throwing skills using basic throwing technique, slab rolling, joining, and/or the use of a simple hump or slump mold.

Use this technique to reliably create striking bowls which appear to swell with volume and possess monolithic presence! In this 3 hour workshop, each student will complete one double walled bowl. You'll choose a glaze color, and the bowl will be fired and glazed for you and ready to be picked up within 3 weeks.

You will also create the individual components for a second bowl so that you’ll have the opportunity to construct another piece outside of the workshop.

Visiting Artist Workshop with Amy Sanders

Comfort Clay: Creative Forming with Custom Texture

May 20-21, 10am-4pm $190 does not include firing fees

Working with low-fire earthenware, this workshop will mainly focus on soft slab construction while considering how stamped patterns enhance the surface, with some thrown and altered pots demonstrated as well. Some pieces will be created by pinching, folding, and draping thin slabs over molds, while others will start with simple paper templates.

A variety of forms will be demonstrated including serving pieces, vases, sculptural bowls, and wall pieces. During the workshop participants will make several special texturing tools to use in their own work; as well as create a couple of forms, including a vase and wall piece.

Amy Sanders is a potter whose earthenware vessels create a balance of form, texture and pattern with utility. She currently works as a studio artist, teaches adult handbuilding classes at Clayworks Studio and conducts workshops across the United States.

Growing up in southern Ohio, Sanders spent her early years watching her mother and grandmothers sew. Upon moving to Charlotte in 1999 to work in construction for Habitat for Humanity as an Americorps volunteer, she did not have a clay studio in which to create; Sanders began to sew herself. Her experiences with sewing began to breathe life into her clay work. Patterns, textures and seams from fabrics and textiles appeared in her stamped clay vessels.

Artist statement:

The physical and creative nature of working with clay satisfies my desire to play, construct, experiment, and to get dirty. Patterns in textiles, architecture, nature and quilting inspire me to create works that invite touch and evoke a sense of nostalgic comfort.

Early in the construction process, clay is soft and pliable; I enjoy building pieces that reflect these properties even after the clay has become hard from firing. I often make pieces with the intention of showing them in a grouping. Much like people, each piece interacts with another, creating a rhythmic conversation by leaning or even touching.

The isolation of working alone in my studio has heightened my awareness of the importance of people and true community in my life. I experience this community through sharing food, celebrations, worship, teaching, athletic competition, group traveling, and music, as well as interactions with the city itself. My desire for a sense of place and history while living within an urban environment is reflected in my work.

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