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Mary Ellen has been teaching pottery for over 30 years.  She loves the interaction with her students especially cherishes the creative partnership that inspires both.  She enjoys the challenge of figuring out the best way for everyone to have fun and be successful on the potter’s wheel. Centering, in Mary Ellen's view, is just one piece of an enormous puzzle.  She has the experience to know when to push you to the next level and when to let you be and practice, and is hands-on when needed.  The class atmosphere is supportive and fun - many of her students refer to it as "Clay Therapy." We welcome people of all experience levels and welcome kids as young as 10.

The studio is equipped with Brent, Soldner and Skutt wheels.  We have Giffin Grips and one of the new magnetic trimmers from Bailey.  You have the choice of an earthy stoneware clay body or a beautiful porcelain.  We fire in an electric kiln and currently have 10 glazes to choose from along with 20 underglazes for decorating.  We also own a raku kiln and love to get together to fire, to laugh and to eat.

The details: Mary Ellen offers classes mornings, evenings and after school for children.  Open studio for a fee is available for current students on the weekends. (Only work made here will be fired here.) Classes run in sessions from 8 to 12 weeks and average in price from $220 to $360 plus clay and supply fees ($55 -$75).  Schedules are published approximately a month prior to starting with current students getting first priority.  Some scholarships are available.  Payment is expected at the first class.  Most credit cards accepted.  No refunds will be given after the first class and only if the space can be filled.

If you have any questions or would like to come and see the classroom space, you can contact Mary Ellen at 387-3331 or me@salmonpottery.com or stop by during regular gallery hours.

An intensive summer camp for high school and adult students will be offered in July 2015. Some throwing experience needed. Our concentration this year will be on sgraffito techniques on porcelain.  Space may still be available: please contact the studio if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

Private lessons are also available for $70 per hour for students aged 10 and older.