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Mary Ellen has been teaching pottery for nearly 30 years.  Mary Ellen loves the interaction with her students  and the creative partnership that inspires both.  She enjoys the challenge of figuring out the best way for people of all ages to have success on the potter’s wheel.  She believes that centering is only one piece of an enormous pie and is hands on when needed.  She has the experience to know when to push you to the next level and when to let you be and practice.   The class atmosphere is supportive and fun and many students refer to it as clay therapy.  We welcome people of all ages (above 10) and experience.

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 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:  Classes meet in the morning, evening 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 $160 to $240 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.

The spring session of classes will begin the second week in April 2014.  Please contact the studio if you would like to be put on the waiting list.