Creative Clay Experiences

Woman spinning pottery wheel, using clay covered fingers to form the base of a vase

MAKE-YOUR-OWN: Creative Clay Experiences

Gather friends and family for a unique & creative night out! Our ceramic artists provide one-on-one guidance throughout every project. Whether planning an experience for a special event such as a Bachelorette Party, Birthday Party or just looking for a creative spin on a usual night out, these clay experiences are for you!

The experience fee includes one “Come-back Pass” per person! Passes function as an admission ticket, providing the full WheatonArts experience with access to our narrated studio demonstrations, the Museum of American Glass, and Folklife Center exhibits. Come-back Passes are valid within one year of your experience.

The ceramic process takes time! Please allow three to four weeks for us to dry, fire, and glaze your pieces. We will contact you when your pieces are ready for pick up. If needed, we can ship them. Shipping fees are the responsibility of the participant.

Book Your Creative Clay Experience!

Reservations are required. Please call 856.825.6800 ext. 152 or email myop@wheatonarts.org. 
A two-week notice is required for all Creative Clay reservations. Your group will be scheduled based on availability.

Proper Attire:

  • Creative Clay Experiences are Messy! Please dress in clothes that you do not mind getting covered with clay. Also, we suggest bringing a change of clothes to switch into after the experience to keep your vehicle’s interior clean. 
  • Please bring a hair tie or clip to pin back long hair out of the way while you are working.

The following information applies to all current Creative Clay Experiences:

Dates: Thursday, Friday, or Sunday
Times: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Experience Fee Per Person: $55
Participant Limit: Fifteen (15) 
Participant Minimum: Five (5)
Ages: 16 & older

4 brown Ceramic Luminaries shaped like small homes with blue hanging tops.
2 women showing their face jug creations

Bird House or Bird Feeder 
Instructor: Phyllis Seidner
Create handmade feeders or houses for local birds! Ceramic Artist Phyllis Seidner will provide a pre-thrown clay bottle form for you to make your own. She will guide you through the steps of turning into a bird feeder or bird house using hand-building techniques.

Ceramic Luminaries 
Instructor: Phyllis Seidner
Discover how to create a luminary ceramic candle holder using high-fire clay! Ceramic Artist Phyllis Seidner will guide you through the process of carving and embellishing your one-of-a-kind luminary to add to your collection of handmade home decor. At the end of the class, you will choose your glaze, which Phyllis will apply, and fire your piece for you. 

Face Jugs 
Instructor: Phyllis Seidner
Learn how to handbuild elements of a face jug using high-fire clay. Use traditional or modern stories as inspiration to create unique faces using hand-building methods on pre-formed clay jugs, which our potters will fire for you. 

Hanging Face Planters 
Instructor: Phyllis Seidner
A fun twist to the traditional Face Jug, create a hanging planter with an inverted pre-thrown clay pot. Learn how to handbuild elements of a face jug using high-fire clay. Use traditional or modern stories as inspiration to create unique faces using the hand-building methods taught. Our potters will fire your finished design for you. 

Sushi Set  
Instructor: Phyllis Seidner
Create a beautiful handmade sushi set. Learn the process of hand-building clay to make functional pottery. Your sushi set will include a slab-built sushi plate, a small soy sauce bowl, and a chopstick holder. At the end of the class, you will choose your glaze, which Phyllis will apply, and fire your piece for you. 

Prices are subject to change without notice.
WheatonArts cannot be held responsible for minor flaws that may occur during the firing process. 

Cancelation Policy: A $25.00 fee will be charged to those who do not show up for their appointment. We require 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment; otherwise, it will be considered a no-show, except in the case of illness. Are you feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19? Please stay home. Appointments can be rescheduled by phone or email. 

COVID NOTE: *Following New Jersey State’s definition, people are considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine and any booster doses for which they are eligible as recommended by the CDC. Vaccines must be currently authorized for emergency use or approved by the FDA or the WHO. Class participants will be required to show proof of vaccination to participate. Instructors will be wearing masks. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks as instructors work closely with the participants to ensure safety with the material. 

Handicap access, Large Print, Assisted Listening, and Sign Language interpretation icons

WheatonArts will provide assistive services upon request. Individuals needing special assistance or accommodations should contact us at least two weeks in advance. WheatonArts strives to ensure the accessibility of its exhibitions, events, and programs to all persons with disabilities.

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