Saturday Nov 9th, 10am - 12pm
Choplet Ceramic Studio combined with Williamsburg Ceramic Center offer ceramic classes and clay studio space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in NYC. Choplet Ceramic School and Studio is home to 2600 square foot dedicated to the art of clay in all its form and welcomes newcomers to pottery and ceramic art as well as professional artists: 23 electric wheels, a kick wheel, hand building tables, 2 extruders, 2 slab roller, a glazing spray booth, a drying closet, 5 kilns and an amazing garden are some of the amenities the studio has to offer. Our amazing garden is also equipped of 8 electric wheel, one quick wheel and hand building tables, making it a perfect outdoor ceramic studio! Our inventory consists of: 8 clay bodies, 2 casting slips, 40 – 50 glazes, various colored engobes and pottery plaster. Williamsburg Ceramic Center is the perfect place for independent clay artists in need of a lot of storage space and 24 hours studio access. Our goal is to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for art through our pottery programs and workshops and access to our studio, clay center and gallery.
During our 8 weeks ceramic classes our accomplished artist/instructors will demonstrate and assist you with wheel throwing, hand building, tile making and sculpting techniques as well as surface decoration and glazing. Our philosophy is to nurture individual expression: We do not give “cookie-cutter” assignments but rather encourage students to let their instructor know what they would like to achieve to develop their own original ideas and vision. Classes are built around group demonstrations followed by individualized help. Students also receive unlimited open studio access 7 days/week.
Choplet ceramic studio also offers a variety of Adult programs ranging from a fun one time trial (One day adult wheel classes), to semi private intensive wheel throwing classes or specialized ceramic skills such as mold making for slip casting and Raku firing. Our children programs include After school classes as well as Summer clay camp. At Choplet Studio, 7 years old and up will receive lessons on the potters wheel and they love it.
What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?
In order, I would say sip and spin, weekend one day workshop, mold making workshop, wheel throwing intensive.
How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history?
Choplet Ceramic Studio opened its doors 10.5 years ago. In 2006, Nadeige Choplet opened up the doors of her personal ceramic studio to a few artists and neighbors who expressed an interest in trying a medium they were not familiar with. Since then, Choplet Ceramic Studio expanded and grew to fulfill the needs and interest in clay of the tri-state community but conserved its friendly, homey atmosphere. One of the best compliments to receive from students and members is that Choplet studio has become their second home.
What is your average class size?
Our average class size is 11-13 people for one day workshops, 10 for mold making, up to 8 for wheel throwing intensive.
What is your typical student like? What are their goals?
Our students are typically with no experience and become very serious about clay after a few sessions. We have many success story of students who have quit their job and become full time ceramic artists/designers.
Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class?
This is Williamsburg. Bars, Restaurants, music venues, bowling, shopping, Park, Smorgasbord on the week end, Craft shows, outdoor swimming in the summer are recommended activities.
It was fun. The instructor was terrific.
Overall, the class itself was great. Our instructor (Dominic) is extremely experienced, explained everything really well, and made the class fun. The only suggestion I would have is either have 2 instructors for each class or have less people per class. There was a lot of waiting around, since our instructor had to go around to every student after each student completed their pottery. (each student made 2-3 pieces) With less people or another instructor, you'll have the time to practice techniques. Definitely not the instructor's fault, something management should to consider.
Overall the process of working with the wheel was fun. However, we were made to clean up afterwards despite paying for the class. We were not offered and there were no clean rags/towels available to wipe ourselves off from the splatter of cleaning.
Class was the perfect length and the instructions was good! Was able to make four pieces during a 2 hour class. Would definitely take more classes at Choplet!
I highly recommend this course to anyone that wants to give wheel throwing a try! The instructor was great and very patient and helpful with everyone. No prior experience was required and the price includes one piece to be glazed and finished. Additional pieces could be kept for a small fee.
Really nice class! Instructor was great and helpful, even though I had long nails and was struggling
Great first-time experience! I went alone and it was really fun, and can see it being a great idea with the SO. Learned a lot and had a great time.
Really great instructor and I liked the fact we were able to make multiple pieces.
I had the absolute best time in this class. I bought it as a sort of bonding experience and gift for my younger sister who just graduated college. She had an incredible time and so did I. The instructor was friendly, encouraged socialization, and really took his time with each student to make sure they were making the progress they wanted. I came to this class from a printmaking background, so I had to work harder to shift my approach to get the desired results I wanted. Dominic worked extra hard with me to make that connection in my brain and my hands so I could learn new skills. He was also extra careful to understand what each student was comfortable with, something I really appreciate as a former educator. I’m looking forward to taking one of their 8 week classes!