Ceramics Apprenticeship

Pottery & Ceramic Crafts

Learn the ancient art of pottery. Coil and sculpt clay. Craft earth into useful bowls, plates, pots, cups and art. Fire your works in our kiln. Our programs work for all levels of campers. The small class size allows instructors to give individual attention to each student.

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Learn in our Ceramics Studio!
Apprentice with expert educators.
A school-year program that teaches skills 1 weekend-a-month.

Need an after school option? Consider our After School Ceramics Class.


Learn the craft of ceramics and pottery from expert instructors. Craft clay into useful earthenware and art. Develop the foundations of ceramics through the following:

Craftsmanship & Form Produce handmade crafts. Make your own bowls, cups, art, and more for your home. Master traditional pottery styles to integrate into your own works.

Art & Design Study design in three dimensions. Explore the basics of pottery, sculpture and expressive forms. Hand-paint and decorate, elevating what you craft. Develop your personal style as an artist. 

Traditional & Modern Methods Gain a holistic understanding of traditional and modern pottery techniques. Coil, sculpt, and spin on the wheel. Fire your works by different methods: from our electric kiln to outdoor pit fires.

Our Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced educators teaching authentic skills. They are facilitators of thoughtful growth through the power of nature and community.

How It Works

Apprentice Training Weekends 1 Sunday a month, Fall - Spring
At our Monthly Training Weekends, Apprentices join a team of friends learning from expert Mentors. For flexibility, we offer many schedule options–see below for dates.

Graduation Day May, 1 day
Parents and family join Apprentices and Teachers for a community celebration of what we learned.

Optional Community & Family Events Dates Vary
Apprentices and immediate family get free admission to Skills Evenings, Archery Range, and select Community Events.

Different Apprenticeship age groups have customized curriculum.
Grade 4-5 ∙ Grade 6-8 ∙ Grade 9-12

Need an after school option? Consider ourAfter School Ceramics Class.

Register for Ceramics Apprenticeship


Reserve your place with a $50 non-refundable deposit. The remaining tuition is 9 monthly payments of $105 (total $995). First payment is due September 10. We will contact you after you register to set up your Payment Plan.

Family Discount 10% discount is available for siblings registering together.
Returning Apprentice Discount based on consecutive years attended.
Scholarships Limited scholarship awards are available for families in need. Contact Us.

Discounts and scholarships cannot be combined.


Drop-off SE Portland Headquarters - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon
On occasional weekends we take field trips to harvest natural clays and fire pots outdoors by traditional methods.

Choose Your 2020-21 Schedule

Single Day - Training Weekends 8 Studio Days + Graduation Studio Day

When choosing a schedule, be sure your child can make all or most of the weekends; Due to group size limits, we do not allow switching between schedules. Please Note Many schedules fill quickly, so choose soon after registration.

Schedule Options

Single Day Grade 4-5 Schedule OAK

  • September 13, 2020 Studio Day
  • October 11, 2020 Studio Day
  • November 1, 2020 Studio Day
  • January 10, 2021 Studio Day
  • January 31, 2021 Studio Day
  • February 28, 2021 Studio Day
  • April 11, 2021 Studio Day
  • May 2, 2021 Forest Field Day
  • May 15, 2021 Graduation

Single Day Grade 2-3 Schedule WOLF

  • September 20, 2020 Studio Day
  • October 18, 2020 Studio Day
  • November 8, 2020 Studio Day
  • January 17, 2021 Studio Day
  • February 7, 2021 Studio Day
  • March 7, 2021 Studio Day
  • April 18, 2021 Studio Day
  • May 2, 2021 Forest Field Day
  • May 15, 2021 Graduation

Single Day Grade 6-12 Schedule CEDAR

  • September 27, 2020 Studio Day
  • October 25, 2020 Studio Day
  • November 15, 2020 Studio Day
  • January 24, 2021 Studio Day
  • February 14, 2021 Studio Day
  • March 14, 2021 Studio Day
  • April 25, 2021 Studio Day
  • May 2, 2021 Forest Field Day
  • May 15, 2021 Graduation

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