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Otterness – Saturdays, Mar 6 – Mar 27, 9am-12pm (In Person)


This four-class session will cover the basics of hand building larger serving dishes. In the first class students will learn how to use different handbuilding techniques to create larger bowls, trays, and platters. The next classes will cover finishing techniques, adding a solid base, and decorations to complete work for bisque firing. In the final class we will glaze our bisqued pieces. Class size will be capped at 3 students to ensure social distancing protocol can be followed. Students are encouraged to research specific dishes they would like to make in class and at home and bring in images to the first class for guidance and inspiration. The class will cover coil and pinch pot techniques as well as utilizing the studio’s slab roller and various clay draping molds.

Levels: Beginner – Intermediate



Tuition includes the cost of glaze materials, firing fees, and a bag of clay.

– Students are highly encouraged to purchase and bring a set of clay working tools for personal use. Simple 8 piece sets can be purchased online or at local craft/hobby stores. Students will also need to bring plastic grocery bags with which to cover their work. If students wish to work on pieces at home (highly encouraged) boxes are helpful for the transfer of work from the studio to home and back.


About the instructor: Nina Otterness graduated in 2012 from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Studio Art and a concentration in ceramics. After graduation she was a research collaborator with Professor Nam at UNC Chapel Hill for 2 years. She has been teaching at the Carborro Arts Center since 2014. She currently live in Mebane with her husband and two young boys as well as 11 geese and 7 ducks. She is currently working on expanding her knowledge of surface decoration techniques as well as combining her love of the natural world with her ceramic design.


Tuition includes the cost of glaze materials and firing fees. A bag of clay is not included with this course.

In-person classes offered during the pandemic are conducted at a low maximum capacity and with social distancing measures in place. Masks must be worn at all times. Students are required to sign a liability waiver before attending in-person classes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online or in-person classes offered during the pandemic.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!