Classes at Volcano Art Center

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Have you ever experienced putting your own handmade functional pottery into use? All skill levels are welcome to join the Volcano Art Center’s ceramic studio “Sunday Clay – High Fire!” workshops, where they will be working with stoneware clay and high-fire reduction glazes.

Sunday Clay – High Fire! 8 week morning or afternoon ceramics series at Volcano Art Center starting August 5. Courtesy photo.

Artist, Erik Wold, will provide instruction for this class including demonstrations of wheel throwing methods and he will be available for individualized assistance. Those new to clay, will be guided step-by-step through the basics of using the potter’s wheel or handbuilding techniques. Continuing students and those with previous experience are encouraged to develop their skills and are welcome to pursue more advanced directions with the instructor’s input. Informal discussion on topics ranging from sources of creative inspiration to various pottery styles and traditions from around the world will supplement this hands-on learning experience.

Seven registration slots are open to “wheel throwers,” and two additional places will be open to “hand builders.”

The workshop is an eight week workshop beginning Sunday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, with no class on Aug. 12. There will be a morning session from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. or an afternoon session from 2:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.


Cost for either session is $200/$180 for VAC Members plus a $15 materials fee for six pounds of clay, which includes glazes and firing for that material. Additional clay will be available for purchase.

Open studio time will be available to registered students on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m.  Cost is $10 per day, with tickets available at the administration office front desk during business hours. You Must be registered for a ceramics class to participate.

Wold is a full-time potter living in Volcano Village. He is a member of the Volcano Village Artists Hui, and sells his wares regularly at the Saturday Hilo Farmers Market, and Sunday Cooper Center Farmers Market in Volcano. He studied Ceramics at the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo, graduating in 1993.


The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Please visit online.

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