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Out of Step Clay is a teaching and retail space that looks to advance the ceramic arts through creativity, community, kindness, and compassion.
Our studio is mission driven business, focused on supporting the community in a positive way whether through engaging exhibitions, unique handmade items for purchase in our shop, or a fun pottery class where you can learn to create your own masterpiece. We also focus on a different yearly initiative to support the community outside our walls. (Follow the link for a news piece on last years initiative)
Classes stress the importance of process over product, while in a small group setting. For wheel students this does involve some close physical interactions with each students hands and arms to show where and when to use your body to control the clay on the wheel. This is not meant to overstep any personal boundaries, but to better instill processes and techniques.
While we welcome all those who want to learn, the root of this mission is championing individuals who have felt “out of step” with the world, lifting them up and giving them a space to create with confidence. If any of this resonates with you, go to our classes page to see what is available. pottery classes ceramic classes ceramics
Are you ready to commit to learning a challenging, yet rewarding new skill? Then a wheel class is for you. You will get messy, you will get frustrated, but you will love the results. All our wheel classes are beginner friendly!
Want to work with clay stress free while enjoying a drink or a snack? Then a handbuilding class is a perfect place to start. Learn to sculpt any and everything out of clay. Also, way less messier than the potters wheel.
*There is no wheel use allowed with these classes*
**We highly recommend this class for new students**
Why do kids absolutely love clay classes? Because, for most of our lives we are taught to stay clean and not make a mess. But with clay we encourage controlled chaos! Fun and engaging handbuliding classes for kids as young at 4 years old!
*no wheel instruction allowed during group kid classes*
Studio Hours starting November 4, 2023
Ready to take your clay skills to the next level, or do you just want a place to work with clay but you dont need the instruction? Check out our new space and all our offerings at NEXT STEP CLAY. This studio is for next level students. Beginners should stay at Out of Step Clay till they are ready for advanced classes.
Throwing demo at the beginning of the pandemic(with close ups!).
Prob better sound quality. But no close ups.
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Joshua is a ceramic artist and educator who has been teaching clay to children and adults for over 22 years. He has shown his unique work all over the country, including an artist in residence at the de Young Fine Arts Museum. Joshua is also the creator of the beloved children’s book series starring Melvin the Robot.
For the past 12 years, Joshua has been working collaboratively with the public on his Monsters and Robots Project. Started when a student of his asked if he could sculpt her monster drawing out of clay, this project blew up with thousands of drawing submitted and a residency at the famed de Young Fine Arts Museum.
Out of Step Clay offers creative opportunities for your group or individual needs.
Our workshops are a great way for corporate team building while creating a functional piece of art. It’s like camp, but while technically “working”.
And private lessons are a great way to overcome a challenging new skill, or refine a certain technique with dedicated and personal attention.
We also offer children’s birthday parties where we work with you to come up with a memorable group activity.