Classes for now are only open to local Modesto, CA participants who would like to learn, buy small quantity supplies and have their project fired in a kiln.

Cost $25 per project

Cost Includes:

$3.00 per lb of clay (Amount needed for one project).

$6 per project kiln fee.

$6 flat rate for glaze. This covers as many colors as you need for one project.

$10 teaching fee

General Supply List: 

-Towel (rag will get very dirty)

-Washcloth or paper towels

-Water bowl


-Flat surface to work on (will get very dirty)

-Flat surface to store project on, large enough for project, small enough to fit in a grocery bag. (Can use small wood planks, ceramic tiles, small cutting boards etc..)

-Paint brush (small)

-Needle tool (can use safety pin/ sewing pins)

-Twisty ties (to keep bag closed)

-Carving tool (can use skewers, tooth pics, chop sticks)

-2 Bags to keep project in (grocery bag or produce bag)

Class 6: Planter Stakes

Class 5: Pinch Pots

See General Supply list + Underglaze colors at top of page. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE CERAMIC TOOLS. All items can be replaced with house hold items. But it if you are looking to do ceramics more often then the tools are helpful.


-Smoothing rib: Or use a gift card/credit card, or your fingers! A smoothing rib is the kidney shaped tool that is flat on one edge.

Class 4: Ceramic Plates- Slab Project

See General Supply list + Underglaze colors at top of page. These are some replacement ideas if you do not have items on list… Rolling pin or use a bottle, Knife tool or a steak knife, Carving tool or dull pencil, Smoothing rib or just use your fingers or sponge. A smoothing rib is the kidney shaped tool that is flat on one edge. If you don’t have a plate, bowl or plaque to use as a mold you can alway cut what ever shape you want and curl up the sides. The Dollar Store has a section of wood plaques, you can use any shape you would like. Joann’s also has a section of wood plaques of different shapes and sizes.

Class 3: Ceramic Tiles- Slab Project

Class 2: Monstera Leaf Plate- Slab project

Friday August 28th Leaf Plate project part 1. Friday Sept. 4th Glazing Leaf Plate.

Class 1: Mini Coil Pot

Friday July 17th Coil pot project part 1

Friday August 14th Coil pot project part 2 Glazing

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4 thoughts on “Classes

  1. Ana Medina says:

    I absolutely love Athena’s class. She is so patient and takes her time with you. This is my first time taking ceramics class as an adult and I love it. Athena makes it easy to learn and it’s so relaxing to work on your project. I have done all the projects so far and will continue attending. Athena is fantastic!!! I highly recommend taking her classes ♥️♥️♥️

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  2. Christina Smith says:

    Hoping you can help me. My father built our home using beautifully designed Mexican tiles. Over the years the glaze on a number of the tiles that were outside has crack with the glaze paint chipping off. I have replaced all the tiles that could be replaced. There a quite a number that need to be repainted. How should I prep the tile…. Alcohol? What paint should I use. I need to carefully match the colors. Then I need to seal the tiles. Can you help by directing me? I have been researching this project and you are the closest potential help that I have found. Please get back to me. I thank you please email me personally


    • hardshellslimysnail says:

      Hello Christina,
      I tried emailing you directly but it was sent back to me…
      I have never done tile restoration work so I’m not exactly sure how that process would work. I do know that the ceramic tiles are painted with glaze and then fired in a kiln. Your best bet would be to take the tiles to a ceramic studio in your area. They can give you recommendations as to matching the correct glaze, and you can see if you can use their kiln to fire them in. If there isn’t any public ceramic studios in your area you may be able to find one in a local high school or college. Or if there is a ceramic supply store in your area, they may be able to help as well.

      To answer your questions as best as I can to the knowledge I have…

      -To prep tiles clean with water and let dry, surface should be clean. You can use an old tooth brush and soap if they are really dirty.

      -The paint you would use is ceramic glaze. The glaze would be determined by what kind of clay the tiles are made out of. This is why you would need to take the tiles to a professional ceramic studio. They can determine what kind of clay the tiles were made out of.

      -Sealing the tile is by firing in a kiln. The temperature of the firing would be determined by what kind of clay and glaze is used. Otherwise the glaze will just keep falling apart and chipping off.

      I hope this was a little helpful,

      Athena Mariah LaRue


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