Mondays | 4 – 7 pm | 6 Instructor-Led Class Sessions + 6 Open Studio Practice Sessions
*Note that the Monday class is reserved for experienced ceramicists! (Beginners are welcome in Dennis Ott’s Tuesday or Wednesday classes or in Neil Kennedy’s Pottery Wheel for Beginners on Saturdays.)
The Sedona Arts Center’s ceramic department operates free from the constraints of grades and benefits from the talents of its ceramic faculty and assistants as well as nationally recognized guest instructors. This combination allows our department to offer flexible and diverse programming in both traditional and contemporary techniques.
Through demonstration and one-on-one instruction, students will learn to throw a variety of forms on the potter’s wheel or techniques to create hand-built works. Slab roller, extruder and forms are also available to create functional and decorative pieces. Tuition includes the first 25-pound bag of clay, firings and glazes, and one open studio session per week.
COVID Health and Safety Protocols
The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.
Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.
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Over the last 25 years since retiring from the corporate world Dennis Ott has grown from being a ceramics student at the Sedona Arts Center, to a beginning wheel instructor, to heading up the Art’s Center’s Ceramics Department for the past 22 years. Along the way he organized workshops in Italy, taught clay on the Navajo Reservation, built a kiln in Nicaragua, and interacted with many clay artists organizing presentations and exhibitions.
Dennis received the Sedona Mayor’s Arts Award for art instruction in 2017. In 2018 Dennis was awarded the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award for an individual arts instructor.
First bag of clay included. Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $35 per bag. Glazing and firing fees included. Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio session per week.
Registration and Cancellation Policies
Each student must enroll individually
Classes must be paid in full upon registration
Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn
In-Person and Online Classes Cancellation
Students must cancel or transfer at least 7 days prior to the first day of class
If a student cancels or transfers before the 7-day cut-off, a 15% fee will be applied
If a student cancels within 7 days prior to class, there are no refunds
If Sedona Arts Center cancels the class for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full
The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.
Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops:
As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.
"Dennis is ever-watchful and teaches and supports each student at his or her own level of expertise. He is always relaxed, supportive, and empowers each of us to challenge ourselves and succeed. We are each so productive that we often run out of space to store all the pieces we are working on. However what common space is available is generously shared, and our work cycles through the many steps quite seamlessly. The camaraderie in the classes is wonderful!" - JM
"Since I started taking classes with Dennis, he has slowly integrated different styles of making pottery and also different glazing techniques. He answers all my questions with his experience and knowledge. He is encouraging but allows me to try new designs." - GD
"Dennis is very caring, patient and supportive. Couldn't ask for more from an instructor." - CF
"Dennis Ott is inspirational! He makes each student feel successful right from the start! He goes way above and beyond for everyone!" ~GPL
"Dennis Ott is a very effective instructor. He knows just how to reinforce a student. He never criticizes, he teaches though positive comments and demonstrations. He understood our goals and found a methods to bring us to our goals. All of this while being a thoroughly delightful person." ~SL
"Dennis is awesome as an instructor. He is over the top knowledgeable and really encouraging. He creates an atmosphere that is comfortable, pressure-free and a safe place to stumble along as well as succeed." ~SJ
"Above my expectations. Non-stop kiln firings. Glazes always available. Clay always available. Regardless of how long I have been coming to class, Dennis will always stop and teach/assist me when I ask. Continuous education is key in pottery to keep it fresh and exciting. Dennis never runs out of innovative techniques to demonstrate and guide us through." ~CB
"Dennis Ott makes the class what it is, great. He is encourages growth and experience at every opportunity and has infinite creative ideas and patience to help with all there is to learn and find exciting." ~AG