Ceramics – Hand Building

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Hand Building Ceramics

Tuesdays  |  1-4pm  |  *5 Instructor-Led Class Sessions + *5 Open Studio Practice Sessions
(This is a 5-week session.)

Come play in clay! In this class we will jump right in by making some fun clay tools. From there we will create functional pottery and sculptures using soft slab, stiff slab and coil construction methods. There are tips and tricks involved in each of these processes and these will be introduced at the beginning of each session.  This class is for beginners as well as those with hand-building experience who may be looking for some new ideas.

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.

In-Person Classes

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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John Post

John Post

John Post lives and works in Sedona, and is a retired K-12 art teacher whose focus in the classroom was clay and painting. He holds a Master of Arts in Ceramics from Wayne State University in Detroit. He also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture from Wayne State University. In retirement he works on creating functional pottery fired to cone 10 in his gas kiln. His favorite part of the pottery making process is creating new glazes. He uses an iron-rich clay body that bleeds into the surfaces of his glazes. These glazes feel soft and buttery to the touch while also appearing rather stone-like and natural. John includes new glaze tests in every firing to ensure that his work changes and evolves over time. The natural evolution in John’s work is the result of the joy he finds experimenting with glaze chemistry and because he loves to be surprised when opening his kiln.


First bag of clay included.  Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $35 per bag which includes glazing & firing fees.  Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio practice session per week.

Cancellation Policy


  • 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

Important Message

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.