Ceramics – Pottery Wheel for Beginners July 20-Aug 24

Neil Kennedy Wheel class(1a)
Neil Kennedy
Neil Kennedy
Neil Kennedy
Neil Kennedy
Kennedy Wheel(4a)
Neil Kennedy


Ceramics – Pottery Wheel for Beginners

Saturdays|  9 am-12 pm  |  6 Instructor-Led Class Sessions + 6 Open Studio Practice Sessions

This course is designed exclusively for those who are new to wheel work and is open for ages 12 through adult. Have fun while gaining confidence on the potter’s wheel. Learn the throwing fundamentals and the skills necessary to throw cylinders, bowls, mugs and plates. Glazing will also be demonstrated.  Small class size ensures that each student receives personalized, one-on-one instruction and encouragement for a fascinating hands-on experience that will bring out the potter in you.

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.

Pottery Tools – There are 9-piece tool kits available for purchase in the Ceramics Studio for $15 per kit. Purchase of the tool kit is not required to take the class.

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Neil Kennedy

Neil Kennedy

Neil lived the majority of his early life on Cape Cod in Massachusetts where he received inspiration from Cape Cod ceramicists.  During his college years Neil’s dialogue with clay began while studying figurative sculpture and Renaissance art in Rome, Italy.  After returning to the states, Neil took ceramics classes at multiple institutions studying with some of our nation’s leading ceramicists.

While living in California and showing his work at a ceramic gallery in Laguna Beach, a fellow ceramicist mentioned to Neil that his work belonged in Sedona.  Intrigued by what he meant, Neil took his first trip to Sedona.  Upon arriving in Sedona, the magical natural beauty and spiritual energy of the place strongly drew him in.  During that visit he toured the Art Center facilities and was immediately attracted to the mission of the Center and its staff.  Sedona had such a gravitational pull on him that in 2018  he relocated his home and studio to Sedona.  

Neil takes daily bike rides, hikes, and fishing trips amongst the beauty of the red rocks.  On these excursions the natural beauty, the rock formations, and the early morning peacefulness of Oak Creek Canyon inspires his work. 

Neil has created a signature glaze combination, called Sedona Night Sky, which captures the beautiful Sedona night sky against the red rocks. 

When not creating pieces in his private studio, Neil teaches throwing and hand building ceramics classes at the Sedona Arts Center.


First bag of clay included.  Additional bags of clay may be purchased during class for $45 per bag which includes glazing & firing fees.  Enrolled students may also participate in one open studio session per week.

Pottery Tools – There are 9-piece tool kits available for purchase in the Ceramics Studio for $15 per kit. Purchase of the tool kit is not required to take the class.

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 Office at 928-282-3809, ext 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours, 9 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri.

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.