Classes start on week two of each quarter and are held weekly 6:15-9:15pm at the Stanford Ceramics Studio (Elliot Program Center). A non-refundable $75 class fee is due on the first day of class and covers the instructors and all associated lab fees (clay, glaze, tools, and firing costs). Class students are given 24-hour access to the studio to practice and work on projects outside of class time. Sign up here!
Summer Arts Intensive
Students have the opportunity to recieve credit for learning ceramics on campus this summer! Classes will be hosted in the Stanford Ceramics Club studio space. To learn more about Stanford's Summer Arts Intensive click here. To learn more about "The Expressive Vessel: An Immersive Introduction to Clay" visit this link.
Students learn basic hand-building and wheel techniques using stoneware clay, including how to center, throw cups, mugs, and bowls. All levels of experience welcome.
Students continue hand-building and wheel techniques using a variety of clay. Class topics are decided per class by instructors. Throwing projects in the past have included cups, mugs, bowls, plates, bottles, goblets, tea pots and lidded vessels. Students are expected to be capable of centering clay and throwing basic forms.
Monday - Susan and Anjali
Tuesday - Deardra and Cat
Wednesday - Mark and Maria
Thursday - Ryan and Marian
Substitute Instructors - Daniel and Doris
About the Instructors
I'm an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student. I started ceramics 1.5 years ago through the club and fell in love with it!
Deardra Fuzzell is the Cartographic Technology Specialist for Stanford University Libaries. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art with a focus on Sculpture and Ceramics from The College of Wooster, in Northeast Ohio. Deardra has been making ceramic work for 12 years and has been teaching techniques in clay for 7 years. She lives in Palo Alto.
I've been working with ceramics for about 12 years and always enjoy teaching others what I have learned. I make functional and sculptural ceramics. I've held several positions at Stanford in research software development and IT administration.
Maria began studying ceramics during her freshman year of high school and hasn't stopped since. She enjoys throwing sets of dishes on the wheel, raku firing and working with porcelain. Her favorite experience with ceramics was learning from a wonderful Chilean couple in their home studio in Santiago.
Susan Witebsky fell in love with creating pottery when she took her first class over 20 years ago. She is skilled in both wheel and hand-building techniques and specializes in utilitarian pieces. She works on the staff of the Environmental Protection Department at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Lab. She has been teaching ceramics classes at Stanford since 2010.