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Class/Workshop Schedule

We offer a full range of classes for adults and children and our gift certificates are valid for one year from the date of purchase:

Gift Certificates - Ceramic Classes - Sip & Spin Class - One Day Pottery Class - After School Program / Children Classes - Summer Clay Camp - Workshops - Private Classes - Custom Classes & Parties

Refer to Classes page for more info. Also, learn about our Instructors here.

Refer to Studio Rentals for studio potter membership options.

Wheel Throwing Ceramics Class Students

For Questions/ Reservations:
Please call (917) 547-8316 or Email: info@choplet.com

We now offer online registration, you can register with your credit card here.

Gift Certificates - Purchase Online (Visa & MC only, Amex not accepted.)

Our gift certificates are valid for a duration of one year from the date of purchase. You can purchase them at Choplet or we can e-mail them to you. Also, you may purchase gift certificates online here. Gift Certificates can be applied to any of our services such as 8 weeks ceramic classes, one day ceramic class, kids class, summer camp, workshops, private class,monthly and hourly studio rental, gallery items. You can also call us to create a custom one!

Next 7 Weeks CERAMIC CLASSES Starts November 3rd!
Online Registration for Classes (Visa & MC only, Amex not accepted.)

Wheel Throwing - Hand Building - Tile - Sculpture

Please scroll down to see all our classes options, time and day schedule.

7 Week Tuition: $265, includes unlimited access to the studio 7 days/week during open studio hours - Open Studio Schedule.

All Levels Wheel and Hand Building

Learn to create pieces using either handbuilding, throwing or a combination of both that can be used for either functional or sculptural work. Surface decoration techniques demonstrated will include applied texture, colored slips and glaze application. You are encouraged to let your instructor know of any project you may have in mind and it will be used to feed the class demonstrations. This class is designed for all skill levels.

Day Dates Time Instructor
Monday AM 11/03 - 12/15 9:30 - 11:30 AM Biata Roytburd: Ex1 Ex2
Monday PM 11/03 - 12/15 4:30 - 6:30 PM Biata Roytburd: Ex1 Ex2
Tuesday PM 11/04 - 12/16 1:30 - 3:30 PM Jaleh Fazel: Ex1 Ex2
Wednesday AM 11/05 - 12/17 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Brooke Winfrey: Ex1 Ex2
Thursday AM 11/06 - 12/22 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Jaleh Fazel: Ex1 Ex2
Thursday PM 11/06 - 12/22 7:00 - 9:00 PM Damien Garcia: Ex1 Ex2
Friday AM 11/07 - 12/19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Larisa Daiga: Ex1 Ex2
Friday PM 11/07 - 12/19 7:00 - 9:00 PM Jake Ziwich: Ex1 Ex2
Saturday PM 11/08 - 12/20 12:00 - 2:00 PM Larisa Daiga: Ex1 Ex2
Saturday PM 11/08 - 12/20 12:30 - 2:30 PM Dominic Sparano
Sunday PM 11/09 - 12/21 12:00 - 2:00 PM Damien Garcia: Ex1 Ex2
Sunday PM 11/09 - 12/21 3:00 - 5:00 PM Damien Garcia: Ex1 Ex2

Beginner & Intermediate Wheel and Hand Building

Learn to throw bowls, cylinders, vases and plates on the potter's wheel as well as the fundamentals of handbuilding techniques such as slab, pinch, coil and extrusion fabrication. Basic surface decoration and glazing techniques will also be demonstrated. Satisfy your curiosity and experience a fun and thorough introduction to ceramics.

Day Dates Time Instructor
Monday PM 11/03 - 12/15 7:30 - 9:30 PM Sabri Ben-Ashour: Ex1
Tuesday PM 11/04 - 12/16 7:00 - 9:00 PM Bobby Croze: Ex1
Wednesday PM 11/05 - 12/17 7:00 - 9:00 PM Jake Ziwich: Ex1 Ex2

Intermediate & Advanced Wheel and Hand Building

Practice and Refine your throwing and handbuilding techniques and develop your personal style that will make your work unique and recognizable. You are encouraged to communicate to your instructor your personal project and set of goals. It can be as diverse as throwing on a larger scale, making well fitted lids or elegantly balanced bottles or incorporating alteration techniques in your handbuilding or wheel thrown work. The instructor will demonstrate more advanced in surface decoration and glazing.

Day Dates Time Instructor
Monday PM 11/03 - 12/15 7:00 - 9:00 PM Bobby Croze: Ex1
Tuesday PM 11/04 - 12/16 7:30 - 9:30 PM Jaleh Fazel: Ex1 Ex2
Wednesday PM 11/05 - 12/17 7:30 - 9:30 PM Brooke Winfrey: Ex1 Ex2

Observational Sculpture

This class will be focused on the power of observation and is based on working from models. Students will learn to sculpt anatomy figure such as heads, bust, feet etc, but also natural elements such as flowers, branches, or really anything you can come up with. Students can bring 3 Dimensional inspiration objects or pictures. The class will cover all techniques from slabs; pinch building and even wheel throwing in order to find the best way to sculpt a variety of forms that are properly built to fire successfully in a kiln. Specific projects are welcome!

Day Dates Time Instructor
Thursday PM 11/06 - 12/22 7:30 - 9:30 PM Biata Roytburd: Ex1 Ex2

Note:
Class session will run Monday 11/3 - Monday 12/22. Studio will be closed & there will be no classes held on Thursday, 11/27 for Thanksgiving. The Thursday classes will make up the 11/27 class on Monday 12/22 (or you can schedule a make up class at another time with in the 7-week class session).

Registration: $90 non-refundable deposit is required to register. The remaining balance payment of $175 is due October 27, one week prior to the beginning of the session, at the latest, and is non-refundable after that.
Make-ups: Up to 2 missed classes can be made up during the same session if the student has given 24 hour prior notice he/she will miss a class.
Tools: Pottery tool kit is required and can be purchased for $15 at registration or on your first class.
Firing Fee: 4 cents/cubic inch covers bisque and glaze firing.
Note: All classes and open studio hours are subject to change or cancellation.

For more details and open studio schedule, refer to the Adult Classes section on our Classes page.

SIP & SPIN CLASS - 2014/2015 Dates!
Online Registration for Classes (Visa & MC only, Amex not accepted.)

Tuition: $65/person

Friday night is for letting loose and relaxing! Couples, singles and friends come join us and get a little dirty while enjoying the wine or beer you brought in. This class can be repeated many times but gives you the freedom to register one class at a time. Our instructor will show and assist you with the basic techniques of the potter's wheel and will move on to more advanced projects if you are a repeat offender :) We will glaze and fire one piece at no extra cost. There is an extra $8 for any additional piece you may decide to get fired. The glaze color varies every week. We will contact you approximately 2 weeks after your workshop, when your work is ready to be picked up. Please register before the class as space is limited.

Day Date Time
Friday PM 10/10 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 10/17 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 10/24 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 11/14 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 11/21 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 12/05 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 1/09 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Friday PM 1/23 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 2/06 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday PM 2/14 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday PM 2/27 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Payment due in full at registration.
Cost includes instruction, clay, tools, towels, aprons, glaze, and firing. Additional pieces can be fired for a $8 fee.

Cancellation Policy: No refund, credit only if cancelled one week prior to the class.

ONE DAY WHEEL THROWING POTTERY CLASS - 2014/2015 Dates!
Online Registration for Classes (Visa & MC only, Amex not accepted.)

Pottery Workshop Tuition: $65

This workshop will introduce you to the basic skills of throwing on the potter's wheel. No prior experience is required. You will get to keep the bowl or cylinder you have successfully created. We will glaze and fired it for you with our glaze pick of the week and we will contact you approximately 2 weeks after the workshop when your piece is ready to be picked up. Additional work can be glazed and fire at an additional cost of $8/piece. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Day Date Time
Sunday AM 10/12 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday AM 10/26 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday AM 11/09 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday AM 11/23 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday AM 12/07 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday AM 1/18 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday AM 2/01 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday AM 2/14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday AM 2/15 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday AM 3/01 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Payment due in full at registration.
Cost includes instruction, clay, tools, towels, aprons, glaze, and firing. Additional pieces can be fired for a $8 fee.

Cancellation Policy: No refund, credit only if cancelled one week prior to the class.

For more details, refer to the One-Day Pottery Class section on our Classes page.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM / CHILDREN CLASSES: 2014-2015
Online Registration for Classes (Visa & MC only, Amex not accepted.)

Policies and How to Register

Registration Form for After School Program and Children Classes

Clay and firings included. Tool kit is $15, if participants do not already have one.


17 weeks KIDS After School Pottery - Ages 7 and Up

Children will be exposed and gain the experience of an actual professional pottery studio. During each weekly program, the students will learn to use the potters wheel as well as hand building / sculpting techniques. Multiple surface decoration techniques will be demonstrated and used. No prior experience is required. More challenging work will be assigned to students with previous experience.

17 weeks session: $916-$946 (depending on payment option)

Children from PS84 will be picked up on foot at 2:45pm. We accept drop off from all others schools between 3 and 3:30pm.

Upon arrival at the studio, children will have some time to eat a snack (provided by you) and play safely in the garden. At 3:30pm class will starts and end promptly at 5:30pm.

Day Dates Time
Wednesday PM 9/10/14 - 1/21/15 (no class 11/26, 12/24, 12/31) 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Thursday PM 9/11/14 - 1/22/15 (no class 11/27, 12/25, 1/01) 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Friday PM 9/12/14 - 1/23/15 (no class 11/28, 12/26, 1/02) 3:00 - 5:30 PM

IMPORTANT DATES:

Choplet studio will be open from 3-5:30pm on any school holidays and school half days except for Thanksgiving: Wednesday 11/26, Thursday 11/27, Friday 11/28.
On school closure days, please provide your own transportation to the studio.
No After school classes during Winter recess, from December 22-January 4.

Registration: 50% non refundable deposit is required to reserve a space. In the event a child stops attending classes and tuition payment was done in full, cancellation will be accepted in writing  at info@choplet.com by 9/29 and $45% balance payment will be refunded.
Make-ups: No refund or credit will be issued for missed classes. Up to 2 classes can be made up in another after school class if room is available.
Tools: Pottery tool kit is required and can be purchased for $15 at registration or on your first class.


8 weeks KIDS and Family Pottery: 9/13/14 - 11/1/14: Wheel Throwing and Hand Building - Ages 6 and Up (Adult Optional)

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

8 weeks session: $325/person

These ceramics classes are specially geared towards fun and artistic discovery. We offer expert instruction that will lead participants on the path of creative discovery. In our friendly and relaxed environment, your child will gain knowledge and confidence in the arts, while learning creative thinking. Parents are welcome to register and join the fun if they wish!

Day Dates Time
Saturday AM 9/13/14 - 11/1/14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration: $90 non-refundable deposit is required to register. The remaining balance payment of $235 is due September 6th, one week prior to the beginning of the session, at the latest, and is non-refundable after that.
Make-ups: No make up possible, no refund for missed classes.
Tools: Pottery tool kit is required and can be purchased for $15 at registration or on your first class.

For information on Policies and how to Register for any of the above kids classes, please see here.

For more details and to see examples of work, refer to the After School Classes, Kids/Family Classes, or Early Start Classes sections on our Classes page.

SUMMER CLAY CAMP - 2014 Dates!
Online Registration for Classes (Visa & MC only, Amex not accepted.)

We can add more sessions if there is demand! Students can enroll in one or multiple weeks.

Ceramic Day Camp Tuition: $320/week

CLAYMATION AND WHEEL THROWING CAMP - Ages 7 - 14

This exciting new children's class will be an introduction to wheel throwing, hand building, and 3-D stop motion animation. Besides learning basics in vessel making and sculpting, students pieces will come alive through the art of claymation. In this coarse students will invent dynamic characters in a plot driven story line. Students will work as a team sculpting and directing their own video shorts which will be posted to YouTube for friends and family to enjoy! This introductory class provides hands on help to all skill levels and interests. #wallaceandgromit #nightmarebeforechristmas #gumby #chickenrun #californiaraisins Wheel throwing and glazing will also be covered in this class.

WHEEL THROWING AND HANDBUILDING CAMP - Ages 7 - 14

Children and teens (ages 7 to 14) are invited to join a professional ceramic studio and explore the numerous possibilities clay has to offer, such as hand building, sculpting, tile/mosaic making, decorating and glazing, and wheel throwing. At our facility, students have the satisfaction of creating an artwork from scratch and bringing it to its final completion. Every day participants are encouraged to explore their creativity and begin a new project led by an accomplished artist.

Week Date Time Theme
Session 1 M-TH, 6/23 - 6/26 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wheel/Hand
Session 2 M-TH, 7/07 - 7/10 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wheel/Hand
Session 3 M-TH, 7/21 - 7/24 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Claymation/Wheel
Session 4 M-TH, 7/28 - 7/31 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wheel/Hand
Session 5 M-TH, 8/04 - 8/07 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Wheel/Hand
Session 6 M-TH, 8/04 - 8/07 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Wheel/Hand
Session 7 M-TH, 8/11 - 8/14 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Claymation/Wheel
Session 8 M-TH, 8/25 - 8/28 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Wheel/Hand

Registration: $160 non-refundable deposit is required to register. Balance payment is due one week prior to the beginning of the session, at the latest, and is non-refundable after that.
Tools: Pottery tool kit is required and can be purchased for $15.
Materials Fee: There is a $42 material fee/person for the Claymation Camp.
Missed Classes: No refund or credit will be issued for missed classes.

For more details and to see pictures, refer to the Pottery/Ceramic Day Camp section on our Classes page.

Wheel Throwing / Hand Building Camp

Wheel Throwing / Hand Building Camp:
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Claymation Camp

Claymation Camp:
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WORKSHOPS: Mold Making/Slip Casting & Raku
Online Registration for Classes (Visa & MC only, Amex not accepted.)

Mold Making/Slip Casting Workshop Tuition: $190 (Members = $160)

CHOPLET Ceramics studio will be conducting a 2 day, 7 hours mold making workshop. You will make your own mold of the prototype you will bring and learn to slip cast it. The prototype can be made in clay but you can also use industrial objects or nature elements... the possibilities are almost endless!

Raku Workshop Tuition: $175

We are excited to announce our Fall Raku weekend retreat in the Catskills, on 10/18 and 10/19, just in time to admire the leaves change color! We promise you a very intense and fun experience. In order to give you a chance to fire up to 7-8 of your own bisque ware,10" high average (you can bring a few more if your pieces are smaller) we limit this workshop to 8 participants. However, you are welcome to bring your partner to share this exceptional week end with you! The glazes will vary from turquoise to intense red/bronze to beautiful white crackle. All the white and tan clay body we use in the studio (stoneware, porcelain, buff groggy clay) are compatible with this firing technique. 

Click here or see below for more details of our Raku Workshop Weekend Retreat

Workshop Date Time Instructor
Mold Making Sat 11/22 - Sun 11/23 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Cassandra Kellam: Ex1 Ex2
Raku Sat 10/18 - Sun 10/19 All Day Damien Garcia: Ex1 Ex2

Registration: $90 non-refundable deposit is required to register. Balance payment is due one week prior to the workshop date and is non-refundable after that.

For more details, refer to the Workshops section on our Classes page.

Mold Making Workshop Student Working

Mold Making Workshop
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Raku Workshop

Raku Workshop:
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RAKU RETREAT FEES AND WEEKEND ORGANIZATION:

Raku firing workshop: $175
Sleeping and eating accommodation at Alison's house in Phoenicia: $25+$20=$45/person

Sleeping:
Accomodations are on a first come, first serve basis. There is room available in the houses for 16 people, sleeping in beds. There is also room for sleeping bags and tents on the property.
Please bring extra Bedding and Sleeping bags if possible. Partners welcome. You can of course choose to sleep somewhere else in the area.

Weekend and food organization:
Arrive Friday 10/17 in the evening and we get pizza and salads from Brios ($10 pp)
Saturday 10/18 in the morning we have oatmeal, granola, fruit, tea and coffee  ($10pp for both days breakfast)
Raku glazing and firing  all day, starting early:)!!!.  
Saturday lunch and dinner - Potluck bring a dish to share. There are a lot of serving bowls at the house. Let us know what you are bringing or ask if your not sure what to bring.
Bonfire after dinner (BYOB)
Sunday 10/19 same breakfast 
Raku firing and House clean up and leisurely exodus 
Lunch eat leftovers

What to bring besides Pot luck:
Layered clothing
Closed toe shoes
Respirator, dust mask or scarf
Drinking vessel
Extra bedding and sleeping bags

Transportation:
There is a 5pm and a 6pm bus departing NYC on Friday night, that puts you in Phoenicia at 7:54pm and 8:54 pm respectively. The fee is $63 round trip. Bus schedule to Phoenicia and back. We will come pick you up at the station.
If some of you plan on coming with your own car, please let us know if you would be open to car pooling.

Pictures:
Raku firing: click here to see pictures of Raku
Accomodations in Phoenicia: click here to see pictures of the house/property

Raku firing process:
'Raku' firing originated in Japan in the roots of the tea ceremony, but now in its myriad of forms and techniques produces pottery vastly different from the crude (some say ugly) simplicity of the original tea bowls marked with the symbol 'raku'- meaning 'pleasure, enjoyment, at ease'. Raku as it has now become popularly known is a technique where a pot is fired rapidly up to about 1000 C and is removed from the kiln when glowing hot. A more recent development is the placing of the glowing pot in a container with combustible materials, creating particular colors, textures, and metallic surfaces caused by the interaction of the glaze and clay with the reducing (lack of oxygen) atmosphere in the reduction bin. When the pot is taken from the kiln glowing red hot, the glazes are still soft and molten. If you drop them in the sawdust, paper or leaves straight away, the pot will bear the texture of the material in which it is placed. As the reducing materials burn, the metallic oxides in the glaze are robbed of oxygen, producing effects and colors which vary according to how long the piece is exposed, the quality and quantity of the reduction material, and whether the work is left to re-oxidise as it cools. The variables are many, but with experience a degree of control is possible. It is very much a 'try it and see' experience.

PRIVATE CLASSES

$60/hour for one person, $100/hour for two.
$60 non-refundable deposit required to book a class

For more details, refer to the Custom Classes & Private Instruction section on our Classes page.

CUSTOM CLASSES and PRIVATE PARTIES

Contact us for information about setting up custom classes and parties. For more details/pictures, refer to the Custom Parties section on our Classes page.


For Questions/ Reservations: Please call (917) 547-8316 or Email: info@choplet.com
Refer to Classes page for more details.