CLASSEs And Studio Membership At the Handle Factory Community Clay Studio.


Studio Membership

We now have a studio membership option at our new studio at the Mill complex at 49 Conway St. (the old Lamson Goodnow Factory) in Shelburne Falls. Studio members pay a monthly fee of $60-$100/per month ($30-$50 for those currently enrolled in classes), for use of the fully equipped shared studio space. Studio Membership is for those who have skills and knowledge enough to, once oriented, navigate the clay studio independently.  For More information, check out our website. If you are joining for the first time, please call (413) 625-2870 or email to schedule an orientation.


The next weekly adult class series begins the week of January 21, 2019. 

Learn to work in clay in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment! Classes meet for 8 or 10 weeks, with optional independent studio time. Classes can fill quickly. If you are a new student, sign up on a waiting list for a class as early as you are able. Six weeks before the class begins, I will let you know if there is space in the class for you. There are sometimes last minute openings, so if the class you want begins soon, it's worth inquiring!

Winter Classes

Learning to Throw: Developing a Practice. Mondays 6-8 pm. Instructors Paige Wilder and Nami Assir. New additional section added: Tuesdays 6-8 with Molly Cantor

This class will be an introduction to wheel-thrown pottery with an emphasis on repetition, developing a practice, taking risks, and exploring the limits of the clay - to learn basic skills.  Students will learn how to center clay, shape basic forms, make handles, trim, and glaze pottery. Students may or may not go home with a finished pot.

Stuck in the Mud Throwing Mini-Clinic Mondays, 1-3pm. January 28th -February 11th. Instructor Paige Wilder

A three class series for experienced students. Unlearn old habits and spend 3 weeks practicing and rebuilding basic skills. $75 for 3 classes.

Building Skills on the Wheel. Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm Instructor Molly Cantor

For students with some clay experience who want to deepen foundational throwing skills. Practicing and re-learning centering, shaping basic forms, trimming, pulling handles, decorating and glazing.

Mixed Level Wheel Throwing and Hand Building. Thursdays 10am to Noon. Instructor Molly Cantor
These classes are geared towards all levels, from beginning students to those who want to refresh and deepen their foundational skills, or those who want to work semi-independently.  Skills taught include some hand building, wheel throwing, multiple decorating techniques and glazing.

Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate Wheelthrowing. Thursdays 6-8pm Instructor Molly Cantor

This class is geared towards experienced students who are looking to hone and refine wheelthrowing skills through a series of demonstrations, projects and practices. Some focuses this session: working larger and practicing handle making and courageous trimming.

All Class sessions (other than “Stuck in the Mud”) are $250 plus $20-40 for materials, which includes 2-3 hours of out of class practice time.  

 Weekly After School Classes for Children Ages 8-12

Tuesdays, 4-6 PM. 10 Week Session Begins January 22.

This 10 week class will meet on Tuesday Afternoons from 4-6. Students will be engaged with hand building projects and learning to throw on the wheel, with a dual focus on exploring creativity and building skills. Taught by Rhonda Wainshilbaum. $225 Includes materials.