Classes & Supplies
Our Classes – Growing Creativity Through Clay
At Sarasota Clay Company in Sarasota, FL, we offer a variety of classes that foster creativity. Whether you are a beginner or have been working with clay for years, we have a class and/or workshop for you! Our studio includes 12 Brent wheels, a Brent SR20 Slab Roller, a North Star extruder, and a beautiful exclusive glaze palette for student use.
All classes are 3 hours and each class session lasts 4 weeks (you have 5 weeks to complete the course). Cost is $220.00 and includes instruction for wheel throwing and hand building as well as kiln firings. Student lab fee of $50.00 plus tax covers 25 lbs. of clay plus all studio glazes. Our interactive calendar is featured on our Home page. You can choose which class you are interested in and call or email to sign up. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.
Tuesday – Open Studio and/or Clay Date (based on Workshop schedule) – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday – Taylor Robenalt – Sculptural Hand Building – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Carla O’Brien – All You Need To Know About Pottery – (no experience necessary) – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thursday – Seth Barendse – Intermediate to Advanced Wheel Throwing – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Carla O’Brien or Seth Barendse – After Work Wheel and Handbuilding – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Evening availability for Thursday night Clay Date (6 or more people) by appointment
*NO OPEN STUDIO ON THURSDAY
Friday – Workshop (based on current calendar)
Open Studio and/or Clay Date – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (based on workshop schedule)
Saturday – Intro to Clay All Ages “Kids And Clay” – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Intro to Clay “Wheel Throwing” (BY APPOINTMENT) – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Open Studio – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday – closed
Monday – closed
All Class availability subject to change! Check interactive calendar or CALL 941-359-2773
Regular Business Hours (10:00-4:00 Tuesday through Friday and 10:00-2:00 Saturday) – 1 or 2 Hour Sessions Available.
Looking for a group activity with friends, family, home schooled students – or a team-building event with your workmates? You NEED to try a “Clay Date”! Schedule your ONE or TWO hour Hand Building session today. The cost is $20 per hour per person. Must have 4 people for regular business hours and 6 people for non-business hours.
Fun for all ages! Projects include but are not limited to holiday themed ornaments, slump mold platters or bowls, pinch pot animals, wall hanging pockets, coffee mugs, fall themed shakers or pumpkins – OR present Carla with an idea for your own hand-built creation.
For a Wheel Throwing Clay Date you must have 4 people and the cost is $25 per hour per person. Call to arrange a time and date.
One of our featured firing techniques is called Raku firing – we offer a one day workshop monthly (during the ‘cooler’ months). Raku is an ancient Japanese firing technique which involves removing pottery from the gas fueled kiln at 1838 degrees Fahrenheit. We then place the pottery in containers that are filled with combustible material to create a reduced oxygen atmosphere.
Ultimately, the process produces beautiful colors or black carbon-burnished surfaces that result from the pottery piece’s exposure to varying degrees of glazing. On occasion, we place horsetail hair on the pots. This leaves delicate but beautiful black lines on pottery surfaces. Check our monthly newsletter for this seasonal workshop schedule.
We are a proud carrier of Highwater Clays and pottery supplies, including (but not limited to!) Amaco and Mayco Glazes, Orton Cones, tools by Kemper and Mudtools – and more. We also have a wide variety of chemicals for the clay studio, along with kiln furniture and other pottery making accessories.
Seth Barendse Bio
Seth Barendse has been working with clay for the past 22 years. He received his BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2011. Mr. Barendse taught ceramics at Booker High School’s Visual Performing Arts Program, Workshops at Wildacres Retreat and Ringling College of Art and Design. He has been a studio manager at the State College of Florida. Mr. Barendse also assisted Cynthia Bringle’s workshop at Penland School of Craft in 2015. He is currently teaching at the Art Center of Manatee in Bradenton, FL, and Carla’s Clay in Sarasota, FL. His work has been exhibited in Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon, and California. His current galleries are: In Tandem Gallery, Bakersville, NC, and Carla’s Clay Gallery, Sarasota, FL.
Taylor Robenault Bio
Taylor Robenalt attended Southern Methodist University for her BFA in bronze casting and stone carving. She then discovered her love for ceramics and decided to study at the University of South Florida to receive a post baccalaureate. Then she received a graduate assistantship at the University of Georgia where Ms. Robenalt accomplished her MFA in ceramics in May 2011. She was employed by State College of Florida, Auburn University and Columbus State University as an adjunct ceramic professor. Ms. Robenalt was a long-term resident at Odyssey Clayworks. She is the co-founder of a sculpture collective called Ceramic Sculpture Culture. She has participated in many national ceramic shows, such as “Un-wedged”, “Vision in Clay”, “History In The Making”, recently winning an honorable metion award at “De La Naturalaze”in Columbus, OH. Taylor also has received many scholarships, including tuition waivers to Monte Verde, Costa Rica, Cortona, Italy, Tokoname, Japan, Watershed, ME and Penland, NC.
Leslie Uguccioni Bio
Leslie Uguccioni has been a professional sculptor for 40 years with a specialty in Portrait and Figure. Her work is currently on display in Carla’s Clay Gallery in Sarasota, FL. Students can choose their own subject matter when they sign up for a class.
D' Calvert Bio
Calvert works in her home studio. Inspiration for her work comes from daily life, the pure joy of observation. Clay demands an attentive relationship and D’ is happiest during those quiet studio hours when time ceases to exist. D’ says “I would not have known this happiness; I would not have known myself without the support and encouragement of the schools and the local clay community”.Calvert is a Studio Assistant at Carla’s Clay and her work has shown at Art Center Sarasota, Carla’s Clay, Florida CraftArt, R.C.A.D, and is in collections in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Florida and Delaware. Her experience includes an assistant-ship at Wildacres Retreat, workshops with Michael Sherrill, Matt Long, Ron Meyers, Elaine and Tom Coleman, Robert Boomer, Brad Schwieger and Gay Smith. These experiences were invaluable and the class notes are a frequent source of reference.