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. Cost is $220.00 and includes instruction for wheel throwing and hand building as well as kiln firings. Student lab fee of $51.00 plus tax covers 25 lbs. of clay plus all studio glazes. Currently enrolled students may work during ‘open studio’ hours for $9.00 per hour. 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 – D’ Calvert – Fundamentals of Clay – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Open studio 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Wednesday – Natasha Dikareva – Sculptural Hand Building – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wednesday – Carla O’Brien – All You Need To Know About Pottery – (no experience necessary) – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thursday – Osa Atoe – Intermediate Wheel Throwing – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Open studio 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Thursday – Josh Holbrook – 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 WEDNESDAY
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, Thursday & 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 $25 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 during the ‘cooler’ months – for $75 per session (currently enrolled students can use a class pass plus $20). 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.
Osa Atoe Bio
Natasha Dikareva Bio
Born & raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, Natasha Dikareva now lives in Sarasota, Florida. Her ceramic sculptures explore interconnections between biological systems, mythology, and contemporary technology. Drawing on her Eastern European background, her work bridges cultural and linguistic barriers, speaking to the common experience of life. She received her BFA in graphics and drawing from the Kiev State Academy of Art and Design and her MFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Minnesota. In 2012, she won the Grand Prize at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Her work is featured in various publications, including 500 Prints on Clay and New Ceramics European magazine, and is held in public and private collections. She exhibits locally and internationally. Read more about Natasha on her website: dikarevart.com.
Josh Holbrook Bio
Josh graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with degrees in Studio Art and Art History. With a focus in photography, he later moved into ceramics which led to teaching high school and adult education. Mr. Holbrook moved back to Florida with his wife and began teaching art at Sarasota Military High. His approach is grounded in a phrase his first ceramics professor taught, “love the process, not the product”. Josh’ work has been shown in galleries in Florida, Virginia and with Naples Art Crafters.
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.