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Intermediate to Advanced Pottery is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Morning and Evening classes available

What will you learn?

Improve your wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques, even combine these two in this intermediate to advance class.  Weekly projects will be demonstrated by Maria with each student’s interpretation expressed in their own work.  Surface treatment such as handles, textures, slips and glaze will be discussed to create well-balanced pieces. All class firings are cone 5 electric with additional cost for wood firing as an option.

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Maria Spies


Maria Spies ESAC Director of Pinewood Studios Award-winning ceramic artist and nationally recognized instructor Maria Spies is beloved by ESAC students and collectors. An independent studio potter since 1973, Spies has been an instructor at ESAC since 2008, and has taught and managed ceramics programs in Dallas, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Her work is represented in many galleries throughout the country, as well as in private collections and corporate offices.