Next Level Pottery


Title: Next Level Pottery

Type of Class: Pottery

Instructor: Zach Sierke

Time: Thursdays, 5:30 – 8:30pm

Dates: Sept 19 thru Nov 7, 2019

Price: $195/175 members

Take your pottery skills and understanding of the ceramic process to the next level. Whether you’re a studio veteran or an open-eyed beginner, Zach will help you improve all aspects of your studio practice. Zach’s deep knowledge of materials and passion for all aspects of the ceramic process will be passed on to you in this course. Classes will be divided between lively discussions and work on the wheel and slab roller. Students are encouraged to take notes and be ready to engage in a class session that engages all things clay!



My work in clay is driven by a fascination with nature and the origins of human industry: small-scale and labor intensive clay mining and community wood firing join many seemingly disparate systems in a powerful practice. The finished objects tell a story of geology, ecology, and the community of people who work together to bring the ceramics to fruition. The marriage of the natural world and primal human technology is deeply understood by those participating in this practice. It is my goal to bring as many people as possible into this fold. The fired clay objects confirm that the our human experience and domestic spaces aren’t as disconnected from nature as our modern lives may lead us to believe.

Mobile Bay Monthly Feature on Zach Sierke

Currently enrolled students and/or ESAC members who wish to take advantage of Open Studio hours must pay $50 per quarter (3 months). This will cover firing fees for ceramic items made in Open Studio.


Wednesdays 9:30 am to 12:30  pm

Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm

Friday 10 am to 4 pm


*If you wish to fire an item in the Ceramic Studio, and are not a currently enrolled student or ESAC member, please contact our Academy Director at 251-928-2228 ext 107. Firing fees vary according to each piece.

A $25 fee will be charged for all class refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to seven (7) days prior to class start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the class.


A $75 fee will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, norefunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.


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