Artist Sherród Faulks. Photo by Alvin Parker, Kxdda Media.


January 5 - February 2
Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 PM


Five Sessions
Instructor: Sherrod Faulks

CLASS FULL! Please join waitlist.

What does it mean to cultivate a beautiful home? How can we, as makers, maximize the value of our work when space in the home is at a premium? What are the roles of ceramics in the home, and what’s next for the medium? This dynamic class will focus on creating stunning, functional wares for the table, shelf, kitchen, bathroom, and beyond. Each class will develop a specific set of techniques and forms with an interactive demonstration followed by plenty of practice, artistic discussion, and fun. Along the way, we’ll do visual research within the Museum while contemplating themes of aesthetics, functionality, and holistic design. The course culminates in a mini-project—create a thoughtfully-designed capsule collection that references the More Than Shelter exhibition. All materials, including one 25-pound bag of clay per person, are provided.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Thursdays, January 5–February 2, 2023
6:00–9:00 PM
Members $205, Nonmembers $220

Extended Classwork Hours

Want a little more time to work on your class projects? Sign up for our extended classwork hours! Extended classwork hours are intended to give you more time in the studio to work on your projects outside of class time. For a flat rate of $75, you'll have access to 8 additional days in the studio (32 hours total) to work on your projects for this course without guided instruction.

Extended Classwork Hours:
Fridays and Sundays, January 6–January 29 from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM $75

Mask wearing inside the studios is encouraged, and masks may be required at the discretion of the instructor.


More Than Shelter


The essentials for human survival are food, water, and shelter. These needs take precedence over all the others. Virginia MOCA continues our investigations of basic human needs with the new exhibition More Than Shelter. Eleven artists received an invitation to participate in this exhibition. We asked each one to consider what the idea of shelter means to them and choose an avenue of investigation. The artists connected with partners who provided unique insight into their area of expertise. Shelter is both a verb and a noun. It can mean a home, a community, or the people and places that makes us feel safe and welcomed. It also means to listen, care, and to support one another, our community, our land, our minds, our society, and our futures.


OCTOBER 8, 2022–FEBRUARY 5, 2023