Photo courtesy of Amber Pierce.


Saturdays, April 29–May 27, 2023
12:30–3:30 PM


Ceramics: Vessels with a Voice
Five sessions
Instructor: Amber Pierce

Discover expanded form-building and embellishment techniques to create ceramic vessels that share a story! For centuries, artisans have used ceramic surfaces to chronicle moments, legends, and messages. See how this tradition continues in contemporary art by exploring the galleries at Virginia MOCA and practicing your own take on ceramic form and surface design in our studios.

Through demonstration, practice, and discussion, students will learn strategies for meaning-making as they apply personally and culturally significant histories, memories, and ideas to the surfaces of their wheel-thrown or hand-built ceramic forms. Engage with a variety of surface design techniques including sgraffito, underglaze painting, and image transfer as you create intricate sculptural or functional forms layered with personal meaning.

Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Saturdays, April 29–May 27
12:30–3:30 PM
Members $210; Nonmembers $225

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.

Working Hours: Fridays and Sundays, April 30–May 26 from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM


Amber Pierce sewing through ceramics

Amber Robinson Pierce is a multi-media American artist and Virginia Beach, Virginia native. In high school, Pierce attended the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. After briefly studying at Virginia Commonwealth University, Amber spent time living and working in Richmond and Virginia Beach-where she eventually began interning at Utopia Feni Creative Studios and Gallery. She is currently an Old Dominion University student pursuing her BA in Art Education and BFA in 3-D Material Studies. Pierce is a recipient of a 2022 Undergraduate VMFA Fellowship Award. She is also a University Fellow of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg Tennessee, as well as a current Artist in Residence at Virginia MOCA.

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

Amber Pierce Art