Introduction to Ceramics: Hand and Wheel¬

A flat, brown ceramic dish with plant impressions.


Thursday, May 2, 2024
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Virginia MOCA


Adults (16+)
5 Sessions
Instructors: Anna Freeman and Michelle Truslow

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with local artists to create your own wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic artworks inspired by nature.
This collaboratively taught series will combine the knowledge of two contemporary artists who use ceramics to deepen and honor their connection to the natural world. Together, we’ll explore form-building by hand and wheel, investigate methods of creating natural textures, and experiment with glazing techniques to create a range of earth-inspired effects.

Level: All levels welcome
Thursdays, May 2–June 6 (Skip May 16)
6:00–9:00 PM
Members $220, Nonmembers $235

Extended Classwork Hours

Want a little more time to work on class projects and practice your new skills? Sign up for our extended classwork hours!

Extended classwork hours are intended to give you more time in the studio to work outside of class time. For a flat rate of $75, you’ll have access to 6 additional days in the studio (30 hours total) without guided instruction.

Working Hours: Sundays, May 5–June 9 from 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Last day for working with wet clay: Sunday, June 2
Last day for glazing: Sunday, June 9


Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld unites over 30 sculptures and paintings by two renowned artists who have explored humanity’s strained relationship with the environment for over 30 years. Both Dion and Rockman have achieved international prominence for their own distinctive practices. They conduct intensive research, using allegory, dark humor, and popular culture to convey their message. Each subverts the authority and objectivity of museums of art and natural history. They ground their studio practice in science and close observation but present it as theater.

The title, “Journey to Nature’s Underworld,” holds various meanings, including mythic abodes, archaeology, Earth’s subsurface, and unconscious beliefs about nature. Dion and Rockman reflect on our culture’s harmful course, balancing the wonder and woe of nature’s condition.

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld was curated by Suzanne Ramljak Chief Curator of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and organized by the American Federation of Arts.

February 9, 2024-June 9, 2024