Introduction to Ceramics with Glass¬

A large pile of small ceramic mugs of different all different glaze colors.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Jaffe


Thursday, February 29, 2024
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Virginia MOCA


Adults (16+)
6 sessions (Thursdays, February 29–April 4)
Rachel Jaffe

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create your own wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic artworks with reclaimed clay and recycled glass!

In this multi-session class, we’ll craft sustainable art using recycled glass and reclaimed clay. Together, we’ll learn about sustainable ceramic studio practices and explore new ways to recycle art materials for alternative use.

We will design and create functional and decorative forms with clay by hand, try out wheel throwing, and practice the clay reclaim process with scraps collected during making. After an initial kiln firing of our hand-crafted artworks, we will learn introductory glazing techniques and experiment with the glass inclusion process using many glass types such as broken bottles, sea glass, and leftover scraps from local glass artists. Fusing glass into pottery creates a crackle, jewel-like effect on the surface of ceramic artworks.

All finished works will be kiln-fired for later pickup at the museum.

Level: All levels welcome
6:00–9:00 PM
Members $245, Nonmembers $260

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, March 3–April 7 from 10:00 AM–3:00 PM

Last day for working with wet clay: Sunday, March 31
Last day for glazing: Sunday, April 7


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