year-round POTTERY CLASSES by vickie allen shea

Try a new skill, take classes, and show off your clay art and pottery! We have everything from One Day Clay Experiences to Seven-Week Pottery Sessions. You’ll be learning from owner Vickie Allen Shea, a professional potter with over 40 years of experience. When you practice our techniques, your kitchen-friendly pottery will become quality pieces you’ll treasure.

Classes are usually in the evening: 6:30-9:30 Monday-Thursday, or in the mornings from 10:30-1:30. Right now Tuesdays are our on-going classes, but we can create a new day class as interest grows. Call 814-836-0345 to schedule a semi-private class or a party at the time and day that’s best for you. 

We offer the following classes year-round:

Try It: One Day Clay Experience (ONE SESSION for 2 PEOPLE)
Get a taste of what working with clay is like without committing to a longer class - come for a One Day Clay Experience! For $60/person, two people can work on three pieces on the wheel or hand-build; we will glaze for you.​

Clay Experience (TWO SESSIONS for 2-8 PEOPLE)
Dive into clay, get muddy with a friend, significant person or other group (your club, kids or teens!) in our Clay Experience. Two classes include learning to create hand-built clay forms and work the wheel to make your own designs. The cost is $105 (per student) for these 2½-3 hour classes and includes all materials. Class size is two to eight students, with a minimum age of eight years old.

In our first class you will make up to three pieces. We decide as a group what we make. You will hand build a dish, then go to the wheel and make a bowl, mug, or pot of your choice. During the second class you finish glazing your pieces in a dip and pour method. Come back for pick-up in about a week!

Clay Party (ONE SESSION for 4+ PEOPLE)
Bring your friends and have a Clay Party! For $50 each, you’ll make two pieces in two hours: a hand-built dish and a wheel-thrown pot, and we will glaze them for you. You can bring your own refreshments or they can be provided for an additional fee. The minimum number of people is four - call ahead for your best time and day. The youngest needs to be at least eight years old, and clay and all materials are provided in the cost.

Seven-Week Pottery Sessions


Have a long-term commitment to fun with a Seven-Week Pottery Session! Make gifts or create pottery for yourself: dinner plates, serving bowls, pie plates, mugs, jars, vases, and more. You can make 12 to 15 kitchen-friendly pots. The session has three hour classes once per week and the cost is $280. The materials fee includes glazes and handling in the cost of clay - $45 for 25 pounds (this is what most students use in seven weeks). 

Call today to get signed up for a session! 814-836-0345

Allen Stoneware also has a beautiful gallery with local, handmade pottery for all budgets and occasions. Stop in and pick out the perfect gift for your next gathering or for yourself!

Hours of Operation: 
Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Allen Stoneware
2602 West 8th St. in the Colony Plaza, Erie, PA 16505 US
Phone: 814-836-0345