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La Mano Pottery

The school is a full service ceramic studio located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Opened in 1998, the school provides a welcoming studio environment for beginners and experienced potters. Here, everyone can relax, learn, and enhance their creativity while working with clay.

Classes are offered weekly for those interested in handbuilding or using the potter’s wheel to make unique handmade items. The class schedule includes a wide array of programs for adults as well as teenagers, young children (over age 5), and for parent/child groups.

All classes are small, and are designed to help students develop and advance their skills and creativity (see descriptions and schedule below). Teachers freely share their enthusiasm for pottery and offer personal assistance to help students realize their ideas. Ample practice time is available to all students at no additional charge, and there is always a knowledgeable studio assistant on duty.

The school is equipped with ten electric pottery wheels for throwing. A separate area is set up for handbuilding and mosaic projects, complete with a slab roller and extruder. Three electric kilns, firing regularly to cone 4 and cone 5, allow for the production of hundreds of beautiful pieces each week. Two distinct clay bodies, and a unique collection of glaze recipes (mixed right in the studio), offer a palette of colors for all tastes and projects. Small pottery tools, clean towels and aprons, as well as an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines are made available for everyone working in our space.

At the studio’s entrance, unique hand made pieces recently created on the premises are displayed in the gallery. Most of these items are available for sale, and custom orders are welcome. Our studio also has a peaceful garden, located behind the building, where our potters work and relax when the weather permits.

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