Choplet Ceramic Studio combined with Williamsburg Ceramic Center offer ceramic classes and clay studio space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in NYC. Choplet Ceramic School and Studio is home to 2600 square foot dedicated to the art of clay in all its form and welcomes newcomers to pottery and ceramic art as well as professional artists: 23 electric wheels, a kick wheel, hand building tables, 2 extruders, 2 slab roller, a glazing spray booth, a drying closet, 5 kilns and an amazing garden are some of the amenities the studio has to offer. Our amazing garden is also equipped of 8 electric wheel, one quick wheel and hand building tables, making it a perfect outdoor ceramic studio! Our inventory consists of: 8 clay bodies, 2 casting slips, 40 – 50 glazes, various colored engobes and pottery plaster. Williamsburg Ceramic Center is the perfect place for independent clay artists in need of a lot of storage space and 24 hours studio access. Our goal is to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for art through our pottery programs and workshops and access to our studio, clay center and gallery.
During our 8 weeks ceramic classes our accomplished artist/instructors will demonstrate and assist you with wheel throwing, hand building, tile making and sculpting techniques as well as surface decoration and glazing. Our philosophy is to nurture individual expression: We do not give “cookie-cutter” assignments but rather encourage students to let their instructor know what they would like to achieve to develop their own original ideas and vision. Classes are built around group demonstrations followed by individualized help. Students also receive unlimited open studio access 7 days/week.
Choplet ceramic studio also offers a variety of Adult programs ranging from a fun one time trial (One day adult wheel classes), to semi private intensive wheel throwing classes or specialized ceramic skills such as mold making for slip casting and Raku firing. Our children programs include After school classes as well as Summer clay camp. At Choplet Studio, 7 years old and up will receive lessons on the potters wheel and they love it.
What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?
In order, I would say sip and spin, weekend one day workshop, mold making workshop, wheel throwing intensive.
How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history?
Choplet Ceramic Studio opened its doors 10.5 years ago. In 2006, Nadeige Choplet opened up the doors of her personal ceramic studio to a few artists and neighbors who expressed an interest in trying a medium they were not familiar with. Since then, Choplet Ceramic Studio expanded and grew to fulfill the needs and interest in clay of the tri-state community but conserved its friendly, homey atmosphere. One of the best compliments to receive from students and members is that Choplet studio has become their second home.
What is your average class size?
Our average class size is 11-13 people for one day workshops, 10 for mold making, up to 8 for wheel throwing intensive.
What is your typical student like? What are their goals?
Our students are typically with no experience and become very serious about clay after a few sessions. We have many success story of students who have quit their job and become full time ceramic artists/designers.
Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class?
This is Williamsburg. Bars, Restaurants, music venues, bowling, shopping, Park, Smorgasbord on the week end, Craft shows, outdoor swimming in the summer are recommended activities.
The environment was great, the materials were adequate but the instructor could have been more thorough and hands-on. I felt like the steps could have been explained better, and in more detail.
I had such a great time! The instructor is so good at making everyone feel comfortable. I really liked that he came by helping everyone the whole time, even after he gave us a tutorial about how to work the clay. I personally found it to be very easy for me. I made a large bowl, 2 small bowls and a cup. I'm very proud of myself. I thought that we only use one or 2 clays but once you were done he would put another ball of clay on the wheel so that you can keep making more stuff. I really liked that. They weren't cheap about it. In the package only 1 of the items you make is included and the rest you have to pay for. I was hoping that it wasn't a lot because I wanted to keep everything I made and I was sooooo glad when he said that it was $8 for each extra piece that we wanted to keep. I would LOVE to do it again.
This class was really fun! Excited to go back.
Dominic was great! Funny and very approachable. I enjoyed my class very much and would love to come back!
Very fun! Teacher was informative.
We got a female instructor, she felt like an expert making the craft but not good at teaching. There was a male instructor at the end of class, and looks very patient and experienced at teaching people.
The class was good, but the size seems to be a bit too big for instructor to be actually teach everyone when we were on wheel.
Multiple instructors , so that there could be more individual instruction. The instructor was good, but was not always able to get to everyone individually.
Great class and our instructor Ryan was great! He was super helpful and attentive and had a great sense of humor! I wish the description mentioned that it is a first come first serve class with seating which makes it hard for groups to find seats together - if thats the reason why they are taking the class in the first place.
Great course!!! The instructor was really super! (Dominic) Great first wheel throwing pottery experience, I highly recommend!