Armed with clay-crafting know-how, kilns for low- and high-fire finishing, and a team of notable, local ceramicists, Sunin Clay Studio founder Linda Pope oversees a pottery workshop designed with the layperson in mind. Anyone can drop in to pick up clay, rent studio time, or just bring their porcelain puppy in for a checkup. The core of the studio's services, however, lies in their beginner-friendly handbuilding and wheel-throwing classes. These four-week programs introduce progressively more advanced techniques, and the small class sizes allow students of vastly different skill levels to work alongside each other. Some special classes call on the specific schools of the potters-in-residence, such as Throwing Big and Tall—led by John Bogovich and aimed at assuaging a fear of attempting big projects—and the sculpting class, taught by talented 3-D portraitist Georgie Young. The fees for each of Sunin's classes cover all materials, including clays, glazes, and Stooge-insurance for the finished piece.
At Clay Casa, hundreds of unpainted ceramic figurines wait to be finished with more than 60 kinds of glaze—and they’re not the only things waiting in the shop's wings. In addition to paint-your-own ceramics, Clay Casa houses empty mosaic shapes and varieties of glittering glass and gems that can be combined and recombined to create sparkling tesserae. If that doesn’t satisfy artistic urges, visitors can fuse glass for make-your-own votives, bowls, or luxury thimbles. Instructors also hold instructional glass-cutting classes on more involved projects such as vases and bowls.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.