$15 for a Two-Hour Intro to Wheel-Throwing Ceramics Class at Clay On First in Long Beach ($30 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Learn to use a pottery wheel
  • Experienced ceramics artists
  • Small class sessions

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 13, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy as multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. 48hr cancellation notice required. Must be 12 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

DJ Ceramix made a name for himself by placing a slab of wet clay atop his turntable and spinning it into a beautiful vase by the end of his set. Impress the audience members of your life with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a two-hour Introduction to Wheel-Thrown Ceramics class to Clay on First in Long Beach (a $30 value).

Clay on First's ceramics studio teaches pottery-wheeling basics with the help of experienced instructors. During a two-hour class, a maximum of eight first-time earth spinners will be introduced to the art of producing finely whirled pots, beautifully rotated bowls, and breathtakingly turned functional clarinets. Classes are instructional only; customers who want a finished product must pay an additional fee.


"The thing I like most about pottery is that it's a learned skill," says Clay Wood, the owner of the pottery studio that bears his name. "It's something you can just sit down, and practice, and just learn it. You don't have to be innately artsy or creative, it's just something that's learnable and fun for everyone."

It's true that Clay has had a bit of a head start in the art form: he began developing his classically harmonious ceramic forms starting at age 12. But he also knows what it's like to be just another weekend hobbyist. Before starting the shop, he had established a career managing high-rise condos while dreamily spinning his desk chair like a pottery wheel. Now that he's dug his hands back into the clay, he and his fellow instructors design adult and children's classes to meet the needs of aspiring ceramicists and more casual crafters alike.

All the throwing, glazing, and hand-building goes down in a colorful creativity zone bursting with incandescent designs. The studio is equipped with eight electric pottery wheels, two large hand-building tables, an entrancing in-wall kiln, and a wellspring of stunning glazes for both handmade projects and prepared forms awaiting only a painter's brush.

Customer Reviews

They are so warm, fun, patient and accommodating. When I came back for a second visit they made a special class that would accommodate my mother and her out of town guest at the last minute. We all had such a great time and I'm planning on going again...and maybe again! Also my first pieces came out fantastic.
Melissa J. · a day ago
If this is your first time, clay is the place to go! Amazing and attentive. Will recommend him to all my friends and fam!
Trisha T. · August 14, 2017
What a wonderful experience! I took my wife and grandkids to the introductory wheel throwing class and it was great. The teacher, Samarra, was knowledgeable, patient, and got us through the basics. We can't wait to return for another session. Wow!!
Walter R. · July 30, 2017

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