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 deal: for $15, you get a one-hour basic pottery-wheel class, including glazing and firing, at Desert Dragon Pottery (a $35 value).
First-time clay slingers ages six through adult gain insight into the fine art of earthen manipulation during Desert Dragon Pottery's beginner-friendly one-hour pottery-wheel class. Under the supervision of an experienced instructor, students soak up the basics of clay management and beginning wheel-throwing techniques, gaining enough knowhow to create two–three small pieces during the session. Each one will then be dried and fired in a process similar to making blazing raisins. Return two weeks later to paint or glaze each keepsake, which is then fired a second time and is ready for pickup within a week. All materials necessary to complete the pottery are included—the clay itself, the tools and mud-magnetized aprons, and the nonstick spray for frying eggs on the finished product.
Desert Dragon Pottery
"From the first time I worked extensively with clay, I felt a connection to it, and a passion for it that has never waned," asserts Michelle Katz, owner of Desert Dragon Pottery. A ceramics artist for more than a quarter century, Katz harnesses her fine arts degree and aesthetic aptitude to teach students of all levels how to exercise their imaginations. Through a roster of classes, pupils explore the shapes of vases and plates, before leaving their finished works for Michelle to fire in her self-made, gas-fired car kiln. When not teaching, Katz often exhibits her work with pottery guild Arizona Clay Association, a collection of regional artists who share with the community their insights, masterpieces, and tips for creating life-like body doubles.