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 $79, you get four weekly adult classes at KC Clay Guild (a $170 value). The KC Clay Guild provides a fun and creative outlet for novices and experienced ceramicists alike to craft original clay designs at their own pace. Three-hour classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are ongoing, allowing you to begin your four consecutive weekly sessions at any time. KC Clay Guild’s practiced instructors teach both wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques, affording aspiring Rodins the opportunity to smooth vases or mold uncomfortable throw pillows. All of your sculpting supplies, such as glazes, a 25-pound bag of clay, and open studio time for perfecting the flare of your bust’s nostrils, are included in the price of your Groupon.
KC Clay Guild
In 1988, potter Michael Smith invited a small group of peers to his home to share ideas and further explore the art of clay manipulation. After just a few meetings, the group quickly grew to include around 70 craftspeople, who started meeting at the Kansas City Art Institute instead of inside Smith's giant conch shell. These regular get-togethers laid the groundwork for the initial incarnation of KC Clay Guild, a place where artists could socialize, buy materials in bulk, and learn from one another.
Now, the volunteer-run co-op is even larger. It occupies its own facility and has vastly expanded the number of services it provides. Amidst the changes, KC Clay Guild has remained true to its initial goals, guided by a mission statement to support the clay community. Artists of all skill levels enroll in classes that cover an array of techniques, such as wheel throwing, hand building, and slip casting. Members take part in regular meetings, open-studio time, and monthly shows, and visiting artists stop by to lead workshops and repair their ceramic automobiles. The guild even offers a scholarship to high-school seniors and hosts birthday parties, team-building exercises, and family-fun nights for casual potters.
200 W 74th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64114Get Directions