Summer Classes

Courses open for registration on May 24 at noon!

A supportive environment

Become a Creative Maker

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of ceramics? Well, look no further – now’s your chance! Whether it’s venturing into the world of wheelthrowing, mastering hand-building, or exploring ceramic sculpture, you can craft until your heart’s content at the Worcester Center for Crafts!

Want a taste of our ceramics classes? Look at the wide array we offer below!

Wheel I: Introduction to Wheelthrowing

This fun, fast-paced class will help you tap into your creativity while learning the basic skills of clay working.

Wheel 1.5: The Next Steps

Building on the core skills introduced in Wheel I, this course strengthens the skills of wheel-working while introducing the student to more forms and techniques on the potter’s wheel.

Wheel II: How to Make Better Pots

Develop your own ideas and improve your skills and artisanship for form, decoration, and finishing of functional pottery.

Introduction to Handbuilding

Handbuilding offers a moderately paced introduction to working with clay while learning basic methods for hand building, developing knowledge for pinching, slab-building, and working with slump molding.

Making a Good Pot with Tom O'Malley

From ergonomics to proportion and well beyond…to get us started we will look at a slide show of historic and contemporary works to handling of actual pots, viewing them from a standpoint of design and utility.

Learn to Use the Potter's Wheel

Use the potter’s wheel to throw pots, and bowls, and have fun while learning. You will be taught the basics of throwing, practice on the wheel under the instructor’s guidance, and decorate your successful “first works”.

Give the Gift of Craft

To purchase class gift cards, visit or call our Handcrafted Store at 508-753-8183 ext. 305 to make your purchase. Gift cards are not available for sale online. Read our Policies.

independent learning

Timeshare Rentals

What is the Timeshare Studio? It is a 320 square foot, well-lit, climate controlled work space for Associated Artists who welcome a community and need a place to work independently on their ceramic art. The space is equipped with potter’s wheels, work tables, lockers, ware racks, slop sink and is shared by no more than six people at any one time.

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independent learning

Open Studios

We know it takes time, patience and work to develop craft skills. Open Studio is an option designed to help students who are enrolled in our multi-week classes practice their skills and develop their work. Think of Open Studio as self-directed homework time during extra available studio hours.

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Earn Credits

The Worcester Center for Crafts offers professional development points for all Worcester Center for Crafts Studio classes. These classes meet the requirements for content-based courses for re-licensure.

If you’re interested in filing for professional development points with the state of Massachusetts, please review your requirements stipulated by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary (ESE) or your school district. Many of the Craft Center’s classes are eligible as professional development activities, and the Registration Office is happy to provide you with a record of enrollment and course completion certificate once confirmation is received from your instructor of your full course completion.

To initiate the PDP process, please inform the Registration Office via email at wccregistration@worcester.edu at the start of the session to indicate that you will require PDP documentation at the end of term. Then, at the end of your last class, please email the office once more to request your records, which will then be emailed or mailed to the student address on file.

Scholarships & Awards

We believe that everyone can benefit from taking craft classes. The Worcester Center for Crafts Adult Artist Award is presented to an individual that exemplifies an appreciation for the arts and an interest in our creative community. The recipient of this award will receive a scholarship to attend a course at Worcester Center for Crafts.

APPLY

An email or phone call will inform you whether you qualify for the award. Decisions on placement generally occur less than a week before classes begin as we wait to see if there is sufficient enrollment for the class to run. Placement in the preferred class is not guaranteed. If you wish to secure a seat in a specific class, paid registration is advised.

Application Deadline: All application materials are due to the Craft Center two Fridays before the scheduled start of the session for which you are applying.

Spring Session 2024 :
Session I:
Monday, April 8, 2024 – Sunday, May 19, 2024
Session II: Monday, May 20, 2024 – Sunday, June 30, 2024

Summer Session 2024 :
Monday, July 8, 2024- Sunday, August 18, 2024

Fall Session 2024:
Session I: Monday, September 9, 2024- Sunday, October 20, 2024
(**Week of November 25th – do not schedule any classes, prep for Holiday Festival)

Session II: Monday, October 21, 2024- Sunday, December 8, 2024

2024 Applications may be emailed to wccregistration@worcester.edu or mailed or dropped off to the Craft Center’s front office:

Worcester Center for Crafts
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
25 Sagamore Road
Worcester, MA 01605