Ceramics are generally made from earthenware, stoneware or porcelain and need to be heated at high temperatures in a kiln to harden the materials. Classes and studios are available for the everyday individual to obtain the materials and instruction involved in creating ceramics, which can be decorated to create beautiful, functional pieces of art. Taking a ceramics class can be a fun activity or project for a group or individual looking to explore their creative talents. Here are some classes available in Pittsburgh for anyone wanting to get their hands dirty.

(Fireborn Studios (Credit: Diane Straka)

Fireborn Studios
2338 Sarah St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 488-6835

Fireborn Studios is located in the South Side, and the setting allows students to be in an artist’s studio. A wide range of classes are available to suit the needs of individuals or groups. Fireborn Studios offers pottery classes that last eight weeks and meet once a week. When students enroll for the eight week course, the price includes 25 pounds of clay. Private and small group lessons are also available.

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Color Me Mine
5887 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 421-2909

Color Me Mine has a philosophy of “you pick it- you paint it- we fire it- you take it.” They have an open classroom environment in Squirrel Hill or will come to your location. You pick a piece, and staff is available to help you create it through one-on-one instruction. These are great ideas for school events, wedding showers, engagement parties or for those just wanting to try something different. Anyone can stop by and reservations are only needed if you have six or more guest.

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Kiln N Time
3801 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 687-0383

Currently one-on-one wheel lesson classes are being offered at Kiln N Time, but anyone is welcome to stop by to be assisted in creating their own ceramics. Since 2002, Kiln N Time has been located in Lawrenceville on Penn Avenue offering adult classes in a paint-your-own pottery studio. Some classes are available for children as well, so if your little ones are budding artists, this is a great place to take them! The cost for adults is $18.99 + pottery and children $14.99 + pottery. Anyone is welcome to create a ceramic, and the product will be ready in one week. They offer a variety of assortments to add the decorative detail to the finished ceramic including stamps, stencils and paint.

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Clayful Pottery
8105 Perry Highway
McCandless, PA 15237
(412) 523-7445

Clayful pottery is a family owned and operated business that has two large rooms. An individual is charged a sitting fee ($7 for adults/$5 for kids) and the products will be glazed in a week. If you do not finish during the time you’re there, you can return to finish at no additional fee. Clayful Pottery is an open classroom environment, but instruction and direction are provided. It is a place where you just stop by to express your creative side.

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Katie’s Clay Studio
3812 William Flynn Highway
Allison Park, PA 15101
(412) 486-2184

Katie’s Clay Studio offers birthday packages, clay classes, camps and custom classes such as wheel throwing and sculpting. Classes range in specialty and are available for adults. Some children’s classes are available. Hosting events is offered at this location for group projects. Katie’s Clay Studio boasts, “We designed our store to be Pittsburgh’s one stop shop for the arts!”

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Diane Straka is a freelance writer whose work can be found on http://www.examiner.com/finance-in-pittsburgh/diane-straka