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Published January 31st 2011
Who among us hasn't watched that scene in the film Ghost where Demi Moore is slathered in wet clay at a potter's wheel while Patrick Swayze offers her a cool embrace? It's true that working with clay is sexy; and after Ghost, many other people thought so too. And while the film might be gone from recent memory, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to recreate the same magic—at a couples' 8-week ceramic session at Brooklyn's Choplet Studio.
The huge Williamsburg space, part gallery and studio, is offering both custom group and private classes beginning February 15, with prices starting at $60 for the first hour for one person and $50 an hour thereafter, with a decreasing scale the more class sizes increase. (Those who are budget conscious can assemble a large enough group to make the cost more affordable for everyone.) The fee also includes most materials, firing, and glazing finished work.
Classes are conducted in all levels of wheel throwing, hand building, sculpture, glazing, and making tiles and mosaics. The bonus is that the fee also enables students unlimited studio practice time until late in the evening on most days for those who like to unwind creatively. Check out Choplet's website for more information about kids/family classes, private instruction, custom parties, and upcoming workshops on mold making and slip casting.
Photo Credit: Choplet Studios/Ceramics by Petra Jarcuzkova