Take a Class

Take a Class

Classes at District Clay are informal with a maximum of 14 students per class. Students progress at their own speed under their teacher’s direction as they explore increasingly complex forms and glaze options. Your class fee includes instruction, use of tools, clay, glazes and bisque & glaze firing.  All you need to bring to class is a towel!  Students also may come in during Open Studio at no charge.  Open Studio is allowed during other class times and Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 3 pm.  If you have any questions, call Cass Johnson at 202-740-7207 or click here to send an email.


Unless otherwise noted, enrollment in classes is rolling, meaning that classes generally begin the week following a student’s registration and continue for the specified number of weeks. Students will receive a confirming email specifying when their class begins.  At the class, the instructor will work with each student according their level of experience.


Students who know they will be traveling during their ten week class session can get their class sessions extended.  This can be done by listing the dates they will not be in town in the notes column when they check-out.  Once their classes have begun, students can make up any other absences by sitting in on other classes or going to Open Studio.  Class sessions cannot be extended once the class has begun.


Senior citizens and full time students are eligible for a 10 percent discount.  This discount may not be combined with other discounts.  For a senior discount, type:  “senior” in the coupon field.  For full time student discount, type “student” in the coupon field.


Advanced students may apply for independent study as part of District Clay’s Artist in Residence program.  Independent study allows the artist 24 hour access to the studio and increased shelf space for work.   Students pay $125/month plus the cost of clay.  There may be extra firing fees for larger glazed pieces.  Students interested in this program should click here and send a message to Cass Johnson outlining their experience and interests.  In general, students should have taken at least one regular class at District Clay before becoming an Artist in Residence.


District clay also accepts a limited number of Work/Study students who defray the cost of their classwork by working in the studio for an equivalent number of hours per week.  Students interested in this program should click here and send a message to Cass Johnson and include any previous studio experience.

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