Adult Workshops


Mudflat's lectures and workshops cover a broad range of topics for everyone from beginner to advanced students. They're a great opportunity to gather with students and clay artists from Mudflat and elsewhere to explore a variety of ceramic art, try your hand at new techniques, or meet visiting artists and socialize over a slide show and reception.


To register for these workshops, call the Mudflat office at 617-628-0589 (no online registration)



  • Mosaics - Gabrielle Fougere
  • Soda Firing
  • Crystalline Firing - David LaPierre and Marc Dobay



Use your broken, rejected and discarded ceramic pieces to create decorative mosaic works in this two-part hands-on workshop with Mudflat teacher Gabrielle Fougere. Handout and supply list will be sent to students after registration.

Part 1: Saturday, February 4, 2-5 pm

Part 2: Saturday, March 4, 2-4 pm

Tuition: $250.00, members $125.00



Our new soda kiln is now firing! To get everyone up to speed on how this kiln works and how to get the best results, register for this soda kiln introduction workshop. If you want to put work in the soda kiln, you will need to register for this workshop. (**see below)

The workshop will include a mandatory orientation meeting that will discuss clay bodies, best forms to make, application of flashing slips, texture considerations, glaze choice and glazing tips, plus what happens in a soda kiln during the firing. Mudflat’s tech staff will wad, load, fire and unload the kiln. Limited to 10 people – not recommended for beginning students

Tuition: $150.00, members $125 (Includes one 25-lb bag of clay)

Winter 1 Workshop: Orientation Wednesday, January 11, 6-7 pm - Firing Thursday, February 23

Winter 2 Workshop: Orientation Wednesday, March 1, 6-7 pm - Firing Thursday, April 13


**If you have already attended the Mudflat soda orientation at a prior workshop, you can register to have your work included in the firing:

Tuition: Full tray (18" W x 26" D) - $100, members $90    OR    Half tray (18" W x 13" D) - $50, members $45



In this workshop for intermediate level students, you will learn the basic background and history of crystalline glazing. Participants will use porcelain as it is the best canvas for showcasing the beautiful crystals that develop in the firing.

At the initial meeting, we will review the overall process, then discuss and demonstrate handbuilding and throwing techniques for forms and pedestal catch basins. Participants will receive their clay and will have the opportunity to throw and receive feedback on forming. All work will be bisque fired at Mudflat.

The second meeting will be a glaze workshop. Participants will attach catch basins and learn about the basics of crystalline glaze chemistry. We will demonstrate glazing by brushing, spraying, and dipping. We will then glaze pots and prepare the glazed pots for firing. Pots will be fired at Mudflat and at Marc’s studio. We will also discuss post-firing techniques for removing the pots from their pedestals, grinding, and finishing the bottoms. 

A post-firing meeting time will be scheduled so all participants can see the group’s fired results.

Tuition includes 1 bag of clay, glazes and firings

Part 1: Saturday, January 21, 2-5 pm

Part 2: Saturday, March 11, 2-5 pm

Tuition: $300.00, members $150.00