ONSITE: Introduction to Hand Building (A)

Create functional ceramic pieces using slab, coil, pinch and slump techniques. Learn how to use tools, create a variety of forms and apply slips. By the end of the class you’ll have a good understanding of basic hand-building methods and clay studio practices.

Special Notes

  • Please being a notebook or sketchbook to class. All other materials and equipment provided.

    You will receive 25 pounds of clay; additional clay is available for purchase.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit
About the Instructor

Deb Rice

Deb Rice is a Richmond ceramic artist with degrees in design from ODU and art education from VCU. She taught high school fine art and graphic art, and is thrilled to be teaching ceramics (her favorite medium) at the Visual Arts Center (her favorite place).
Deb incorporates various hand-building techniques and creative surface decoration, combining her love of clay, graphic design and painting.
Her ceramics have been featured in juried exhibits and pop up shops across Virginia. She also sells her work at several local markets as “Muddy Paws Ceramics,” named in honor of her dog Bo, who lived on a short chain for 3 years. Soon after being rescued and discovering freedom, Bo was bursting with joy running full speed, paws-to-belly caked in mud. Deb feels joy and freedom when playing with “mud” herself. Helping students experience those same feelings is icing on the cake.

Instagram: @muddypawsceramics

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Class Details
March 28 - May 166 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $255.00
Member Tuition: $229.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Deb Rice
Level: Beginner