Summer Workshops

Summer 2015 Workshops

Join Peri Charlifu, our Tuesday teacher for some great clay classes this summer. By demand, Peri – who earns his living from his production pottery – is teaching a class oriented towards marketing your pieces; it’s sure to be helpful for every potter looking to sell their wares. He’s also got a great class on lid making, and using underglazes. It’s sure to be a great summer with Peri in the studio.

Sculpted Animal Faces on Saturday, July 11 from 9:30-12:30
chicken_face_periLet out your inner beast! Learn the techniques for sculpting animal face pots including ways to convey expression and create different animal features. Choose from a dog, cat, fish, lizard or anything else you can think of! Pre-thrown forms, ready to sculpt with are provided as part of the class. Students will be able to specify a jar or a crock form in advance. Cost $47.50 + $5 material fee

Marketing Tips and Strategies on Monday, July 20 from 9:30-Noon
Peri Charlifu has been a busy, successful full-time production potter for over 33 years. He  employs some very unusual and creative strategies in his marketing and displays. Join us while he generously shares these strategies.If you know your wares are great but you can’t seem to make the right connections with galleries, or your work is admired, but just doesn’t seem to sell at shows, come check these excellent tips and strategies. Cost $20
** If you are taking this class, PLEASE email any order of items you may want to pick up during the class to Gita (gita(at)stoneleafpottery(dot)com NO LATER than end of the day on Thursday, July 16. That gives her & our awesome store staff time to pull it together for you.
Be the Lord or Lady of Your Own Castle on Saturday, August 8 from 9-Noon
Does owning a castle appeal to you? Now you don’t have to be French royalty to own a castle; come and make one of your own! Peri will show you throwing off the hump techniques for making castle towers, landscaping your new castle and even how to turn your creations into fountains or grand fish homes for aquariums! Bring your favorite throwing and hand-building tools, a couple bats, and a box to take your castle away in. This is a throwing skill based class; students need to have some throwing skills. Use our Cone 5 studio clay, or bring your own clay. Cost $35.

Going undercover with Underglazes! on Saturday, August 8 from 1:30-4
If you’ve ever wanted to use underglazes but really didn’t know where to begin here’s your chance to learn from a potter who has been doing underglaze work exclusively for more than 33  years. We will play with different techniques, effects and learn the reasons underglazes do what they do. Come and discover the correct way to use this great decorating technique. Students should have a wet or leather hard piece(s) to decorate! (Your castle from the morning castle making can be used too!). Underglazes will be provided. Participants will be able to sample underglazes from Amaco, Coyote, Duncan, Laguna, and Mayco. Bring your favorite brushes. Cost: $35

Flip Your Lid! on Sunday, August 9 from 1:30-4pm
What is the difference between a teapot lid and a canister lid? Why is a ginger jar lid made the way it is? How do you cut a gallery (interior lid rim) in a piece? What’s the best way to use a lid, with a knob or a handle? How do you size a lid for a pot that’s already been fired? Come and learn the many ways lids can be used, learn form and function and how to make lids that fit! This is a demo, question and answer class. Cost: $20

To register for any or all of these classes, please call Stone Leaf Pottery at 303-463-8081. Registration is confirmed when payment is made. All classes are non refundable; if you cannot come, you are welcome to sell or give away your seat.

Please bring a box to take your items home in and applicable supplies, including tools, brushes and packing materials. Class fees do not include firing services but those can be arranged for an additional fee.


In addition to being the best place to buy clay on this side of the continental divide, Stone Leaf is a full teaching studio with a spacious clean studio area. Our instructors and employees have a deep love of clay and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others. Our classroom area includes 5 kilns – Skutt, ConeArt, L&L, a Brent Extruder, and Shimpo Slabroller. We’ve got wheels from Pacifica, Brent, Thomas Stuart (before they were Skutt), and Shimpo. We’ve got bats and glazes galore! Next time you are in to purchase your clay, take a tour of our studio.