In the course of the last few years, I can’t quite remember what became cooler first – making bread or a piece of pottery. I myself chose to work with clay, because, well, it’s just more practical. Bread, you eat, and it’s gone, plus there are weight gain consequences, you know what I mean. Pottery classes, on the other hand, leave you in a meditative state and with a piece of a hand-made and very useful thing.
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I dedicated some time to research my clay-worshiping options in Berlin and found out there are plenty in each neighborhood. They teach various skill-building techniques, whether you want to learn how to use a wheel, knead porcelain, create your own glazes, or maybe even work with plant ashes.
In Friedrichshain there’re Pottery Tribe and Barsega Studio, both creative children of Elizaveta Barsegova. In the last six years, she welcomed hundreds of students in her pottery classes (in-person and online). While Pottery Tribe is predominantly an online hub for potters, new and experienced alike, the Barsega Studio is a place of artistic expression. After collaborating with several Berlin-based studios and running her ceramic brand brsg Keramik, Elizaveta and her team settled in a new space and gave birth to Barsega Studio Gallery, where they use only non-toxic natural materials and practice ancient techniques. This summer you can also join their retreat in the south of France or learn the new glazing techniques.
In Neukölln, artist Violaine Toth creates ceramic collections in collaboration with local concept stores, galleries, and artists, selling directly from her studio shop as well as teaching how to work with the potter’s wheel. The atelier is equipped with four wheels and two kilns and is a very cozy space. Violaine likes experimenting and will definitely keep you engaged during a class.
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In Moabit, there’s Loam, a ceramic studio, a learning place, and a store run by the three co-founders Kelly, Jana and Juliet. There are several classes offered. I specifically liked seeing a Boobs, Butts and Bellies Vessels workshop on the menu.
In Prenzlauerberg, clai studio is a small, independent ceramic atelier where you can learn how to work with the wheel. You can choose between a 2.5-hour tester session or take classes held over a weekend or spread over two weeks.
In Charlottenburg, there is a pottery club for everyone, including children. Hall Potter Ceramics Club offers various classes, as well as memberships. If you have some experience with the wheel, you can become a member and work on your own once a week, with all materials included in the price.
In Kreuzberg/Schöneberg, Kleistone Studio offers memberships, hand-building classes, firing services and group events. You currently can learn how to design your own breakfast sets, experiment with slip casting on porcelain, or make vases. It also has a shop where you buy tools and materials for your own ceramic pursuits.
In Kreuzberg Graefekiez, Peace out Paradise is where a large amount of people can comfortably potter together in a beautiful and vast community space, with many kilns that run on a daily basis and a spacious glazing room with ready-to-use glazes in large buckets. The school is offering a growing class program of many beginner classes, courses in wheel throwing, and in hand building.
In Wedding, there’s Clayers Collective, a small but fine place for all ceramics enthusiasts who want to live out their creativity with clay in a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. The classes are designed for maximum six participants. Currently, there’s a 5-week beginners’ wheel course, as well as a 4-week hand-building workshop. Each session runs for 2.5 hours, long enough to get your questions answered and hands dirty.