Who We Are
The Dean Road Ceramics studio, located inside the Dean Road Recreation Center, is a creative space with many artistic and educational opportunities offered to the community. The studio offers a wide variety of ceramic classes for the absolute beginner as well as experienced potters. The Dean Road Ceramics Studio is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself or your children to the creative possibilities of clay!
Independent studio memberships are also available pending approval from the studio coordinator or by taking two full eight week courses. Our studio is equipped with eight professional pottery throwing wheels, a stainless steel extruder, a slab roller, multiple hand mixed glazes, commercial-grade firing kilns, and two pug mills. Our studio space serves the artistic needs of the community, providing residents with the creativity, inspiration, and encouragement to create ceramic works. The studio is designed so that individuals may work in a relaxed environment where ingenuity soars.
Dean Road Ceramic Studio Classes
Our instructors offer a selection of top-notch classes that range in skill level and age. Please take a look at the link below for more detailed information on the many classes we currently offer.
Spring 2024 Brochure
Day in Clay
Dean Road Ceramic Studios Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Please note that after the quarter has begun, extended hours in the evening may be added to the Ceramic schedule. An updated calendar will be available upon request after the start of the quarter.
Follow this LINK for clay purchases.
Individuals who have had experience in ceramics and meet the Independent Studio membership requirements may work in the studio independently during center hours once obtaining approval from studio director and registering. The Ceramics Studio is located at 307 S. Dean Road located in the Dean Road Recreation Center. Enjoy working in our studio which offers opportunities to hand-build ceramics and throw on our potter's wheels. A selection of clay will be available to purchase with glaze and firing fees calculated into the cost. Clay is $40/box and must be bought through MyRec. All Independent Studio Members will be required to sign into the studio each day, aid in keeping the studio clean, and adhere to the policies stated in the member contract. Studio hours are subject to change based on the schedule of classes offered by the studio. Price is $80 per quarter.
Any person interested interested in becoming an independent studio member must meet one of the following three criteria:
1. Taken a minimum of two classes at the Jan Dempsey Ceramics Studio within the past two calendar years. Only classes that are 7 week in length or longer count towards independent membership.
2. Completed 16 hours of private lessons with a studio instructor.
3. Have comparable professional experience or completed a ceramics degree in the last five years.
If the above requirements are met, an interview and studio tour can be scheduled with the studio director to decide independent membership status. Once given permission by the studio director, members can register for independent membership using this link. Members who need assistance registering can visit the Harris Center at 425 Perry Street, Auburn AL. IF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS, and interview and studio tour can be schedule to decide possible independent studio status. Examples of work and experience must be presented.
For more information about the Ceramics Studio or the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department, please contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at [email protected] or by calling 334-501-2944