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Sept. 07, 2022

Studio School Spotlight: Autumnal Vibes Ahead

We’re heading back to the studios with cooler weather and wicked classes

With temperatures cooling down, you can just feel those seasons changing. For some, the shift means pumpkin-carving, cocoa-sipping, fire-warming evenings are on their way. For us? Studio School’s fall session is open and prime with hands-on throwing, sewing, painting and more. Looking for a Halloween-inspired artistic adventure? Or a new way to gift give? Here’s a sage-infused taste of some of the four- and eight-week classes and one-off workshops on tap this fall.

A ceramic, gray pumpkin sits on a white shelf. There are small holes forming a swirling pattern around the body. Up top is a little stem and a ceramic leaf.

Jack-o’-Lanterns and Spooky Luminaries

Still just as messy as the art of pumpkin carving, ceramic jack-o’-lanterns and glowing creations are the best way to move into those autumnal feels. Create a friendly face or aim to terrify all of the neighborhood kids. Not a pumpkin type? Make a spooky luminary — perhaps a miniaturized version of your boss with a removable head? Whichever you choose, if you pass out boxes of raisins on Halloween, we are totally egging your house.

Hands work on a loom. Blue, orange and red threads are coming together in a pattern as the hands pull another strand into the pattern.

Weaving for the Table

Education Associate Chase Kaiser says this class is the perfect way to spark conversation around an awkward holiday table, and he’s not wrong! Fiber artist Amy Young will teach students how to weave custom table runners or placemats. Young will cover weaving basics, including structures and patterns on a floor loom, so this class is suited for beginners and fiber fans alike. We can’t promise moist turkey or lump-free vegan gravy, but this course guarantees your holiday table will look fantastic.

A red, ceramic teapot with a long, curved spout, think handle and quaint top sits next to two matching red, ceramic cups. They sit on a wooden platter.

Teapot Intensive

Channel our friends across the pond with this one. Artist Liv Egan will guide throwing students through the mechanics and style of creating the perfect teapot. Think classic with an elegant spout, or keep it homey with a wide base. Experienced ceramic students (through Introduction and Wheel Throwing 1) will walk out of this class with a one-of-one creation, perfect for showing off as the host for your next high tea or a cheeky cup for one.

Crocheted Harry Potter characters sit together, including Harry, Ron and Hermione in grey and red uniforms, Dumbledore in a purple robe and hat, and Hagrid with a full beard and hair..

Crochet for the Holidays

No experience needed; love for crochet stuffed toys and décor required! Studio School instructor Rachel Lynch is a master in this fiber field, crocheting everything from couches for cats to Harry Potter characters and a be-mittened Bernie Sanders. Craft caricatures and creatures from a variety of patterns, learning tips and tricks for reading and modifying them along the way.

Two ceramic bowls are stacked on top of each other. The bottom bowl has small blue floral details and fiber texture. The top bowl has green and red flower details with a corduroy texture around the rim.

Make a Ceramic Soup Bowl

Calling all soup lovers! This one-off workshop is meant for you, friends. Create the perfect slurping, sipping and spooning vessel for all of your ramen, stew, cereal, ice cream or popcorn needs. Texture expert Marissa Childers will show you just how special creating dishes with purpose can be. Who needs Target when you can make items fit for dinner on the couch — or display on the mantle — yourself?!

A golden hoop lays on concrete. Half of the hoop is decorated with red, orange, green and yellow, dried foliage. There are white feathers tucked in and a white flower in the middle at the base of the hoop.

Contemporary Wreaths

No more fake pine boughs for you, baby. We’re making contemporary wreaths in style! Match your signature look or fashion it for the holidays in this workshop, an intentional way to brighten up your space, inside and out. Using dried floral and foliage, students will design and construct, leaving the two-hour workshop with a handmade, contemporary piece in hand. Brag to all of your friends who hit Hobby Lobby that you’ve already got your wreath needs sorted.

Registration deadline for fall’s first session is quickly approaching, Sept. 19. Snag a spot in one of these courses, or check out the lineup for yourself. Act quick as popular classes fill fast, and we’ll see you soon.


Marissa Childers' ceramic platter.

Marissa Childers' ceramic pumpkin.

Amy Young on the loom.

Liv Egan's Tea Set (2018).

Rachel Lynch's crochet pieces.

Marissa Childers' soup bowls.

Cassandra Watson's contemporary wreath.

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