Adult Class Levels
If you are new to the HCA Ceramic Studio, we suggest that you sign up for a Beginner/Intermediate Level class.
Best for students with no prior experience or who would like to review basic concepts and techniques for a particular discipline. These classes can be taken multiple times. Intermediate students increase their knowledge of materials, improve technique, and find their artistic voice.
Best for students who have taken 4 or more classes. Intermediate students increase their knowledge of materials, improve technique, and begin to find their artistic voice. Advanced students focus on artistic voice and vision, art styles, personal themes, and advanced techniques.
Adult Open Studios
that you love,
That is why we make the ceramic studio available to you outside of class hours to hone your skill, practice, and build community. Open studios are not guaranteed and are on a first-come first-reserve basis. Students can only sign up for 3 hours of Open Studios a week. The Open Studio week is Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. You can sign up for 3 hours on one day or 90 minutes on two separate days. Sign up is required.
Please register your name in the time block to reserve Open Studio time. If for any reason you are unable to attend a date/time you signed up for, you are required to remove your name so that another student may take your place. If you miss three Open Studios without removing your name, or notifying the HCA Office, before the start of your slot you will loss your open studio access for the remainder of the session. If no one is signed up for an Open Studio 24 hours before the start time Open Studio for that day and time slot will be canceled.
Mondays: 1:00–4:00PM and 6:30–9:30PM
Here at the HCA, ceramic students have the opportunity to get their hands muddy while creating everyday useful objects such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, containers and other vessels as well as exploring the sculptural aspects of the medium. Directed by Hana Reilly, the ceramics studio welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and supportive community where individuality and life-long friendships thrive.
Our ceramics studio provides a space for students in grades 2nd through adult to explore their own visions while being inspired by both their instructors and fellow students. The studio is equipped with nine wheels, two large hand building tables, a slab roller, an extruder, two kilns, 16 glazes, slips, under-glazes, oxides and a plethora of hand-building and surface design tools.
Director of Ceramics
Hana has worked as a potter and educator for 15 years, teaching ceramics to adults and children at the Potter's Shop and School in Needham, Southborough Art Center and the Danforth Art Museum School in Framingham. She has sold her work in South End Holiday Market and other shows, Lacoste Gallery, Danforth Museum and the annual Primarily Potters showcase in Hopkinton. She is a graduate of the School of Arts and Crafts in Prague, the Czech Republic.
Cheska Komissar earned her undergraduate and master’s degree in education from Boston University. She has been experimenting with creativity her whole life and has used clay as her primary medium for over 20 years. With a background in special education, Cheska believes that, given the opportunity, everyone can be creative and turn their visions into realities. She believes in using as many senses as possible and frequently stops her whistling or humming to test out the sounds of her clay.
Sectional Wheelthrowing Workshops
Martha Gold (she/her) worked as a production potter in Oregon and Connecticut from 1974 through 1987. After an eighteen year break, Martha now enjoys creating one-of-a-kind clay pieces without the pressure of production schedules. Function is still very important in her work, from kitchen and tabletop ware to Asian-inspired lanterns. Martha received a B.A. in Art History from Boston University.