Ceramics and Pottery



Glen Echo Park is proud to have an exceptional, well-established resident ceramics program: Glen Echo Pottery. We offer pottery classes at all levels, beginner through advanced, for adults and teens. Classes afford a unique opportunity to explore the exciting medium of clay. Glen Echo Pottery is a fully equipped studio specializing in high temperature reduction firing with a year–round schedule of daytime and evening classes. Students learn to form works by hand or on the potter’s wheel, select and apply glazes, and experiment with firing techniques. Instruction geared to the level of the individual student is given in a relaxed, yet creatively serious, environment. Our teaching philosophy and friendly atmosphere enable students to express themselves freely at their own pace and become active members of the pottery community.


Open Studio Hours (for enrolled students only)

We offer a generous amount of open informal studio times on weekends and between classes.

Teen classes do not include open studio time.

Tu–W–Th, 1–3:45pm, Pottery yurt

F, 10am–5pm, Pottery yurt

Sa, 1–5pm, Pottery yurt

Su, 10am–5pm, Pottery yurt

(Pottery yurt closed M, 9am–6pm)


Additional fees for clay, tools and firing:

For adult classes, tuition does not include clay or tools that may be purchased from the instructor at first class.  Beginning level students pay a flat rate for studio clay to use during their first session. Beginning-level students in their second session and all other continuing students, both wheel and hand building, are required to purchase their clay from the studio or supply their own.  The pottery maintains a range of clay bodies, including porcelain and light and medium stonewares.

Firing fees: for Adult classes, a firing fee is charged based on the weight of the pieces.  For teen classes, the firing fee is included in the tuition cost.




Gallery Hours

Visit the Glen Echo Pottery Studio and Gallery Yurts along the main entry path from the parking lot. The Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays 12–5pm, April through December and by appointment. Call Glen Echo Pottery at (301) 229-5585 for more information.