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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Throwing Clay: A Pottery Studio Workshop

Week 1: July 3-9, 2016

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The A. David Tobin Seminar in the Arts

This class is designed for those who've had previous experience creating wheel-thrown pottery and those who have only dreamed of doing so. It will take place at the Clay School, the only facility in Ithaca with enough pottery wheels to welcome a group of ten students—of any level of experience. The director of the school, Julia Dean, and many of her colleagues taught in the Cornell Art Department's former ceramics program.

Through hands-on practice and a series of demonstrations, students will learn the fundamentals of this art, creating basic forms on the wheel from start to finish, including methods of glazing and introductory surface decoration. The class will also spend time building pieces from coils, extruded forms, and slabs of clay. Come prepared to lay your hands on this most fundamental medium and look forward to taking home one or two finished pieces. Materials fee: $100.

Watch a video about Julia and her work.

Julia Dean

"My love affair with clay started at the age of 10 when I watched a potter work on the wheel," writes Julia Dean, director of the Clay School in Ithaca. "It wasn’t until college, however, that I took my first... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.