Photo by Kira Erickson
                                Kids work on their pottery creations.

Photo by Kira Erickson Kids work on their pottery creations.

Whidbey Clay Center throwing an open house

Anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to make a ceramic pot or bowl has a prime opportunity.

Whidbey Clay Center will be hosting an open house, an opportunity for aspiring potters to sign up early for winter classes at the studio Nov. 30. People will also be able to meet the studio’s members, watch demonstrations, buy ceramics made by the local artists or sign up for classes.

The studio has gone through a string of owners and varying names. Some may remember its partner Whidbey Art Escape, now located in Langley.

Since current owner Cara Jung moved to the island and bought the business back in August 2018, the studio’s members have grown to 25. Jung likes to make the comparison to a gym.

“People join and pay a monthly fee. We share all the equipment. Members get a code for the door, and they can come and work whenever they want to,” she said.

Jung, who studied ceramics at a master’s degree level, has an appreciation for the local art community.

“We came to the island because we thought it would be a good place to be for the arts,” she said.

Interested studio members must have a basic understanding of the ceramic process. Those who haven’t worked with wheel and clay before can attend classes to learn more.

People of all ages can learn to create with clay.

Jung has been teaching several introductory classes for students from the Waldorf School. Although the current studio space allows for only seven other wheels besides her own, it’s a dream of hers to someday expand to a bigger space where she can teach kids classes regularly.

“They’re totally mesmerized, they think it’s magical,” Jung said. “They’re really into it, but they see how hard it is, too.”

The open house takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30. Classes start the week of Jan. 13, and with such limited space in the studio, signing up early is recommended.

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