Ceramics with Erika & Drew
  • Avon, Connecticut, United States
  • 20 hours over 4 days

Ceramics with Erika & Drew

Explore elegant bottle forms, crystalline glazes, and intricate hand carving techniques as you craft one-of-a-kind pieces on the potter's wheel. Work with ceramic artists Erika and Drew in their studio nestled in Connecticut’s Farmington Valley.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea

Pricing

One Guest
USD $1165
Additional guest(s) (max 2)
USD $450

Meet the Artist

Ceramic artists Erika and Drew have been making pottery together for the last six years. They met while taking a ceramics class at Central Connecticut State University, where Erika was pursuing a degree in environmental geography and Drew was studying mathematics. Like moths to a flame, they were drawn to the art of pottery and fell in love with the process of working with clay. After graduation they opened a ceramics studio together, where they spent the next few years finding their artistic voices and refining their distinctive styles.

Erika’s pieces are high art in the form of functional home decor. There is an eye-popping vibrance to her carved geometric patterns that is at once ornate and down-to-earth; she describes her influences as a mix of art deco, mid-century modern, art nouveau, and a touch of seventies retro kitsch. Drew’s work involves sumptuous bottle forms wearing dreamy crystalline glazes. Every piece that leaves their studio features glazes that are formulated and mixed by hand in small batches. Erika and Drew’s teaching focuses strongly on the mastery of doing things with intention, accuracy, and exquisite attention to detail. They are firm believers that a life lived for art is a life worth living. When they aren’t in the studio, you’ll find them traveling around in their van, climbing, hiking, or fishing.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Exploring the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay for beginners.
  • Learning to throw more complex forms and vessels for those with more experience.
  • Trying a variety of wheel-throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces.
  • An introduction to glazes.
  • A lesson in decorating, altering, and finishing techniques.
  • Guidance on the basics of kiln firing.
  • Partaking in loading and unloading a kiln if time permits.
  • Carefully packaging finished work to be taken home or shipped later.
  • A hiking or fishing trip with Erika and Drew to their favorite local spots.

Explore Avon, Connecticut

Connecticut’s picturesque Farmington Valley includes the towns of Avon, Farmington, and Simsbury. Erika and Drew’s studio is in the local Arts Center, home to a thriving creative community. The area is also dotted with historical houses, bakeries, quaint cafes, and other small businesses – all set against a pristine natural backdrop featuring wooded parks, hiking trails, and the beautiful Farmington River. From exploring the vibrant local arts scene to paddling, trout fishing, and skiing, there’s lots to keep inspiration flowing and spirits high.

Additional Details

The studio is located on the 2nd floor – accessible only by stairs – and is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

This VAWAA can be adapted for children over the age of 10.
Erika & Drew's Availability 4 days