Casual night friday
(Sat night class AVAILABLE - Seasonal)
Try us out — for just a night
We host a 90-minute introductory ceramics class every Friday @ 5 PM or 7 PM.
Everything you need is included. This class is the perfect way to get your hands dirty and learn the basics.
Once you are done, you get to take home a studio mug - it’s on us! $35 per person!
One-on-one lessons can be arranged for singles or multiples. Prices includes glazing and firing! If you want to keep your work we can fire it for you. Student will keep up to 2 items. Drop us a line and we can schedule a private lesson for you.
90 minutes / 1 person: $60 2 people: $110 3 people: $160
We host events
The ample space in our 1700 sqft studio will be perfect for your next event. Please contact the studio for more information.
Pottery for sale
Come to our studio to shop.
You will find a wide range of ceramic items for sale all year round from local Madison artists.
Members have access to the studio 7-days a week, with limitations.
Completion of a 5-Week Beg Wheel Class is required for membership. For details click HERE!
Open Studio during operating hours (for public)
Per Person: $10 per hour for studio time + $10 plus tax for 5 lbs of clay - Staff will be available for instructions.
pottery wheel classes
Students will be given group demonstrations, as well as individual instruction to refine throwing skills. You will learn techniques to create functional forms on the potter’s wheel, trimming, proportion, surface treatment, and glazing. We provide everything you need for our classes.
Sign up now for our NEW 5 week class starting DEC, 2018
Cone 6 true studio Glazes and mid-high fire clay
$30-35 plus tax for 25 LBS of clay - glaze is included with the purchase of clay.
Featuring Gold Art, MTM, Mid-Range Oxidation with Manganese, and two different types of porcelain.
Cone 6 Electric Firing
Bisque firing - $25 for half shelf - $45 for a full shelf - $120 for a full kiln
Glaze firing - $40 for half shelf - $70 for a full shelf - $190 for a full kiln (includes high fire glaze)
At Dongzhu Pottery Studio, we designed our offerings to be a cost-efficient way to provide the community access to ceramic art, right in the heart of downtown Madison. We offer pottery classes for both youth and adults. We also host events and open galleries. Artists of ceramics, painting and photography are welcome to submit their own work for an open gallery.
Growing up in Tibet has helped me understand the value of local community. I was always involved in volunteer services during my high school years and university life. I want to contribute to the Madison community where I have now made my home.
Fortunately, I was exposed to Tibetan and Chinese art at a young age and had the opportunity to participate in competitions and win national awards. It helped me realize how art and cultural knowledge can better shape one’s attitude and character. I still remember walking across the city as a child to attend a drawing class. That experience provided me with a sense of belonging and accomplishment.
I was first introduced to pottery at Hamilton Middle School shortly after arriving in the USA in 2005, although my interest in ceramic arts didn’t fully grow until I took a class at West High School. As a student of Mr. Lyons, my ceramic skills started to develop during my high school years. Later I became an assistant teacher to his pottery classes. It was at that time that I won a Gold Key Award (“Oasis” – a gift for my mother’s birthday) and had the honor of showcasing my creation at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
- Ceramic Art Award, “Big 8,” Madison School District, showcased at the Madison Art Museum
- Two Gold Key Awards for “Ceramic Art” and “Excellence in Visual Arts,” The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2011 and The Milwaukee Art Museum (Regional Exhibition)
During all my school years, I had a heavy focus on art, which I still appreciate to this day. With the support of my family and friends, I want to create affordable studio time and classes for the community, exposing both youth and adults to ceramic art and sharing the humbling experience of clay.
“Go for it.” my great-grandmother once told my mother when she was deciding to leave Tibet to explore the world, leaving familiarity behind to discover the unknown. I am now also “going for it,” following a long family tradition of stepping outside of our comfort zone.
After a long relationship with clay and seven years later, I’m proud to establish my own studio.
Please join me in realizing imagination and immersion in this visual art.