Class Descriptions

The next weekly adult class series begins the week of September 16th , 2019.  See the “Schedule” page for Details.

Learn to work in clay in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment! Summer classes meet for 6 weeks, with optional independent studio time.



Introduction to Handbuilding

This class will cover techniques for creating functional and sculptural pieces using soft and hard clay slabs. We will explore various techniques for creating surface designs and textures on clay, options for using forms, molds and templates, and methods for joining and attaching clay pieces to build more varied and unique pieces.

Mindful Handbuilding : A mindfulness based art experience with clay

We will explore basic handbuilding techniques with a twist of the contemplative. Self awareness is optimized through this creative process.

Together, we create a judgement free zone in a serene, spacious studio. Each class begins with a short mindfulness meditation supporting the creative intention for that week.

Gradually introducing new information and techniques, the outcome will be a series of projects designed for opening the mind, hands, and the creative spirit.

 Learning to Throw: Developing a Practice. 

This class will be an introduction to wheel-thrown pottery with an emphasis on repetition, developing a practice, taking risks, and exploring the limits of the clay – to learn basic skills.  Students will learn how to center clay, shape basic forms, make handles, trim, and glaze pottery. Students may or may not go home with a finished pot.

Stuck in the Mud Throwing Mini-Clinic 

A three class series for experienced students. Unlearn old habits and spend 3 weeks practicing and rebuilding basic skills. $75 for 3 classes.

Basics and Beyond: Building Skills on the Wheel. 

For beginners and those with some clay experience who want to deepen foundational throwing skills and learn new ones. Learning and practicing  centering, shaping basic forms, trimming, pulling handles, decorating and glazing.

Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate Wheelthrowing. 

This class is geared towards experienced students who are looking to hone and refine wheelthrowing skills through a series of demonstrations, projects and practices.


if you are a new student, please contact Molly directly to inquire about space before registering. Email at or call (413) 625-2870.

Clay, Yoga & Art for Kids

July 22 – 26, 2019

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, ages 7 – 9. 
Cost: $325 per week

The Handle Factory,
Shelburne Falls Yoga and
The Art Garden collaborate to offer morning clay, midday movement, and mixed media art-making in the afternoons.

Clay, Yoga & Art for Kids

July 29 – Aug 2, 2019

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, ages 9 – 12+. 
Cost: $325 per week

The Handle Factory,
Shelburne Falls Yoga and
The Art Garden collaborate to offer morning clay (focus on wheel throwing), midday movement, and mixed media art-making in the afternoons.

Children are escorted to each studio.
They eat their bag lunches at The Art Garden. Snacks provided.

 Clay & Art

Just like Clay, Yoga & Art, but without the Yoga.

August 5 – 9, 2019

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
mixed ages (7 -12+ years old)
Cost: $275 per week


SPACES ARE LIMITED! Please register with a $50 deposit

at Molly Cantor Pottery, 20 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
or call Molly at (413) 625-2870, or email:

 Weekly After School Classes for Children Ages 8-12

Tuesdays, 4-6 PM. Inquire about dates.

This class will meet on Tuesday Afternoons from 4-6. Students will be engaged with hand building projects and learning to throw on the wheel, with a dual focus on exploring creativity and building skills. Taught by Rhonda Wainshilbaum.