Ongoing, Five- or Six-Week Workshops

Ceramic Sculpture: Expressive Vessels, Forms, and Environments

Wednesdays or Thursdays starting January 8 or 9, and February 26 or 27
10 am–1 pm (plus optional studio time 1–5 pm)

Create unique vessels and sculptures for your home or garden in this six-week course. Sessions will introduce new techniques, projects, and concepts inspired by art on view in the Museum and installations in the Sculpture Park.

Workshop includes:

  • Three weekly hours of demonstration and instruction in developing ceramic sculpture techniques and meeting technical challenges.
  • Four weekly hours of optional open studio time for participants to focus on building their projects and receiving additional support.
  • Individual guidance with personally-designed projects.
  • Introduction to working artists and the art in deCordova's 30-acre Sculpture Park and indoor galleries for inspiration.
  • Discussion of relevant art and ceramics history and concepts.
  • Related presentations on ceramic art and spatial design, color, and painterly techniques in ceramics, and alternative approaches and concepts to ceramics and ceramic art in the environment.
  • Discussion of the siting and context for outdoor ceramic work.

No experience necessary. For ages 16+.

Six-week courses: $375 for members, $435 for nonmembers (plus firing and materials fee based on usage)
Five-week courses: $315 for members, $365 for nonmembers (plus firing and materials fee based on usage)


Wednesday Workshops
January 8–February 5 (five weeks)

February 26–April 1 (six weeks)

Thursday Workshops
January 9–February 6 (five weeks)

February 27–April 2 (six weeks)

Date Night with Clay Workshop

Wednesday, February 12; Thursday, February 13; or Friday, February 14; 6–8 pm

An evening of ceramics for couples! Work as a team on the wheel, decorating clay “hearts,” or building your own signature romantic sculpture.

Register Here for February 12 - SOLD OUT!
Register Here for February 13
Register Here for February 14 - SOLD OUT!

About the Instructor

Resident artist Bruce Barry is a studio arts graduate from Bates College with advanced coursework in ceramics, etching, drawing, and painting. Barry’s teaching style encourages individual experimentation and personal growth and exposes students to contemporary art and ceramics practice. His work consists of organic, vessel-like ceramic pieces with painted-on writings declared as journal entries.

A finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Crafts Grant in 2007, Barry has taught at deCordova since 1997. Bruce Barry is represented by Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA and Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL.

Barry leads workshop participants in the development of hand-built sculptural works for architectural and natural environments. Along with deCordova’s emphasis on sculpture, our ceramic workshops focus on the sculptural possibilities of clay inspired by the ever-changing works in the Museum galleries and 30-acre Sculpture Park.