Ongoing, Six-Week Workshops

Ceramic Sculpture: Expressive Vessels, Forms, and Environments

Wednesdays or Thursdays starting October 30 or 31 (six-week courses)
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)
Four-week courses: $250 for members, $290 for nonmembers (plus firing and materials fee based on usage)


Wednesday Workshops
October 30–December 11 (six weeks)

Thursday Workshops
October 31–December 12 (six weeks)

One-Time and Multi-Week Workshops

Ornamental Form, Surface, and Texture in Garden Sculpture

Saturdays, October 5 and 12, 10 am–12:30 pm (two sessions)

Create a unique sculpture for your own garden inspired by deCordova. In this two-part workshop, build and decorate a small garden sculpture that will stand the test of time and weather.

All levels welcome. No ceramic experience necessary. For ages 16+.


Family Clay Saturdays

Saturdays, October 19–November 9, 10 am–12:30 pm (four sessions)

Get your hands dirty and join us for a creative 4-session family clay workshop! Work side by side with your child(ren) to create two clay projects using hand building, sculpting, and glazing techniques. Find inspiration in deCordova’s Sculpture Park and stimulate creative ideas in a fun-filled, collaborative environment for both age groups.

For ages 6-9 with adult. One parent/guardian is required for every 3 children. All children in the studio must be of age and registered for the program.



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.