Private Wheel Lessons





White Plate, Slip Design by Steve MurphySession 2: October 26 - December 5
Days/Times: Arranged with instructor. 1 hr. appointments
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description:  For those with access to a pottery wheel at home, Steve Murphy will work with you one-on-one on throwing technique, perfecting forms or challenging you to try new ones! A camera set-up that shows a view of you throwing on the wheel is required as well as access to Zoom. Before registering, contact Kathy King, Director at to arrange for a day/time that works for both you and the instructor. You will then be assisted in registering for the lessons. With permission of the instructor, additional lessons can be obtained.

We have available for pick-up:

25 lbs. Amherst Brown Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00
25 lbs. Amherst White Stoneware – Cone 10 $25.00
25 lbs. Amherst T1 Sculpture Clay – Cone 10 $25.00
25 lbs. Amherst Porcelain – Cone 10 $35.00
25 lbs. Standard Terra Cotta 103 (without grog) – Cone 04 $35.00
10 lbs. Plaster – $10.00
1 Gallon Slip Cast Cone 6 Porcelain Clay - $12.00

If you would like to buy clay from the Harvard Ceramics Studio, please email Ji Eun Kim directly at

You may also consider ordering from a local supplier (Sheffield Pottery, Amherst Pottery Supply or Portland Pottery) but you will need to provide documentation of the clay body and firing range.


Local, registered students are welcome to drop off, fire and glaze your ceramic work through the Harvard Ceramics program. We charge .03 cents per cubic inch for all firings (bisque and glaze). We offer electric kiln (Cone 06 for bisque, 6 for glaze), high fire reduction and soda vapor firings (Cone 10). Specialty firing temperatures can be arranged. At the end of each session, you will be invoiced for the cost of your firings.

Course Fees:  $85 (each session) for Harvard Undergraduate, Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Employees and Adult Community.

  • Adult Community: General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, Harvard Extension School students, and faculty/staff who are not TAP-eligible; students from universities other than Harvard
  • Harvard Employees eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): TAP regular (employees worked less than 15 years) and TAP long service (employees who worked 15 or more years at Harvard). We will not be able to accept TAP for Fall 2020.
  • Harvard College Undergraduate Students: Currently enrolled students at Harvard College. This does not include Harvard Extension School Undergraduate Students. You must register with your Harvard email – we can arrange for an alternative email to be used for class after registration is complete.
  • Harvard Graduate Students: Currently enrolled students in a Harvard University Graduate Program. This does not include Harvard Extension School Graduate Students or Harvard University Doctoral Candidates.

To inquire about private lessons, email Ji Eun Kim, Administrative Coordinator at

For questions regarding course content, policies or materials, please contact Director, Kathy King at

For questions regarding registration, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ji-Eun Kim at

Location: Zoom