The Parts of a Tea Set - Online





Dates: January 26 – April 13 (12 classes)Teapot on stand, blues, purples, flower pattern made by Ruth Easterbrook.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm ET on Zoom
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: What makes up a tea set? Vessel forms with a range of shapes, edges, lips, and feet as well as handles, spouts, and lids. Over the course of the spring session, we will break down and research the different parts of a tea set using a range of hand building techniques. Through guided projects you will gain the skills to build the many components for your very own tea set. Ruth Easterbrook will use the Zoom class time to share slideshows, demonstrations with multiple camera angles, and provide a welcome environment for discussions and active problem solving, all of which you can revisit through the recording saved on the Google Classroom platform.

Materials List:
Basic Pottery Tool Kit

Additional tools you may consider:

  • Serrated metal rib or scoring tool or fork (if you don’t have a serrated metal rib – Ruth will also demonstrate how to make your own!)
  • X-acto knife (that will be used for clay only)
  • Variety of brushes for ceramic application
  • Cup for water
  • Board for your working area (Hardi-board, masonite-board, dry-wall or even stiff cardboard).

Course Fees: Your course fee covers online instruction only. For local participants who wish to access the Harvard Ceramics Program facility, you will need to be registered for an in-person course to access the studio, equipment, and materials. If you have questions, please email Ji-Eun Kim, Administrative Coordinator, directly at

Free for Harvard College Undergraduate Students; $325 for Harvard Graduate Students; $560 for Adult Community; Harvard Employee TAP Regular and Long Service - follow instructions in online registration system for pricing.

  • Adult Community: 18+, General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, Extension School students, Harvard University Doctoral Candidates 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)
  • 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.


All registered students will receive a confirmation with class syllabus, link to the Zoom meeting and a link to the Google Classroom one week prior to the start date.


  • For questions regarding course content, policies, staffing or facilities, please contact Director, Kathy King.
  • For questions regarding registration, purchase of tools and materials, please contact Administrative Coordinator, Ji-Eun Kim.
  • For questions regarding electric kiln certification, materials, studio equipment and safety policies, please contact Operations Coordinator, Geoff Booras at