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At River Oaks Pottery, we give you everything you need to develop your craft. Our studio is full of creative artists for you to enjoy through fellowship and community. Come in so you can begin exploring your imagination and creating masterpieces.

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About the Teacher

MaryEllen Free

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I have always had a passion for color and beauty, and enjoyed the exploration of all art forms since I was a child. Including acrylic painting, soft pastel, photography, pottery, and silversmithing. I received a Fine Arts Degree from George Mason University where I studied painting, graphic design, and 3-dimensional art. I started out as a Computer Illustrator and Graphic Designer. After many years in this profession, I decided to go back to my fine arts routes and reengaged in painting and creating pottery.


Who We Are

River Oaks Pottery strives to foster imagination and creativity in our studio by helping students create beautiful art. Whether you’re coming in to spend the day or to truly explore your talent, you’ll find a blank canvas awaiting you with a caring instructor to help you along the way.

Our Goal

It is my goal to teach you how to express your ideas in clay. Learning a new discipline takes time and practice. I strive to make this process easy and enjoyable. Please come and take this opportunity to share the love of art with each other and create beautiful works of art as well as functional pieces in clay.

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Our Classes

Beginners Wheel One

Classes are once a week for four weeks. Each class is limited to 4 students allowing for personal instruction. In this time you will learn studio safety, how to use the equipment and tools, centering, creating cylinders, practice trimming and glazing your finished pieces. 

Hand Building

Classes are once a week for four weeks. Each class is limited to 6 students. This class will allow you to learn how to create functional pieces using the slab roller. You will learn studio safety and how to use the equipment and tools. You can choose three projects out of this selection: coffee cup, butter dish, bowl, platter, plate. You will learn how to assemble these items as well as how to decorate them using creative texture techniques, stamping, carving and sgraffito.

Studio Time

Studio Access is $15.00 per hour (in half hour increments).  Active students are welcome to use this time to practice and create on the wheel or to decorate on the table using studio tools, stamps, rollers and glazes. Studio Access is available by walk in or reservation.  Reservations may be made no more than three days in advance.  If you do make a reservation, the full payment for the time blocked is expected, unless the reservation is canceled no less than 24 hours ahead of time.   You may call me or text me to make a reservation.  You are welcome to call me prior to walking in to verify availability.

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