The John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio

UPCOMING CLASSES AT THE MCGRAW

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Private Clay Instruction, with McGraw faculty On CAMPUS or ONLINE
Rates vary from $50 to $70 per hour per person, with discounts for groups and multi-hour sessions. Most instructors have a 2-hour minimum.
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Open Studio Check-In at the McGraw Ceramic Studio
for current students and pass-holders
weekly, various

LGBTQ+ Pottery Nights at the McGraw
monthly on 2nd Saturdays, 5:30-9pm
$20

Total Beginner Clay, Summer 2021, with Melanie Gillis
6 Sundays, Jul 11-Aug 16, 2-5pm
$297/$252 members, $50 registered drop-in

Teen Wheel Workshop, ages 12-17, with Melanie Gillis KIDS
Mon-Fri, Jul 26-30, 1-4pm SOLD OUT
$203/$173 members

Night Throwing for Beginners with Morgan, 2021, with Morgan DiNello
6 Mondays, July 26-Aug 30, 6-9pm
$297/$252 members

Create Your Own Patronus, ages 8-13, with Mary Shea KIDS
Mon-Thu, Aug 2-5, 9am-12pm SOLD OUT
$162/$138 members

Tips & Tricks for Better Glazing: a FREE Mini-Workshop, with Coco Raymond
Monday, Aug 2, 12:30-1:30pm or 2-3pm
FREE

From Mud to Mug: Beginner Wheel for Functional Pottery, with Amy Bourbon
6 Fridays, Aug 6-Sep 10, 10am-12:30pm
$248/$211 members

Throwing Lab with Ron, 2021, with Ron Dean
6 Tuesdays, 9:30am-12pm, Aug 10-Sep 14 or Sep 28-Nov 2
$248/$211 members

Throwing on the Wheel for Beginners with Ron, 2021, with Ron Dean
6 Wednesdays, 9:30am-12pm, Aug 11-Sep 15 or Sep 29-Nov 3
$248/$211 members

Friday Night Beginner Wheel Throwing, Summer 2021, with Melanie Gillis
6 Fridays, 5:30-8pm, choose from 2 sessions:
Sep 10-Oct 15, Oct 29-Dec 10
$248/$211 members

WHAT'S OUR STORY?

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The McGraw Studio began life 78 years ago as a gas station on Route 28. In 2017, when the property came up for sale, Cotuit Center for the Arts was able to purchase the site to create a contiguous 7.5-acre campus, thanks to the generosity of its donors and supporters. After reaching out to its members and other constituents through a series of public meetings, the Center decided to convert the gas station into a community ceramics studio where people can learn and practice the clay arts.

WHAT DO WE OFFER?

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS: The McGraw welcomes people of all ages and abilities and offers classes from a great faculty of experienced instructors, as well as nationally renowned guest teachers. Classes and workshops are available throughout the year and include wheel-throwing, hand-building, sculpting, mold-making, slipcasting, glazing, and alternate firing in our three purpose-built classrooms and outside raku area. Our list of offerings is always growing and can be found here.

OPEN STUDIO: Anyone who is taking a class can access our space and facilities during Open Studio time. This is an opportunity to practice what you have learned at your own pace and develop your own artistic style. Other clay art practitioners can purchase Open Studio passes that allow them to access the great facilities at the McGraw as well. All Open Studio Sessions must be booked in advance so that we can manage the number of people in the studio (our capacity is 8). If you are already taking a class or have an Open Studio pass, click here to make your booking.To purchase Open Studio passes, browse the Open Studio schedule, and find more information, click here.

GREAT FACILITIES: Our pottery studio features ten wheels, a large clay extruder, a slab roller, a large array of tools and plenty of space for handbuilding. Our sculpture studio is equipped with a rotating model platform, plenty of sculpture stands, specialist tools and a large collection of reference casts and books. Our glaze room includes a spray booth and a large selection of glazes for both dipping and brushing, while our kiln room houses a sizable front-loading electric kiln that can fire large pieces and along with our other top-loading kilns ensures the speedy firing of work once it had dried. Outside the building, a dedicated area allows us to stage alternative firings such as raku.

AN OPEN SEAT FOR MOST CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS: The McGraw really is about offering every member of our community the opportunity to participate in the clay arts. To that end, each class and workshop includes a scholarship seat paid for by the generosity of our donors. To learn more about our Open Seat Program and to participate, click here.

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PART OF A BIGGER PICTURE

The McGraw is about creating a welcoming community for clay artists to learn and practice their art. It is the newest addition to Cotuit Center for the Arts, a community art center that includes the Cape’s Best Gallery (as voted by the readers of the Cape Cod Times), a 180-seat Main Stage and 40-seat Black Box Theater, dedicated Art Studio, and numerous classroom spaces. The Center is known for its boundary-pushing and thought-provoking art exhibitions that attract thousands of visitors a year. Members and students will have the opportunity to present their work to an educated and enthusiastic audience throughout the year via our juried exhibitions and annual members’ show.

The Center’s education department offers over 250 classes in the arts and humanities throughout the year. All artists are lifelong students, and users of the McGraw will have access to classes in drawing, painting and other subjects that will inform, improve and inspire their artwork. Members will receive a 15% discount on most classes offered at the Center.