The John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio


Potters wheel

Private Clay Instruction, with McGraw faculty On CAMPUS or ONLINE
Rates vary from $60 to $75 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
for current students and pass-holders
weekly, various

Quiet Practice Open Studio Check-In
for experienced students and pass-holders only
weekly, various

The Extended Pose with Jackie & Neil, with Jackie Reeves & Neil Grant
Saturday, monthly
$40 per session

Queer Clay Night at the McGraw
monthly, 2nd Saturdays

Next Steps: Intermediate & Advanced Wheel 2022, with Holly Heaslip
8 Fridays, 10:30am-1pm, Aug 5-Sep 30
$340/$306 members

Raku One-Day Workshops, 2022, with Lois Hirshberg
ongoing Thursdays, monthly, 9am-4pm
Aug 25, Sep 29
$154/$138 members, per session

Clay Sampler 2022, with Neil Grant
3 Wednesdays, Sep 7-21, 2-4pm OR 7-9pm

Thursday Advanced Beginner Wheel 2022, with Melanie Gillis
6 Thursdays, ongoing
Sep 8-Oct 13, Oct 27-Dec 8
$306/$275 members

Friday Night Beginner Wheel Throwing 2022, with Melanie Gillis
6 Fridays, ongoing
Sep 9-Oct 14, Oct 28-Dec 2
$306/$275 members, per session

Sunday Beginner Wheel Throwing with Melanie 2022, with Melanie Gillis
6 Sundays, ongoing
Sep 11-Oct 16, Oct 30-Dec 4
$306/$275 members, per session

Introduction to Sculpture with Neil Grant, 2022
6 Mondays, Sep 12-Oct 17, 9:30am-12:30pm OR 6-9pm
$306/$275 members

Night Throwing with Morgan, 2022, with Morgan DiNello, SOLD OUT
6 Mondays, Sept 12-Oct 17, 5:30-8pm
$255/$230 members

Handbuilt Dinnerware Set, with Holly Heaslip
8 Tuesdays, Sept 13 - Nov 1, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
$340/$306 members

Handbuilding 201: Improving Skills, with Mary Shea
6 Tuesdays, Sept 13 - Oct 18 or Nov 8-Dec 13, 6-9pm
$306/$275 members

Decorative Tile Making, Exploring Underglazes, with Ron Dean
6 Thursdays, Sept 15 to Oct 20, 9:30am-12pm
$170/$153 members

Wheel Lab with Ron, Fall 2022, with Ron Dean
8 Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30, Sept 21 to Nov 9
$340/$306 members

Next Steps: Advanced Beginner & Intermediate Wheel Late Fall with Holly Heaslip
8 Fridays, Oct 14 to Dec 9 (Skip Nov 25), 9:30am to 12:00pm
$340/$306 members

Learn Portrait Sculpture 2022, with Neil Grant
7 Mondays, Oct 31-Dec 12, 9:30am-12:30pm OR 6-9pm
$357/$321 members

Handcrafted from the Heart, 2022, with Holly Heaslip
6 Saturdays, Nov 5-Dec 17 (Skipping Saturday Dec 3), 1:00- 3:30 PM
$248 / $211 members

Night Throwing with Morgan, Fall 2022, with Morgan DiNello
6 Mondays, Nov 7-Dec 12, 5:30-8pm
$255/$230 members per session



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.


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. Experienced clay artists 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. 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.

Ceramics Studio


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 350 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 10% discount on most classes offered at the Center.