Classes & Instruction

Yona, Guam

Dixie Cartelli has been teaching art & ceramics for over 10 years. She has taught all age groups from children's to adult's classes in a variety of institutions including museums, public & private schools, Montessori schools, and private studios.

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Hands throwing on the wheel.

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Young student holding clay work.

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Young student throwing on the wheel.

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Lidded fairy houses by young students.

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Student opening clay on potter's wheel.

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First-timer trying their hand at the pottery wheel!

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Young student sketches out design for fairy cottage.

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Young student throws first pot.

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Student putting finishing touching on bowl on pottery wheel.

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Young student glazes her dinosaur.

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Student holding pinch pot.

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Students' (aged 5-11) greenware fairy cottages.

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Student coning up on pottery wheel.

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Young students creating decorative tiles based on historical art.

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Young student learns to throw.

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Young student learns to throw for the first time.

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Adult trims her pot's foot.

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Young student's handbuilt dinosaur.

Clay Classes & Workshops

Learn the Pottery Wheel...

Pottery wheel classes are limited to two people at a time.

Pricing is: 

$35/hr per person

This includes access to basic studio equipment and materials. There may be small additional fees for firing.

 

Use the ONLINE BOOKING page to read more and to schedule your visit. 

Surface Design & Color...

Typically this class is a follow up to your pottery wheel or handbuilding lesson. We ask that you try to schedule your session within 1 week of the date of your wheel or handbuilding class.

Pricing is: 

$15/hr per person

A few basic surface design options will be reviewed at the beginning of your visit, and you will be provided with the tools and materials needed for the surface design of your pottery!

 

Use the ONLINE BOOKING page to schedule your visit. 

Adult Handbuilding Classes...

 

Handbuilding is the art of making functional ceramics without the use of a pottery wheel. 

Adult handbuilding classes can be scheduled for groups of 9 or less. You get to choose in advance from a list of potential clay projects (see button below). It's the perfect way to do something different for friends day or a fun night out!

Pricing is as follows:

$25/hr per person, for 2 students.

$20/hr per person, for at least 4 students.

$15/hr per person, for 6 or more students.

The above prices include access to basic handbuilding studio equipment and materials.

The firing of one piece per person is included in the cost of session, any additional pieces will have an extra firing fee.

 

Please note that small group lessons can be recurring or simply a single clay evening. However it is recommended that if you schedule a clay evening, you also consider scheduling a follow-up session for your group- to allow them add color their creations. Look for the Surface Design and Color class. 

CURRENTLY LIMITED TO 9 PERSONS PER CLASS

Clay Workshops...

Clay workshops are designed to teach a specific skill, technique, or end-product.

In the past this has included topics such as fantasy architecture design, the Mishima technique, clay basket weaving, ceramic puzzles, relief sculpture, and visual narrative in clay.  

Clay workshops are a flat-fee, and can take place in a single day or in a multi-day event. 

 

To view the current available workshops and to reserve your spot visit the EVENTS page. Please note that spaces are limited!

Contact Dixie via the CONTACT​ page if you would like to request or suggest a topic for a future workshop.

Children's Handbuilding Classes & Birthday Parties...

Children's Handbuilding Classes & Birthdays can be scheduled for groups of 9 or less. You get to choose in advance from a list of potential clay projects (see button below). It's the perfect way to do something different to create memories and pottery that will last!

Pricing is as follows:

$25/hr per person, for 2 students.

$20/hr per person, for at least 4 students.

$15/hr per person, for 6 or more students.

The above prices include access to basic handbuilding studio equipment and materials.

The firing of one piece per person is included in the cost of session, any additional pieces will have an extra firing fee.

 

Please note that small group lessons can be recurring or simply a single clay evening. However it is recommended that if you schedule a clay evening, you also consider scheduling a follow-up session for your group- to allow them add color their creations. Look for the Surface Design and Color class. 

CURRENTLY LIMITED TO 9 PERSONS PER CLASS

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS...

What is the pricing for classes?

Pottery Wheel Lesson (2 persons max): 

$35/hr per person

Handbuilding Lesson (both adult & children): 

$25/hr per person, for 2 students.

$20/hr per person, for at least 4 students.

$15/hr per person, for 6 or more students.

Surface Design & Color:

$15/hr per person

Please plan for a two hour visit, however you only pay for the time you used. 

How do I schedule a class at SanctuaryStudio?

  • All class types can be booked online via the ONLINE BOOKING page.

  • Please note that weekend sessions typically need to be scheduled 2-3 weeks in advance.

 

Are there any limitations on ages in the studio?

  • No, there is no age requirement. Although you may find that guests younger than 6 or 7 years old may struggle to make a finished product. Most enjoy the feeling of the clay, but sometimes don’t quite have the hand strength or fine motor skills needed to make something on their own. Please take this into consideration when deciding whether to book a class for very young children. 

 

How many persons are allowed in the studio? 

  • I am currently limited to 9 guests in the studio due to COVID-19.

 

How and when do I pay for classes & parties?​

  • Payment is due, in full, immediately following the completion of your visit and prior to departure. ​You only pay for the amount of time you use. 

  • The studio is a CASH ONLY establishment. Please make sure everyone in your party is aware. Please plan for a 2 hour visit, but you only pay for the time used.

Are there any additional costs for a class?

  • The cost of firing and dip glazing one piece of your work is included in the cost of your visit. Each piece you would like fired, beyond one piece is an additional $5- it is completely up to you whether you would like to have your work fired. 

  • If you wish to add color to your pottery, you'll need to schedule a Surface Design & Color session

How soon will my pottery be ready for pickup?

  • Unfortunately pottery is a slow process. Please expect 4-8 weeks on average for your pottery to be ready for pickup. 

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