Because nothing says taking better care of yourself than modeling clay or pouring wax.
If you’re looking for a new hobby or just want to pass the time in a fun way, you should consider a pottery or candle-making class. They both allow you to find a meditative rhythm, focus on the task at hand (literally), and broaden your definition of self-care.
Fortunately, Philly has a number of DIY ceramics and candles for a few hours of “time for me”, a night out with friends, or even a ready-made date. Below is a list of places in town offering pottery and candle-making classes. Bonus: Most of them encourage BYOB so that you can responsibly imbibe yourself during the creation process.
Pottery Class in Philadelphia
Black Hound clay studio
715 South 50th Street, West Philly
This West Philly ceramics spot offers multi-week courses with everything from beginner wheel throwing to special topics on hand building. (Registrations for their 2022 winter courses just opened last week!) They also run full-day workshops on skills like making your own mug, funky planter and light fixture, offer oven rentals and can even host events that include all the materials, tools, and personalized instructions from a professional teaching artist who will kick off all of your projects.
The clay workshop
137-139 North 2nd Street, Old Town
The Clay Studio offers year-round manual building and wheel throwing classes, as well as workshops for different skill levels and ages. The non-profit organization also holds exhibitions of works by national and international artists and operates Claymobile, its mobile arts education program that introduces pop-up ceramic studios to schools, community centers and facilities. for the elderly. (To note: Although they are almost ready to move into their new location in Kensington, the 2022 Winter Classes will be held at their location in the Old Town.)
The expressive hand
622 South 9th Street, Bella Vista
If you’re not ready to create pottery from scratch, don’t worry. Bella Vista’s expressive hand lets you paint pre-made pottery, fused glass, and mosaics – all supplies, stamps, and stencils included – so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and let your creativity come to life. For a two-hour painting session, you’ll pay a $ 10 table fee, plus the cost of the item you’re painting (prices range from $ 10 to $ 65 per piece). Oh, and BYOB is ok for outdoor seating!
Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catherine Street, Bella Vista
The Fleisher Art Memorial is also located in Bella Vista, whose mission is to make art accessible, regardless of your financial means or skill level. In addition to their many pottery sessions, they also offer a wide variety of other modalities, including painting, photography and drawing for comics. Fleisher also runs a handful of community programs like a free art fair for teens and Art for the Ages, their initiative for lifelong artistic engagement.
2034, avenue Fairmount, Fairmount
Owners Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson have been handling clay into beautiful pieces for years and opened Neighborhood Potters in 2010 to share the love of art with Fairmount and the surrounding communities. promote creativity, diversity and sustainability in pottery making – every scrap clay is recycled. They run pottery classes for adults and youth that include all equipment, baking, instructions and tools, as well as a retail store open every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
20 East Mt. Airy Avenue, Mt. Airy
Founded by second-generation potter Cornelia Kietzman, Outlaw Arts in a shared clay studio in Mt. Airy. This means that in order to take any classes or workshops, you will need to complete a six-week training course that covers studio etiquette, clay basics, frosting, and surface decorating. They also run clay lessons for children aged 4-14.
Philadelphia Art Center
With locations in Queen Village, Fairmount, Mt. Airy, and Cherry Hill, Philly Art Center has been running art and music classes for adults and children since 2004. When it comes to ceramics, you can expect to learn the basics. of hand building and wheel throwing in a course of several weeks. Their fall sessions – which run through December – are currently full, but keep an eye on their Instagram for updates on signing up for upcoming classes.
College City Arts League
4226, rue Spruce, university town
At the heart of UCity is the University City Arts League, a non-profit organization offering adult classes, after-school programs, and art day camps for students. Their Winter 2022 list is now live and features evening hand and lathe sessions, Sunday only lathe, and family and teen pottery on Saturdays.
3237 Amber Street, Port Richmond
Opened in 2014, Yay Clay! hosts adult and youth clay lessons, BYOB-friendly private events (with access to their free arcade!), an open studio, and oven rentals. Here you can also book, what they call, a Clay Date: a two-hour wheel-throwing class that includes all materials, baking costs, and choice of glaze color for $ 75 per person ( minimum of two people).
Philadelphia Candle Making Class
620 5th Street South, Queen Village
Opened almost two months ago, Loomen Labs is a do-it-yourself candle and seltzer bar with a zero waste, eco-friendly mission – not only do they use locally sourced natural wax and n ‘never use plastic, but they plant a tree for every reservation made. While you mix perfumes and wax to die in a glass or concrete jar, you will be served drinks in beakers and measured with graduated cylinders and pipettes (hence the “lab” part of their name !). According to co-owner Jordan Cook, Loomen’s most popular scents are Queen Village, Fishtown, and Bella Vista – all named for the neighborhoods of Philly, Natch – and pair really well together.
Studio Candle Light
830 South Street, Bella Vista
This Bella Vista candle making spot lets you choose from over 100 homemade scents to create a personalized scent, then hand pour your candle for $ 20 to $ 30 depending on the jar size you choose. Lumière also offers BYO jar refills and DIY candle making supplies so you can make your own in your home whenever the flame calls your name.
Paddywax candle bar
1733 Chestnut Street, downtown
The Paddywax Candle Bar is the perfect ‘pop-in’ candle casting center, as you don’t need a reservation to make your own. (However, if you don’t want to worry about a potential wait, reservations are available!) $ 30 covers the payout process, which typically takes 45 minutes to an hour. Plus, they have a coffee and espresso bar to give you a boost of energy before or after your session.
Wax + Wine
1034 Pine Street, Washington Square West
Wax + Wine was created by father-son duo Alan and Jordan Beletz to create a space for people to connect and be creative. Over the course of 75 minutes, you’ll have the opportunity to make two eight-ounce candles, hang out with friends, and chat over your BYO wine and light bites. For the holidays, the Wax + Wine team offers you scent combos such as bayberry cypress and balm, Christmas hearth and blood orange.
3400 J Street, Unit G04, Kensington
The Waxery in Kensington gives you the creative freedom to craft two eight-ounce candles with your choice of scents during a 90-minute session. They also promote BYO wine and snacks, host private parties, and even handcraft their own candle containers.