Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Pottery Northwest
Partner Type
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Organizational Statement
Pottery Northwest is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966. Artists and crafters come here in the spirit of artistic dialogue and creative outlet. Located at Seattle Center, we offer community classes, a lecture series, access to equipment, exhibitions, and a residency program.
Pottery Northwest is a professional clay facility and adjoined outdoor kiln yard, housed in a historic building at Seattle Center. Our equipment includes potter’s wheels, a slab roller, and various workshop tools and a well-stocked glaze area, electric and gas fired kilns, and a wood-fired pizza oven. We have recently upgraded  air filtration and working on refurbishing the studio for pandemic guidelines. In this time of Covid, we are pivoting much of our programming so that students can access classes online and we are providing clay kits with tools so students can work on their projects at home. We strive to fulfill our mission to continue to develop excellence in clay by:
  • creating an educational atmosphere for the enhancement of ceramics skills
  • Nuturing a residency program to launch/foster/inspire professional ceramics artists
  • Encouraging a sense of community among the people who participate in the work of Pottery Northwest
  • Cultivating an audience of people who appreciate art and culture

Contact Information

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226 1st Ave N
Address 2

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Clay Sculpture Pottery Ceramics
Visual Art


Previous School Partnerships
Center School
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
SPS Art teachers or art department are paired with one of Pottery Northwest’s ceramics teachers who meet virtually with students for 1 to 2 hours, 1 or 2 times per week, for 6 -12 weeks. Pottery Northwest supplies kits with clay and basic tools for students to use at home. Teachers cover ceramic skills like handbuidling, sculpture, and making pottery. Students will also learn about kilns, temperature, and glaze. Pottery Northwest can arrange for clay to be delivered to the school for students and pick-up of students work for a bisque fire at our studio, as well as dropping of fired work to the school again. There will be a limit on how much work per student or class that Pottery Northwest can pick-up for firing.
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Pottery Northwest employs professional local ceramics artist who love teaching to work with schools. We are currently building our online class plan from in-person classes that we taught to the Center School in 2018 and 2019. Teachers are paid per hour for teaching and prep time (which are usually equal). Offering a youth program during a pandemic is new for all of us, but we have had success in getting clay around the city and will make plans for drop off of supply kits. We can pick up a limited amount (per student) of work to be fired at our facility and brough back to the school. We will work with schools individuality in ensure that the students work is fired.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Studio practice Gallery management Artist presentation Arts Administration  
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Student showcases and exhibitions
Testimonials from Schools


Pottery Northwest wants to make sure that our classes are available to students around the city. Our teachers are paid $30 per hour for teaching and prep time. Supply kits are sold at cost. Please reach out if for pricing based on class length and frequency , Title 1 school status, etc.


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Center School class 2019
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Joe Wilkinson teaching an online class
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Center School work 2019
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