Ceramics are having a major moment right now. From the feria at San Telmo to the plazas of Palermo, Buenos Aires loves its artisans and local artists. And with so much high quality and unique art for sale you may have never even considered trying your hand at making your own.
If that’s the case, you’re not just missing out on an opportunity to reenact the iconic Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore pottery scene from Ghost, you’re also missing out on all the other amazing benefits of getting into a studio. Making pottery is a gratifying, grounding and tactile way to channel your artistic energy. There’s just something about the smooth clay running along your fingers that makes hora pico and rising inflation feel like a distant memory.
Ceramic art classes aren’t just fun; they’ve also spiraled into a full blown wellness movement. Making pottery has been likened to meditation or yoga because of the way it encourages mindfulness. Researchers have even found that it can alleviate some symptoms of depression. Taking a pottery class can be a great way to carve out time each week to individually create and reflect, or it can also be a great bonding activity to do with a partner, child or friend. At the very least it’ll save you a few pesos on Christmas presents this year (anything can be a mate if you stick a bombilla in it).
If pottery classes seem like a great addition to your weekly routine, look no further. We’ve gathered a list of the top studios in Buenos Aires accepting novice students and experts alike. View the list below to find out which location, schedule and price point is right for you.
Nicolas Pottery Cursos
With locations in Palermo, Acassuso and Nordelta, Nicholas Pottery Cursos is sure to have a session and studio that fits in with your busy schedule. Each location offers back to back, 2-hour long classes starting at 9 AM until 9 PM every Monday through Saturday. The three studios have distinct layouts but the same classically clean and open design. One cycle of wheel throwing classes at Nicolas Pottery Cursos lasts one month, or 4 sessions, and comes at the price of AR $3,300. For that cost you’ll get plenty of clay, individualized attention and classic pop music bumping in the background while you throw. Perhaps the best part is that this studio doubles as a coffee shop and deli, meaning you can order a cappuccino or a killer slice of lemon pie to help get your creative energy flowing.
For more information or to enroll you can drop by one of their locations during business hours or contact via Whatsapp.
Florinda & Silvestre
The Florinda & Silvestre studio space sits tucked away on a quiet street in Saavedra. Classes are offered every Monday and Friday at 6:30-8:30 PM, Thursday from 9-11 AM, Friday 1:30-3:30 PM and Saturday 2-4 PM. The workshops are all-inclusive, meaning students don’t need to bring anything to class; tools, clay and equipment are all provided. Once there, you’ll have the option of working on the wheel, hand building, or combining both techniques to create one of a kind pieces. The Florinda & Silvestre studio also has the added bonus of offering separate ceramics and art classes for kids 4-12 years of age under the name of Hola Florinda Talleres. So whether you’re looking for a class for yourself or a little munchkin in your life, Florinda & Silvestre might just be the answer.
To enroll or request more information, contact Josefina via email.
If you’re feeling a little hesitant about trying something new, the Fango studio, located in Palermo, is the perfect studio for you. Fango offers one trial class, free of charge, to anyone considering taking a course with them. Before the trial class you must call to coordinate a time with studio management, but once it’s set you’re free to explore the wide world of clay. If you try it and decide that pottery is definitely your next thing, they offer plenty of courses all year round. Classes are offered from 10 AM-9 PM Monday through Friday and from 10 AM to 8 PM on Saturday. The studio is fully equipped for wheel throwing, hand building, and even raku firing (omg), meaning there are no limits to what you can create.
For more information or to enroll call the studio during business hours or send a message via Facebook.
This Palermo studio has been owned and operated by two friends, Patricia y Analía, since 2014. They met at la Escuela de Cerámica N°1 in Buenos Aires where they learned the craft and fell in love with ceramics. At PATA Negra the duo has manifested their passion for pottery into a studio space where students are free to discover the power and potential of clay. PATA Negra offers afternoon classes from Monday to Thursday within the hours of 3-8:30 PM and a morning class from 10-12:30 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Their Palermo location is clean, welcoming, and the perfect walking distance from endlessly delicious lunch options. The cost of four classes is AR $2,500. Each class is 2-hrs long and includes instruction in creating and decorating your ceramic masterpieces.
Contact Patricia and Analía via Facebook or email for more information on pricing and enrollment.