Sugar Hill Clay

Get Through Winter with Sugar Hill Clay

During these bleak winter months, you might be tempted to try and convince Netflix customer service representatives to increase your DVD limit to seven at a time and hibernate until spring. I’ve considered it, too. But if you’re interested in more productive and positive ways to spend the rest of the winter, look no further than Sugar Hill Clay, a community-based ceramics studio right in Midtown, Detroit.

Sarah Petit, an instructor at the studio, explains some of her favorite things about being involved with Sugar Hill Clay: “I love the relaxed, community atmosphere of the studio. It’s all about the fun of working with clay. Everyone shares ideas and tips, regardless of their skill level. It really is a judgment-free zone – many students and members remark that it’s their escape from work and other responsibilities. We all enjoy creating and forgetting about the outside world.”

The studio itself is slight but well equipped. They sell boxes of clay to work with right in the studio, provide wax and glazes, have all the tools you’d need to use when throwing and trimming, and do all the firing for you. The instructors are amazing; all of them are very friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do at the studio.


Throwing Class

The studio offers courses for beginners and intermediate students alike, allowing you to learn and grow with other students at your level. Either course allows you eight weeks of class time with an instructor in addition to open studio time every week.

When you have an idea of something you want to make, the instructors are more than happy to start the class with a tutorial and walk you through how to make it step by step. By the end of the course, you’ll have made a handful of different pieces like vases, cups, bowls or plates that are all food, dishwasher and microwave safe.

Slip Casting Class

Once you get the hang of it, throwing on the wheel is fun – but that’s not to say there isn’t a learning curve. If you’re a beginner and you want to explore ceramics without investing as much time and attention, slip casting might be a good outlet for you.

Slip casting is a more specialized course that teaches students how to cast and use plaster molds for their work, allowing them create multiple pieces from that one mold. Regardless of current skill level, it’s a fun class to take and skill to gain.


Sugar Hill Clay currently accepts advance reservations for personal workshops. This is a great option for those looking for a one-day activity for birthdays, team building or a night with friends.

So whether you’re looking to spend some time at the studio for a night with friends, a few weeks, or a couple months, Sugar Hill Clay has a lot of options that will help you learn how to love working with clay.

Click here to check out their website or sign up for a class!

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