Clay Classes with Mathilda

Classes and Workshops

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Arrowhead Gallery, 78C S Catawba Ave, Old Fort.  To register for Classes and Workshops call  828 686-1100.

Registration fees listed are for members . Non-Members add $10.

If you don't see a class you'd like to take, please let us know.  If three or more people are interested we may be able to do a private class, or repeat one of the classes below at a different time.  Many of the classes you see now came about because people asked for them.  Don't be silent, let us know what you want to learn!

Clay Classes with Mathilda

Start - Mar 1st, 2018 , Finish - Dec 26th, 2019

Cost $115.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $125.00

Instructor:  Mathilda Potter. 

When:  1-3 PM Wednesdays.
Cost:  $115 for 4 classes for A3L members; $125 for nonmembers.  Classes need not be consecutive.  

Includes all materials, clay, glazes, firing and more.  Hand building and throwing on a wheel.  Mathilda is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor.   Students may use the clay studios in between classes.  Learn techniques and skills while creating bowels, planters, vases and more.  Great to give as gifts or use in your own home.  

Come play with clay, and create your own functional and fun art today with materials as ancient as the Earth! Learn hand building, wheel throwing, sculpture and decorating techniques. We supply everything you'll need to make a new family heirloom, all levels are welcome including beginners. Your finished, fired pottery will be just as functional and useful as store bought dishes, but much more special!
Mathilda is extremely knowledgeable with many years of creating. She makes learning in this class fun with her unique teaching abilities. Student may choose to learn hand building and or  throwing on the wheel. 

with Mathilda

For those who cannot attend Wednesdays classes Mathilda is now offering this option! 
Call her at 828 775-7786 to coordinate a time with her.

1 Adult, 2 hours for $60. Up to 3 additional people for $15 each. 1 child 7 & up with an adult $70. Add up to 3 more people for $15 each. No more than six total.

Includes all clay, glazes, firings and instructions! Also students may use the studio between classes when available.

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Mug It Up - Glaze Your Own Mug

Start - Apr 9th, 2018 , Finish - Dec 23rd, 2019

This workshop is available whenever 3 or more people are interested in glazing their own mugs or other bisque ware items.  
You pick your item(s) and your glaze(s).  You do the glazing.  We do the firing.  We call you when your items are ready for pick up.  These make great family projects and gift items.  Each one is uniquely yours!
Cost:  $15 for one item; $25 for two items.  This includes all glazes and firing, as well as your classroom time.
Instructor:  Helen Sullivan
Open to adults and teens.  Children 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact  the Gallery at 668-1100 to schedule.

Art Class with Lorelle Bacon

Start - May 8th, 2018 , Finish - Dec 11th, 2019

Cost $35.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $45.00

On-going Art Classes with Lorelle Bacon.  
The first two Tuesdays of each month 9:30-11:300 AM.  Members price 2 classes for $35, or non members for $45.  Classes do not need to be taken consecutively.

All levels from beginners to advanced. 

Take your art to a new level with the gentle guidance of Lorelle who is known for her patience! Students work at their own pace. She teaches all subjects and most mediums (oils, acrylics, watercolor,pastels, drawing, pen and ink, scratch-board, colored pencils, alcohol inks.)

Beginners learn the basics and how to apply them to the medium of their choice. Learn the importance of values, how composition can make or break your painting and much more. Your choice of medium and subjects!

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Beginners Sewing Classes

Start - Jul 10th, 2019 , Finish - Dec 11th, 2019

Cost $60.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $60.00

Instructor Terri Davey

Weds from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  4 class sessions only $60.  Fabric and pattern supplied.

Starts on July 10th!

If you have always wanted to learn to sew, now is yourchance! Terri Davey is an accomplished seamstress and can teach you the basicsof sewing and more. In this 1st four week class, you will learn how to read apattern, how to cut out the fabric, how to use a sewing machine, and makesimple projects.

Class is limited to only 2 students so you will get lots ofone on one attention! So sign up NOW!

 You may bring your own machine or rent one at the studio foronly $10 for the 4 classes.

Students are asked to bringtheir own scissors, straight pins and a notebook.


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Sunday Painters

Start - Jul 14th, 2019 , Finish - Dec 8th, 2019

Sunday Painters meets the second Sunday afternoon of each month, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  This is not a "class" per se.  It is a free and fun way for folks to try new mediums and subjects.  

A3L provides all materials free of charge for your first two sessions.  We have a different project and medium that we work on each month.  Sunday Painters is always free and always open to the public, but we ask that after your first two sessions you join A3L, and if you can  that you bring your own materials.  

We only take 8 people, so call 828-668-1100 sign up early.  You must be registered by the Wednesday beforehand.

Sunday Painters: 

August:  Lorelle Bacon doing watercolor

September:  Liz Meyer subject TBD

Watercolor 101

Start - Aug 24th, 2019 , Finish - Aug 25th, 2019

Cost $125.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $135.00

Instructor: Lorelle Bacon

When: Saturday, August 24th, 10-3and Sunday August 25th 1-5.  Cost: $125 for members; $135 for nonmembers. Includes all supplies

 You will learn what kinds of paper,watercolors, and brushes to buy without breaking the bank. Learn the basics ofwatercolor painting, no matter the style you want to achieve. Soft or boldcolors and how to apply them. You will also learn how to create a variety oftextures while you complete 2 or 3 paintings to take home. Bring a sack lunchand come join the fun!

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Start - Aug 31st, 2019 , Finish - Aug 31st, 2019

Cost $30.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $40.00

Instructor Dawn Dreibus

1-4 PM

$30 ($40 nonmember) + $10supply fee.  Class islimited to 4 people so sign up early.

Learn tobatik and making a one of a kind piece of wearable art!

In thisclass, you will batik on a white or light gray laundered T-shirt that you bring(please be sure it is washed if it’s new to remove any sizing) by using waxresist method and acrylic paints. No painting experience necessary.

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Pine Needle Baskets

Start - Sep 7th, 2019 , Finish - Sep 7th, 2019

Cost $75.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $85.00

Instructor Kathleen Thacker, Pine Needle Baskets

Sept7th, 10 - 4, Cost $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers. $15 for supplies.

Class size limited to 5 (but see below).

Please bring a bag lunch; we’ll take a break mid-day.

Start with a bundle of pineneedles and leave with a small coiled basket. You learn how to start with a base....asmall piece of wood or a nut slice. You coil and “sew” together the coils tobuild up a basket. Lots of fun to watch it take shape. No prior skills needed.All materials and supplies are provided and included in the $15 supply fee.

The class will be limited to5. However, we will take a waiting list. A fellow pine needle maker is tryingto be available to help give individual help. If so, we will be able toincrease class size.

Kathleen Thacker, ourteacher, has been coiling for over five years. She has taken individualclasses, week long workshops and attends a basket making group weekly when sheis available, etc. She has gathered materials from all over the world and whileshe likes simplicity in her designs, each basket is distinctive. She displaysat the gallery and enjoys selling her finished products.

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Collage Within Your Painting

Start - Sep 14th, 2019 , Finish - Sep 14th, 2019

Cost $70.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $80.00

Instructor Raquel Egosi

Time 10-4

$70 members, $80 for non-members, plus supply fee of $25 for allthe materials she will supply.

Rachel is an accomplished mixed media and collage artist whosework has been exhibited and won awards around the globe. She enjoys sharing herunusual techniques in workshop both nationally and internationally. In herworkshops she shares her little secrets for creating work similar to her thather collectors love! She will also demonstrate how to use eggshells inpaintings, a technique she learned to do in the Far East.  Her techniques inspire andmotivate students of all levels from beginners to novice to try creativeexperimentation. Learn to work spontaneously! The resulting work is surprisingand exciting. You can see her website at

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Beginners Metal Clay

Start - Sep 27th, 2019 , Finish - Sep 28th, 2019

Cost $135.00

Cost (NON MEMBERS) $145.00

Instructor Lorelle Bacon

Friday and Saturday, 10-4 both days.
$135 (nonmember $145) plus $35 supply fee

If you enjoy the creative process, and like wearing one of a kind jewelry thenthis is the workshop you've been waiting for!

  • The 1st day of this workshop students will learn how to mix their own copper clay, design their jewelry, handle, roll out, cut out and texture earrings and pendants. You will complete a minimum of three pair of earrings and two pendants!
  • On day two, you will learn how to clean, polish, patina and put findings on your pieces so they will be to wear home or to give as lovely gifts that you created!
  • Message or Call Lorelle at 828 595-6007 for questions!

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A2L - Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League


78C S Catawba Avenue
Old Fort, NC 28762

Tel: (828) 668 1100

Opening Hours
(JAN - MARCH) Wed through Sat - 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm
(APR - DEC) Tue through Sat - 10am to 6pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm