Intro To Ceramics – Mondays

Intro To Ceramics – @ BOXCAR CLAY

January 20 – March 2, 2020 (7 Weeks)*
Mondays, 5:30pm – 8:00pm


$216 (Reitz Ranch Member)
$240 (Non-Member)

Join us at the new Boxcar Clay in Cottonwood, AZ to get your hands dirty and create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks! A perfect class for beginners! Utilize our professional ceramics studio and equipment to make different projects while learning a new technique each week. Wheel throwing, a range of handbuilding techniques, and glazing are all covered during this fun expressive class. By the end of the term, complete 6 projects (or more) and gain a better understanding and appreciation of the ceramic medium. Experiment with surface design and textures and use cone 6 glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces.

Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. (additional clay can be purchased)

(Current Reitz Ranch members receive a 10% discount on all classes and workshops)

Some tips and what to bring...
  • Wear play clothes!  Shoes should be old or washable
  • Leave jewelry at home, especially rings, bracelets or watches
  • If your hair is long, bring a tie-back
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!
About Grayson Fair

Dexter Woods is a first generation ceramicist from Dallas, Texas. He graduated from TTU in 2014, where he studied under Von Venhuizen, his mentor and a “technical master” and Juan Granados, who taught the importance of a exploring a personal narrative through art. During his studies, Woods became connected to the legacy and meaning of Don Reitz’s work via Von Venhuizen, who had a deep friendship with Mr. Reitz spanning many years.

Dexter’s teaching experience took a professional turn when he moved to Phoenix in 2015 and worked as an instructor at a private studio. He then helped to open, manage and operate a brand new studio in downtown Phoenix while holding classes in wheel throwing.

In Dexter’s words; “Art is my outlet, to try to understand the world and myself. I love exploring form through clay and reaching for the limits of its memory. The first time I touched clay, it did exactly what I wanted it to do and I realized the limitlessness of the medium.

“I want to bring this sense of possibility to my students and invite them to realize clay’s transformative properties.”

Dexter will be teaching and working with atmospheric firing at the Reitz Ranch wood and salt/soda kilns, as well as helping in developing various programs at the ranch.


If you’re having troubles registering please call 602-882-8553.  Reception can be spotty out here at the ranch, so be sure to leave a message if you don’t get an answer. You can text to that number as well or fill out the form below.

    Reitz Ranch Cancellation Policy

    – RR will offer a full refund of registration/class fees if cancellation is made at least 48 hrs. in advance of first class.

    – If cancellation occurs less than 48 hrs. prior to the start of a class, participant will forfeit 50% of the total class fee, or, at the request of participant RR may credit the total amount to be used on alternative class at a later date.

    – If cancellation or no-show occurs once the class has commenced RR reserves the right to withhold all Fees paid by participant. However, RR understands that extenuating circumstances may occur and will make every effort to take these into consideration. In some cases, participant may be eligible to receive a partial or full credit towards another class.