Choplet Ceramics Studio
Students use the same tools as the pros to make hand-built, sculpted and wheel-thrown pieces. Tuition includes unlimited, adult-supervised studio time, and families of four or more can create their own classes. 238 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-547-8316, choplet.com). Four-week session: $150 per person. Ages 6 and up.
Greenwich House Pottery
Open for over a century, this ceramics center exposes its youngest potters to the ABCs of hand building. Instructors often rely on storytelling to inspire castle sculptures and clay self-portraits . 16 Jones St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts (212-242-4106, greenwichhouse.org). $295--$555 per multiweek session (depending on class type and length). Ages 5 to 13.
La Mano Pottery
Budding artists learn hand building techniques (all ages) and pot-throwing skills (ages 12 and up) alongside experienced potters. 237 W 18th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-627-9450, lamanopottery.com). Hand building: $250 per eight-week session; wheel: $300 per eight-week session; Sunday workshop: $50. Ages 5 and up.
Kids' classes at this gallery-cum--party space teach tykes the art of slab rolling, coiling, pinch pots, glazes and slumps. Projects are often seasonal (think summertime lemonade cups). 993 Amsterdam Ave between 108th and 109th Sts (212-866-6202, mugipottery.com). $135--$225 per multiweek session (depending on class type and length). Ages 5 to 14.
The Painted Pot
At these Brooklyn pottery hubs, ceramic artists tailor their instruction to each student's interests and experience. Tykes ages 5 and up explore hand building as they sculpt mugs, picture frames and wind chimes; in wheel classes, kids ages 8 and up learn how to throw bowls and other functional pieces using skills like wedging, lifting, trimming and glazing. *339 Smith St at Carroll St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-222-0334, paintedpot.com). *8009 Third Ave between 80th and 81st Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-491-6411). Ages 5 to 16. $325 per ten-week hand-building or wheel session.
Supermud Pottery Studio
Small groups of children create their own hand-building and wheel-thrown projects, which they can also display in the on-site gallery or sell in charity fund-raisers. 2744 Broadway between 105th and 106th Sts (212-865-9190, supermudpotterystudio.com). Children's class: $360 for 12-week session; parent-child class: $200 for five-week session; private class: $125 per two-hour session. Ages 5 and up.