At the Pottery & Ceramics Studio, youth and adults can explore their artistic ability with classes in ceramics, mixed media, mosaics, painting, pottery and wine bottle slumping. Day and evening classes are available. For a complete course listing, view our Programs & Activities Catalog. A recreation center membership or day pass is not required for classes held at the Pottery & Ceramics Studio.
- 12 electric wheels
- Slab roller
- 10 electric kilns
- Wedging table
- Pug mill with plaster slap
- City-owned molds
- Glazes and stains
Elaine Goulart holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and masters in humanities and art from Old Dominion University. In addition to teaching at the Pottery & Ceramics Studio, she taught classes in oil, watercolor, acrylic painting, drawing, printmaking and pottery for Portsmouth Public Schools and MOCA. Her drawings have been exhibited in the Richmond Art Museum.
Elizabeth Hamberg - ‘‘Buzzy” graduated with a degree in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood education from Old Dominion University. She taught for 30 years at Norfolk Public Schools and was elected Teacher of the Year for Ocean View Elementary. College started her love of pottery after she took a clay class in the Industrial Arts Department. “Clay is an open-ended art form that allows you limitless imaginings. Besides enjoying the beauty of it, the question is, how would you drink your soup without it?” Buzzy is one of our resident volunteers at the studio.
Terrie Greene is a Coastal Virginia native with a love of children and art. She has a degree in elementary education from Christopher Newport University. As a kindergarten teacher, Terrie advocated that every child have an opportunity to experience the world of clay. She enjoys promoting arts for youth and volunteering her time. Terrie blends learning with creativity when teaching youth pottery at the Pottery & Ceramics Studio.
Robert J. Hitt Jr. is a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Old Dominion University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech. His painting and pottery has been showcased in art shows throughout Coastal Virginia. Robert’s interest in pottery spans more than 40 years, and he currently teaches pottery at the Pottery & Ceramics Studio. When not at the studio, Robert serves as the director at the Chesapeake Planetarium.
earned a Bachelor of Arts in sculpture with a minor in advertising from Moore College of Art and Design and a Master of Arts in theology from Saint Leo University. Exhibits of her award-winning mosaics, China painting and collage include Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the State Fair of Virginia. Sandra has taught at the Pottery & Ceramics Studio since 2003, including mosaic and plexi art classes.
teaches the Fun with Ceramics day and evening classes.
Christine Abbey Stevens
is a lifelong resident of Coastal Virginia and has taught classes at the Pottery & Ceramics Studio since 2000. She received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education/English and graduated summa cum laude from Old Dominion University. Christine continues to study fine arts at Tidewater Community College, where she won an award of excellence in the TCC student art show. Her specialty is throwing pots on the wheel, although she enjoys teaching hand building, too. Characterized by altered rims, Christine’s pieces are generally glazed in blue or green and are inspired by seascapes.
finished his career with the U.S. Navy and was passionately led to create Beach Ball Art, specializing in fused glass and slumped bottles. He volunteers for Virginia Beach Public Libraries repairing books and presenting book repair workshops to staff and Virginia Association of Law Libraries. Chris is a past member of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Team, served on the Aquarium Volunteer Board, and performed as a judge for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ STEM Robotics Challenge. Chris currently teaches our ceramics and wine bottle slumping workshops.
has taught our adult ceramic classes for over 20 years. She is a certified ceramics instructor and previously taught children’s art and ceramic classes at churches, elementary schools and for scout troops. Her educational background includes: Art Technique at Virginia Art Institute, Ceramic Instructor Certification from Lazy Daisy Ceramic Studio, Ceramic Technique at the Pottery Arts Studio in Norfolk, and watercolor at the Adult Learning Center.