Shelburne Craft School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
A red two-story building (initially a harness shop with a wagon paint store upstairs and a livery stable behind it) holds our gallery, studio store, and administrative offices. Two former bunkhouses built for railroad workers around 1849 (and later used as bowling alleys) contain our glass, metal, and painting studios. A bright and cheerful clay studio (established by Aileen Osborn Webb, founder of the American Craft Council), and a sunny 3,000-square-foot woodworking shop round out our campus.
Our classrooms are bathed in natural light, and our well-loved buildings offer textbook examples of “wabi-sabi.” A central courtyard is at the heart of our campus—filled with small sculptures, Adirondack chairs, a fire circle, a sheltered pavilion, and a handmade stone wall.
Campus tours are available during office hours—just drop in and ask.
Our teaching energies are currently focused on the following crafts, though we plan to integrate additional crafts in the near future.
Our sun-filled clay studio is the perfect place to find respite while creating beautiful objects. We offer seven days of open studio time, so you can make the most of your practice.
Clay courses include open studio time as well as instruction time. Material fees cover your first bag of clay, glazes, and firings. Additional clay is available for purchase.
We invite you to come in for a tour.
Our wood shop is a heated, 3,000-square-foot studio space beaming with natural light.
Woodworkers have access to band, table, chop, and hand saws, a joiner, a 20-inch planer, a drill press, routers, lathes, hand sanders, tool sharpeners, sharpening stones, a large selection of hand tools, various jigs, a steam bender, and clamps. The shop is equipped with work benches, and includes air filtration and dust collection systems.
We invite you to come in for a tour during regular business hours.
Also see our resident woodworker program.
Our open and airy Bunkhouse building is home to our painting studios.
Paint courses include access to easels, tables, lights, chairs, and a model stand. Our ventilation system includes a HEPA air filter.
Please note that no toxic solvents are allowed in our classrooms.
Our glass studio is located in the historic Bunkhouse building.
We offer courses in stained glass, glass mosaic, and other techniques.
Our gallery space is located in the historic Harness Shop building at 64 Harbor Road.
It contains an ever-changing selection of hand-made works in clay, wood, paint, jewelry, stained glass, sculpture, and more. All pieces are made on campus by students, teachers, and staff. All work is for sale, and 30% of proceeds go to support Shelburne Craft School’s programs. Our gallery hosts quarterly thematic exhibitions that focus on a particular craft.
We also host an online gallery generated by our community members, with a range of creations—even beyond the crafts that we currently teach.
Courses have always been the heart of Shelburne Craft School—offered to intimate groups of students, and taught by professional crafters. Our courses are designed to suit a range of expertise, from introductory seminars to advanced process and practice. All of our courses come with “open studio” time during the week. Our curriculum is always evolving, so please check back often. If there is a course we don’t currently offer that you would like us to consider, please get in touch.
During the summer months, we open our studios to the next generation of crafters. Our small, customized camps are created with age-appropriate projects that support our campers in developing skills and confidence while making beautiful objects. We would love to include your family in our programs this summer. Please contact us to inquire.
We are glad to host birthday parties for your children and their friends (ages 6+). Birthday parties are typically 1½–2 hours long, during which time the children make beautiful items with a private instructor, and then eat cake. You provide a cake, plates, and decorations. We supply space, instruction, crafting materials, and crafting clean-up.
Please contact us to inquire about booking a birthday party.
We are glad to work with your group to customize a series of classes at our campus and/or off-site. There are many ways we can utilize our skilled teachers, spaces, equipment, materials, and curriculums. Please contact us to inquire.
Our resident woodworker program provides an incubating environment for emerging woodworkers looking to start their own businesses. By providing affordable shop access, the program helps participants develop their skills, portfolio, business model, and client base.
We offer four levels of membership, with varying levels of shop access:
Please email to learn more. You will be able to meet with the woodshop manager to decide which level of membership makes the most sense for you.
Clay Winter Open Studio Hours
Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Thursday: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
*There will be no open studio M-F February 24-28*
Clay Course Guidelines and Expectations
All pieces must be :
Waxed on the bottom plus 1/4 up the side
Made during the current semester with our clay in our studio
Please no production potters
If you need special arrangements please see the studio manager
Space in the gas kiln is limited to 12x24x12
Due to the need of air flow in this kiln, please no plates
Space in the electric kiln is limited to (3) shelves approx. 27x13
Be sure to have your piece glazed before class
Wear tight fitting clothes, jeans and leather shoes are best. Pull back all the hair that you wish to keep.
The amount of kiln space in the raku kiln is determined by your class size, please check with your instructor if you have any questions. It is recommended no more than 2-3 pieces to assure proper attention.
Every week there are scheduled open studio hours for currently enrolled students. The hours change per session depending on the class schedule. Open studio is for individual work and not instruction.
During open studio hours you must sign in. There is a sign-in sheet on a flipboard located next to the door.
Allow for fifteen minutes for clean up before the end of class/open studio time. You are responsible for leaving the studio as you found it or better.
Safety: NO sanding or scraping inside
All work must have your name on it
You may only use clay purchased from Shelburne Craft School
Wet work needs to be complete by the 2nd to last class
Please bring your own apron and towels
Your registration for this course includes the first bag of clay and includes material costs for glazes and firing. Second and Third bags of clay may be purchased in the office during office hours for $30/bag of white or brown and $40 for porcelain. Students may not exceed 4 bags of clay per course. If you need to purchase a 4th bag it will be $45, this includes extra firing costs.
Each Student is given one shelf. You must keep all of your work on your shelf.
Food may not be consumed in the clay studios at any time. Covered beverages are okay.
Please refrain from using your cell phone in the studios. You may make personal calls outside or in the Fishbowl Classroom.
Due to limited space students have up to one month from the last class date to pick up and take home completed work. Failure to do so may result in disposal.
Last Class/Open Studio: No Wet work!!! Glazing and trimming only.
The Shelburne Craft School reserves the right not to fire any work that is not named or prepared properly. We are not a production facility and we reserve the right to refuse to fire work that is intended for production purposes.
The Shelburne Craft School does not discriminate because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or veteran status. We strive to create a positive and inclusive, accessible and respectful class and work environment for students and staff. No discrimination, harassment, or hate speech shall be tolerated.
Thank you for your participation to create a safe and nurturing creative environment.
For questions or assistance please email:
Clay Studio Manager- firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Director- email@example.com
We have one reserved accessible parking space in our small parking lot on campus.
Our Bunkhouse building is fully wheelchair accessible (bathroom included). Our wood shop and clay studio are wheelchair accessible using our attachable wheelchair ramp. Our gallery and office space (in the old Harness Shop building) have a three-stair entrance.
Please contact us prior to your visit so we can make the appropriate accommodations.
Shelburne Craft School offers need-based financial aid. Applicants are asked to complete a friendly (but thorough) online form to explain their financial situation.
To apply for a scholarship, please log in to your account, and then visit the page of the course for which you are seeking financial aid, and click the link that says, “Request a scholarship” (in the “Basics” section).
In addition to our regular financial aid process, any adult (over the age of eighteen) may also apply to VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) for their Vermont Non-Degree Grant Program, which recognizes Shelburne Craft School as an “approved school.”