My wife bought me a gift certificate to learn pottery as a retirement gift. I'm so glad I'm retired! I started at mudfire about 3 months ago. Their teachers started me on the pottery wheel on the first day and with practice and lots and lots of patience, I recently finished a set of 6 mugs - and they match. The setting there is very nice. It's very cool in the studio despite the summer heat. The staff is fantastic and very encouraging. The choices for glazes are mind boggling -there are so many. Everyone (staff and other potters) are very friendly. There are some professionals, but mostly it's folks like me, some retired, who are just now getting into clay. I'm glad I found mudfire. I'll be sticking with clay for a while.
Posted: 7/28/2011 • Link to this review
I looked around for a long time before figuring out where to take pottery lessons. It's something I wanted to do for a long time, but realized it would be a commitment of time and money. I found Mudfire three months ago and couldn't be happier. They start you with a discounted trial month. It's $99 and gives you unlimited access to the studio - you can come as many times as you want to see if you like learning and doing pottery. What I have found is that it's very much like playing piano (which I have done for the past 26 years). Making pottery is something that takes time to learn and a lot of practice. It takes longer than a month... after 3 months with regular, very patient lessons from Mudfire "rangers" I feel like I am finally starting to be good enough to do most things on my own. In addition to unlimited lessons, they fire your work, provide all of the tools and glazes and have an awesome atmosphere for beginners. They have tons of glazes and things to decorate your pottery with, and the people there are incredibly nice. You do have to pay for your clay, but it's not a lot, something like $14. Someone here said they have too many rules. I for one, am glad they do. The rules are all for safety and health reasons. I looked at many places to take lessons, and this studio was the cleanest once I saw. I have asthma and don't want to be in a dusty place. Mudfire is a great studio and I am staying for a long time! Highly recommended!
Posted: 6/19/2011 • Last edited: 7/28/2011 • Link to this review
If you are someone who is interested in just "trying out" pottery, this is NOT the place for you. I ordered a one month trial membership with no idea what I was getting myself into. By the time you learn what you are doing, half of the trial month period is up leaving you little time to trim, dry, fire, glaze and then fire the complete a piece. What's more, they charge for clay in addition to your $99 fee. There are a million rules (literally a full packet) and they are EXTREMELY strict and rude if you break any of them. I always thought art was supposed to be fun and free and I definitely didn't feel this way at Mudfire. Unless you have prior experience or plan to do pottery for a long time, I would think hard before paying for a membership here.
Posted: 5/23/2011 • Last edited: 7/28/2011 • Link to this review
I love Mudfire! What a great place to let out your creative talents. Although I'm no longer a regular member I still attend the great Gallery shows and it's a wonderful place to spend your free time.
Posted: 7/02/2008 • Last edited: 6/19/2011 • Link to this review
Mudfire is a great place for the beginner or expert clay artist. The helpful, skillful "rangers" are always around to teach, inspire, give encouragement and share expertise. There are also frequent workshops conducted by clay artists, bringing in skills and inspiration from all over the world. They also have a wonderful gallery to view/purchase works of nationally-known and local potters. The "meat" of the gallery changes exhibitors about once a month, but there is also a permanent area where they feature many national and local potters work. I started a collector and became a clay artist, thanks to Mudfire! I love Mudfire and its eclectic atmosphere that the owners and members that frequent the place bring.
Posted: 6/17/2006 • Last edited: 6/19/2011 • Link to this review
I just found the Mudfire gallery in Decatur (near the farmers market) and have to say I am just thrilled. They have hundreds of pieces of handmade pottery from about 25 different artists. Everything is one of a kind and reasonably priced. There are many styles - contemporary porcelain tableware, traditional ash glazed pots, lots of mugs and bowls, even a few pieces of modern sculpture - all very nicely presented. Overall, a great place for wedding gifts (or other occasions). I got a beautiful salt-fired jar with a blackbird for under $60. The staff is friendly and down to earth and even gave me a quick lesson on contemporary pottery so I would know what to look for. I'll definitely be back for more!
Posted: 6/02/2006 • Last edited: 6/19/2011 • Link to this review
Mudfire pottery studio is one of the most fun places in Atlanta. The large studio is home to some the nicest, and talented, folks that I've met. Luba and Erik are amazing instructors, and make pottery fun... even if you're a mess like me! Lessons are taught one-on-one anytime, so there's no need to schedule appointments or pay big bucks for classes. There's always plenty of room to play with clay and no shortage of brilliant minds to help you learn and improve. It's extremely laid back and relaxing! Mudfire is the best! Thank you.
Posted: 4/10/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
There is no place greater than Mudfire, from the firday night potlucks to the positive working environment. The owners are friendly, knowledgeable, and always helpful. The studio is so well equipt, you need not bring anything and the other studio members are great. It's like a family, no snooty artists. Members range from clay virgins to professional artists. The best part is the open studio and anytime-instruction. You'll never want to leave!
Posted: 3/07/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Owners of Mudfire, Eric and Luba, have done an amazing job of creating an environment of low-key learning and experience in a beautifully designed studio setting. I would not trade the experience for anything.
Posted: 3/03/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
This pottery studio is by far the best I've worked out of. The fact that it's owned and run by potter's makes all the difference in the world. The atmosphere is always positive. The workplace is airy and spacious. I Love this place. Miryam Relis
Posted: 3/03/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Mudfire has everything I've been looking for! Great hours, freedom to create without the rules of a class, but guidance is available if I request it. The atmosphere is very open and welcoming. No judgments here.
Posted: 11/22/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I didn't know that I could do pottery until I went and learned. It took a few times before I got the hang of the wheel and molding at the same time, but I'm getting there.