The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is pleased to announce a new selection of creative classes for adults beginning this month at their Community Art and Pottery Studio in Allegany at 100 Main St. Topics range from wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics, book making, glass mosaic, sewing, printmaking and more.

Area residents who are interested in delving into the world of ceramic art are in for a treat with an excellent selection of clay classes for both beginners and advanced students. Renowned ceramic artist, Peter Jones, will teach a special session of Pottery for the People that will meet weekly on Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Beginning November 10, this six-week class will cover all aspects of working with clay including glazing, firing, wheel throwing, hand building and slab work. The cost is $110 for CCAC members, $120 for non-members. No experience is necessary.

For students with an interest in hand-building ceramic techniques, accomplished art instructor Anne Mormile will offer a series of in-depth classes on Saturday mornings focusing on both functional and decorative works.  On Nov. 2, participants will learn to create Puki Pots. The Nov. 9 session will focus on rolled clay slab construction and students will create functional and decorative vases. On Nov. 23, the class will explore the use of hand-building techniques in creating three-dimensional wall hangings. Students can enroll in individual classes or all three. The price per session is $50 for members, $55 for non-members, $130 entire series for members and $135 for non-members. Sessions run 9 a.m. –12 p.m.

Also in November will be an Introduction to Bookmaking series taught by artist Allison Braun. Students will explore a variety of bookmaking and binding techniques and learn to create unique and functional works of art. This three-part series will be held on Monday evenings 6:30–8:30 p.m. Choose one or two or take them all. The Nov. 4 class will focus on the creation of tunnel books. On Nov. 11, students will learn about Japanese stab binding, a traditional Asian stitch ideal for binding single sheets of paper in soft covers. Finally, on Nov. 18, students will discover the art of longstitch binding, a technique used for sewing together the sections of a book without glue. CCAC members can enroll in the entire series for $130 or $50 per session, and non-members for $135 for the series and $55 for each session.

Coming in December of 2013, additional classes will be offered on the art of printmaking, glass mosaic, sewing techniques and more. For full class descriptions or to sign up today, visit the Education section at or contact Courtney Blackmon Mealy at 716-372-7455 or

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of the arts in the Southern Tier. Located in Allegany, NY, CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, regional businesses, and members and donors.