Skill Building Workshop: Clay Whistles

Sunday, February 27, 2022 • 10 AM–1 PM (Pacific)

Instructor: Colby Charpentier • In-person • $75

Join artist in residence Colby Charpentier for a three-hour workshop on whistle-making. This workshop is beginner-friendly and open to ceramicists of all skill levels. Come make some music with us and create your own ceramic ocarina!

An ocarina is a type of ceramic wind instrument that is believed to date back as far as 12,000 years and has particular importance in Chinese and Mesoamerican cultures. In this workshop we will learn how to use some basic hand-building techniques to make you own unique ceramic instrument that we will bisque fire for pickup at a later date.

The workshop will cover combining double pinch pots, consistency in reed cutting, and adding tone holes. Some clay experience is helpful but not required.

Tools, clay and bisque firing will be provided; additional materials will be available for sale.

Workshop Policies

Refunds are not allowed after the workshop begins. Refunds requested during the week prior to the start of the class will be honored at 50%. Refunds requested prior to this will be honored minus Eventbrite fees. If you would like to request a refund, email

Every student is required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination at the beginning of the workshop. If a student cannot provide proof of vaccination, the student will be unable to continue with the class. Thank you in advance for your understanding!

Workshop Registration

RSVP using the form below (it may take a moment to load). If you have any problems, call the studio at (909) 622-0464 or email

Meet Your Instructor: Colby Charpentier

Charpentier received his M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and his B.F.A. from Alfred University (Alfred, NY). He has served as a resident artist at the Morean Center for Clay (St. Petersburg, Florida), Sonoma Ceramics (Sonoma, CA), and most recently the Harvard Ceramics Program (Boston, MA). Charpentier has taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA) and the Harvard Ceramics Program (Boston, MA), and been the recipient of numerous awards. Most recently, he was awarded the top prize at the International Porcelain Design Competition, the Franz Rising Star Award. Charpentier will be in residence October 2021–April 2022.

Learn more at or by following him on Instagram.