Ceramic Christmas Trees

  • (class 1/2)
     November 8, 2022
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • (class 2/2)
     November 22, 2022
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Large Christmas Trees

Dates: Tuesdays November 8 and 22 (2-week class)

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: $55/participant

Instructor: Johanna Buwalda

Class 1: Creating your tree with clay

Class 2: Glazing your tree


This class is recommended for ages 14 and up. No previous experience with clay required!

Each person will create one tree. 4 lbs of clay per person (included with class fee)


Meet the Instructor:

Johanna Buwalda was born and raised in the Netherlands. After some roaming around the world and living in various countries, she settled in Chicago in 1994. Johanna has a master’s degree in Education in Early Childhood Development, and a master’s degree in Psychology. She is licensed to practice clinical counseling in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

Johanna has over 30 years of experience as a therapist, administrator, and trainer working with survivors of war including refugees, torture survivors, development workers, and veterans in the Netherlands, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and the US. She has written and presented extensively about her work.

Johanna is currently self-employed, serving as an independent contractor therapist for Road Home Program for Veterans and their families at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. She also works alongside immigration attorneys to help immigrant families stay together. She is a clinical volunteer for various veteran organizations and The Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture.

Since moving to our beautiful Northwoods in 2018, Johanna loves her new life kayaking the Wisconsin River with David and their four dogs, and making pottery in her home studio as well as at the Warehouse. She pioneered our one-day beginning wheel boot camp and teaches multiple level studio pottery classes as well as our popular monthly (weekly during the summer) clay class. She also teaches various classes in our youth program.

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