Learn At Your Own Pace

Learn At Your Own Pace

Build your skills with courses designed for any learning style. Pause, re-watch, change devices, mark favorites — it's easy to manage your lessons to fit your needs anywhere, anytime.

Find Projects with a Purpose

Find Projects with a Purpose

Course projects are selected to build clay skills while also creating a functional form. Lessons provide potters with structure and clear instructions. New projects shared monthly.

Get More with Membership

Get More with Membership

There are several ways to join the online studio: Purchase a single course or choose between a Monthly or Annual membership to have access to all projects and tutorials.

Welcome to Twisted Clay Online!

Learn to throw on the wheel with expert potter, Ruthie Schulz.

Ruthie is a highly experienced potter, with skills honed over the past 18 years. Her teaching methods are developed with real-world experience from the hundreds of classes taught at her in-person studio, Twisted Clay, in Grapevine, Texas.

Twisted Clay Online courses contain detailed lessons to walk you through every stage of making, broken into short, easy-to-watch segments. Ruthie also includes troubleshooting tips from common issues her students experience. You will work on improving your clay skills and finish with a functional work of art. It's projects with a purpose!

Each course is developed to build specific pottery skills such as collaring, lidded pots, throwing bigger, and many more techniques for working with clay.  In addition to learning a main form, many courses include how to make an alternate form. Ruthie will show you the tools she uses, plus her techniques and hand positions to make them work.

Ruthie is a skilled teacher in not only how she instructs, but in how she plans her lessons. She develops lessons and projects based on systematic strategies of learning. Each lesson provides practice for the skills needed in the next lesson. She designs projects that apply what Vygotsky termed, zone of proximal development. The lessons are appropriate for what a student can do without assistance and what a student can do with guidance.

Rose

Twisted Clay Student

Ruthie has a way of teaching in class that makes it easy to understand. Her passion and personality comes across with every project and her ability to relay technique, problem solving and so many details about throwing a successful pot has transformed me from a “wanna be" to a potter. I was so excited when she started her online lessons with such functional pottery (dinnerware) that I couldn’t wait to get to the studio to try them out. Huge success with the bowls! The best part is I can watch as many times as I like to remind me of the steps and have the visual aids-So much FUN!

Dayle B.

Twisted Clay Student and Member

Having taken classes from Ruthie over the past 5 years I feel that my pottery skills, knowledge and form have improved beyond what I ever imagined. To begin, the instruction I have received has been informative, hands on and thorough from the beginning of a project to its final finished piece. I feel like each piece I have made has been treated like a masterpiece and it matters. The detail in Ruthie’s instruction is key to the success of each project and her ability to trouble shoot any challenge we might encounter along the way. I have also purchased her online dinner ware set course and have thrown many dinner wear sets for myself and family. Each time I sit down to throw a piece from the course I review her content and always learn something new. I believe that the course is why I’ve had success in making each piece of the dinner ware set and improving my skills and technique.

Kirsten G.

Twisted Clay Student and Member

Your Own Personal Learning Library

Strengthen your foundational skills for throwing on the wheel. The free bundle of 10 lessons includes tutorials on the basics of wedging, centering, throwing and trimming the fundamental forms of cylinders and bowls.

Housed in your own online library, you can watch lessons from any device, whenever, wherever.