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Halloween-Themed Pottery Workshops Are Making Their Way To This Rogers Park Studio

The two-hour workshops are hugely popular, showing participants how to craft jack-o'-lanterns, skulls and more from clay.

Nodd Pottery is bringing back its annual Pumpkin Carving workshops, and they're almost sold out.
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ROGERS PARK — Nodd Pottery is bringing back its annual clay pumpkin-carving workshops this fall.

Participants will learn how to make pinch pots with lids in the shape of jack-o’-lanterns, skulls — or whatever they want. Each piece is returned glazed and with an electric tea light “to give it that spooky Halloween glow,” according to the studio’s website. Everyone 8 and older is welcome.

You can sign up online for the two-hour workshops, which will be offered throughout October. Each workshop is $35 per person. Prior registration is required.

Each class fits up to eight people, and they’re almost sold out, said Sarah Ortlieb, who started Nodd Pottery about five years ago. The workshop “always goes crazy,” she said.

“Usually, I start out with one and then suddenly it becomes two and then three and then four because of how many people in the community are interested in signing up,” Ortlieb said. “And they come with their kids, and it’s a whole lot of fun.”

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Despite the workshop’s name, the studio has also seen the creation of strawberries, skulls and more.

Nodd Pottery is a nonprofit that provides affordable art education to the community and its youth. Ortlieb said she likes to call it “the yoga studio of pottery studios.”

“There’s no limit to what you can do with pottery, so, similar to yoga, it’s about building up muscle memory, building up skill level with instruction,” Ortlieb said.

Ortlieb, 33, has been doing pottery for about 12 years and teaching art for about 10. She also worked at several studios in the suburbs before moving to Chicago and opening up her own.

“Literally worked with every age group you can think of and been doing it for a very long time,” she said.

You can learn more about Nodd Pottery and sign up for classes online.

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