Get Creative

Your adventure in clay awaits at Studio T/M.

By Cynthia McFarland

Hunting for a creative outlet where you can relax, have fun and unleash your artistic side? Look no further than Studio T/M Ceramics in Gainesville.

Studio T/M Ceramics began in 2016 as the personal studio space of owners Sara Truman and Dr. Naomi Mostkoff. As demand for classes grew, the studio became a full-time business.

Photo courtesy of T/M Ceramics

Today, the family-owned studio offers weekly classes, membership, private studios, Sip N’ Spins, team-building events, workshops, private lessons, clay and tool sales and kiln firing services. You don’t have to have any experience with pottery to get started. Many people find the best option to explore is a Sip N’ Spin visit.

Held every Friday and Saturday evening from 7-8pm, Sip N’ Spin is $60 per person. It’s also BYOB for those 21 and older, hence the name. Talk about a unique date night option!

“These are planned for someone who’s never touched clay before,” says studio manager Rosie Bishop, a Gainesville native and ceramic artist. “You can walk in the door, and we’ll have everything ready for you. It’s super fun and gives you a taste of what it takes to work with clay.” 

One of the studio’s artists helps attendees learn some wheel-throwing skills to make their own pottery piece that night. You’ll pick up your finished piece, already glazed and fired two to three weeks later. Sip N’ Spins typically fill up a day before, so reserve your seat online ahead of time. 

If your evening at the Sip N’ Spin makes you want to dive deeper into pottery, sign up for one of the studio’s six-week classes. Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are offered. These intensive sessions teach what you’ll need to know about creating your own pottery. For six weeks, you’ll have six two-hour sessions in the Introduction to Wheel class and 2 1/2 hours for the Intermediate and Advanced classes. 

For $280, all materials and glazing are included. A scholarship program is available if the class fee is a financial challenge.

“Our payment system allows breaking it down into week-by-week payments, as well as 50 percent scholarships for those who qualify,” says Rosie. “We give out at least 10 of these in a six-week session.”  

Studio T/M offers additional options for pottery fun. A parent or guardian and child can make their own hands-on clay project at the Family Stay N’ Clay Hour. You can also let the ceramic artists plan a custom-designed experience for your private party or team-building retreat. 

“The studio can host up to 12 people throwing at a time and 30 total for a hand-building event,” says Rosie. 

Studio T/M Ceramics

1854 NE 2nd, suite A, Gainesville

(352) 284-2206