Classes & Studio Rental Opportunities

students workingOur classes are a great way to explore your creative side and have a good time. We invite you to join us for the fun! Call today to enroll: 406-543-0509

The tuition cost of all classes at the Clay Studio of Missoula includes:
one 25 lb. bag of clay, use of studio facilities at all times (24/7--except the hours when other classes or special events are in session - see the current session calendar), and a personal storage cubby.

Firing fees and extra clay cost an additional, nominal fee (unless otherwise noted).

Note: Students must provide a non-refundable, half-tuition down payment to reserve their spot in a class. NO REFUNDS ARE GIVEN AFTER THE FIRST CLASS!





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Daytime Open Instruction

This class is open to students of all skill levels who are interested in either handbuilding or throwing

Offering two five-week Monday afternoon sessions

Session 1: January 9-February 6,1-4pm
Instructor: Chris Drobnock, Artist in Residence

Session 2: February 13-March 13,1-4pm
Instructor: Andrew Avakian, Artist in Residence

$110 for members / $120 for non-members for each session

Save now when you REGISTER FOR BOTH: $210 for members / $225 for non-members

Bring your ideas to create your own projects. Weekly demonstrations will include new ideas and techniques, as well as demos designed to suit the needs of students enrolled.

CALL 543-0509 to register, or pay in full now online with Paypal!

Open Instructed

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Beginning Pottery

This class is suitable for absolute beginners and students needing a refresher

Monday evenings: January 9-March 13, 6-9pm
Instructor: Kirk Jackson, artist in residenc


Tuesday evenings: January 10-March 14, 6-9pm
Instructor: Andrew Avakian, artist in residence


Easy Like a Sunday Afternoon: January 15-March 19, 2-5pm
Instructor: Joshua Kuensting, artist in residence

each 10 week session: $210 for members/ $225 for non-members

Students will learn about clay bodies, wheel-throwing, and hand building techniques, as well as processes for glazing and firing. Participants will practice making a variety of ceramic forms such as cups, handled mugs, bowls, vases, and plates. Requirements: A positive attitude and desire to try and learn!

Monday Beginning Pottery

Tuesday Beginning Pottery

Sunday Beginning Pottery
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Intermediate/Advanced Ceramics

Prior experience with ceramics is required

Wednesday evenings: January 11-March 15, 6-9pm (10 weeks)
Instructor: Crista Ann Ames, artist in residence

$210 for members/ $225 for non-members

Do you want to pursue a sculptural project, and don’t know where to begin? Are you looking to explore more advanced forms beyond the basic cup or bowl? This class is for students wanting to gain greater confidence with handbuilding and design techniques or to have the time to concentrate further on more complex functional forms.

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Int/Adv Ceramics

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Winter Wood Fire - Making & Firing

Prior experience with ceramics highly recommended

Thursday evenings: January 12-March 16, 6-9pm
Instructor: Chris Drobnock, Wood Fire Artist in Residence

tuition: $290 for members / $305 for non-members
(fee includes $80 firing/fuel fee for one Anagama firing)

Students will explore new ideas and possibilities for wheel thrown forms and sculptures that will be fired in the anagama kiln. In addition, students may have the opportunity to fire the new wood soda kiln, depending on time and interest. Demonstrations and lectures on wood firing techniques will be given each class, allowing students plenty of time to concentrate on their own ideas. Students will be expected to spend some weekend time at the wood kiln helping to prepare for firings by splitting and stacking wood and assisting with overall kiln maintenance.

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Utilitarian Stoneware: Making & Firing

This class is open to students of all skill levels

Sunday evenings: January 15-March 19, 6-9pm
Instructor: Joshua Kuensting, Artist in Residence

$250 members/$265 non-members
(tuition: $210 for members/ $225 for non-members PLUS $40 firing fee for 1 soda firing and 1 reduction firing)

Let’s take your functional wares to a higher level (and temperature)! In this class we will focus on producing utilitarian work to be fired in our soda and gas kilns to stoneware temperatures. On the first night of class, students will determine the topics of in-class demonstrations for following weeks. Students will be invited to observe the safe operation and firing of our gas kilns that will be done outside of class time.

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Utilitarian Stoneware

CALL TODAY TO REGISTER!!! 406-543-0509 or email us





kids classOur classes provide a fun and educational environment where children can explore their creative interests in ceramics, focusing on self-expression through handbuilding techniques. Classes for older children include time on the wheel

Clay classes during the school year are 4 consecutive Thursdays of class that meet in the afternoon. Summer classes meet in the mornings for one week. Enrollment is limited to 10-12 students per session.

No prior ceramics experience is needed for these classes. Sign your child up today!

WINTER Session Classes for Children

Clay Studio classes for kids are both fun and educational. All camps for kids and teens include materials, tools and firing fees. Sign up today!

Ceramics for Ages 5-8
Thursdays, January 26-February 16, 3:30 - 5:30pm (4 class meetings)

Students will focus on a variety of handbuilding projects, creating functional and sculptural forms

$85 per child, per session ($5 discount for members)

Ceramics for Ages 5-8
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Ceramics for Ages 9-12
Thursdays, February 23-March 16, 3:30 - 5:30pm (4 class meetings)

Students will focus on a variety of handbuilding projects, creating functional and sculptural forms. Children in this older kids camp will also get time to experiment with the pottery wheel.

$85 per child, per session ($5 discount for members)

Ceramics for Ages 9-12
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Create something special at the Clay Studio of Missoula! Our family workshops run on weekend afternoons and are a perfect weekend activity for an adult and child to do together! We will fire and put a clear glaze on projects, which will be ready for pickup 2-3 weeks after your session


Sunday, December 4, 2-5pm
Sunday, January 8, 2-5pm
Saturday, February 4, 2-5pm

Saturday, March 4, 2-5pm

Daily Fee: $35 total for Adult + 1 child. Includes clay, glazing, and firings.
Additional adults and children welcome per family for $15 per individual

It is helpful for us to prepare for the approximate # of participants and know there is interest!
Please note: the classroom is open on some weekends, the office is not, so we may not be able to return your call the day of - if for some reason class is canceled we will post it on the website the Friday prior to the scheduled workshop.

CALL TODAY TO REGISTER!!! 406-543-0509 or email us


Contact Information

If you would like to enroll in a class, please contact the studio at 406-543-0509 or via email at, or register using the Paypal payment option. We genuinely appreciate your support!

Pre-registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A student will only be registered for a class upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit amounting to half of the class tuition, or by paying in full. If you wish to just make a deposit, this may be done in person or by phone. All online registrations can only be paid in full.

Class tuition covers instruction during scheduled meeting times, use of the studio, and your first 25 lbs. of clay. Students are charged an extra nominal fee for glazing and firing, and additional clay.

In the event that the Clay Studio is forced to cancel a class, a full refund will be issued. If a student chooses to cancel, refunds of the class tuition minus the 50% non-refundable deposit will be given up until the first class session (the deposit can be used towards a future class in this case). Tuition is due in full by the first class, and there is no refund given after the first class.

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Intersession Access

November 21-January 8

Any adult who has taken a Clay Studio of Missoula class in 2016 is welcome to sign up for Intersession Access

$110 for members / $120 for non-members
cannot be pro-rated

-Access to classroom area, wheels and glazing, and one cubby
-Work in progress to be stored in designated “intersession area” in classroom
-Standard firing fees apply. Clay can be purchased at student rate ($10/bag)
-Access lasts from November 21 to January 8
-The dates you cannot work the studio are Friday afternoon/evening December 2 and  Saturday, December 10 (our First Friday and Holiday open house). However, you are welcome to attend these events!!!

Since classes are not in session, we cannot guarantee when work will be fired during this time, so if you are hoping to work on gift items, it is best to start earlier than later.

CALL 543-0509 to register, or register in-person at the office

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Community Space Rental

Aspiring and advanced ceramicists seeking studio workspace are encouraged to become a Clay Studio of Missoula studio artist! The basic monthly access fee provides studio artists with three 4' long shelves of storage space and use of community workspace, tools, and equipment. Additional costs apply for clay and firings. 

Basic Monthly Rental Fee: $105
Additional shelves (up to 2 max): $10 per shelf, per month

Semi-private spaces (limited availability)
Spaces are approximately 80 sq.ft. and include one shelving unit. For the primary renter the monthly rental rate is $260 month-to-month. The rate is $235/month with a minimum 6 month lease. A one year lease further reduces the monthly rate to $210/month.

One additional person, a secondary renter, may share the individual work space for an additional fee of $105 per month (which covers their basic monthly access).

Note: Studio artists renting community and semi-private space must possess a current Clay Studio of Missoula annual membership.
Find out more about membership here.


Are you a current renter and wanting to make an online payment on your rent? We now have that option available.

Community Rental Options
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