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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Beginning Ceramics, Open Instructed, Raku, Intermediate/Advanced Ceramics, Scupting the Figure, and Fall Woodfire

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Beginning Pottery

This class is suitable for first-time students with no previous experience in ceramics, as well as for returning introductory level students.

Monday nights: Sept 14-Nov 16, 6-9pm
FULL as of 9/11
Instructor: Koral Halperin, artist-in-residence


Sunday nights: Sept 20-Nov 22, 6-9pm
FULL as of 9/18
Instructor: Andrew Avakian

sign up for one of the above 10-week sessions
$205 for members/$215 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 including cups, handled mugs, bowls, vases, and plates.

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

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Open Instruction - 5-Week Session

This class is open to pottery and hand building students of all skill levels.

Monday afternoons: Sept 14-Oct 12, 1-4pm
Instructor: Miriam Griffin, artist-in-residence

5-week session
$105 for members/ $110 for non-members

Bring your ideas to create your own projects. Weekly demonstrations by our talented artists-in-residence will include new ideas and techniques, as well as demos designed to suit the needs of students enrolled.

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

Open Instructed - Daytime Session 1
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This class is open to students of all skill levels.

Monday afternoons: Oct 19-Nov 16, 1-4pm
Instructor: Orville Chigbrow

5-week session
$135 for members /$140 for non-members
(price includes $30 lab fee for firing during class meeting times)

Students will have the chance to work on their ceramic works independently in and outside of class and learn how to make forms that work effectively with raku, horsehair, and other firing methods. The first class will involve an introduction to making works specifically for the raku kiln, which will be continued to be made and fired during the following sessions as work is completed and bisqued!

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Raku - 5 weeks

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Intermediate/Advanced Ceramics

Prior experience with ceramics is highly recommended

Tuesday nights: Sept 15-Nov 17, 6-9pm
Instructor: Donna Flanery, artist in residence

10-week session
$205 for members/ $215 for non-members

Are you looking to explore more advanced forms beyond the basic cup or bowl? This class is for students wanting to further their wheel throwing skills, using the pottery wheel as a tool to make unique functional and sculptural forms, as well as gain greater confidence with handbuilding techniques.

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Int/Adv Ceramics

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Sculpting the Figure/Parts and Pieces

Prior experience with ceramics highly recommended

Wednesday nights: Sept 16-Nov 18, 6-9pm
Instructor: Crista Ann Ames, artist-in-residence

10-week session
$205 for members/$215 for non-members

Sculpting the human form may sound like a daunting task however; in this class we will breakdown sculpting the figure into manageable steps by considering the body in separate parts. Focus will be placed on students developing their technical and intuitive understanding of the human form. Skills and strategies for creating expressive human figures such as proportion and scale will be explored with emphasis being placed on detailed parts of the human form; hands, feet, head and face. This class will investigate the potential of common hand-building tools and techniques including slab-building, pinching, and coil-building to get desired results and effects.

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Sculpting the Figure

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Fall Wood Fire

Some experience with ceramics is preferred, but not required

Thursday evenings: Sept 17-Nov 19, 6-9pm
Instructors: Seth Charles, Wood Fire Artist in Residence

10-week session
$285 members/$295 non-members
(tuition: $205 for members/ $215 for non-members PLUS $80 firing/fuel fee)

Students will explore new ideas and possibilities for wheel thrown forms and sculptures that will be fired in the wood kiln. 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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Fall Woodfire


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!

FALL Session Kids Classes

Clay Class for Ages 5-8
Thursdays: Sept 17-Oct 8, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Students will focus on a variety of handbuilding projects, creating funtional and sculptural forms

Clay Class for Ages 9-12
Thursdays: Oct 22-Nov 12, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Students will focus on a variety of handbuilding projects, creating funtional and sculptural forms, and will be able to try out the potters wheel!

Ceramics for Ages 9-12
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Create something special at the Clay Studio of Missoula! Our family workshops run Saturday or Sunday 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, September 20, 2-5pm
Sunday, October 11, 2-5pm
Sunday, November 8, 2-5pm
Sunday, December 6, 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

PREREGISTRATION RECOMMENDED! It is helpful for us to prepare for the approximate # of participants and know there is interest!

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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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Community Space Rental

Aspiring and advanced ceramicists seeking studio workspace are encouraged to become a Clay Studio of Missoula studio artist! A monthly rental 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. 

Monthly Rental Fee (effective July 2013): $95 (3 shelves) or $115 (5 shelves)

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 $250 month-to-month. The rate is $225/month with a minimum 6 month lease. A one year lease further reduces the monthly rate to $200/month.

One additional person, a secondary renter, may share the individual work space for an additional fee of $ 95 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.