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:
a 25 lbs. bag of clay, use of studio facilities at all times (24/7--except the hours when other classes or special events are in session), 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 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: June 9–August 11, 6-9pm
Instructor: Lee Stuurmans, Studio Manager

(canceled as of 6/6/14) Wednesday nights: June 11–August 13, 6-9pm

10-week session
$195 for members/$205 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 functional ceramic forms and be given demonstrations on the creation of cups, handled mugs, bowls, vases, and plates.

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Open Instruction - Daytime

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

(canceled - if interested in a 5 week daytime class, please let us know!) Monday afternoons: June 9 –August 11,1-4pm

10-week session
$195 for members/ $205 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.

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Open Instruction - Summer Evening 5-week sessions

Experience with beginning ceramics is recommended, but not required

Tuesday nights : June 10-July 8, 6-9pm
Instructor: Chad Steve, Artist in Residence
Focus: Throwing/Altering/Surfaces

Tuesday nights : July 15-August 12, 6-9pm
Instructor: Casey Zablocki, Artist in Residence
Focus: Intermediate/Advanced Handbuilding Techniques

Each 5-week session:
$100 for members/ $105 for non-members

Sign up for BOTH: $195 for members / $205 for non-members

Bring your ideas to create your own projects. Weekly demonstrations will include new ideas and techniques based on the “Focus” of the 5-week session, as well as demos designed to suit the needs of students enrolled.

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Cone 10 Ceramics – Making & Firing for Gas Reduction and Soda

Prior experience with ceramics required

Thursday nights: June 12-August 14, 6-9pm
Instructor: Casey Zablocki, woodfire artist-in-residence

10-week session
$235 for members /$245 for non-members
(price includes $40 lab fee for materials and initial firing in each kiln)

Students will explore new ideas and possibilities for wheel thrown and hand built forms and have the chance to see the difference in results between standard gas reduction firing and firing in the soda kiln. Demonstrations and lectures on firing techniques will be given, allowing students plenty of time to concentrate on their own ideas. Students will be expected participate in some class firings outside of class meeting times in order to gain confidence in kiln firing skills. Returning students will continue to refine skills and experiment with slips and colorants.

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Raku Firing - Short Session

Open to all skill levels

Sunday nights: July 27-August 17, 6-9pm
Instructor: Orville Chigbrow

4-week session
$100 members/$110 non-members
(price includes $20 lab fee for materials and firings 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! This is a great way to enjoy summer evenings and ceramics!!!



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 12 students per session.

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

Summer Kids and Teen Camps

Animal Menagerie (for ages 5-8yrs)
June 16-20, 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Marlies Borchers

$85 per child ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

Chia pets, forest creatures, and furry friends! Participants will learn the basics of ceramic sculpture by creating an animal village together!

Decorating Ceramics (for ages 9-13yrs)
June 23-27, 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Sarah Jess Hurt

$85 per child ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

Make basic wheel-thrown and handbuilt forms and learn different ways to make them unique: painting, stamping, carving, cutouts, and more!

Superheroes and Fantasy Characters (for ages 5-8yrs)
July 14-18, 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Sarah Jess Hurt

$85 per child ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

Look out Hamburglar! We are getting busy at the Clay Studio making heroes of our choice! We will spend the week learning how to slab build small figures dedicated to each child's favorite figure. The class will also learn how to use slips and underglazes to decorate the figures. By the end of the week we will have a figure and a platform for each figure made.

Handbuilding Tableware (for ages 9-13yrs)
July 21-25, 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Marlies Borchers

$85 per child ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

Plates, cups, bowls and vases, each day a new piece of tableware! Leave with a whole dining set!

Sea Creature Creations (for ages 5-8yrs)
August 4-8, 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Sarah Jess Hurt

$85 per child ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

We will learn basic hand building techniques in order to build imaginary mercats and mermonkeys of each child's choice. If you can dream it we can make it at the Clay Studio of Missoula! At the end of the week your child will go home with the creatures they have made and a small fish bowl; a clay pet you never have to feed!

Teen Wheel Throwing (for ages 12-18yrs)
August 11-15, 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Marlies Borchers

$100 per 'tween or teen ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

Explore the age-old process of spinning clay into vessels. Teens will learn the possibilities and limitations of this ancient ceramic skill!


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



Create something special at the Clay Studio of Missoula! Our new 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


Saturday, June 14, 2-5pm
For the Birds
Create feeders, baths, or homes for your feathered friends!

Sunday, July 20, 2-5pm - CANCELED!!!
In the Picnic Basket

Make clay dishes and food for your summer picnic adventures!

Sunday, August 10, 2-5pm
Celebrating Pets

Make custom pet accessories, dishes, houses, or shrines and portraits for your existing or fantasy pets!

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

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 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.

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. 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)

NEW: 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.