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

Monday afternoons: March 27-April 24, 1-4pm
Instructor: Crista Ann Ames, artist in residence

$110 for members / $120 for non-members for this 5 week session

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.

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Open Instructed
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Some experience in ceramics is helpful, but not required

Monday afternoons: May 1-June 5, 1-4pm (no class meeting on May 29)
Instructor: Dudley Anderson

$140 for members / $150 for non-members
(includes $30 lab fee for materials and firing during class meeting times)

Students will have the chance to work on projects independently in and outside of class and learn how to make forms that work effectively with raku, horsehair, and naked raku. 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.

Raku - 5 weeks
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Beginning Pottery

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

Monday evenings: March 27-May 29, 6-9pm
Instructor: Kirk Jackson, artist in residenc


Sunday afternoons: April 2-June 4, 2-5pm
Instructor: Andrew Avakian, 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!

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Monday Beginning Pottery
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Sunday Beginning Pottery
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Intermediate/Advanced Pottery

Prior experience on the wheel is recommended

Tuesday evenings: March 28-May 30, 6-9pm (10 weeks)
Instructor: Joshua Kuensting, artist in residence

$210 for members/ $225 for non-members

Interested in taking your throwing skills to a higher level? Do you have a particular ceramic form that you want to spend focused time on making and improving through constructive feedback?  In this class, we will focus on producing utilitarian work, and will explore more challenging forms beyond the basic cup and bowl. On the first night of class, students will determine the topics of in-class demonstrations for following weeks.

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Int/Adv Pottery
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Advanced Research- Special Projects

Prior experience with ceramics is required

Wednesday nights
Session 1: March 29-April 26, 6-9pm
Session 2: May 3-May 31, 6-9pm

Instructor: Crista Ann Ames, artist in residence

One 5-week session: $110 for members / $120 for non-members
Or sign up for both sessions and save $: $210 for members / $225 for non-members

Ever had a sculpture idea that you didn’t know where to begin? In this course, students will investigate intermediate and advanced building techniques for making sculpture. Bring proposal ideas for the first class so we can work together to create a plan of accomplishment. Demonstrations will be based around the needs of each student.

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Special Projects- Advanced Research
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Wood/Soda Firing - Cone 10

Some experience in ceramics is helpful

Sunday evenings: April 2-30, 6-9pm (5 weeks)
Instructor: Joshua Kuensting, Artist in Residence

tuition: $150 for members / $160 for non-members
(includes $40 firing/fuel fee for one firing)

The focus of this class will be on creating ceramic works that will be fired to cone 10 in the wood/soda kiln. In class demonstrations and lectures will focus mostly on wood firing theory and practices allowing students plenty of time to concentrate on making pieces inspired by their own ideas. Students will be expected to spend some time at the kiln site preparing and firing the kiln (dates to be scheduled at first class meeting)

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Wood/Soda - Cone 10
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Wood/Soda Firing - Exploring Low-Fire Temperatures

Some experience in ceramics is helpful

Thursday evenings: April 27 to May 25, 6-9pm (5 weeks)
Instructor: Chris Drobnock, Wood Fire Artist in Residence

tuition: $150 for members / $160 for non-members
(includes $40 firing/fuel fee for one firing)

This class centers around the goal that the work will be completed in a manner consistent with that of a reduction fired kiln, using the cross draft wood kiln. Work will be fired between cone 04 - cone 3 with down firing (reduction cooling). Colored slip and decoration will be explored. Hand building techniques focusing on the ideas surrounding functional ware will be demonstrated. Play is encouraged. Students will be expected to spend some time at the kiln site preparing and firing the kiln (dates to be scheduled at first class meeting)

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Wood/Soda - Lowfire
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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!

SPRING Session Classes

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!

Unfortunately, our Winter Session Ceramics for Ages 9-12 starting Thursday, Feb 23 has been canceled

*new* 6 week session: All Ages Kids Clay

Suitable for Ages 5-12
Thursdays, April 6-May 11, 3:30-5:30pm
Students will focus on a variety of handbuilding projects, creating functional and sculptural forms.
$130 per child, per session ($10 discount for members)

Kids Clay- All Ages
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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


Saturday, March 4, 2-5pm
Saturday, April 1, 2-5pm

Saturday, May 6, 2-5pm
Saturday, June 3, 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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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 below.

Community Rental Options
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