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: September 15-November 17, 6-9pm
Instructor: Koral Halperin, artist-in-residence


Wednesday nights: September 17-November 19, 6-9pm (FULL -accepting waitlist requests)
Instructor: Joshua Kuensting, artist-in-residence

10-week session
$205 for members/$215 for non-members
(Monday/Tuesday class SPECIAL! $15 off if you sign up online between September 12-13!)

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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Beginning Pottery

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Open Instruction - Daytime

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

Monday afternoons: September 15-November 17,1-4pm
Instructor: Orville Chigbrow

10-week session
$205 for members/ $215 for non-members
(Monday/Tuesday class SPECIAL! $15 off if you sign up online between September 12-13!)

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 Instructed

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Intermediate/Advanced Throwing and Handbuilding

Prior experience with ceramics is helpful

Tuesday nights: September 16-November 18, 6-9pm
Instructor: Chad Steve, Artist in Residence

10-week session
$205 for members/ $215 for non-members
(Monday/Tuesday class SPECIAL! $15 off if you sign up online between September 12-13!)

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 Throwing & Handbuilding

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Fall Woodfire

Prior experience with ceramics is helpful

Thursday nights: September 18-November 20, 6-9pm
Instructor: Casey Zablocki, woodfire artist-in-residence

10-week session
$285 for members /$295 for non-members
(price includes $80 lab fee for materials and initial firing in each kiln)

Students will explore 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


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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 12 students per session.

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

Fall Session Kids and Teen Classes

Handbuilding 101 (for ages 5-10yrs)
4 Thursdays - October 2-23, 3:30-5:30pm
$85 per student ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

Throwing 101 (for ages 11-18yrs)
4 Thursdays - October 30-November 20, 3:30-5:30pm

$95 per student ($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!

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or pay via PAYPAL

Kids/Teen Classes
include student's name & age
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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


Sunday, October 5, 2-5pm
Theme : Day of the Dead

Sunday, November 2, 2-5pm
Theme : A Grand Feast

Sunday, December 7, 2-5pm
Theme : Gifts!

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

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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.

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)

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.