Classes & Studio Rental Opportunities

Our 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
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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.

sign up for one of the following sessions:

Monday nights: March 24-May 26, 6-9pm (FULL - accepting waitlist requests)
Instructor: Casey Zablocki, Artist in Residence


Sunday nights: March 30-June 1, 6-9pm (FULL - accepting waitlist requests)
Instructor: Lee Stuurmans, Studio Manager

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

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

Monday afternoons: March 24-May 26,1-4pm
Instructor: Chad Steve, Artist in Residence

10-week session
$195 for members/ $205 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. This class is open to pottery and hand building students of all skill levels, but some experience in ceramics will be helpful.

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Intermediate/Advanced Throwing and Altering

Good foundations in beginning ceramics is recommended

Tuesday nights: March 25-May 27, 6-9pm
Instructor: Chad Steve, Artist in Residence

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

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Raku Firing

Open to all skill levels

Wednesday nights: March 26-May 28, 6-9pm
Instructor: Orville Chigbrow

10-week session
$235 for members /$245 for non-members
(price includes $40 lab fee for materials and firings during class meeting times)

This class will introduce students to the history and philosophy of raku as well as: basic glaze chemistry and mixing, how to make and use terra sigillata, alternative firing techniques, horsehair raku, and an introduction to saggar firing. Students will have the chance to work on their ceramic works independently in class and learn how to make forms that work effectively with raku, horsehair, etc.

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

Prior experience with ceramics required

Thursday nights: March 27-May 29, 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.



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. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per session.

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

Pottery for Kids
For ages 5-10

Spring SESSION: Thursdays: May 1-22, 3:30 - 5:30 pm (4 class meetings)
$85 per child ($5 discount for members). Class fee includes materials and firings

Students will focus on making unique handbuilt forms as well as have a chance to try out the potter’s wheel under supervision

Final glazed projects for all kids classes will be available for pick-up 2-3 weeks after the final session

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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 you session


Sunday, March 16, 2-5pm
Theme: Spring is Coming! : Planters and garden ideas

DATE & TIME CHANGE: Saturday, April 19, 11am-2pm
Earth Day Family Clay Workshop: Honoring mother earth!

Sunday, May 4, 2-5pm
Mothers' Day Family Clay Workshop: Gifts for MOM!

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 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.