2015 Workshops


Woodfire Invitational Lectures
Friday, May 15, 4pm
included with Full Package Registration & Peter Callas Workshop registration.
David Peters: Local Clay Lecture
Others TBA

Clay Studio Potluck to follow

Peter Callas Workshop – Forms With a Voice
Saturday, May 16, 10am-5pm
$85 members/$95 non-members (included with Full Package Registration)
includes lunch

Peter Callas Workshop Registration

Peter Callas has forged a style over forty years earning him a worldwide reputation for both his pioneering work with the Anagama kiln and his unique style of ceramic art. His work often speaks to the viewer through his spirited, poetic approach to clay and the art and magic of woodfire.

At this one-day workshop Peter will demonstrate ways to deal with throwing, wheel surfaces, trimming, slab and altering forms. Techniques will emphasize sculptural challenges, abstracting vessels and the aesthetics of one-of-kind forms, encouraging students to handle clay in new and exciting ways.

Peter will also give a PowerPoint presentation on his art, his influences and his twenty-three year long collaboration with Peter Voulkos. This intimate presentation will make a rewarding experience for participants at all levels.

To see more of his work visit his website: www.petercallas.com


Full Woodfire Package - limited availability (8 students)
$265 for non-members / $255 for members, seniors, and students
Full package sold out- accepting waitlist requests

Includes the Following:

  • Fire your work alongside invitational artists (May 2-10)
    This excellent opportunity is one not to be missed for woodfire enthusiasts. Fire alongside approximately one dozen invitational artists for this rare chance to learn about different techniques and gain experience from these talented guests from Montana and beyond (confirmed list TBA early March). Loading begins May 2, firing begins May 3 and continues for one week. Unloading will take place Sunday, May 17. Your fee covers wood firing materials and firing fees
  • Woodfire Invitational Artist Demos (May 15)
  • Peter Callas Workshop (May 16)

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Courtney MurphyWeekend Workshop with Adrian Arleo
Coil-Building the Figure in a Two-day Reduction Sauce

Saturday & Sunday, June 27-28, 10am - 5pm
FULL - accepting waitlist requests

$245 for non-members /
$235 for members, seniors, and students
tuition includes lunch during workshop and materials

Some clay experience is suggested.

This intensive two-day workshop will focus on coil-building techniques for the human form. Day 1 will be chock-full of demonstrations and slide presentations looking at problem solving, internal support structures and sectioning techniques for large work. Day 2 will be hands-on, with participants learning how to visualize where and technically how to start a medium-size seated figure. This beginning structure is critical as it functions as a strong, well engineered foundation supporting the rest of the piece. We will use a sculpture clay body with nylon fiber that's perfect for larger sculptural forms. Students have the option of taking their work home unfinished, or staying on at the Clay Studio through July 3 to finish it (access included with tuition).

Adrian Arleo n studio

Adrian Arleo is a ceramic sculptor living outside Missoula, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. 1983) and received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Arleo was an Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft in 1986-87, and at Sitka Center For Art and Ecology in 1987-88. For nearly thirty years, Arleo has focused her work on the human figure, often combining it with animal imagery, and other elements of the natural world. Some works allude to a relationship of understanding or connection between the human and animal realms. In others, human figures possess animal features in a way that reveals something hidden about the character or primal nature of the human.


If you would like to enroll in a workshop, please contact the Clay Studio at 406-543-0509, email at info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org.   You may also register online by clicking the appropriate Paypal "buy now" buttons.

Space is limited, and payment is due in full to reserve your spot.

The Clay Studio accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and DiscoverCard

The Clay Studio will offer students a full refund, less a $20 administrative fee up to 28 days before the day of the workshop.  If the Clay Studio is forced to cancel a workshop due to under-enrollment or unforeseen reasons, registrants will receive a full refund.

Thank you for your interest in our workshop series. We appreciate your support!


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