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Other Events

On and off-site special events & programs.

Upcoming Special Events


Saturday, December 10, 2-5pm

Free to attend and open to everyone!

We are thrilled to host our Holiday Open House this year and welcome back the amazing Steve Glueckert, who will be providing musical entertainment for the afternoon.


In addition to live music and the chance to browse our holiday sale, the Clay Studio will offer free artist demonstrations by our talented resident artists & instructors and other fun activities, including decoration painting, and more!  



Come visit our activity booth at these fun community events and discover a fun clay activity!

Winter Made Fair

Sunday, December 11, 10am-5pm

Event Location: Adams Center, University of Montana

Interested in volunteering at outreach events? We'd love your help!

Please email Kelly Seitz to learn about volunteer opportunities

small scale - BIG IDEA:  A Workshop with Richard Notkin


Free public lecture, Friday, February 3, 7pm

(as part of the opening reception of "small works - BIG IDEAS” juried exhibit)
Workshop Dates: February 4-5, 2023 - 9am- 4pm both days

Tuition: $275 (members receive $15 discount)

Fee includes instruction, basic class materials, plus lunch on both workshop meeting days.

Enrolled students will be given a list of suggested tools to bring to class.


This class is open to students of all levels, but some experience in ceramics is helpful.

Running in conjunction with a national exhibition with the same name juried by Richard Notkin at the Clay Studio of Missoula, this workshop will expand on its theme in myriad ways.  As Notkin stated in the prospectus for the exhibition, "As the poet economizes words, there can be a strength in the conservation of materials. Put simply, you can say a lot with a small amount of clay. And if our future includes working towards sustainable practices in the ceramic arts, small scale will become one of the most progressive and viable strategies. After all, the aesthetic impact of a work of art is not proportional to its scale alone, but to its concept and execution.”

During the course of this weekend workshop, Notkin will introduce participants to hands-on activities, demonstrations and illustrated lectures covering the technical and aesthetic knowledge he has gained during his 55 years working in clay.  Techniques and topics to be covered include small scale clay sculpting;  surface approaches to detail/texture/trompe l’oeil effects;  plaster mixing basics and detailed press molds;  relief tiles and mural construction;  narrative imagery, social/political themes and impactful commentary; and more.  

Discussions during lunch periods will focus on issues such as developing a unique personal aesthetic philosophy and approach to art making in a rapidly changing world and participant input, concerns and questions.  This will be an energetic, information packed workshop from an experienced studio artist who has conducted over 350 workshops and artist residencies throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East since the 1970’s.  

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