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April 2020 Newsletter

Dear Clay Enthusiasts,

We are still committed to being a resource for ceramic arts and our community! The Clay Studio of Missoula is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, education and provision of resources in the ceramic arts. The Clay Studio of Missoula facility is closed through at least April 24. We are still working behind the scenes from our "home offices" to continue to engage with our greater community. We will be providing updates to everyone on our mailing list once we can resume minimal operations and be open for limited access and supply orders and pickup!

Artist Residency Applications Due 4/9/20

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT FOR ALL 2020/21 RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITIES!!! The residency program at the Clay Studio of Missoula is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists. Residents should be enthusiastic and dedicated to their artwork, enjoy working with other people in a community studio setting and have working knowledge of the ceramic medium. Previous experience working in a ceramics studio is strongly preferred. We are accepting applications for long term residencies starting Fall 2020, and other short term opportunities, including the UM Residency. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM & APPLICATION PROCESS, INCLUDING LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITIES, PLEASE VISIT OUR RESIDENCY PAGE

NEW Online Sales Gallery

CURRENT HIGHLIGHT: Work by resident artist Andrew Rivera

We are pleased to now offer an array of items by our represented artists for online purchase. To kick off this new feature, we will be showcasing work by our current artists-in-residence. Highlighted this week is a selection of work by Andrew Rivera. Andrew has a BFA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He aims to capture values from his Mexican heritage in his wares, including everyday rituals, connections, and relationships. He sees the interactions between user and vessel as an opportunity to reflect on interpersonal connections. From 2017-18, Andrew participated in the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) program at Northern Clay Center, where he also was a Sales Gallery, Education, and Exhibition Associate. Visit our website to view work by Andrew Rivera HERE

Potsketch Auction Updates

For obvious reasons, our Potsketch Auction Gala event IS NOT happening on Saturday April 11 at the UC Ballroom. Prior to postponing the event, so much work was already put into place for this important fundraiser by both the Clay Studio of Missoula and all the talented contributing artists. We are extremely disappointed to not be able to celebrate art and community with everyone in person this weekend. After careful thought and deliberation regarding our options, we have decided to convert this year's Potsketch Auction to an online auction platform and virtual event. We will be able to announce our new Online Spring Potsketch Auction Date(s) very soon. We have roughly one hundred amazing works of art that have been contributed to this event and look forward to sharing them with everyone! If you would like to be a business sponsor for our Potsketch 2020 Auction we are looking for support to help defray the costs of the event, and we will be working with an online platform that will promote our supporting sponsors. Sponsorships start at $100. Please email us for a sponsorship packet and ad spec information and deadlines.

Online Educational Resources

A couple of days ago, we sent an email about our new Clay Resources and Youth & Family Clay Resources web pages. 

We are working on adding new content to these pages and look forward to continuing to develop and provide these resources, even after our onsite programming resumes!

Class Schedule Updates

CLASSES FOR ADULTS We are working on class program planning for adult classes and keeping alert to our current and changing situation. We hope to have updates in the coming weeks regarding options for Adult Educational Programs which will be offered in shorter formats.

Currently, the Saturday, May 30 Experimental Raku Firing Techniques Workshop with Stephen Braun is still scheduled. We will work with enrolled students and the instructor to reschedule this amazing opportunity later this summer if we cannot have the workshop on May 30. To learn more and register for the Raku Workshop with Stephen Braun, please visit our website


Our Summer Camps are still currently scheduled and open for enrollment.

For our Summer Camp Offerings, please visit our Youth And Family Class Page

If any changes, postponement or cancelations need to be made to any of the classes, we will announce those modifications. We will work with registered students for refunds or class credit options with no penalty if we reschedule or cancel programs.

Register for current available classes online

Ways to Support The Clay Studio of Missoula

Like any small business or organization that has been impacted by COVID-19, we can use your support more than ever right now. No contribution is too small!

MAKE A DONATION Anytime! Click here to make a one time or monthly recurring donation If you would like to discuss other giving options and gifts, please contact Shalene Valenzuela directly and she will be happy to arrange phone call or virtual meeting with you. POTSKETCH 2020 Date(s) for Online Auction & Virtual Event TBA! Bid on amazing art works and/or make a contribution to help support The Clay Studio of Missoula Become a Business Sponsor - levels of sponsorship start at $100 email us for sponsor packet and ad spec information MISSOULA GIVES April 30-May 1 Make a donation to support our Educational Programming during this online giving event To learn more, please visit Thank you for your continued support!

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