Clay and Supplies

The Clay Studio of Missoula is now offering pick-up and drop-off  appointments for a small selection of supplies as well as bisque firing services for Family Clay Kits.

Family Clay Kits!

These kits include a 25 lb block of earthenware clay and bisque firing for all work created with your clay purchase.  You will also receive a selection of glaze colors and brushes for application.

Orders made by 3pm on a weekday will be available for pick-up the following business day (M-F). Please stop by during our gallery hours, 12-5pm Monday - Friday, or make an appointment by calling or emailing the office at 406-543-0509 or fire@theclaystudioofmissoula.org

These downloadable pdfs will be emailed to get you started on some at-home clay projects.  

1.  Clay Project Guide

2.  At-Home Tool Guide

3.  Safety Guide for At-Home Ceramics

You can also find this information plus more fun projects on our Kids and Family Resources Page!

Supplies for Clay Studio Members and Students

In an effort to keep your hands in clay, The Clay Studio of Missoula is now offering pick-up for online clay purchases for current members.  

Orders made by 3pm on a weekday will be available for pick-up the following business day (M-F). Please stop by during our gallery hours, 12-5pm Monday - Friday, or make an appointment by calling or emailing the office at 406-543-0509 or fire@theclaystudioofmissoula.org

The Clay Studio of Missoula has a limited supply of clay for members and students.  Please limit purchases to four or less bags of clay.

Interested in a membership? More information here on our Membership Page

Classroom Clay Project Boxes

Simple, individually packaged clay projects that are meant to remain unfired.

These project boxes are great for classrooms, daycares, summer camps, and even parties!  

The projects are designed to be accessible to all experience levels and all ages.

$20 per box

Each box contains 24 individual project kits.
 

For very young students, assistance will be required with reading and following project directions.

 

Large print format instructions are available upon request.  Please indicate how many project kits will need large format text instructions when you request or purchase a Project Box.

 

Please order your Classroom Clay Project Box one week ahead of pick-up.  Schedule your pick-up appointment close to when you plan to use your project box- even though the clay is in plastic baggies, it does dry out over time.  It’s best fresh!

 

We offer these Classroom Clay Project Boxes as a donation to organizations without the funds necessary to purchase.  Please email your Classroom Clay Project Box donation request to fire@theclaystudioofmissoula.org.  

 

Project Choices:

 

1.  The Chrysalis Project

Each individual project bag contains:  wet clay, instruction booklet

Project Description:  Find a special rock to draw a butterfly on.  Enclose your butterfly within a clay chrysalis.  Place your chrysalis outdoors where you can easily check on it.  Watch as the weather erodes your chrysalis until your butterfly emerges!

2.  Animal Totems

Each individual project bag contains:  dry Missoula valley clay, instruction booklet

Project Description:  Moisten your dry, Missoula clay by putting the clay into a small bowl and slowly add water with a spray bottle or by the spoonful.  Mix as you go with your fingers.  When the clay starts to stick together and clump, squish and kneed it until it turns into something you can model with.  Think of your favorite animal and make it out of your special Missoula clay.  Where do you think your animal would most like to live?  Find an environment in your yard or park.  Set your animal friend free!  When it dries, it will melt back into the earth where it came from and your animal friend will become part of its favorite environment.

 

3.  Sprouting Sculptures

Each individual project bag contains:  wet clay, rye seeds, instruction booklet

Project Description:  Pinch a pot, flatten and smash a cookie or two, or sculpt your favorite thing.  Press rye seeds into your clay creation where you want some green growing fluff to sprout!  Place carefully back into the plastic clay bag.  Seal it up and set your project somewhere safe.  If it starts to dry out, give it a spritz with a spray bottle.  Watch as the rye germinates and grows!

Purchase Classroom Project Boxes
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Instructions & Appointments
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Times:

Orders made by 3pm on a weekday will be available for pick-up the following business day (M-F).  Please stop by during our gallery hours, 12-5pm Monday - Friday, or make an appointment by calling or emailing the office at 406-543-0509 or fire@theclaystudioofmissoula.org

Changes to this process will be posted here, and communicated with anyone using our drop-off services.

Any questions can be directed to info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org

Labeling your Family Clay Kits for bisque:

Please be sure your name or initials, (or even a special symbol!)  is clearly written on your pieces you are leaving to be fired.  Please label your box with the same name or initials or symbol to simplify reboxing once the pieces have been fired. Feel free to reuse the box your clay came in if the work fits!

Please note:  These new services are a work in progress!  

If circumstances change, we may need to cancel services at a moments notice.  If we do cancel these services, we will be sure to deliver any goods and complete all firing services once we are approved to do so again.  We will be in prompt communication with all parties using this service regarding any changes or possible delays.  

Thank you for your understanding!

THANK YOU!

 

The Clay Studio of Missoula is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions support

The Clay Studio of Missoula community programs and are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

1106 Hawthorne St.

Missoula, MT 59802

406-543-0509

info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org

Public Hours: M-F 12-5pm, Saturdays 12-3pm

By appointment M-F 10am-12pm
(must schedule appt at least 24 hr in advance)

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