CLAY STUDIO

Clay Classes

Enter through the clay studio entrance at the back of the building. Walk down the mural alleyway and then turn right. (Play with Clay and Take a Spin are the exception - please enter through the gallery.)

All clay pieces will be held for 30 days after the class date. After the 30 days they will be disposed of to make room for new projects. We appreciate you being timely about picking up your creations!

Drop In Classes

Play with Clay

Saturdays 12:30-1:30 and 2-3pm   $25/person.

Learn a hand-building technique while being led step by step through a ceramics project. “Play with Clay” projects are designed to leave room for your creative spirit so you can have fun and create something you love! A wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Grab a friend and come on in! Families welcome. 

Return a few weeks later once your piece is fired to glaze ($10).

Sign up here – 12:30-1:30pm and 2-3pm

Please arrive 5 minutes before class time to allow time to sign in and make it upstairs to our clay studio.

Holiday Play with Clay!

Join us April 30th for special Mother’s Day projects. Mom and the kiddos can create memories and a special keepsake as they “play with clay” (grandma, dad, aunties, etc. are all welcome too! We will be making a “Mommy and Me” handprint wall hanging.

Build and glaze all in one day!

Sign up using the links listed above. You should register per child (per wall hanging). 

Take a Spin

Saturdays 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm

3rd Saturdays 6-7pm

 $35/person. 

Have you always wanted to try throwing on the wheel? Well, here is your chance! This new mini workshop is designed for beginners just like you who want to “Take A Spin” on the pottery wheel. Ages 12 and up. Looking for more formal instruction? Check out our weekly Beginning Wheel Throwing classes listed below. You can credit your “Take a Spin” payment toward your class!

Sign up here – 1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm

3rd Saturdays 6-7pm Reservations required.

Take a Spin Junior

Ages 10-15 years

You asked and we listened! Younger students now have a chance to try out the pottery wheel. Clay will be pre-centered on the wheel so that students can “take a spin.” This class will surely get students excited about all things clay!

Students will be given a coupon so they may return after about 2 weeks to glaze their completed piece ($10). The piece will then be fired again and will be ready to be picked up 2 weeks after they glazed the piece. 

4:30-5:30pm Choose from any of the following dates: 6/28, 6/29, 6/30, 7/19, 7/20, 7/21

$35/per day

Register here. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

Pottery Date Night

4th Fridays and Saturdays 6-7:30pm

6/24, 6/25, 7/22, 7/23, 8/26, 8/27 

$50/per coupleJoin us for a tandem wheel experience a-la the movie “Ghost.” Couples will be instructed on the basics of wheel throwing and then will take a spin on the wheel together. A unique and fun date idea for any couple! If a successful piece is thrown by the end of the session students may return during open studio hours (12-4pm Saturdays) to glaze their piece together ($10). 

Sign up here – Fridays or Saturdays 

Please be sure to register as a couple (only one registration necessary for both participants.)

Friends' Pottery Night

2nd Fridays and Saturdays 6-7:30pm

6/10, 6/11, 7/8, 7/9, 8/12, 8/13

$40/per person $200/six friends

Take a spin on the potters wheel in a fun and friendly environment. Bring your friends or make new ones as you enjoy refreshments and are introduced to the skill of wheel throwing.

Have you always wanted to try throwing on the wheel? Well, here is your chance! This new mini workshop is designed for beginners just like you who want to try their hand at the pottery wheel. 

Sign up here – Fridays or Saturdays

 

Kids Classes

Fun Fridays

Creative Clay

Ages 5-12 years

10-11am Fridays 

June 3rd – June 24th and July 8th – July 29th (Note that we will be taking the Friday before 4th of July off).

Join us for a summer session of Creative Clay. This class focuses on technical study and creative exploration of clay. Students are guided step-by step through all the projects, but there is always room for creative vision. Students will learn the basic methods of hand-building with clay: coil, pinch, slab, and sculpting.

Pay by the month or join us for just one project! (Registration required).

The clay projects take two weeks to complete. If you are joining us for just one project please sign up for any of these pairs of dates (6/3 and 6/10) (6/17 and 6/24) (7/8 and 7/15) (7/22 and 7/29)

$85/month or $60/one project (2 class dates)

Register here.

We are also offering Art Adventures as a Fun Friday class. Take a look at our Summer - Kids tab for more information.

Camp Creativity - Clay

Ages 5-12 years

1-4pm June 28th-30th or July 19th-21st

Camp Creativity – Clay is an exciting opportunity for students to explore the unique art medium clay! This camp will give students a chance to hand-mold clay and paint their pieces with glaze. Students will be taught hand-building techniques such as coil, slab and pinch as they create unique and functional artworks. 

$170/per 3 day camp

Register here: June or July

Teen Pottery

Ages 13-18 years

Teen Pottery is a fun and fully hands-on clay foundation course for throwing on the wheel. Students will be guided in a step-by-step process learning how to center, pull, and trim a pot. Students will learn to throw various forms, leading to successful bowls, cups, vases, and more.

Note: First time students will be required to purchase a clay tool kit (from the Chartreuse Muse) for $20. Students will also be required to purchase clay – $35 per bag (from the Chartreuse Muse). 

$165/monthly payments OR $446/semester (save 10%)

Fridays 3-5pm

Adult Classes (weekly)

Classes can be paid in full for the semester (save 10%!) or set up as a payment plan that is charged on the first each month.

We recommend that you sign up starting at the beginning of the month because our teachers structure their classes month by month. To do so simply register after the 1st of the month. If you sign up in the middle of the month your rates will be prorated accordingly, however, your classmates may be mid project as some of our lessons are completed over a few weeks.

Beginning Wheel Throwing

$175/monthly payments OR $473/semester (save 10%)

You’ve seen it in the movies, now learn how to do it yourself! In this introductory class, learn the skills necessary to throw cylinders, cups, bowls and more. Wedging, centering, pulling, lifting and trimming are demonstrated, and basic surface decoration techniques are also explored.

This class is designed for students with little or no experience on the potter’s wheel, though those with some experience are welcome in this class as well to learn new and slightly advanced techniques to continue to grow their skill!

Four hours of complimentary open studio use is included in the price of the class so that students may practice their throwing skills on their own time. Open studio is on Saturdays from 12-4pm.

Note: First time students are required to purchase a clay tool kit for $20. All students are required to purchase a bag of clay for $35. (These supplies must be purchased from The Chartreuse Muse). 

Beginning wheel students may rent a locker at a discounted rate of $50/month.

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

 Sign up here Wednesdays 6-8pm 

$175/monthly payments OR $473/semester (save 10%)

This class is designed for students who have taken Beginning Wheel Throwing for at least a full year and have advanced past the instruction of that class. 

Intermediate students will have access to a locker in the clay studio.

Four hours of complimentary open studio use is included in the price of the class so that students may practice their throwing skills on their own time. Open studio is on Saturdays from 12-4pm.

Note: First time students are required to purchase a clay tool kit for $20. All students are required to purchase a bag of clay for $35. (These supplies must be purchased from The Chartreuse Muse). Teachers may recommend additional supplies to the students on the first day of class. 

Visit our Open Studio!

Reservations are required to ensure access to a wheel during open studio hours. To make a reservation please call the gallery the week of the open studio session you wish to attend.
(209) 522-0935

Open Studio Hours: Saturdays 12-4 pm 

Visit our clay studio during open studio to experiment with clay, spend extra time on your class project or to sustain your art practice!

Open Studio Rates:

  • $25 for one hour of studio use and 1lb of clay OR 1oz of glaze
  • $35 for one hour using the pottery wheel

The Clay Studio at the Chartreuse Muse is a fully equipped ceramics studio that is open to anyone interested in hand building or wheel throwing clay. Classes in all clay techniques are offered. Take a class and then come back and enjoy your time in our Open Studio. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Interested in Open Studio, but don’t know where to start? Check out our drop in style classes “Play with Clay” and “Take a Spin.”

Studio Memberships are Available

Unsupervised, unlimited access to our fully stocked clay studio during Gallery hours (except Wednesdays). Clay and glazes available for purchase onsite provide a seamless working environment. We also will provide you with a 24x24x24” lockable storage cabinet. Members are encouraged to show their completed works in our Gallery.

Call our gallery at 209-522-0935 for more information or an application.