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!

SINGLE DAY CLASSES

Play with Clay

Saturdays 12:30-1:30, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30   $30/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 to glaze your piece!

Sign up for November/December by clicking on the time frame desired:

12:30-1:30pm 

2-3pm

3:30-4:30pm

Sign up for January-May by clicking on the time frame desired:

12:30-1:30pm 

2-3pm

3:30-4:30pm

 

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

Take a Spin

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

2nd Saturdays 6-7:30pm*

 $40/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 13 and up. 

Return a few weeks later to glaze your piece! 

*Evening Take a Spin requires a reservation and is only open to students 18 and older.

Sign up for November/December by clicking on the time frame desired:

1-2pm

2:30-3:30pm

3rd Saturdays 6-7pm

Reservations required

Sign up for January-May by clicking on the time frame desired:

1-2pm

2:30-3:30pm

Pottery Painting

Stop in during our open studio hours 12-5pm* 

Come choose from our selection of unique bisqueware and have fun glazing it. You choose the colors and design. Examples will be available to help ignite your imagination and a Clay Studio Attendant to help with questions. All levels and ages are welcome. 

$25 per piece. Pay inside the gallery when you arrive.

*Glazing usually takes about 1 hour to complete. Doors close at 4pm to ensure participants have enough time to glaze.

Saturday Nights Out

Take a Spin Evening

2nd Saturdays 6-7:30pm $45/per 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.

Take a Spin evening allows participants to enjoy a night on the town! Visit the Muse for Take a Spin and then enjoy the many restaurants in downtown Modesto to complete your night! 

Return a few weeks later to glaze your piece! 

*Evening Take a Spin requires a reservation and is only open to students 18 and older.

Sign up here!

Pottery Date Night

1st and 3rd Saturdays 6-7:30pm 

$60/per couple

Join 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 (12-5pm on Saturdays) to glaze their piece together. 

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

Sign up here for December!

Sign up here for January-May!

Kids Classes

Creative Clay

Creative Clay focuses on the 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.

$85/monthly or $382.50/semester (save 10%!)

Sibling Clay: K-8th Tuesday 2-3pm OR Thursday 2-3pm Sibling friendly classes are the same as our after-school classes but offered during the school day allowing families to have all of their children in one class for their convenience. These classes are ideal for families who home-school. 

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Sign up here for Thursday!

 

Creative Clay I: K-2nd Thursdays 3:30-4:30 

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Creative Clay II: 3rd-5th Thursdays 5-6pm 

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Creative Clay III: 6th-8th Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 

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Teen Pottery

13-18 years old 

Fridays 4-5:30pm

 $150/monthly $675/semester (save 10%!)

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 of learning how to center, pull, and trim a pot. Students will learn to throw various forms, leading to successful bowls, cups, vases, and more.

Tools, clay, and firing are included in the cost of this class. 

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WEEKLY ADULT CLASSES

Beginning Wheel Throwing

December Classes

Monday Night 6-8pm – Instructor Alex Ayres

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Thursday Night 6-8pm – Instructor Alex Ayres

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Friday Afternoon 1-3pm – Instructor Alex Ayres

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Spring Semester: January-May

Monday Night 6-8pm – Instructor Alex Ayres

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Wednesday Night 6-8pm – Instructor Alex Ayres

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Thursday Night 6:30-8:30pm – Instructor Julienne “Puka” Pin

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Friday Afternoon 1-3pm – Instructor Alex Ayres

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$150/per monthly* or $675/semester (save 10%!)

*Our wheel throwing classes are designed to ongoing classes. If you can only commit to one month at a time please call the gallery to ask about our Venture Clay punch cards!

Learn to throw cups, bowls, and vases in this introductory class. Basic low-fire glazing techniques will be taught to produce beautiful finished ceramic pieces.

Each month a new project will be completed on the wheel. We encourage students to grow their skills by coming back month after month! 

Notes

  • 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. 
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your first class to purchase your clay from the Muse Gallery.
  • Please note that wheel throwing is a physically demanding art form. If you have any physical limitations give us a call and we can help you decide if another class may be a better fit for you.
  • Beginning wheel students may rent a locker at a discounted rate of $50/month

Please note that wheel throwing is a physically demanding art form. If you have any physical limitations give us a call and we can help you decide if another class may be a better fit for you.

Beyond the Basics

Sundays 12-2pm
Instructor - Brie Wolf
$175/monthly or $787/semester (save 10%!!)

Have a bit of experience on the wheel? Want to challenge your throwing and design skills? This beginner/intermediate class is geared toward those who are able to center their own clay, can throw a cylinder (albeit imperfect!) and are looking to try new techniques and forms.

Sign up here!

Notes

  • 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. 
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to purchase these items in the Muse Gallery. 
  • Please note that wheel throwing is a physically demanding art form. If you have any physical limitations give us a call and we can help you decide if another class may be a better fit for you.

 

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Tuesdays 6-8pm
Instructor - Julienne "Puka" Pin
$175/monthly or $787/semester (save 10%!!)

Those who have achieved throwing competency are welcome in this class. Students will learn more advanced throwing techniques such as throwing lidded vessels, altering wheel-thrown pieces, constructing multi-part pieces such as teapots, and more. More complex glazing and mid-range firing will be available.

Sign up here!

Notes

  • 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. 
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to purchase these items in the Muse Gallery. 
  •  Intermediate students will have access to a locker in the clay studio. 
  • Please note that wheel throwing is a physically demanding art form. If you have any physical limitations give us a call and we can help you decide if another class may be a better fit for you.

 

Clay Explorations Weekly

Sundays 3-5pm

Instructor – Brie Wolf

$240/monthly or $864/semester (save 10%!!)

This class is for everyone! Enjoy an open-ended, fluid experience that allows you to use the materials provided (texture tools, slab-rolling equipment, pottery wheel, and more!) to create functional pieces of pottery and beautiful works of art based on your individual artistic goals. All materials provided.

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Clay Explorations Bimonthly

1st and 3rd Mondays 1-3pm
Instructor - Sandra Veneman
$120/monthly or $432/semester (save 10%!!)

This class will explore the many facets of clay from forming and firing to surface decoration and glazing. Learn some hand-building techniques and dabble with wheel throwing. Try out an array of glazing techniques from underglaze to luster firing. All levels are welcome.

 All materials and firings included.

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Longlady Project

1st and 3rd Mondays 4-6pm 

February through May

Instructor – Sandra Veneman

$150/monthly or $540/semester (save 10%!!) This is a project based class, participants must commit to the whole semester. Registration closes after the first class.

Learn the basics of hand-building and sculpture techniques in clay and other materials to create your own personalized Longlady. Students will explore various techniques and materials to create a truly one-of-a-kind work of art in the style of Sandra Veneman’s Longladies. Students will be guided step by step through the process of creating their very own LongLady. All materials and supplies need to create your Longlady will be included, however, students may wish to provide specialty materials or other embellishments in addition to those provided. 

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Visit our Open Studio!

Open Studio Hours: Saturdays 12-5 pm 

(no entry after 4pm.)

Visit our clay studio during hours to experiment with clay, spend extra time on your class project, or 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 single-day 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.

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