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 and 3:30-4:30   $35/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! (Glazing now included in the price.)

Sign up here – 12:30-1:30pm2-3pm and 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

3rd Saturdays 6-7pm (reservations required) $45/person. 

Have you always wanted to try throwing on the wheel? Well, here is your chance! This pottery experience is designed for beginners just like you who want to “Take A Spin” on the pottery wheel. Clay will be pre-centered on the wheel so you can relax and have fun attempting to make a piece of pottery! 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!

Ages 12 and up.

Sign up here1-2pm or 2:30-3:30pm

Saturdays 6-7pm Reservations required.

Pottery Date Night

1st Saturdays 6-7:30pm 

*Please note Pottery Date Night will be held on the 4th Saturday in October (10/22).

$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 (12-4pm Saturdays) to glaze their piece together. Glazing is now included in the fee.)

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

Sign up here!

Friends' Pottery Night

2nd Saturdays 6-7:30pm

$50/per person $270/six friends

Sign up with a friend and get $5 off! Use code – friendspottery5 at checkout.

Throw some “mud” on the potter’s wheel in a fun and friendly environment. Bring your friends or make new ones as you enjoy a studio environment and are introduced to the skill of wheel throwing. You will have the opportunity to come back and glaze your piece, complementary during Open Studio. 

Sign up here!

Kids Classes

Creative Clay

Creative Clay 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.

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

Sibling Clay: K-8th Tuesday 2-3pm OR Wednesday 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. Sign up Tuesday! Sign up Wednesday!

Creative Clay I: K-2nd Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 Sign up!

Creative Clay II: 3rd-5th Wednesdays 5-6pm Sign up!

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

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. 

Adult Classes - weekly

Beginning Wheel Throwing

$150/per month

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! If you purchase four months of classes at one time you get a bag of clay free!

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. Please arrive 15 minutes before your first class to purchase your clay from the Muse Gallery.

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

Monday Night’s Beginning Wheel Throwing

6-8pm

September – 9/12, 9/19, 9/26

October – 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24

November – 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21

December – 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

Thursday Night’s Beginning Wheel Throwing

                                            6-8pm

September – 9/8, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

October10/6, 10/13, 10/20/ 10/27

November – 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

December – 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22

Friday Afternoon Beginning Wheel Throwing

                                                     1-3pm

September – 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30

October  – 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

November – 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25

December – 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23 

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Wednesdays 6-8pm
$200/month

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

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. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to purchase these items in the Muse Gallery. 

Each month a new project will be completed on the wheel. We encourage students to grow their skills by coming back month after month! If you purchase four months of classes at one time you get a bag of clay free!

September 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28

October 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26

November 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23

December 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21

Clay Explorations

Sundays 1-3pm

$240/monthly or $864/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.

Sign up here!

Clay Explorations Bimonthly

1st and 3rd Tuesdays 10-12n

$432/semester (save 10%) or $120/month

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.

Instructor: Sandra Veneman

Sign up here!

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 12-5 pm (no entry after 4pm to ensure time to work and clean up)

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.