Classes & Studio Rental Opportunities

students workingOur classes are a great way to explore your creative side and have a good time. We invite you to join us for the fun!

The tuition cost of all classes at the Clay Studio of Missoula includes:
one 25 lb. bag of clay, use of studio facilities at all times (24/7--except the hours when other classes or special events are in session - see the current session calendar), and a personal storage cubby.

Firing fees and extra clay cost an additional, nominal fee (unless otherwise noted).

Call today to enroll (406-543-0509) or enroll online now!





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Daytime Open Instructed, Beginning Pottery, Woodfire, Mold Making for Ceramics
NEW: Raku (starts October 17)

Click here to learn more about this SPECIAL WORKSHOP:
GO LOW! - Making and Firing Work for Lowfire Wood with George McCauley & Phil Mahn

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RAKU - new 5 week class starts 10/17

Some experience in ceramics is helpful, but not required

Tuesday afternoons: October 17-November 14, 1-4pm (10 weeks)
Instructor: Dudley Anderson

$140 for members / $150 for non-members

Students will have the chance to work on projects independently in and outside of class and learn how to make forms that work effectively with raku, horsehair, and naked raku. The first class will involve an introduction to making works specifically for the raku kiln, which will be continued to be made and fired during the following sessions as work is completed and bisqued.

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Raku - 5 weeks
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Daytime Open Instruction

This class is open to students of all skill levels who are interested in either handbuilding or throwing

Monday afternoons: September 11-November 14, 1-4pm (10 weeks)
Instructor: Chris Drobnock, artist in residence

$210 for members / $225 for non-members

Bring your ideas to create your own projects. Weekly demonstrations will include new ideas and techniques, as well as demos designed to suit the needs of students enrolled.

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Open Instructed
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Beginning Pottery

This class is suitable for absolute beginners and students needing a refresher

Enroll on one of the following 10-week sessions:

Monday evenings: September 11-November 13, 6-9pm ***Monday sesssion is FULL***
(accepting waitlist requests - call or email us to be placed on the waitlist)
Instructor: Kirk Jackson, Artist in Residence


Thursday evenings: September 14-November 16, 6-9pm
Instructor: Andrew Avakian, Artist in Residence

$210 for members/ $225 for non-members

Students will learn about clay bodies, wheel-throwing, and hand building techniques, as well as processes for glazing and firing. Participants will practice making a variety of ceramic forms including cups, handled mugs, bowls, vases, and plates. Requirements: A positive attitude and desire to try and learn!

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Thursday Beginning Pottery
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Fall Wood Fire

Prior experience with ceramics highly recommended

Tuesday evenings: September 12-November 14, 6-9pm
Instructor: Scott McClellan, WoodFire Artist in Residence

$295 members/$310 non-members
(tuition: $210 for members/ $225 for non-members PLUS $85 firing/fuel fee for Anagama firing)

Students will explore new ideas and possibilities for wheel thrown forms and sculptures that will be fired in the anagama kiln. Demonstrations and lectures on wood firing techniques will be given each class, allowing students plenty of time to concentrate on their own ideas. Students are expected to spend some weekend time at the wood kiln helping to prepare for firings by splitting and stacking wood and assisting with overall kiln maintenance, as well as work shifts during the November firing (loading and firing schedule TBD by instructor and class).

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Mold Making for Ceramics

Prior experience with ceramics recommended

Wednesday evenings: September 13-November 15, 6-9pm (10 weeks)
Instructor: Ben Jordan, Artist in Residence

$235 for members / $250 for non-members
(includes $25 fee for plaster and some mold making supplies)

Utilizing molds is an effective way of creating multiples for both sculptural and functional forms. In this class students will have the opportunity to learn about and create bisque molds, plaster press molds, and basic plaster molds for slipcasting. Students will also learn how to most effectively use these molds, covering effective press molding techniques and an introduction to making and using casting slip.

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Mold Making For Ceramics
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kids classOur classes provide a fun and educational environment where children can explore their creative interests in ceramics, focusing on self-expression through handbuilding techniques. Classes for older children can include time on the wheel

Clay classes during the school year meet Thursday afternoons. Summer classes meet in the mornings for one week. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per session.

No prior ceramics experience is needed for these classes. Sign your child up today!


FALL Programming for Children & Teens

All Ages Kids Clay - Suitable for Ages 5-12

Thursdays, September 28-November 2, 3:30 - 5:30pm (6 weeks)
$130 per child, per session ($10 discount for members)

In this fun and educational six-week class, students will focus on a variety of fun handbuilding projects, creating both functional and sculptural forms.

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Kids Clay- All Ages
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Create something special at the Clay Studio of Missoula! Our family workshops run on weekend afternoons and are a perfect weekend activity for an adult and child to do together! We will fire and put a clear glaze on projects, which will be ready for pickup 2-3 weeks after your session


Sunday, September 10, 2-5pm
Sunday, October 1, 2-5pm
Saturday, November 4, 2-5pm
Sunday, December 3, 2-5pm

Daily Fee: $35 total for 2 students (Adult + 1 child OR two adults) . Includes clay, glazing, and firings.
Additional adults and children welcome per family for $15 per individual

It is helpful for us to prepare for the approximate # of participants and know there is interest!
Please note: the classroom is open on some weekends, the office is not, so we may not be able to return your call the day of the workshop - if class is canceled or full, we will post it on the website the Friday prior to the scheduled workshop, and contact any pre-registered individuals if there is a cancelation. If the class is not listed as "FULL" you can attend the class.

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Contact Information

If you would like to enroll in a class, please contact the studio at 406-543-0509 or via email at, or register using the Paypal payment option. We genuinely appreciate your support!

Pre-registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A student will only be registered for a class upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit amounting to half of the class tuition, or by paying in full. If you wish to just make a deposit, this may be done in person or by phone. All online registrations can only be paid in full.

Class tuition covers instruction during scheduled meeting times, use of the studio, and your first 25 lbs. of clay. Students are charged an extra nominal fee for glazing and firing, and additional clay, unless otherwise stated.




In the event that the Clay Studio is forced to cancel a class, a full refund will be issued. If a student chooses to cancel for any reason prior to the first day of class, a non-refundable deposit will be withheld (see chart below for refund fees)

Refund fees for cancellations made prior to the first day of class:
For a 10-week class: $50
For a 5-week class or kids class: $25

If you opt to receive credit towards a future class instead of a refund, you will receive the full amount back in a Gift Certificate toward a future class, minus a $10 processing fee.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no refund given after the first class meeting.

Minors in Adult Classes

Under 13 years of age: May not enroll in any of our adult programming.
Minors Ages 13-15 years:  May only enroll if it is alongside an enrolled parent/responsible adult in certain classes that do not involve active firing processes or off-site activities. Their enrollment must be approved by the office.
Minors Ages 16-17 years: Individuals in this age group may enroll in certain classes that do not involve active firing processes or off-site activities. Their enrollment must be approved by the office.

Click here to access all rules and procedures cocerning minors enrolled in adult classes

Code of Conduct

It is important to us at The Clay Studio of Missoula to provide a safe working environment for all our students and members. Please review our Code of Conduct, and report any unsafe situation to a staff member. We reserve the right to refuse service and access to anyone who is in violation of our Code of Conduct.

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Accessibility at the Clay Studio of Missoula

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Community Space Rental

Aspiring and advanced ceramicists seeking studio workspace are encouraged to become a Clay Studio of Missoula studio artist! The basic monthly access fee provides studio artists with three 4' long shelves of storage space and use of community workspace, tools, and equipment. Additional costs apply for clay and firings. 

Basic Monthly Rental Fee: $105
Additional shelves (up to 2 max): $10 per shelf, per month

Semi-private spaces (limited availability)
Spaces are approximately 80 sq.ft. and include one shelving unit. For the primary renter the monthly rental rate is $260 month-to-month. The rate is $235/month with a minimum 6 month lease. A one year lease further reduces the monthly rate to $210/month.

One additional person, a secondary renter, may share the individual work space for an additional fee of $105 per month (which covers their basic monthly access).

Note: Studio artists renting community and semi-private space must possess a current Clay Studio of Missoula annual membership.
Find out more about membership here.

Are you a current renter and wanting to make an online payment on your rent?
We now have that option available below.

Community Rental Options
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