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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Beginninng in April! Daytime Open Instructed, Beginning Pottery, Continuing Pottery, and Woodfire

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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: April 2-June 4, 1-4pm
Instructor: Ben Jordan, artist in residence

$215 for members / $230 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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Beginning Pottery

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

Enroll on one of the following 10-week sessions:

Wednesday evenings: April 4-June 6, 6-9pm
Instructor: Chris Drobnock, Artist in Residence

$215 for members/ $230 for non-members


Thursday evenings: April 5- June 7, 6-9pm
Instructor: Ben Jordan, Artist in Residence

$215 for members/ $230 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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Wednesday Beginning Pottery
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Thursday Beginning Pottery
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Continuing Pottery

Prior experience with throwing on the wheel highly recommended

Monday evenings: April 2-June 4, 6-9pm
Instructor: Kirk Jackson, Artist in Residence

$215 for members / $230 for non-members

Ready to take your throwing skills to the next level? Students will explore techniques beyond the basics, including altering thrown forms for a unique look and creating more complex works such as lidded vessels, pitchers, and teapots. Students will be tasked to focus on design and function, and will have a chance to experiment with high-fire clay, glaze, and processes, including cone 10 gas reduction and soda firing.

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Wood Firing - Exploring the Cross Draft Kiln

Prior experience with ceramics highly recommended

Tuesday evenings: April 3-June 5, 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 at least 2 firings)

Students will be tasked to create functional and/or smaller sculptural ceramic works that will be wood fired in a 2-3 day period. The number of firings and firing approaches will be dependent on the number of students and desire of effects by participants. Options include a standard firing/cooling, reduction cooling, and/or wood/soda.  In-class demonstrations and lectures will focus mostly on wood firing theory and practices allowing students plenty of time to concentrate on making pieces inspired by their own ideas. Students will be expected to spend time at the kiln site preparing for and firing the kiln (dates of firings to be discussed at first class meeting)

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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!


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Spring Break Classes Children & Teens

Sculpting Live Animal Models (For Ages 5-10)

Monday March 26-Friday March 30, 9:30am - 11:30am daily
$100 per child, per session ($10 discount for members)

Learn to sculpt your favorite animals with live animal models! Students will pratice basic clay sculpting techniques such as pinching, coiling and slip/scoring to build a solid foundationfor working in clay, while getting inspriation from real-life animals. Practice is fun when your favorite furry friend comes along! (*sign up available to bring your own pet to class for one session as a model - limitations apply)

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Sculpting Animals - Ages 5-10
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Teen Throwing Intensive (Ages 11-18)

Monday March 26-Friday March 30, 1pm - 3:30pm daily
$150 per child, per session ($10 discount for members)

Students will learn about basic throwing techniques, finishing thrown forms, and glazing processes in this quick and dirty intensive.

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Spring Session Classes Children & Teens

Teen Throwing (for ages 11-18)

Thursdays, April 5-26, 3:30-5:30pm (4 sessions)
Instructor: Amy Louise York

$120/student ($10 discount for members)

This class is great for beginners, or returning throwing students. Getting wheel throwing down to an art takes practice, practice, practice. In this class, students will have lots of time to refine their throwing skills, and work on various decorative and finishing techniques for thrown wares over the course of the session.

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All-Ages Continuing Ceramics (for ages 5-12)

Thursdays, May 3-June 7, 3:30-5:30pm (6 sessions)
Instructor: Marlies Borchers
$120/student ($10 discount for members)

This class is great for siblings! Expect a little bit of everything: sculpture, pottery, and lots of fun!

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Kids Classes Ages 5-12
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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


Saturday, March 3, 2-5pm
Saturday, April 7, 2-5pm

Special Pre-Mother's Day Workshop: Saturday, April 28th, 2-5pm
Make something special for Mom, Grandma, or your favorite Matriarch. Pieces will be ready to pick up in time for Mother’s Day!

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.

CALL TODAY TO REGISTER!!! 406-543-0509 or email us


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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