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, Intermediate/Advanced Throwing, Winter Woodfire, and The Sculptural Still Life - Objects & Vessels

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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: January 8-March 19, 1-4pm (no class on 3/12)
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:

Monday evenings: January 8-March 19, 6-9pm (no class 3/12)
Instructor: Kirk Jackson, Artist in Residence


Thursday evenings: January 11-March 22, 6-9pm (no class 3/15)
Instructor: Ben Jordan, Artist in Residence


Sunday evenings: January 14-March 25, 6-9pm (no class 3/18)
Instructor: Andrew Avakian, 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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Beginning Pottery - Sunday
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Winter Wood Fire

Prior experience with ceramics highly recommended

Tuesday evenings: January 9-March 20, 6-9pm (no class meeting 3/13)
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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The Sculptural Still Life - Objects & Vessels

Prior experience with ceramics recommended

Wednesday evenings: January 10-March 21, 6-9pm (no class meeting 3/14)
Instructor: Chris Drobnock, Artist in Residence

$215 for members / $230 for non-members

This is the ideal class for students who want to further develop their hand building skills by focusing on a project from start to finish. We will begin by making maquettes to plan out larger scale forms. Students will address changing scale, component based methods of working, and assembly of finished works. Students will discuss and learn options of how to finish works, which will include approaches with both fired and cold surfaces treatments. Plan to come to the first class with a few objects you are interested in reproducing in clay.

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Intermediate/Advanced Throwing

Prior experience with the pottery wheel required

Sunday afternoons: January 14-March 25, 2-5pm (no class 3/18)
Instructor: Chris Drobnock, Artist in Residence

$215 for members / $230 for non-members

Ready to take your throwing skills to the next level? Students will develop more advanced approaches on the wheel, creating complex works such as lidded vessels, platters, pitchers, and teapots. Students will be tasked to focus on design and function, and develop a greater understanding of clays, glazes and high-fire processes.

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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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WINTER Programming for Children & Teens

Ceramics for Ages 5-8

Thursdays, January 18-February 8, 3:30 - 5:30pm (4 weeks)
$90 per child, per session ($5 discount for members)

Students will focus on a variety of handbuilding projects, creating functional and sculptural forms

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Ceramics for Ages 9-12

Thursdays, February 15-March 8, 3:30 - 5:30pm (4 weeks)
$90 per child, per session ($5 discount for members)

Students will focus on a variety of handbuilding projects, creating functional and sculptural forms. Children in this older kids camp will also get time to experiment with the pottery wheel.

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Kids Classes Ages 9-12
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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


Sunday, December 3, 2-5pm
Saturday, January 13, 2-5pm
Saturday, February 3, 2-5pm
Saturday, March 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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