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Stone Setting for Metal Clay with Pre-made Settings

Donna Yutzy

Thursday, Sept 24| 5:30pm to 9pm 

& continued on 

Friday, Sept 25| 5:30pm to 6:30pm 

Stone setting can be a labor-intensive process in Metal Clay. This class will offer you the ability of setting natural stones and Cubic Zirconia in fine silver pre-made settings. 


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Session 5: September 9 — October 31
(7 & 8 weeks)
Magical Mondays with Porcelain 
Katie Swenson
Mondays 12pm to 3pm
September 14 to October 26

Monday is magical because of the spirit of adventure and wonder that students carry in this class. We continue to offer our Monday Porcelain class and are still discovering new ways to use the colored porcelain.

Winter season is now underway! Capture the essence of this season in translucent porcelain. Katie has been offering her style of hand building and we continue to be delighted with all that 
can be created from this brilliant clay
Beginning/Int Wheel - PM
Mariah Williams
Mondays 7pm to 9pm 

Sept 14 to October 26

Dabble in the process of creating on potter’s wheel. Learn or develop the foundations of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.

Intermediate Wheel - AM
Dan Schmitt
Tuesdays  11am to 1pm
September 15 to October 27

Pottery made for eating and drinking, food service, and food display has been at the core of ceramics for centuries. This course will be based around making pottery for food service, and will also be directed by student interest.

Evening Handbuilding 
Vessels at Your Service! 
Jason Solomon

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

September 15 to October 27

A hand building overview for all skill levels and interests, with an emphasis on purpose-built serving vessels.

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Beginning Wheel at Noon
Jason Solomon
Wednesdays 12pm to 2pm 
September 9 to October 28

Interested in trying out the potter's wheel? Discover the secrets of making pots. Learn and develop the basic skills of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.

Intermediate/Advanced Wheel  PM
Tabitha Buzby 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm 
September 16 to October 28

Would you like to further develop your throwing skills? Once you have a good grasp of the basics on the potters wheel, move forward with an intermediate to advanced level wheel class.

Morning Handbuilding
Alissa Clark
Thursdays 11am to 1pm 

September 10 to October 29

Work with handbuilding concepts to create functional forms with embellishments. All levels of experience are welcome!

Weekend Classes!
Beginning Wheel - Saturdays
Jacob Monroe
Saturdays  11:30am to 1:30pm 
September 12 to October 31

Whether you are embarking on a serious study of ceramics, or just looking to unwind and have fun with clay, this class is for you!

Sundays with Porcelain (Beginning)
Katie Swenson
Sundays  1pm to 4pm 
September 13 to October 25

Formatted to introduce hand building and the basics of blending color in Porcelain and working with this clay.



Allan Kluber

Mondays, September 28th-October 26th | 

12pm to 3pm  

One More Time this Year!

Horizontally Layered Colored Clay workshop — for the many people who have been through the studio and admired both Allan’s work and the results of student exploration with these concepts. 

Join us for another offering of this workshop on working with horizontally layered colored clay. This is a technique Allan has been exploring in recent years as he renewed his interest in clay and color bands — and their relationship to landscape forms and metaphorical possibilities. This workshop meets over 4 weeks; includes independent studio work that will need to be accomplished during these 4 weeks; and concludes with a 4th and final meeting time. This final meeting time will include class discussion followed by a photo shoot with a professional studio photographer. Participants need to be able to attend all 5 class sessions. Instructor will be available outside of class during several planned “studio hours”. Open to all levels; some experience necessary. Limited to 12 participants. Class materials will be based on working with a white cone 5 clay. 

For additional informational on Allan’s journey through the ceramic landscape, refer to the article in the March issue of Ceramics Monthly: In, Out, and Back Into Clay

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Creating Texture with Slips & Incising

Lee Dwyer

Fridays, Oct 16th-Oct 30th | 11am to 1pm

Learn to make and apply slips of different consistency, inlay slips and underglazes and use pattern and texture to achieve your ideas.


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Monster Making Fun!
James DeRosso

Friday, November 13 | 3:30pm & 6pm
Saturday, November 14 | 3:30pm

Join James DeRosso for a monster making workshop with a colorful twist! James has devised a way to add a spot of color that will make YOUR monster stand out in a crowd! 


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Looking for private studio space?
Get in touch!

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Our throwing and hand building classes are a GOOD DEAL!

With each class session you enroll in, our students receive instruction from professional ceramic instructors AND students have unlimited access to working in the Clay Space studio during regular open hours. This access begins with the first day of class and runs through the last day of class. It’s a good deal!

Did you know? Clay Space, besides having a focus on education and developing the craft of ceramics, is also a production-capable facility?

We have the knowledge, experience and capacity to do small production runs – let us help you bring your vision and product to life!
We are equipped with both slip-casting equipment and a hydraulic press. If you have a project in mind, we'd love to talk with you!

Your purchases help support local artists and help support the operation of Clay Space as an artistic and educational facility in our community. Find affordable and pleasure-giving handmade objects, ceramic and otherwise. T-shirts, aprons and tool kits are also available.

Gift certificates can be purchased and used for store merchandise, classes, and clay packages.

Open during all Clay Space open hours! 


Schedule • Reservations • Rules

Clay Space reopened in June for classes and studio use is now scheduled through our new reservation system.
Shortened studio hours for the  summer and early fall help us maintain a safe environment and allow for a gradual ramp up to a full schedule later this fall. 

Monday: 10am-6:30pm

Tuesday - Thursday: 10am-6pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 11am-5pm

Sunday: Closed 

All studio use is by reservation only except for quick drop off or pick up of items.

Thank you for your patience!

In order to monitor the 
numbers of people in the studio at any one time, studio use will be scheduled by reservation. 
You can download our pdf with instructions on how to use the new system through 
Sign Up Genius. 

You can also go directly to the Sign Up Genius website — 
Create an account, and search 
for Clay Space's reservation 
page by entering our email address:
Or, use this link 
to get to our page!

We encourage you to create an account and bookmark it on your computer or smart device so it’s easy to access in the future!

New rules for the studio have been created to help keep us all healthy and safe. Masks are required in the studio. Please open and carefully read our new rules. These rules will continue through this year.


Dan has been active in ceramics for over twenty-five years working as a potter and
educator. His interest in ceramics developed while in college at the University of Puget
Sound where he earned a BA in Art and later went on to earn an MFA in Ceramics from
Kent State University. Dan moved to Eugene in 1998 setting up his first ceramics studio, and over the years has taught classes at the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, for Lane Arts Council, and the EMU Crafts Center. Teaching has always been a passion for Dan. He enjoys the give and take that learning with students affords. Outside of the studio Dan is a mental health therapist working in private

Your purchases contribute to our educational and artistic endeavors!

George Kokis

We have a beautiful selection of work by George Kokis available for purchase. George Kokis, honored teacher and friend to Jim Laub, has chosen Clay Space to showcase works from his personal collection that are being offered for sale to benefit Clay Space. We feel privileged to be custodians of George's work and legacy. Ask about our special holiday pricing!

Please visit the gallery or call 541-653-8089 to purchase.


Karen has been working with clay for nearly 40 years. She has exhibited work sporadically throughout those years with more of a focus on exhibiting since retiring from public school teaching.


Karen taught middle school and high school art for 30 years. Many of her projects with students centered around public service and public art projects. Before and during this time, Karen taught ceramics through Maude Kerns Art Center, Lane Community College and Amazon Community Center. Karen was involved in helping Clay Space with some of our original class and studio plans. She began teaching occasional and specialty classes at Clay Space when she retired in 2011. We're glad to have her working with us!

Viz City interview with Karen for KLCC Radio on January 24, 2018.

Karen's pieces are wheel thrown forms, subsequently manipulated with hand building processes. By stretching and compressing after the piece comes off the wheel, each form emerges spontaneously, defining its own character. Frequently working with loose sketches, she often moves from original intent, following a trail that tangents the original idea. It’s a wander through the world of form, one piece evolving from the last.


Most pieces begin abstract in intent, with her interest following the grace of line or curve. The clay working process often yields a sense of story. Karen's many interests (horseback riding, kayaking, gardening and music making) are present in the forms of her work. Gathering curve imagery from following the movement of a horse’s withers or jaw line; tracing the flow of a tree branch. She loves to create lift in these pieces, working the feet to create lightness and a precarious relationship to the earth.


Pieces that reach out, suggesting gaping mouths, are at times bird-like, gestures of yearning, of request and of offering. "It pleases me to watch my images alternate between the absurd, a flowing form, and a croak, as I find strength in learning not to take myself too seriously." (Karen)


Full artist statement

The work of instructor and volunteer  advisor Karen Perkins and and several Clay Space related artists, is offered for sale at Earthworks in Yachats! 

Stop by when you are visiting the coast.

Later note: our guest instructor, Allan Kluber, is also represented in Earthworks!
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Alissa Clark
Mariah Williams
Lee Dwyer
David Winget
Katie Swenson
Allan Kluber
Meadow Scott
Hank Murrow
James DeRosso
Donna Yutzy
Bob Richardson
Emily Bellehumeur
Terri May
Clara Lanyi
Pam Horn
Ellen Davidson
Faith Rahill
Rogene Maņas
Samuel Becerra

August 1
Session 4 classes start

September 6 & 7
Closed for Labor Day holiday

September 9
Session 5 classes start

September 24, 25

Stone Setting for Metal Clay workshop

September 28-October 26
Horizontally Layered Colored Clay

October 16-30
Creating Texture with Slips & Incising

November 13 & 14
Monster Making Fun!

Clay Space
Summer Hours
June 15, 2020

August & September

10am - 6:30pm
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10am - 6:30pm
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