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Creating with Silver Metal Clay: Student Directed 
Donna Yutzy
Saturday, April 7th | 12:00pm to 4:30pm
Bring your own ideas and inspiration, and Donna will bring the tools and the kiln. Create pendants and earrings, rings or beads. 

Metal Clay Oil Drop Pendant
Donna Yutzy

Wednesday, May 16th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm 

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Thursday, May 17th | 5:30pm to 7:00pm 

Learn how to create this one of a kind pendant. We will work through a Mokume Gane process of layering and folding copper and fine silver Metal Clay.

For The Gardening Season!
Mosaic Workshop
Jenny Desmond

Thursday, May 31st | 5:30pm to 8:30pm 

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Saturday, June 2nd | 11:30am to 1:00pm


What is a mosaic? …a picture or pattern produced by arranging small colored pieces of hard material together, such as stone, tile, or glass. Come join us for a fun class where you will learn how to design and adhere pieces to

a concrete stepping stone.

Garden Tiles Workshop
Bob Richardson

Thursday, June 21 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm 

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Saturday, June 23 | 11:30am to 1:30pm &

Thursday, June 28 | 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Interested in capturing your garden plants on a colorful ceramic tile, or learning a new low-fire decorative technique? Join us in exploring a unique low-tech decorating technique, similar to cuerda-seca — we’ll create vivid and colorful tiles that can be displayed indoors or in the garden.

Monster Workshops
James DeRosso

Monday, July 16th | 5:30pm & 7:30pm

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! 

Session 3: May 14 – July 1 
(7 weeks unless noted)
Celebrating Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
May 14 to June 25 (no class 5/28)

Join us for an afternoon class of hand building with Porcelain – As the days get longer and spring is in full force, we can find inspiration. Porcelain embraces light and lets it shine through with a glow that is intriguing and delightful.

Glaze Foundations & Surface Decoration 
Mariah Williams 
Mondays 7pm to 9pm
May 14 to June 25 (no class 5/28)

Develop your ability to apply glazes with confidence and more consistency. This class will be a thorough look into the foundations of the glazing process. Whether or not you already have a basic understanding of glazing or you are just starting out with clay, this class is designed to build your abilities to glaze with more ease and precision on many levels.
Handbuilding: Two Classes!
Clara Lanyi
Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm
May 15 to June 26 
Thursdays 10:30am to 12:30pm
May 17 to June 28

Access your unique creativity and learn something new in this handbuilding class for all levels! Throughout this class, we will discuss developing and expressing your own creative vision through the ceramic process.

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Beginning Wheel Throwing: Evening Class
Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
May 16 to June 27

Discover the intricacies of working on the potter’s wheel. Learn and develop the basics of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.

Beginning Wheel Throwing: 
Day Class
David Winget
Wednesdays 12pm to 2pm 
May 16 to June 27

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

Celebrating Porcelain on Sundays
Katie Swenson

Sundays 2pm to 5pm
May 20 to July 1 (no class 5/27)

Considering porcelain or handbuilding but can’t make a weekday class? Come and spend Sunday afternoons learning about Porcelain.

Getting Creative with Clay!
Emily Bellehumeur 
Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm 
June 6 to June 27 (4 weeks)

Fire up your muse! Test the waters! Have fun, meet new friends and play with clay. This four week handbuilding class is perfect for everyone interested in taking a “clay break” and learning a bit about clay. 


Helen Kaufman is one our private studio artists. She has shown her work at a number of places — currently her work is showing in Oregon at Earthworks in Yachats. In June, Helen will be showing work at the Guardino Gallery on Alberta St. in Portland, with an opening on Thursday, May 31st.

Guardino Gallery  

2939 NE Alberta St, Portland

May 31st - June 24th

Helen’s love of clay dates back to the 1970’s when she spent ten years as a studio potter and the co-owner of Clay Pigeons in Riverdale, NY. After years in the studio, Helen returned to graduate school and spent the next ten years as student and Art Therapist. She feels that her experience as a clinician has deepened her appreciation of the relationship between creativity and healing. 


In 2015, Helen, with her husband George, moved from New York to Eugene. Having spent time exploring the studio options in Eugene, it was clear that Clay Space was a perfect place for her to continue her work with clay.


"Upon entering the studio, as I uncover my work, my mind’s eye sees the next step in its emergence. I reach for the tool that will define the contour… slowly carving, moving more rapidly as the process takes over and I leave my everyday self behind."


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The work of both Karen Perkins and Helen Kaufman is offered for sale at Earthworks in Yachats! 

Stop by when you are visiting the coast.


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!


She currently part of a 7-person show at the Maude Kerns Gallery running through February 9th. Stop by to see it!

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)


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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!

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!
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Emily Bellehumeur
James DeRosso
Pam Horn
Donna Yutzy
Katie Swenson
Ellen Davidson
Bob Richardson
Terri May
Faith Rahill
Rogene Maņas
Samuel Becerra

April 7
Silver Metal Clay: Student Directed Workshop

May 4
FFLC's Empty Bowls Sale

May 14
Session 3 Classes Start

May 16, 17
Metal Clay Workshop

May 27, 28
Closed for the Holiday

May 31, June 2
Mosaic Workshop

June 21, 23, 28
Garden Tiles Workshop

July 4
Closed for the Holiday

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