Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene

Join us for wheel classes throughout the week and on Saturday mornings or sign-up for a porcelain handbuilding class on Sundays or Mondays! This summer we’ll be welcoming two new stoneware handbuilding instructors, both offering exciting classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays! Two Monster Workshops in July will also offer a 90-minute spark of creative activity to look forward to. The end of the summer rounds out with a special 4-week workshop on Horizontally Layered Colored Clay with Alan Kluber. Stay connected to us through Facebook, Instagram and our website this summer!

Stained Glass & Tile Mosaic Garden Stepping Stone

Jenny Desmond

Thurs, June 13 | 5:30pm to 8:30pm, & cont. on

Thurs, June 20 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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.

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Monster Workshops

James DeRosso

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

Join James DeRosso in July 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! Have some fun making your very own monster!


Session 4: July 8 - August 25 
(7 weeks unless noted)
Magical Mondays with Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
July 8th to August 19th

Summer is into full swing and we are all celebrating the longer days of light. Capture that essence 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!

Slip Decoration & Glaze Foundations
Mariah Williams 
Mondays 7pm to 9pm 

July 8th to August 19th

In this class you will create a set of your own ceramic test tiles using the extruder, gaining a basic understanding of the extruder as another tool and means for creating. You will also learn how to work with colored decorative slip.

Intermediate Wheel Throwing
David Winget
Tuesdays  11am to 1pm 
July 9th to August 20th

Are you feeling pretty good about your throwing skills? Ready for the next push? This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students.

Evening Handbuilding: Vessels at Your Service!
Jason Solomon

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

July 9th to August 20th

No class held 7/16 — make-up date will be planned at first meeting

A hand building overview for all skill levels and interests, with an emphasis on purpose-built serving vessels. We will be discussing and practicing a variety of construction methods and techniques for decorative embellishment to create beautiful and functional items that can enhance the experience of serving and enjoying food!

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Beginning Wheel Throwing  Mornings
David Winget
Wednesdays 11am to 1pm 
July 10th to August 21st

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.

Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Throwing  Evenings
Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
July 10th to August 21st

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

Handbuilding with Patterns & Textures
Alissa Clark
Thursdays 11am to 1pm 

July 11th to August 22nd

Textures and patterns are fun! This class will work with basic handbuilding concepts to create functional slab forms that will be embellished with rich textures and sculptural components.

Weekend Classes!
Beginning Wheel Throwing — Saturdays
Meadow Scott
Saturdays  11:30am to 1:30pm 
July 13th to August 24th

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!

Super Sunday Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Sundays  1pm to 4pm
July 14th to August 25th

Has Sunday opened up for you with an opportunity to explore something new? Katie will again make a Porcelain hand building class available on the weekend. This class is open to any level of student. Similar to the Monday class it will have mixed abilities and all are welcome.


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!

Looking for private studio space?
Get in touch!

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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!


A Semi-Intensive Summer Workshop      

Allan Kluber

August 7, 14, 21, 28 | Noon to 3:00pm

Join us this August for a special 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 3 weeks; includes independent studio work that will need to be accomplished during these 3 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 4 class sessions. Instructor will be available outside of class during several planned “studio hours”. Open to all levels of experience. 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

For additional detail on this workshop, please download our Workshop Description Flyer


Your purchases contribute to our educational and artistic endeavors!

Phoebe Gordon

Phoebe Gordon, a former member and generous supporter of Clay Space for 7 years, graciously donated some of her art to Clay Space. Her prints and ceramic pieces are for sale and on display in Studio 8 through the end of the year. Her contributions help support our ongoing educational and artistic endeavors. We have several early, one of a kind paintings, prints, a paper diorama, and several unique ceramic pieces available for purchase. Stop by Clay Space or give us a call at 541-653-8089

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 instructor, Joe Davis, and our guest instructor, Allan Kluber, are both represented in Earthworks!


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! 

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Clara Lanyi
Mariah Williams
David Winget
Katie Swenson
Allan Kluber
Meadow Scott
Hank Murrow
James DeRosso
Donna Yutzy
Bob Richardson
Emily Bellehumeur
Terri May
Jon Burns
Pam Horn
Ellen Davidson
Faith Rahill
Rogene Maņas
Samuel Becerra

June 13 & 20
Garden Stepping Stone Mosaic Workshop

July 8
Session 4 Classes Start

July 16
Monster Workshops

August 7, 14, 21, 28
Horizontally Layered Colored Clay Workshop

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