Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene


Winter.... Cold days and cold nights... It’s a good time to be active in the studio! Join us for a class or workshop — we have added more options for wheel classes throughout the week and on Saturday afternoons, stoneware handbuilding on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and porcelain handbuilding on Sundays and Mondays. Our winter workshops include metal clay, and 3 workshops that would help to make Valentine’s Day special — making mosaic picture frames, sterling metal clay rings, plus two February Date Nights! What will you make for your sweetie?

Shadow Box Pendant
Donna Yutzy

Saturday, January 12 | 12:00pm to 4:30pm

With this project, we’ll work with silver metal clay and a simple way to make a shadow box pendant. Different looks can be achieved by changing up what you put inside the box shape.

Stained Glass Mosaic Picture Frame Workshop                            

Jenny Desmond

Thurs, Jan. 24 | 5:30pm to 8:30pm, & cont. on

Thurs, Jan. 31 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Come join us for a fun class where you will learn how to design and make a stained

glass mosaic picture frame. This is a perfect project for framing a special photograph or memorable piece. You may feel inspired with ideas for your valentine!

Metal Clay Wrap Rings

Donna Yutzy

Wed, Feb. 6th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm, & cont. on

Thurs, Feb. 7th | 5:30pm to 7:00pm  


Learn how to make a free-flowing ring with some adjustability on the size. Rings will be created and fired flat and formed into shape around a mandrel after firing.

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Metal Clay Settings 

For Dichroic Glass

Donna Yutzy

Wed, March 13 | 5:30pm to 8:30pm, & cont. on

Thurs, March 14 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm   


Learn how to set glass creations in Metal Clay. You will have 10 grams of clay to work with. Glass cabochons will be included. Students might create one larger pendant and bail or a set of earrings. Tools and textures will help feed your creativity!

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Session 1: January 7 - March 2
(8 weeks unless noted)
Magical Mondays with Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
January 7 to February 25 

With a clay that is luminescent, Porcelain contributes to celebrating the new year in illuminated beauty. 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!

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

January 7 to February 25

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.

Handbuilding: Evenings
Clara Lanyi

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

January 8 to February 26

Access your unique creativity and learn something new in this handbuilding class for all levels!

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing
David Winget
Tuesdays  11am to 1pm 
January 8 to February 26 

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

Beginning Wheel Throwing  Mornings
David Winget
Wednesdays 11am to 1pm 
January 9 to February 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.

Beginning Wheel Throwing  Evenings
Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
January 9 to February 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.

Handbuilding: Thursday Afternoons!
Joe Davis 
Thursdays 12pm to 2pm 

January 10 to February 28

The focus of this class will be pots made using key hand building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab construction. We’ll also cover some techniques of surface decoration, glazing, and firing.

Weekend Classes!
Sunday Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Sundays  1pm to 4pm
January 6 to February 24 

Has Sunday opened up for you with an opportunity to explore something new? Katie is again making a Porcelain Hand Building class available on the weekend. This class is open to any level of student.

Beginning Wheel Throwing — Saturdays
Mariah Williams 
Saturdays  1pm to 3pm 
January 19 to February 23
(6 Weeks)

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


Your purchases contribute to our educational and artistic endeavors!

Ask about our special holiday pricing!

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.


Friday, February 15 | 6pm to 8pm or

Saturday, February 16 | 6pm to 8pm

Take a Spin on the Wheel! 

Have you ever wanted to live out your very own romantic pottery-making scene? Your dreams can come true! Come take a wheel throwing lesson with us and your favorite person. Couples, singles and friends are invited to join us for a night of getting dirty and falling in love with clay. You will be guided through the basics of throwing on the potter's wheel.

Pre-registration is required. 

For adults aged 18 and over.

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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 studio artist Helen Kaufman, is offered for sale at Earthworks in Yachats! 

Stop by when you are visiting the coast.


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!

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! 


Looking for private studio space?
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Clara Lanyi
Mariah Williams
David Winget
Katie Swenson
Hank Murrow
James DeRosso
Donna Yutzy
Bob Richardson
Emily Bellehumeur
Terri May
Jon Burns
Pam Horn
Ellen Davidson
Faith Rahill
Rogene Maņas
Samuel Becerra

December 7, 8 & 9
Holiday Studio Sale

December 24, 25, 26
Closed for the Holidays

December 31
January 1
Closed for New Years

January 6
Session 1 Classes Start

January 12
Shadow Box Pendant Workshop

January 24 & 31
Stained Glass Mosaic Picture Frame Workshop

February 6 & 7
Metal Clay Wrap Rings Workshop

February 15 & 16
Date Nights

March 11
Session 2 Classes Start

March 13 & 14
Metal Clay Settings for Dichroic Glass Workshop

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