Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene




Karen Perkins                     

Thursdays 6:00pm to 9:00pm

October 24, Nov 7, 14, 21

Here's a chance to experience immediacy in the firing process through use of a raku kiln. We will explore different ways to create forms that work well in the extreme heating and cooling environment of the raku process.

Raku is largely known for effects of raku glaze with crackled glaze and dramatic effects of oxidation and reduction from copper. In this class we will explore this, and more.

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Silver Metal Clay Beads

Donna Yutzy

Saturday, November 9th | 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Beads can be made in all shapes and sizes. We will focus on two-sided hollow beads and capped cylinder beads. 

Metal Clay Wrap Rings

Donna Yutzy

Wednesday, Oct. 9th | 5:30pm to 9:00pm

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Thursday, Oct. 10th | 5:30pm to 6:30pm 

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. 

Monster Workshops
James DeRosso

Monday, October 14th | 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Join James DeRosso in October 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!


Take a Spin on the Wheel!

Mariah Williams

Saturday, October 19th | 6pm to 8pm FULL

OUR NEXT DATE NIGHT WILL BE IN FEBRUARY! Call now to be added to our Date Night Interest List!

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.

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Session 6: October 28 — December 21 
(8 weeks unless noted)
Magical Mondays with Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
October 28 to December 16 

Capture the essence of our fall 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!

Intermediate/Advanced Wheel
Tabitha Buzby
Mondays 7pm to 9pm 

October 28 to December 16 

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.

Intermediate Wheel Throwing —Mornings 
David Winget
Tuesdays  11am to 1pm 
October 29 to December 17

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

October 29 to December 17 

A hand building overview for all skill levels and interests, with an emphasis on improving your current skills and learning new tricks and tips to bring your ideas to life! 

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Beginning Wheel Throwing  Mornings
David Winget
Wednesdays 11am to 1pm 
October 30 to December 18

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 
November 6 to December 18 (6 weeks)
No class on November 27th

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 

October 31 to December 19 (7 weeks)

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.

Weekends on the Wheel Class!
Beginning Wheel — Saturdays
Meadow Scott
Saturdays  11:30am to 1:30pm 
November 9 to December 21 (6 weeks)

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!


Looking for private studio space?
Get in touch!

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Functional Pottery: Walking the Line Between Utility and Sculpture with Eric Van Eimeren    

November 2-3, 2019

Eric Van Eimeren (vepottery) will be at Clay Space for a two-day workshop exploring techniques and thought processes involved with making functional pottery. Through informal discussions and demonstrations on topics like composition, weight, edges, handles, and positive versus negative space, Eric will explore the importance of play and experimentation in the studio. We’ll also question traditional notions of what pottery is “supposed” to look like. Tap into your own curiosity and take your work into new, unexpected directions!


Join us for this inspirational 2-day demo workshop with Eric Van Eimeren. Advance reqistration required. Space is limited. For more information about Eric and Clay Space visit and


Workshop Hours:

Saturday, November 2nd 10am-6pm 

(1 hour lunch break)

Sunday, November 3rd  10am-5pm 

(1 hour lunch break)


To register, or for more information, contact Clay Space at 541-653-8089 or mail to:

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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 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! 


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

October 9, 10
Metal Clay Wrap Rings Workshop

October 14
Monster Workshops

October 19
Date Night in October!

Oct 24, Nov 7, 14, 21
Raku & Related Low Fire Techniques Workshop

October 28
Session 6 Classes Start

November 2, 3
Functional Pottery Workshop

November 9
Silver Metal Clay Beads Workshop

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