Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene


Clay Space reopened in June for classes and studio use is scheduled through our new reservation system. We are currently completing the class session started in March!
Our August summer session will be shorter than usual — It might be a good time to explore a new interest or work with a different instructor!! 
Shortened studio hours for the  summer will help us maintain a safe environment and allow for a gradual ramp up to a full schedule 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!


Session 4: August 1 — September 5
(5 weeks unless noted)
Magical Mondays with Porcelain 
Katie Swenson
Mondays 12pm to 3pm
August 3 to August 31

Capture the essence of summer 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!

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
Intermediate Wheel - PM
Exploring Thrown Tea Sets through Surface Decoration
Tabitha Buzby
Mondays 7pm to 9pm 

August 3 to August 24 (4 weeks)

This class will build upon skills learned in beginning through intermediate level ceramics to design and create a tea set.

Intermediate Wheel - AM
Designing & Making for the Table 
Dan Schmitt
Tuesdays  11am to 1pm
August 4 to September 1

Pottery made for eating and drinking, food service, and food display has been at the core of ceramics for centuries. This five week course will be based around making pottery for food service, food display, and dinnerware.

Evening Handbuilding 
Vessels at Your Service! 
Jason Solomon

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

August 4 to September 1

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

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Intro to Wheel Throwing  Afternoon
Jason Solomon
Wednesdays 12pm to 2pm 
August 5 to September 2

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.

Intro to Wheel Throwing  PM
Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm 
August 5 to September 2

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

Morning Handbuilding: Patterns & Textures
Emily Bellehumeur & Denise Railsback
Thursdays 11am to 1pm 

August 6 to September 3

Experience a variety of approaches to hand building. In this class you’ll have a chance to try different techniques and effects.

Weekend Classes!
Intro To Clay: Handbuilding on Saturdays
Denise Railsback
Saturdays  11:30am to 1:30pm 
August 1 to August 29

Enjoy a hands-on, creative experience that introduces you to the properties of clay and guides you through the steps needed to create a finished piece.

Sundays with Porcelain (Beginning)
Katie Swenson
Sundays  1pm to 4pm 
August 2 to August 30

Summer is here and what to do?! Consider a resolution to let yourself play with clay and spend Sunday afternoon learning about Porcelain.

The following workshops will be rescheduled.

If you are not currently on a registration or interest list and would like to be, please call us at 541-653-8089 or send us an email.

Monster Planters
James DeRosso

Saturday, March 28th | 2 Sessions: 4pm & 6pm

Rescheduled date will be announced!

A spin-off on our popular Monster Workshop!

It’s a great time for all ages — sculpt in clay and create your own little monster planter, complete with colorful glazing and terribly cute appeal. Make a little (disgusting) monstrous creature to hold your favorite succulent or air plant!


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Layered Moon Pendant with Tiny Parts

Donna Yutzy

Wednesday, April 8th | 5:30pm to 9pm 

& continued on 

Thursday, April 9th| 5:30pm to 6:30pm 

Rescheduled date will be announced!


This pendant of layered metal clay tiny parts has an elegant look. We will learn to create components from scratch and use tiny molds to create others and learn ways of attaching them.

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Stone Setting with Pre-made Settings

Donna Yutzy

Wednesday, May 20| 5:30pm to 9pm 

& continued on 

Thursday, May 21| 5:30pm to 6:30pm 

Rescheduled date will be announced!

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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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! 


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!

Looking for private studio space?
Get in touch!

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June 2020
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. 


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


Allan Kluber

One More Time this Year!

Horizontaly 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. 

We'll be scheduling Allan's workshop for 5 weeks in the late summer/early fall. Are you interested? Please give us a call. As dates are worked out, we'll be in touch with those who are interested!

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

For additional detail on this workshop, 

please download our


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

June 15
Classes expected to restart!

August 1
Session 4 classes start

Clay Space
Summer Hours
June 15, 2020

June & July

10am - 6:30pm
10am - 6pm
10am - 6pm
10am - 6pm
10am - 5pm

11am - 5pm