Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene


Spring is the time of growth and transition. New and stronger colors, new and intoxicating scents — dreams for what we’ll do and where we’ll be in months to come. We welcome you to join us right now, as spring really unfolds....

You’ll find wheel classes throughout the week and on Saturday mornings; handbuilding on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and porcelain handbuilding on Sundays and Mondays. Workshops on mosaics and metal clay are planned and more to come! Stay connected to us through Facebook, Instagram and our website as spring 2019 rolls into summer!


Mixed Materials Mosaic Workshop

Jenny Desmond

Thurs, May 2 | 5:30pm to 8:30pm, & cont. on

Thurs, May 9 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Come join us for a fun class where you will learn how to create your own mosaic masterpiece! Your choice of a wooden birdhouse, picture frame or tray to decorate. In this workshop you will learn to cut glass/tile, design, adhere, grout and finish your project. Once you're done, you will have the tools to create your own unique project.

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Metal Clay Settings 

For Dichroic Glass

Donna Yutzy

Wed, May 22 | 5:30pm to 9pm, & cont. on

Thurs, May 23 | 5:30pm to 6:30pm   


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 3: May 12 - June 29 
(7 weeks unless noted)
Magical Mondays with Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
May 13 to June 24

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! 

No class on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) — make-up class will be scheduled!

Intermediate/Advanced Wheel Throwing
Mariah Williams 
Mondays 7pm to 9pm 

May 13 to June 24

Would you like to hone your wheel throwing skills? This class is open to intermediate/ advanced level throwing enthusiasts who are interested in developing their techniques and creating multi-part forms with depth and decoration.

No class on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) — make-up class on Monday, July 1st!

Intermediate Wheel Throwing
David Winget
Tuesdays  11am to 1pm 
May 14 to June 25

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

Handbuilding: Evenings
Clara Lanyi

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

May 14 to June 25

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

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Beginning Wheel Throwing  Mornings
David Winget
Wednesdays 11am to 1pm 
May 15 to June 26

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 Wheel Throwing  Evenings
Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
May 15 to June 26

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 11am to 1pm 

May 16 to June 27

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

Weekend Classes!
Beginning Wheel Throwing — Saturdays
Meadow Scott
Saturdays  11:30am to 1:30pm 
May 18 to June 29

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!

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Super Sunday Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Sundays  1pm to 4pm
May 12 to June 23

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.


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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Take a Spin on the Wheel! 

Mariah Williams

Saturday, May 4 | 6pm to 8pm

Try your hand at making handmade pottery! Come take a wheel throwing lesson with us and your favorite person. 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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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 studio artist Helen Kaufman, is offered for sale at Earthworks in Yachats! 

Stop by when you are visiting the coast.

Later note: our newest instructor, Joe Davis, and our guest instructor, Allan Kluber, are both represented in Earthworks!


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!

Looking for private studio space?
Get in touch!

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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

May 2 & 9
Mixed Materials Mosaic Workshop

May 4
Date Night

May 12
Session 3 Classes Start

May 22 & 23
Metal Clay Settings for
Dichroic Glass Workshop

June 13 & 20
Garden Stepping Stone Mosaic Workshop

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