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Creating with Silver Metal Clay: Student Directed 
Donna Yutzy
Saturday, April 7th | 12:00pm to 4:30pm
Bring your own ideas and inspiration, and Donna will bring the tools and the kiln. Create pendants and earrings, rings or beads. 

Session 2: March 12 – May 4 (8 weeks)
Celebrating Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
March 12 to April 30

New time available:
Sundays 2pm to 5pm
March 18 to May 6

Join us for an afternoon class of hand building with Porcelain – As the days get longer and spring begins to show itself we can find inspiration. Porcelain embraces light and lets it shine through with a glow that is intriguing and delightful.

Int/Advanced Wheel Throwing 
Mariah Williams 
Mondays 7pm to 9pm
March 12 to April 30

Would you like to hone your wheel throwing skills? Do you have an interest in throwing multi-part forms? Have you ever wanted to create the perfect teapot? 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.
Handbuilding: Evening Class 
Pam Horn
Tuesdays 6pm to 9pm
March 13 to May 1

Learn to handbuild anything you choose. Whether you are new to handbuilding, or looking to continue to grow your skills, this is a fun filled class for anyone interested in creating with clay.

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Beginning Wheel Throwing
Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
March 14 to May 2

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: Morning Class
Ellen Davidson
Thursdays 10am to 1pm
March 15 to May 3

Make almost anything you can imagine! Discover ways to form and texture your pieces. Learn the techniques of glaze application and overglaze decoration. 
Getting Creative with Clay!
Emily Bellehumeur 
Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm 
April 4 to April 25 (4 weeks)

Fire up your muse! Test the waters! Have fun, meet new friends and play with clay. This four week handbuilding class is perfect for everyone interested in taking a “clay break” and learning a bit about clay. 


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!
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!

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!


She currently part of a 7-person show at the Maude Kerns Gallery running through February 9th. Stop by to see it!

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)


Karen works with a variety of clay bodies and methods. Many of her wheel thrown and altered pieces spend a lot of time in her lap, as they are formed and burnished. Most are then fired in sawdust to allow smoke to complete the coloration. Some are naked raku pieces which are dipped in a thick slip — it shrinks and cracks, allowing smoke to create patterns in the fire.


Her current stoneware pieces were created from an interest in forms that can survive in the environment of trees. We’ve been thru a lot of strife with our forests, losing trees to drought and ice storms. She mixes that imagery with a fascination for the stacked stone forms of Catavinia, Baja, and Utah: Rocks piled on rocks, piled on rocks. She imagines these as pieces that speak to the trees, with seedpods and eggs as offerings of hope.  Let us celebrate the rain!



During the first week of January the David Stannard Archive was moved to its permanent home at Mt. Hood Community College. It’s now under the care of MHCC ceramics instructor Joe Davis and located in a special spot within in the Visual Arts Gallery on campus. This archive, a collection of pots, clay tests, geological maps, essays, letters, books, tools, rock samples, and more, was left behind by David Stannard, an Oregon potter (1925–2009). Included in the archive are a collection of pots from well-known studio potters in the English tradition as well as a number of pots from potters whose work has grown from their connection to the University of Oregon.

If you are in the Gresham area, visit this gallery! The quality of light, the space, the work displayed — all are outstanding!


Clay Space was selected as the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene’s 2017 Arts and Business Partnership Award recipient! The award was presented at the BRAVA breakfast on June 2nd in the Hult Center lobby. Clay Space and local potters participating in Food for Lane County's Empty Bowls fundraiser were honored this year. We're proud to be part of all the local artists who continue to create the bowls for Food for Lane County’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser!

Thank you, John Barry for the warm introduction, Dee Etzwiler for creating a beautifully designed custom award for the occasion, Jay Jones for a memorable video documenting this brief moment of acknowledgement (!) AND our Clay Space members and community supporters!

March 12
Session 2 Classes Start

April 7
Silver Metal Clay: Student Directed Workshop

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