Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene

Metal Clay Workshop: Make a Pendant or Earrings! Setting Natural Stones in Pre-made Bezels
Donna Yutzy
Wednesday, July 28 | 5:30-9pm
& continued on
Thursday, July 29 | 5:30-6:30pm

In this class you will be creating a pendant or a set of earrings with fine silver metal clay, fine silver pre-made bezel cups, and natural gemstones.

Horizontally Layered Colored 
Clay Go-Round    
Allan Kluber
Tuesday, August 3 | 10:30-2:30pm 
(with snack break) & continued on
Tuesday, August 10 | 11am-noon 

Come and join the fun! This 4 hour workshop uses horizontally layered colored clay to make shared creations. In groups of 4 each person starts a pot and then passes it to the left, then adds to the pot they received and passes it again until all 4 people have contributed to 4 pots.

Decorative Birdhouses with Glass Mosaics
Jenny Desmond
Tuesday, August 10 | 5:30-8:30pm 
& continued on
Tuesday, August 17 | 5:30-7pm

Let's make our gardens even more beautiful than they are! Join us for a fun workshop — put your creativity to work making a decorative birdhouse.


Session 4: July 12 - September 4
(8 weeks)
Beginning/Int Wheel - PM
Mariah Williams
Mondays 7pm to 9pm 

July 12 to August 30

Dabble in the process of creating on potter’s wheel. Learn or develop the foundations of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel. Beginners and those with experience are welcome.

Evening Handbuilding 
Vessels at Your Service!
Jason Solomon

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm

July 13 to August 31

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

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Beginning Wheel at Noon
Jason Solomon
Wednesdays 12pm to 2pm 
July 14 to September 1

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.

Intermediate/Advanced Wheel - PM
Tabitha Buzby
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm 

July 14 to September 1

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.

Handbuilding - Mornings
Alissa Clark
Thursdays 11am to 1pm 

July 15 to September 2

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.

Beginning/Int Wheel - PM
Staff Instructor
Thursdays 7pm to 9pm 
July 15 to September 2

Come and explore the world of working on a potters wheel! 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!

Beg/Int Wheel - Saturdays
Staff Instructor
Saturdays 11:30am to 1:30pm 
July 17 to September 4

Come and explore the world of working on a potters wheel! 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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Our wheel 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, by reservation, 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!
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! 


Schedule • Reservations • Rules

Clay Space reopened last June for classes — studio use is now scheduled through our new reservation system.
Shortened studio hours, smaller classes and limited studio reservation times help us maintain a safe environment.

Monday: 10am-6:30pm

Tuesday: 10am-6pm

Wednesday & Thursday: 


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!

In order to monitor the 
numbers of people in the studio at any one time, studio use is scheduled by reservation. 
You can download our pdf with instructions on how to use the new system through 
Sign Up Genius. 

Find out more on our

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 at all times in the studio. Please open and carefully read our new rules. These rules will continue through this year.


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. Please visit the gallery or call 541-653-8089 to purchase.

Kokis Project

The UO School of Design has posted a memorial to honor George Kokis who passed away in April 2021.



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
Terri May
Clara Lanyi
Pam Horn
Ellen Davidson
Faith Rahill
Rogene Maņas
Samuel Becerra

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July 28, 29
Metal Clay Workshop

August 3 & 10
Horizontally Layered Clay Workshop

August 10 & 17
Mosaic Workshop

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