Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene





FALL AT CLAY SPACE


Fall is approaching. It’s time to get back into the studio! Join us for a great selection of classes and workshops — wheel classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, porcelain classes on Sundays and Mondays and stoneware handbuilding on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Look for our workshops this fall — techniques with Hank Murrow, monster making with James DeRosso and metal clay with Donna Yutzy. As we move into the holiday season, watch for a couple of Date Night and family-oriented workshops and our annual Holiday Sale. See you then! Let your creativity flow!!!

FALL WORKSHOPS
Silver Metal Clay: Pendants, Earrings & Charms
Donna Yutzy

Saturday, October 6  | 12:00pm to 4:30pm


A class for beginners and anyone interested in developing their metal clay skills! We will cover the different skills of working with fine silver metal clay, including setting of kiln-ready stones (CZ's).


Monster Workshops
James DeRosso

Monday, October 15th | 5:30pm & 7:30pm


Join James DeRosso this 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!

 

Hard Wire & Soft Braid Decorative Techniques
Hank Murrow

Sat, Oct. 20 | 10:00 am to 2:00pm, cont. on

Sat, Oct. 27 | 10:00 am to 2:00pm

with optional follow-up session on Sat, Nov. 17


Join us for two mornings in October to learn the decorative surface techniques of using Hard Wire and Soft Braid. A third Saturday in November is offered to discuss the fired results of glazes on these textures and on an expanded variety of forms. 


Stained Glass Mosaic Picture Frame Workshop                            

Jenny Desmond

Thurs, Oct. 25 | 5:30pm to 8:00pm, cont. on

Thurs, Nov. 1 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm        

                                 

Come join us for a fun class where you will learn how to design and make a stained glass mosaic picture frame. This is a perfect project for framing a special photograph or memorable piece. You may get inspired with ideas for some of your holiday gift-giving! 


Creating With Copper Metal Clay

Donna Yutzy

Saturday, November 10 | 12:00pm to 4:30pm


If you are looking for the most affordable way to explore metal clay, this copper class is the class for you! You will have 50 grams of clay to work with while you develop your metal clay skills.


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FALL CLASSES • 2018

Session 5: September 9 – October 26 
(7 weeks unless noted)
Celebrating Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
September 10 to October 22 

Join us for an afternoon class of hand building with Porcelain — As autumn days and fall colors approach, we can find a new inspiration. Porcelain embraces light and lets it shine through with a glow that is intriguing and delightful.


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

September 17 to October 22 (6 weeks)


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.


Beginning Wheel Throwing  Afternoons 
David Winget
Wednesdays 11am to 1pm 
September 12 to October 24 

Interested in trying out the potter's wheel? Discover the secrets of making pots as you learn and develop the basic skills of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.


Handbuilding: Two Classes!
Clara Lanyi

Tues 6:30pm to 8:30pm | Sept 11 to Oct 23 

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Thurs 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Sept 13 to Oct 25


Access your unique creativity and learn something new in this handbuilding class for all levels! Throughout this class, we will discuss developing and expressing your own creative vision through the ceramic process.


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Beginning Wheel Throwing  Evenings
Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
September 19 to October 24 (6 weeks)

Discover the intricacies of working on the potter’s wheel. Learn and develop the basics of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.


THE STORE AT CLAY SPACE


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! 

PRIVATE STUDIOS


Looking for private studio space?
Get in touch!

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HELEN KAUFMAN
STUDIO ARTIST

Helen Kaufman is one our private studio artists. She has shown her work at a number of places — currently her work is showing in Oregon at Earthworks in Yachats. In June, Helen will be showing work at the Guardino Gallery on Alberta St. in Portland, with an opening on Thursday, May 31st.


Guardino Gallery  

2939 NE Alberta St, Portland

May 31st - June 24th

Helen’s love of clay dates back to the 1970’s when she spent ten years as a studio potter and the co-owner of Clay Pigeons in Riverdale, NY. After years in the studio, Helen returned to graduate school and spent the next ten years as student and Art Therapist. She feels that her experience as a clinician has deepened her appreciation of the relationship between creativity and healing. 

 

In 2015, Helen, with her husband George, moved from New York to Eugene. Having spent time exploring the studio options in Eugene, it was clear that Clay Space was a perfect place for her to continue her work with clay.

 

"Upon entering the studio, as I uncover my work, my mind’s eye sees the next step in its emergence. I reach for the tool that will define the contour… slowly carving, moving more rapidly as the process takes over and I leave my everyday self behind."

 

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The work of both Karen Perkins and Helen Kaufman is offered for sale at Earthworks in Yachats! 

Stop by when you are visiting the coast.

KAREN PERKINS
ARTIST | INSTRUCTOR

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)

 

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PRODUCTION SERVICES AT CLAY SPACE

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!
A GOOD DEAL... 
DID YOU KNOW?


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

August 22, 23
Creating with Silver Metal Clay: Student Directed Workshop

September 2 & 3
Closed for Labor Day

September 10
Session 5 Classes Start

October 6
Silver Metal Clay: Pendants, Earrings & Charms Workshop

October 15
Monster Workshops

October 20, 27
Hard Wire & Soft Braid Workshop


Clay Space
Open Hours



SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Monday
10am - 7pm
Tuesday
10am - 7pm
Wednesday
10am - 7pm
Thursday
10am - 7pm
Friday
10am - 5pm

Saturday
11am - 5pm
Sunday
Noon - 5pm