Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene


Fall is here! 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 Mondays and stoneware handbuilding on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out our upcoming workshops — techniques with Hank Murrow, monster making with James DeRosso and metal clay with Donna Yutzy. As we move into the holiday season, think about joining a November Date Night — and watch for our annual Holiday Sale announcement. See you soon!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Take a Spin on the Wheel! 

Have you ever wanted to live out your very own romantic pottery-making scene? Your dreams can come true! Come take a wheel throwing lesson with us and your favorite person. Couples, singles and friends are invited to 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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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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Session 6: October 28 - December 14
(6 weeks, no class Thanksgiving week)
Celebrating Porcelain 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
October 29 to December 10 

Join us for an afternoon class of hand building with Porcelain. As autumn is in full swing and we head toward winter, 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 

October 29 to December 10

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 
October 31 to December 12 

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 | Oct 30 to Dec 11 

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Thurs 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Nov 1 to Dec 13

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
October 31 to December 12

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


Looking for private studio space?
Get in touch!

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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 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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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! 


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

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

October 14 & 15
Monster Workshops

October 20, 27
Hard Wire & Soft Braid Workshop
October 25 and
November 1
Mosaic Workshop

October 29
Session 6 Classes Start

November 9 & 10
Date Nights

November 10
Copper Metal Clay Workshop

January 8, 2019
Session 1 Classes Start

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