The Clay Studio

The Gunnison Arts Center Clay Studio is housed in the new addition, with lots of natural light and easy access via the GAC courtyard. The Clay Studio offers a variety of classes, paint your own pottery sessions, private lessons and independent study opportunities for children and adults. The studio space includes seven potters’ wheels, two kilns, and all the equipment of a top-notch ceramics studio. Classes are offered year-round in three trimesters: Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer. Class offerings include wheel throwing and handbuilding instruction with a wide variety of skills and techniques for different age groups and skill levels. Workshops with guest artists are offered throughout the year. Paint Your Own Pottery events are held monthly and once a week during the summer months.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
The Gunnison Arts Center will issue a full refund for the price of class or workshop registration until the class has begun and will only issue Gunnison Arts Center credit after the class has begun. The Gunnison Arts Center will not issue refunds for event tickets under any circumstances.

All classes have a minimum enrollment of 4 students unless otherwise noted. If the minimum is not met the decision to cancel a class will be made. Some classes have limited enrollment. Students are considered registered only after full payment for the class has been received. GAC active members will receive a 15% discount on class tuition.

Youth Clay Classes
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Mud Puppies ~ (Ages 5 – 7)
Session 1: Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:45 pm. September 12 – October 17.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe.
Session 2: Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:45 pm. November 7 – December 19. (No class 11/21)
Instructor: Lauren Johnson.

Kids love to get their hands in mud! Students will explore the world of clay by creating their very own masks, mugs, plates, sculptures, treasures and more. The final weeks of class will be spent glazing their projects. Works will be available for pick up within two weeks of last class. Open to all experience levels.
$80/session, $68/members.

Mud Makers ~ (Ages 8 – 12)
Session 1: Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. September 14 – October 19.
Instructor: Christa (Sunny) Wolfe.
Session 2: Fridays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. November 10 – December 22. (No class 11/24)
Instructor: Lauren Johnson.

Students in this class will learn how to throw with clay on a wheel. Techniques focusing on centering, throwing and trimming as well as the creative process behind sculpture design, glazing and firing techniques will be taught. Students will have the opportunity to create many different 3D art forms from clay. No experience necessary.
$80/session, $68/members.

Mud Throwers ~ (Ages 13 – 18)
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. November 29 – December 20.

This four week class will be focused on learning how to throw clay on a wheel. Our instructor will teach you techniques for centering, throwing and trimming. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the creative process behind glazing. At the end of the class, students will have finished pieces they can take home. No experience is necessary.
Instructor: Veronica Wilde. $10/student. (Gunnison Hangouts Teen Program.)

Adult Clay Classes
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Adult Creative Clay ~ (Ages 18+)
Session 1: Tues., 6:00 – 9:00 pm. September 19 – October 24.
Session 2: Thurs., 6:00 – 9:00 pm. November 9 – December 21. (No class 11/23)

This fall session of Creative Clay will be taught by two professional local potters. Students will learn exciting creative hand-building projects, wheel throwing and new glaze and firing techniques. Learn to throw mugs and bowls on the wheel, hand sculpt trays, and more! Projects are fired in our kiln and included in the price of the class. All supplies are included although students may bring their own tools if preferred.
Instructor: Donna Rozman. $100/session, $85/members.

Clay Events
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Family Event: Clay Ornaments & Coco
Saturday, November 11th. 1:00 – 3:30 pm.
Gather the family and friends for an evening of fun in the clay studio! This event is family friendly and is open to all ages. Learn how to create and make your very own ornaments while sipping on delicious hot cocoa. Pieces will be available just on time for the holidays!
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $35/parent & kid, $15/additional person. Pre-registration is required.

Paint Your Own Pottery
Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Create a special keepsake or gift! You choose the piece and our staff will be here to help you with ideas and techniques to create your own amazing work of art you can use or give.
All supplies are included in the price of the item. Please allow one week for work to be kiln fired and ready for pick up. Shipping options are available.

October 21st: Halloween Ghouls and Goblins
November 18th: Thanksgiving Thanks & Gifts
December 9th: Holiday Special

Customize Your Art Experience

Private Pottery Wheel Lessons
If you’d like to learn to throw a bowl or form on the potter’s wheel on your own schedule and in a one-on-one environment, give us a call! We can arrange private lessons with our instructors and provide all of the supplies you’ll need to get started. Pricing information varies. Call (970) 641-4029 for more information.

Month-to-Month Independent Study in the Clay Studio
The Independent Study option is offered to adult students who have completed a full semester of classes in our Clay Studio and are interested in continuing to work on their own. The cost is $60/month for access to the clay center during our open business hours. The student purchases their own clay by the bag for $20 which includes the firings and glazes for whatever is produced with that clay. Independent Study students are expected to leave the Clay Studio space as they found it. Call Megan at (970) 641-4029 for more information and to see if this might be a good fit for you!

Private Art Lessons
Is there an art form you’ve been interested in trying but you’d prefer to learn it in a smaller setting…or perhaps you don’t see it offered here? We can set you up with private lessons in a variety of art mediums such as oil painting, sewing, knitting, Precious Metal Clay, jewelry-making and more. Give us a call and we can discuss your interests and needs. Call (970) 641-4029 or e-mail
Art Parties! The GAC is now booking private Art Parties for all ages – because you’re never too old to get creative! Consider an afternoon of Art, Clay, Dance, or Paint Your Own Pottery for your next birthday, ladies night, or employee appreciation party.