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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sunny clay picMud Puppies ~ (Ages 5 – 7)
Session 1: Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:45 pm. January 24 – February 28.
No class 2/21. Lauren Johnson. $80/student.

Session 2: Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:45 pm. April 4 – May 9.
Sunny Wolfe. $100/student.

Explore, create, and have fun with clay. Children will experience the joy of working with clay while making inventive objects of all kinds. The course aims to expand imagination and heighten sensory awareness that stresses experimentation and fun. Students learn various clay techniques including hand building, coil and slab rolling. Young artists connect the imaginative process to all aspects of learning and develop confidence in their own abilities and imaginations.

img_7298Mud Makers ~ (Ages 8 – 15)
Session #1 – Mondays, 4:15 – 6:00 pm. January 23 – February 27.
No class 2/20. Instructor: Lauren Johnson. $80/student.

Session #2 – Wednesdays, 4:15 – 6:00 pm. April 5 – May 10.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $100/student.

Kids love to get their hands in clay! This class will allow your child to create functional and decorative work drawing upon their imagination and environment for creativity. Projects will provide students with an opportunity to find inspiration in natural forms and the world around them. Each artist will learn various hand-building techniques, explore the potter’s wheel, practice with surface design and apply glaze techniques.

Adult Clay Classes
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adult Creative ClayBeginning Ceramics ~ (Ages 15 – Adult)
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. January 25 – March 8. No class 3/1.

This is the start of your ceramic journey! The GAC has an incredible Clay Studio and a wonderful community of potters to share in this adventure. Learn the basics of hand building and wheel thrown pottery: wedging, centering, pulling, trimming, and glazing while also getting you introduced/acclimated to your community studio. Included in the cost is everything you will need to be successful in the class (basic pottery tools, 25lbs of clay, glazes, firing and open studio time during open hours to practice what you are learning. Instructor: Paul Sauter. Tuition: $140.

production-pottery-2Production Pottery ~ (Ages 16 – Adult)
Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. February 14 – March 7.
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. February 16 – March 9.

This new ceramics class is focused on the art of production. Meeting twice a week, for four weeks students will become more advanced by learning how to throw quickly and concisely. This class will create bowls, plates, cups and mugs – trim and refine them. By the end of the 4 weeks students will have their own small dish set and will take away skills that will forever be applicable in future ceramics study. Please allow an additional week for kiln firing. GAC Clay Studio. Instructor: Veronica Wilde. Tuition: $160.

beginning-ceramicsAdult Creative Clay ~ (Ages 16 – Adult)
Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. April 13 – May 18.

This fun, spring session of Creative Clay is taught by a local professional potter. 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, plates 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. GAC Clay Studio. Instructor: Karen Immerso. Tuition: $150.

Paint Your Own Pottery
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. This is a fun activity for kids and families. Prices vary depending on the piece you choose; $5 – $50. No sitting fee; 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.

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 $25 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 Alysa 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.