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: Tuesdsays, 4:15 – 5:45 pm. February 6 – March 13.
Session 2: Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:45 pm. April 3 – May 8.

Kids love to get their hands in clay! Students will explore the world of clay by creating their very own mugs, plates, sculptures, treasures and more. The final weeks of class will be spent glazing their projects. Open to all experience levels.
Instructor: Veronica Wilde. $80/student, $68/member.

Mud Makers: Wheel Throwing ~ (Ages 8-12)
Session 1: Fridays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. February 9 – March 16.
Session 2: Fridays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. April 20 – May 25.

Students in this class will learn how to throw on the wheel. Techniques focusing on centering, throwing, trimming and glazing will be taught. No experience necessary.
Instructor: Veronica Wilde. $95/student, $80.75/member.

Mud Throwers ~ (Ages 13-18)
Mondays, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. April 2 – 23.

This four week class will be focused on learning how to throw on the wheel. Our instructor will teach you techniques for centering, throwing, trimming and glazing. No experience is necessary.
Instructor: Paul Sauter. $10/student. (Gunnison Hangouts Program)

Mud Makers: Jewelry and Pretty Things ~ (Ages 9+)
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. April 4 – 25.

In this 4 week session of Mud Makers, students will learn how to use clay and glazing techniques to create their own unique beads and pendants.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $65/student, $55.25/member.

Mud Puppies: All the Things I can Imagine ~ (Ages 5+)
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. May 2 – 23.

From animals to super heroes, in this unique session of Mud Puppies, students will learn to create clay sculptures inspired by all of the things they can imagine.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $65/student, $55.25/member.

Adult Clay Classes
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Adult Creative Clay: Hand-Building
Session 1: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. February 6 – March 13.
Instructor: Donna Rozman
Session 2: Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. April 5 – May 10.
Instructor: Paul Sauter

Students will learn the basics of clay and hand-building with exciting creative projects, glazing and firing techniques. No experience necessary.
$160/session. $136/members.

Adult Creative Clay: Wheel Throwing
Session 1: Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. January 25 – March 8. (No class 02/22)
Instructor: Donna Rozman
Session 2: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. April 3 – May 8.
Instructor: Paul Sauter

Use your knowledge of clay from the hand-building class and apply it to throwing on the wheel! Student will be taught centering, wheel throwing and trimming techniques. No experience is necessary, although some hand-building experience is preferred.
$160/session. $136/members.

Laser Toner Transfers
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. February 28 – March 14.

During this new three day clay class, students will learn how to transfer a printed image onto clay. No experience is necessary.
Instructor: Donna Rozman. $95/student, $80.75/members.

Paper Clay Workshop
Saturday, April 28. 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

In this four hour workshop, students will learn how to make their own paper clay and will use that clay to complete a hand-building project. No experience is necessary.
Instructor: Lynn Cudlip. $55/student. $46.75/members.

Clay Events
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Clay & Ciders
Thursday, February 22nd. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Join us for an evening of creativity and fun! Learn how to create hand-built clay shot glasses while sipping on delicious apple cider cocktails. These shot glasses are perfect as gifts or fun additions to your kitchen. Work will be fired in our kilns and available for pick up one week after the event. $40/person includes 2 drinks, light aps and instruction. Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Sunny Wolfe.

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.

January 6th
February 10th
March 10th
April 14th
May 26th

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.