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 Clay Camps ~ (Ages 5 – 7)
Camp 1: Tuesday – Friday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. July 24 –27.
Camp 2: Tuesday – Friday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm. August 14 – 17.

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: Sunny Wolfe. $70/student, $59.50/members.

Mud Makers Clay Camps ~ (Ages 8 – 12)
Camp 1: Tuesday – Friday, 3:30 – 5:30 pm. July 24 – 27.
Camp 2: Tuesday – Friday, 3:30 – 5:30 pm. August 14 – 17.

Students in this class will learn how to throw on the wheel. Techniques focusing on centering, throwing, trimming and glazing will be taught. Learn to throw bowls, mugs, plates, vessels and more! No experience necessary.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $80/student, $68/members.

Adult Clay Classes
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Intro to Wheel Throwing – Single Day Classes
Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. May 7, June 4, July 2, and/or August 6.

Always wanted to experience throwing on the wheel but did not know if you wanted to commit to a 6 week class? Then this class is for you! This class will give you the opportunity to spend time in our clay studio, become acquainted with our equipment and learn the basics of wheel throwing. Your favorite pieces will be fired in our kiln and ready for you to glaze during one of our Paint Your Own Pottery sessions.
Instructor: Abra Karbin. $60/session. $51/members all supplies included. Pre-registration required.

Adult Creative Clay: Hand-Building
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. July 9 – 25.

Students will learn the basics of clay and hand-building with exciting creative projects, glazing and firing techniques. No experience necessary. Registration fee includes a 25 lbs bag of clay, supplies and kiln firings.
Instructor: Veronica Wilde. $160/session, $136/members.

Adult Creative Clay: Wheel Throwing
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. August 14 – 30.

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. Registration fee includes a 25 lbs bag of clay, supplies and kiln firings.
Instructor: Abra Karbin. $160/session, $136/members.

Wednesdays @ Western
Western State Colorado University’s Extended Studies program invites you to create a masterpiece each Wednesday this summer. These courses provide opportunities for visitors and residents to spend the day learning about the Gunnison Valley while enjoying a creative, hands-on project. No experience is necessary, all art supplies are included. Register online or call (970)943-2885. Pre-registration is required.

Ceramic Wind Chimes (CRN 29859)
Wednesday, August 15. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Join us at the Gunnison Arts Center’s Clay Studio to create a one-of-a-kind ceramic wind chime you’ll be proud to take home. Participants learn hand-building and glazing techniques. All work is fired in our kilns and is available for pick-up one week after class. Minimum 4 students to run
Instructor: Abra Karbin. $40.

Register HERE

Clay Events
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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.

May 26th
Every Friday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. June 8 – September 7.

Open Throwing Sessions
Every other Friday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Pre-registration required.
June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, and/or August 31.

This summer, join us in the Clay Studio every other Friday to experience wheel throwing and/or practice your wheel throwing skills. Our instructor will guide you through the wheel throwing process and/or will give you tips to take your throwing skills to the next level. Clay and supplies are provided. Thrown pieces will not be kept or fired; all clay will be recycled for use during the next session. Minimum 3 students to run.

Instructor: Abra Karbin. $25/student, $21.25/members.

Clay Studio Grand Re-opening
Friday, July 6. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
We are revamping our clay studio! Join us during the ArtWalk to see what’s new and celebrate the art of ceramics with us! Meet our Artist in Residence, Donna Rozman, watch live demo wheel throwing, register for upcoming classes, sign-up for independent study, glaze tiles and so much more!

Family Friendly AND Series (Ages 8+)
Sunflowers & Snacks

Saturday, July 21. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
For this family friendly AND Series, we will be playing in the clay studio and creating ceramic sunflowers that will be there perfect addition to your outdoor decorations. Work will be fired in our kilns and available for pick up one week from event.

Instructor: Kathleen Cortner. $35/parent & kid, $15/additional person.

Clay & Cocktails
Tuesday, July 24th. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Join us for an evening of creativity and fun! Learn how to create a hand-built doily platter in our Clay Studio while sipping on delicious cocktails. These platters are the perfect addition to your kitchen for hosting fun summer gatherings. Work will be fired in our kilns and available for pick up one week from event.

Instructor: Abra Karbin.

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.