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 Masters Session 1: Hand-Building ~ (Ages 5 – 15)
Fridays, June 16 – 30.
AGES 5 – 10: 9:00 – 10:15 am.
AGES 11 – 15: 12:00 – 1:30 pm.

In this class students will explore the world of hand-building and 3D sculpture design as well as learn basic clay techniques and terminology while exploring pinch pots, coil building, slipping and scoring.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $70/student.

img_7298Mud Masters Session 2: Wheel ~ (Ages 11 – 15)
Fridays, July 14 – 28
12:00 – 2:30 pm.

This three week clay class will focus primarily with throwing clay on the wheel. Learn tips and tricks to centering, altering and trimming as well as different surface treatments. Students will feel proficient and confident on the wheel while creating bowls, mugs, plates, vessels and more.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $70/student.

mud puppies clay campMud Puppies Clay Camp ~ (Ages 5-10)
Tuesday – Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
August 1 – 4.

Kids 5 – 10 years will explore clay and learn how to make masks, mugs, plates and sculptures using creative slab, pinch and coil techniques as well as glazing and coloring their finished pieces.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $75/student.

mud makers clay campMud Makers Clay Camp ~ (Ages 11 – 15)
Tuesday – Friday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
August 1 – 4.

Open to kids 11 – 15, this class will include a combination of more challenging hand building and wheel throwing projects to create unique and functional projects.
Instructor: Sunny Wolfe. $75/student.

Adult Clay Classes
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SPOONZFunctional Pottery – Single Day Classes
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. June 14 – August 9. Single Day Classes.

Join us back in the Clay Studio for these one-day clay projects and learn to make ceramic pieces that you can use everyday. Using a mix of hand-building, wheel throwing, and multimedia techniques.
Instructor: Veronica Wilde. $35/class.

6/14: Light Switch Covers (Register with Western Extended Studies course #15316)
6/21: Spoons
6/28: Buttons/Beads
7/19: Lamp
7/26: Coasters
8/2: Hanging Plant Holders
8/9: Wall Hanging

pitcher-image1Pitchers Galore
Wednesdays, July 12 – August 2. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

This 4-week class will be focused on learning to make small/medium/large sized pitchers with pouring spouts and handles. Focus will be on different pouring spout styles, body shapes, and clay body detailing. Students complete the class with four pitchers ready to take home and fill with drink of choice. Wheel experience necessary – call for more details.
Instructor: Veronica Wilde. $90/student.

unglazed-clay-pots-kitchen-ideas-6Containers with Lids
Wednesdays, August 9 – 30. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Join us back in the Clay Studio for these one-day clay projects and learn to make ceramic pieces that you can use everyday. Using a mix of hand-building, wheel throwing, and multimedia techniques.
Instructor: Veronica Wilde. $90/student.

beginning-ceramicsAdult Creative Clay ~ (Ages 16 – Adult)
Thursdays, August 24 – September 28. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

This end of summer 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, 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. All levels welcome. GAC Clay Studio.
Instructor: Donna Rozman and Lynn Cudlip (September 14 and 21). $150/student.

Clay Events
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img_9798Paint Your Own Pottery
Every Friday this summer!
Fridays, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 9 – September 1.

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.

Pina-Colada_6546Clay & Coladas
AND Series Event
Thursday, August 17th. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Join professional potter Sheila Anderson in the Clay Studio for a unique evening of ceramics and socializing. If you’ve never experienced clay before, this is a fun and easy way to get acquainted with ceramic art. So pull up a stool, grab an apron, and get your hands dirty in this months’ AND series event! $40/person includes two drinks, light apps, art supplies and fun! Pre-registration is required. Instructor: Sheila Anderson.

Raku Fire Event

Friday, September 1st. 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

The Gunnison Arts Center will be hosting their second fundraising Raku Fire Event on September 1st. Pick and purchase a piece of pre-made Raku pottery and paint away in the Clay Studio between 2-5 pm! These pieces will then be fired in a special Raku kiln that afternoon. Raku pottery is earth derived and the firing process is unique and daring. The entire vessel glows like red-hot coal, and the glaze melts into a sheet of liquid glass. Raku truly is quite the spectacle and we invite you to join us in this unique opportunity!

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.