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Clay Classes

Multi-Week Sessions

Handbuilding with Clay / Adults
Ages 18+

Handbuilding with Clay / Teens
Ages 12-17 Years

These beginner classes will explore handbuilding techniques using low-fire clay, and a number of different studio tools and clay methods.  Students will practice pinch pots, coiled pots, and slab building.  Class will also cover assorted skills used for surface decoration, as well as equipment instruction.  Students will make several pieces during this class, which will be fired and can be finished using colorful underglazes in the upstairs studio area.  These multi-week classes take place in our downstairs clay studio, using assorted pottery equipment. 

Handbuiling with Clay is offered in 4-week Sessions.  To Register: Click the "Registration Here" button above to sign up for your correct age group and desired 4-week session. 

Classes are offered on Thursdays: Teens 4-5:30pm & Adults 6-8pm

Instructor: Beth Fruehan

One Time Clay Classes

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Pop UP Clay Class:
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PoP Up is back January 10th!
Another round of our monthly handbuilding nights! These step-by-step guided projects take you from a ball of clay, through handbuilding with assorted clay methods, to painting with colorful underglazes. Work is completed in one session, processed by SAS clay staff, and ready for pickup roughly 2 weeks after the event. This 18+ event series is hosted in our main-floor creation space.
Zero experience needed, super beginner friendly!


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Build-a-Snowman Workshop

Create your own sculptural snowman! Once these jolly snow folks are finished, they won't melt away in the spring - you'll cherish them for generations to come.  Snowy friends are completed in one session and ready for pickup roughly 2 weeks after the event. This workshop will be held in our downstairs classroom. Zero experience needed, super beginner friendly, and multi-generational groups encouraged!


$35/person AGE 7+

Glazing & Clay Workshops

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Clay for a Day

A full day, intro-to-clay workshop that covers the basics and will build your clay skills! Morning covers handbuilding and wheel basics, a break for lunch, and then 3 hours in the afternoon to continue with the method of your choosing. Attendees will receive instruction and guidance to create unique pottery of their own, and learn about different ways to work with clay. These 18+ workshops take place in our downstairs clay studio, using assorted pottery equipment. Beginner friendly, or a great way to practice and hone your clay skills!

Glazing 1/2 Day

Bring your own bisqueware (from a Clay for a Day workshop, or others of your own making) for glazing basics and a pots-finishing session. Attendees learn how to use dip glazes (plus some fun application methods), how the glazes and firing methods in the SAS clay studio work, and time and guidance to finish their bisqueware for firing.

Class is offered twice: Morning & Afternoon sessions

Morning Session
Afternoon Session

The Clay Studio at Stumptown Art Studio is located down a flight of stairs, and our space is quite small. This may be an unfair obstacle for individuals with some mobility aids, service animals, and those sensitive to dust or who are at high risk for Covid19. When possible, we host our single-session clay events upstairs in the main paint-your-own-pottery space or on our back patio. Unfortunately, our multi-week classes and wheel events often must be held in our basement studio.


As an organization dedicated to education, and as artists passionate about sharing our craft, we are actively working to make our studio, our classes, and access to clay more available to communities which are often excluded from ceramics. Please contact our Clay Studio Manager to inquire about specific accommodations, or if physical or financial obstacles make it difficult for you to work with clay.

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