The Clay Place


Get your hands dirty at the Clay Place!

The Clay Place offers clay classes year-round for all ages and abilities in a fun and creative environment. Students and artists using the facility create pots, sculptures, tiles….your imagination is the only limit to what you can produce at this full service, professional ceramics studio. The studio has kick and electric wheels, a slab roller, a pugmill, numerous glazes, three electric kilns and a raku kiln.

Students interested in exploring ceramics are sure to benefit from our professional instructor Ted Isto & Barbara D’Andrea who have an extensive art background in ceramics. Additional assistance is available from Samantha Reitenbaugh during open studio time.

The Clay Place supports the Arts in Education program with materials, education and facilities; offering 3-dimensional art for kids and young adults, evening classes in ceramics from beginners through advanced students, open studio space and facilities for ceramic artists needing a place to work, share ideas and expand their skills.

2017 Fall Term Schedule

September 27 – November 17, 2017

Tuesdays: 10 AM – 2 PM – Studio assistance from Samantha

Wednesdays: 2 PM – 8 PM – Class taught by Ted Isto

Thursdays: 10 AM – 2 PM – Studio assistance from Samantha

Fridays: 3 PM – 8 PM – Class taught by Barbara D’Andrea

Saturdays – Raku firing depends on registration numbers, ask Ted for details.

Weekly Class Schedule:

Sept 27: Class begins on Wednesday.

Sept 27-Sept 29: Coils, pinch pots, soft slab bowls and the physics and chemistry of clays.

Oct 3-Oct 6: Soft slab mugs, joining leather-hard slabs, hump molds, tiles, surface and texture

Oct 10-Oct 13: Kick and electric wheel throwing; cylinders and underglazes

Oct 17-Oct 20: Kick and electric wheel throwing; bowls; glaze theory and application.

Oct 24-Oct 27: Kick and electric wheel throwing; plates and glazes on pots.

Oct 31-Nov 3: More glazing, stains, oxide painting and larger pots.

Nov 7-Nov 10: Extruder, molds, coil and throw techniques and more surface decoration.

Nov 14-Nov 17: Glazes, spraying and pouring; kilns, furniture, loading and firing. Tricks and tools; molds and extruder pots, fast things.


Friday, November 17th at 5 – 8pm: POT LUCK at the Clay Place. Bring your Friends!

Raku Workshop

Facilitated by Peter Alsen

Saturday, Oct 21 | 9am – 4pm

Nationally recognized Raku artist Peter Alsen will provide a demonstration of high metallic raku, crackle glazes, and horsehair pots. Participants should bring at least three bisquit fired pots to be glazed and fired, leather gloves, and suitable clothing. Preferred clays are Laguna WSO and WS-4. There is a maximum participant limit for this workshop of 12 people, so please call or sign up online here asap.  Please bring your own sack lunch.

$45 (UVAA Members) $55 (Non UVAA Members)  Registration Open

Class Registration Fees

Payment and Refund Policy: Full payment at time of registration is required. Full refunds will be made in the event that the UVAA has to cancel the workshop or class. Should you need to cancel or change your registration to a different time, there will be a $10 fee as long as the change is made more than a week in advance of the class/workshop. Cancellations made within a week of a class will be given a refund that is 50% of the cost of the class/workshop. We are unable to refund registration fees the day of the class/workshop.

Full Pack:

$175 (UVAA Members)
$185 (Non UVAA Members)

Recommended for beginner students.
It includes two classes a week and open studio any time during our open hours.

10 Pack:

$90 (UVAA Members)
$100 (Non UVAA Members)

 Not recommended for beginner students.
Ten visits to the Clay Place.

Clay classes are available to students aged 16 and older only.
Classes for children are offered in the summer.
Please check our Summer Kids Camps for more details.


Registration FULL
for Fall Term
Print Registration Form

Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.