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The Clay Place


UVA’s Clay Place is the Umpqua Valley’s only educational clay studio.

The Clay Place is currently closed for renovations, including the installation of a new industrial sink, new lighting, fresh ceiling panels, and expanded shelving. We will re-open in Fall 2020 with a modified schedule to allow for social distancing.

The Clay Place offers clay classes for all ages and abilities in a high-quality professional studio environment. It also offers open studio time and facilities for more experienced ceramic artists needing a place to work, share ideas, and expand their skills.

This community studio has everything you need to make clay art including kick and electric wheels, a slab roller, a pugmill, glazes, and electric kilns and raku kilns.

Professional clay artist Ted Isto leads the classes and is available to students for personalized instruction and support. Clay artist Samantha Reitenbaugh is available to help students throughout open studio times.

Hours for Enrolled Students

New Hours Coming Fall 2020

The Clay Pod

The Clay Pod is the Clay Place’s very own podcast, focused on ceramics in the Umpqua Valley Region and the Pacific Northwest more broadly. 

Episode 1: Ash Glazes with Clay Place Instructor Ted Isto

Term Weekly Themes

Each term offers weekly instructional themes allowing students to build upon and develop their skills at their own pace with high-quality instruction and support.

Week 1: Class begins on Wednesday. History of ceramics and ceramic materials. Hand built pots and primitive ceramics. Coils, pinch pots, soft slab bowls and the physics and chemistry of clay.

Week 2: Soft slab mugs, joining leather-hard slabs, hump molds, tiles, surface and texture

Week 3: Kick and electric wheel throwing; cylinders and underglazes

Week 4: Kick and electric wheel throwing; bowls; glaze theory and application

Week 5: Kick and electric wheel throwing; plates and glazes on pots

Week 6: More glazing, stains, oxide painting and larger pots

Week 7: Extruder, molds, coil and throw techniques and more surface decoration

Week 8: Glazes, spraying and pouring; kilns, furniture, loading and firing. Tricks and tools; molds and extruder pots, fast things

Week 9: End of term Potluck

How to Register

The Clay Place operates five terms a year in an Open Studio model with students selecting a Full-Pack or 10-Pack registration each term.

Recommended for beginner students. Full Pack includes two classes a week and Open Studio access during open hours.

$175 (UVA Members)
$185 (non-UVA Members)

Not recommended for beginner students. The 10-Pack includes ten visits to the Clay Place each Term.

$90 (UVA Members)
$100 (non-UVA Members)

Payment and Refund Policy: Full payment at time of registration is required. Full refunds will be made in the event that the UVA has to cancel the event (workshop, class, Clay Place term, special program). Please be aware, should you need to cancel or change your registration 75% of your registration fee will be refunded up until two weeks prior to the start of the event. Cancellations made within two weeks of an event will be given a refund of 50% of the registration of the event. We are unable to refund registration fees on the day of or any days following the start of the event.