The Clay Place
FALL 2020 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
UVA’s Clay Place is the Umpqua Valley’s only educational clay studio. 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.
The Clay Place will be re-opening in the Fall 2020 semester, which will run from September 30 to November 24. Registration is now open; please click the link below to our registration form and information about pricing! Because of the need for social distancing, the Clay Place will operate with a limited occupancy during the Fall 2020 semester. Registrants will sign up for studio hours allotted based on their registration level (10-Pack or Full Pack).
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.
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 look forward to welcoming you to our new and improved space on September 30, for the beginning of the Fall semester!
Hours for Enrolled Students: Fall 2020
Mondays: Open Studio, 10am-2pm
Tuesdays: Open Studio, 10:30am-2:30pm
Wednesdays: Instruction and Open Studio, 3pm-7pm
Thursdays: Open Studio, 11am-3pm
Fridays: Instruction and Open Studio, 3pm-7pm
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
Episode 2: Ceramics and Bonsai with Artist Sam Rogers
Episode 3: Water and Vinegar in Clay and 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
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. A Full Pack entitles the student to 35 blocks of studio time (for a total of 70 hours of studio use in a semester). Because of social distancing requirements, we have a limited number of Full-Packs available.
$215 (UVA Members)
$235 (non-UVA Members)
This level is recommended for experienced ceramics artists looking for studio time. The 10-Pack entitles the registrant to 10 blocks of studio time (for a total of 20 hours of studio use).
$125 (UVA Members)
$135 (non-UVA Members)
Thank You: The Clay Place community would like to warmly thank the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to our newly renovated space: the Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund, Centerpointe Home Improvement, Manfre Design Source, Triple Oak Winery, the UVA Building Committee (with special thanks to Betty Tamm, Board Treasurer & Building Committee Chair, and Betti Manfre, Board Member & Building Committee Member), the Clay Place Volunteers (with a special thanks to Sam Reitenbaugh for leading the volunteer clean-up and painting team, and to Bruce Gravens, for shelving), and UVA staff members Sandee McGee and Raino Isto.
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.