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The Clay Place

The Clay Place is a community ceramic studio located in Douglas County that offers students and artists a high-quality, professional ceramic studio environment. Providing open studio opportunities as well as group classes and workshops, the studio is a great place to learn about all things clay. To learn about Classes and Workshops, please read more below. To learn about our Open Studio, please scroll passed Classes and Workshops to read more. You can also contact us at with any questions. If you would like to partner with UVA to offer a clay workshop or class, or workshop, please reach out to us here.




Monday: 10am-8pm
Tuesday: 10am-4pm
Wednesday: 2-8pm 
Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

 The Clay Place Open Studio operates through four 8-week terms throughout the year. Each studio term offers two types of enrollment so that students and artists of all abilities (ages 16+) can choose the option that best fits their skill level and schedule, with access to facilities and equipment to give experienced artists a place to work, share ideas, and expand their skills. 

Our studio has everything needed to create a masterpiece, including kick and electric wheels, a slab roller, a pugmill, glazes, and several kilns. Professional ceramicists lead weekly classes and are available to students for personalized instruction and support.

Enrollment Types


Full-Packs are for students/artists who are new to the studio (no matter what your level of experience is) or seasoned artists who need more studio access. This option comes with 120 hours of studio time, access to classes twice a week, and all studio amenities. (Full-Pack registration is required for all students who are new to the studio).


Mini-Packs are for returning students/artists who are self-guided, are experienced with the studio rules/guidelines, and who don’t need as much studio time. This option comes with 60 hours of studio time and access to all studio amenities including tools, equipment, glazes, and firings.
 (Mini-Pack registrants not eligible for class attendance).


Summer Term

July 3rd – Aug 31st

UVA Member Registration: May 14th
Non-Member Registration: May 21st
Join us for another term in the oldest community clay studio in the Umpqua Valley. Please refer to the registration dates above to know when you can sign up. If you have been a UVA Member previously, please reach out to confirm the status of your membership if you are registering before May 21st. More information and registration can be found at the button to the left.
Mini-Packs are SOLD OUT for the Summer Term! If you were interested in this enrollment option, please consider signing up for a Full-Pack or request to be put on our waitlist for Mini-Packs by clicking the button on the left.

Fall Term

Sept 11th – Nov 9th

UVA Member Registration: August 13th
Non-Member Registration: August 20th

Bonus Term

Nov 18th – Dec 20th

UVA Member Registration: October 22nd
Non-Member Registration: October 29th

Payment and Refund Policy: Full payment at time of registration is required. Up until two weeks prior to the start of the class, workshop or term, you will receive a full refund (minus a $10 service charge) should you need to cancel your registration. However, cancellations made after this two-week time frame are nonrefundable​. Should UVA cancel or reschedule the event, participants will receive a full refund or credit toward future classes.

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

UVA 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), as well as 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).

To learn more about current and future opportunities for young artists, please engage with the links below or contact our director of youth arts education at If you would like to partner with UVA to offer a youth camp, class, or workshop, please reach out to us here.