Clay, much like an apprentice, is shaped by its mentor into a thing of beauty that either makes one proud or takes over one’s backyard garden and steals all the vegetables. Nurture an upstanding work of art with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of classes or studio time at Clayspace downtown.
A spacious, fully equipped studio, Clayspace celebrates ceramic arts with guided classes, workshops, and self-directed studio time. Experienced instructors lead a variety of classes and workshops for all skill levels that range from two-part introductory sessions to comprehensive eight-week courses. Most classes include materials, such as the all-ages Chia pot workshop, which guides attendees as they design and build terra cotta pots over two meetings ($30 per person). With large worktables and ample shelf space, Clayspace’s facility lets students spread out and take advantage of nine electric wheels, slab roller, glazes, spray booth, raku kiln, and more to create beautiful bowls, plates, and busts of the Abominable Snowman.
Class and workshop registration fees include passes for extra time in the studio, which is also open to experienced artists on a pay-per-visit basis ($30 for one session; $95 for five). Each session lasts about two hours, enough time for a seasoned crafter to pick up some clay, throw, glaze, and fire a couple of pots, and smash the subpar ones for use in mosaic hubcaps ($10 for 12 lb.; $18 for 25 lb.). Call to register for a class or schedule studio time.