Winter: January 9–March 16
*Registration begins December 7, 2016
Spring: March 28–June 1
*Registration begins February 22
Summer 6-Week Session:
August 13–September 26
(no class week of September 3–5)
*Registration begins June 28
Fall: October 3–December 14
(no class week of November 21–23)
*Registration begins August 23
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10 week sessions:
Tuition costs varies
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Materials and firing are not included in the class tuition. See additional expenses below.
Call Lindsey at
406/443-3502 ext. 11
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50% tuition deposit is required at time of registration
If you are not able to attend the class refunds less $15 administrative fee (and membership, if applicable) are available only if the Bray is contacted two days before the second class.
Immerse yourself into the world of ceramics. Join a Bray Community Class to refine your skills or build new ones.
Classes are offered seasonally four times a year and are available and designed for everyone from beginners to experienced artists. We teach traditional wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques while encouraging students to discover their own artistic voice with clay.
Classes are taught by our resident artists who are engaged and knowledgeable about ceramics.
Class sessions meet one night a week for three hours. There are both ten-week general courses and shorter special-topics courses.
The Community Class studio is equipped with 15 electric wheels, 1 kick wheel, slab roller, spray booth and extruder.
All work is fired by the resident instructor or class technician
at cone 6 reduction unless otherwise noted. Students may work additional hours in the studio during open studio time.
Spring Ceramics Classes
March 28–June 1, 2017
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Registration begins February 22.
Call 406/443-3502 ex. 11 for questions.
handbuilding and throwing
March 28–May 30
Tuesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Nicholas Danielson.
Beginning Ceramics is an introductory course designed to give students a hands-on educational and artistic experience using clay. You will learn a variety of techniques including handbuilding and wheel throwing. You will also gain experience with various decorating, glazing and firing techniques.
New student? Click here to download the basic list of tools and supplies needed for your class.
emphasis on handbuilding
March 28–May 30
Tuesday mornings from 10 am–1 pm
Intermediate Ceramics is intended for students who are ready to expand upon the basic skills and ideas gained in beginning ceramics. This course has an emphasis on handbuilding techniques.
Projects will involve pinch methods, coil building and slab construction. The resident instructor will present a demonstration during each class.
Taught by full-time professional artist Candice Methe.
Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics
March 29–May 31
Wednesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics is intended for students who are ready to expand upon the basic skills and ideas gained in beginning ceramics. While students will be able to refine their throwing and handbuilding skills, this class will have a special focus on surface and advanced finishing techniques. During each class, the resident instructor will present a demonstration on an advanced surface treatment, technique or glaze application.
Taught by full-time professional artist Lauren Smith.
March 30–June 1 (demonstrations scheduled for March 30, April 13, 27, May 11, May 25)
Thursday evenings, every other week from 6:30–9:30 pm
Tuition: Members $100, Non-member $110
This special-topic course will explore how artists use commercial products in their work and give students the opportunity to creatively explore ready-made products in their own studio. Demonstrations by the Clay Business’ Chuck Aydlett and Todd Pentico will include using a Giffin Grip to combine handbuilding and throwing techniques, using texture tools to engage every surface and customizing commercial glazes for endless possibilities. Products will be available for students to use. During registration, students will have an opportunity to request demonstrations of certain products.
*This five-week class will meet every other week to give students ample time to explore, invent and innovate between class sessions. All skill levels are welcome.
Taught by a professional artists and Clay Business staff, Todd Pentico and Chuck Aydlett.
Pottery Studio Hours and Policies
The Pottery Studio is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Students enrolled in a class may use the pottery any time another class is not in session. The Bray periodically hosts special events that might occur in the Pottery, causing it to be closed to students for short periods of time. It may also be closed in preparation for and during workshops.
Only students enrolled in a class can use the Pottery Studio.
Please don’t bring children to the Pottery. We offer children’s classes for their enjoyment. Click here for a schedule of upcoming children’s classes.
Dogs & cats are not allowed in the Pottery Studio.
No smoking in any building on the Bray grounds. If you smoke outside, please throw your cigarette butts in the receptacle outside the south facing class door.
Materials and firing fees are not covered by the class tuition.
The basic firing fee is $18 per 12” x 24” kiln shelf. This fee covers the cost of the glaze materials, bisque and glaze firings. Beginners on average fire 1-2 shelves while intermediate/advanced students may fire up to 5 or 6.
Clay costs start at around $19 per 50 lbs. and go up. The price depends on the type of clay. Most beginners use 25-50 lbs in their first class.
The Archie Bray Clay Business carries a full line of clay, ceramic supplies, equipment, tools and books for beginners to an expert level. The Clay Business will be open during the first meeting of each class for students to purchase tools and clay. Please come prepared to purchase clay and tools on your first class meeting. Each student will receive a locker space to store their tools and clay.
Clay Business hours are Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm, and Saturday 9 am–1 pm.
Click here for more information about the Clay Business.