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Adult Community Ceramic Classes

2017 Schedule

Winter: January 9–March 16
*Registration begins December 7, 2016

Spring: March 28–June 1
*Registration begins February 22

Summer 6-Week Session:
August 14–September 30
(no class week of September 3–8)
*Registration begins June 28
Fall: October 3–December 14
(no class week of November 21–23)
*Registration begins August 23

Sorry, no early registration

Community Class


10-week sessions:
Members: $160
Non-Members: $180

6-week sessions:
Members: $96
Non-Members: $108

Special Topics:
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
Sorry, no early registration

50% tuition deposit is required at time of registration

Cancellation Policy:
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.


Fall Ceramics Classes
10-Week Session
October 3–December 17, 2017
(no class the week of November 21–23)

Click here to register online >

Call 406/443-3502 ex. 11 for questions.

Beginning Ceramics

October 8–December 17 (no class on November 26)
Sunday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Kyle Johns

October 3–December 12 (no class on November 21)
FULL register for wait-list here

Tuesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Kyle Johns

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 be introduced to various decorating, glazing and firing techniques.

New student? Click here to download the basic list of tools and supplies needed for your class.


Intermediate Ceramics: emphasis on handbuilding
October 3–December 12 (no class on November 21)
Tuesday mornings from 10 am–1 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Nicholas Danielson

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.


Intermediate & Advanced Ceramics: handbuilding a narrative
October 4–December 13 (no class on November 22)
Wednesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Christina Erives

This class will give students the opportunity to expand on beginning handbuilding and sculpting techniques. Using narrative as a place to play, resident instructor Christina Erives will demonstrate how to students can incorporate story into their own work. Each class will include a demonstration on an advanced surface treatment, technique or glaze application.


Special Topics

Form and Surface using Majolica
October 3–December 12 (no class on November 21)
Tuesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray past resident artist Joanna Powell

Join us for this 10-week class as we explore the wild world of majolica, taught by Joanna Powell. You will delve into the infinite possibilities of this old world glazing technique—from traditional to experimental. We will discuss how form and surface can work together to achieve your desired outcome. Powell will demonstrate her own method of majolica glazing and discuss the challenges of surface decoration. Get ready to bust out your paint brushes and get wild!

Cone 10 Soda Firing and Advanced Wheel Techniques
October 5–December 14 (no class on November 23)
FULL register for wait-list here
Thursday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray past resident artist Bill Wilkey and professional artist Jake Bridsky

This 10-week class will discuss and practice cone 10 soda firing with a focus on advanced throwing techniques. Expanding beyond basics, demonstrations will include thrown and altered forms as well as combining multiple thrown components. Forms that will be covered are big bowls, plates, pitchers, lidded forms and teapots. Class time will be provided for students to produce work.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in three soda firings over the 10 week session. Class time will incorporate the loading and firing of the kilns as a teaching tool. Post-firing discussions will examine the fired results to help inform student’s work for the next firing.


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.


Additional Expenses

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.