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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.


Summer Ceramics Classes
6-Week Session
August 14–September 26, 2017
(no class the week of September 3–8)

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE >

Registration begins June 28.
Call 406/443-3502 ex. 11 for questions.

Beginning Throwing

August 15–September 26 (no class on September 5)

Tuesday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Andrew Dutcher.

Beginning Throwing is an introductory course designed to give students a hands-on educational and artistic experience using clay. You will learn a variety of techniques with a focus on 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.


Intermediate Ceramics: emphasis on handbuilding
August 15–September 26 (no class on September 5)
Tuesday mornings from 10 am–1 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Ling Chun.

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
August 14–September 25 (no class on September 4)
Monday evenings from 6:30–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Andrew Dutcher.

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.


Special Topics

Ceramics Passport
August 17–September 28 (no class on September 7)
Thursday evenings, 6:30–9:30 pm
Intermediate and advanced students recommended
Taught by Bray resident artist Nicholas Danielson.

Travel the world with us—in the studio that is. In this 6-week class, students will have the opportunity to explore and replicate ceramics from a culture of their choice. Resident artist Nicholas Danielson will demonstrate techniques from across the globe using coil-building, pinching, slab and template construction, molds and more. Students are encouraged to bring their own inspirations and ideas. Research materials will be provided.

Sculpting from Life
August 19–September 30 (no class on September 9)
Saturday morning, 10:00–1:00 pm
Open to artists of all levels
Taught by Bray resident artist Hannah Lee Cameron.

Join us for this 6-week class as we explore sculpting from life with resident artist Hannah Cameron. Using photos and objects, Cameron will demonstrate her method of creating realistic sculpture. Since glazing a sculpture is often challenging, students will have the opportunity to learn about Cameron’s “cold finishing” technique, an alternative to traditional glazing and firing by painting the surface. Traditional glazing and firing options will still be available to students. Students are encouraged to bring ideas, photos and objects to the first class.


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.