Workshops & Classes

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Adult Community Ceramic Classes

2018 Schedule

Winter: January–March *Registration begins early December

Spring: April–June
*Registration begins late February

Summer I:
June 12–July 10
*Registration begins May 14

Summer II:
August 12–September 27
*Registration begins June 27

Fall: October 1–December 20
(no class week of November 19–25)
*Registration begins August 23

Sorry, no early registration


Materials and firing are not included in the class tuition unless otherwise stated. See additional expenses below

10-week sessions:

Special topics and events:
Lengths and tuition costs varies; lab fees may apply.

15% off second class when an individual registers for additional classes within the same session. Applies to the second class registeration of one individual. Applies to class registrations within the same session: Winter, Spring, Summer I, Summer II or Fall. Exclusions may apply. To receive discount, apply coupon code "ARCHIE" to second class when registering online.

Register Online

Register online or call Lindsey at 406/443-3502 ext. 11
Sorry, no early registration

Cancellation Policy:
If a student is unable to attend the class, a refund, less an administrative fee of $15, or a full credit in the form of a gift certificate for a future class is only available if requested no later than a week before class begins.

To obtain a refund or a credit, call the Education Manager, Lindsey Carroll at 406/443-3205 x11. Our office manager will issue a check and mail it. Clay and tools are not refundable once opened or used.

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 handbuilding 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.

Unless otherwise stated, class sessions meet one night a week for three hours. Classes vary in length from one to ten weeks.

The Community Class studio is equipped with electric wheels, a kick wheel, slab roller, spray booth and extruder.

All work is fired by the Education staff to cone 6, unless otherwise stated. Firing options often include oxidation, reduction and soda. Click here for more information about studio access.

Upcoming Special Events and Classes:

Choose Your Own Adventure
Four Weeks: June 12–July 10, 2018 (no class on July 3)
Full--register for waitlist here

Tuesday afternoons from 2 pm–5 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Kyle Johns
**Maximum enrollment 10**

Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm–9:30 pm
Taught by Bray resident artist Kyle Johns
**Maximum enrollment 10**

This four-week class is designed to offer students individualized instruction from resident artist Kyle Johns. Each class meeting will cover topics and include demonstrations requested by students in the class. This is a great opportunity for students wanting to expand their knowledge of wheel throwing, altering forms or surface techniques as well as learn from their fellow student’s curiosity! Students will have the opportunity to work outside of class time including the week of July 4th. This class is for students that have taken at least Beginning Ceramics at the Bray or an equivalent introductory course.

Students are encouraged to request topics throughout the session, and to kick things off you will have the opportunity to make requests at time of registration. Johns will do his best to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Students will need a cone 6 clay of their choice and basic clay tools.


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Click Here for Children and Young Adult Classes

Education Facility Studio Hours and Policies

The Education Facility is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Three studios make up the Education studios, one small and two large. Classes that offer use of studio outside of class allows students to use any of these studios when not in use by another class or a special events. The Bray periodically hosts special events that might occur in the studio, causing it to be closed to students for short periods of time. It may also be closed in preparation for and during workshops.

Depending on the class, there are shelves and lockers for students to share. Only students enrolled in a class can use the studio.

Please don’t bring children to the studio. We offer children’s classes for their enjoyment.
Click here for a schedule of upcoming children’s classes. Animals are not allowed in the studio. Dog are not allowed in any Bray facility but may be outside on the grounds if on a leash and picked up after.No smoking in any building on the Bray grounds. If you smoke outside, please throw your cigarette butts in the receptacles outside.


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Additional Expenses

Materials and firing fees are not covered by the class tuition.

The basic firing fee is $20 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 often fire up to 5 or 6. Firing fees are the student's responsibility to track for the duration of the class and will be tallied toward the end of class. Once tallied, you may pay firing fees here.

Clay prices begin a $20 per 50 lbs. and go up. The price depends on the type of clay. Most beginners use 25-50 lbs in their first class. Locker space is available for studentss to store their tools and clay.

The Archie Bray Clay Business carries a full line of clay, ceramic supplies, equipment, tools and books for beginners to an expert level. Clay Business hours are Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm, and Saturday 9 am–1 pm. Clay, toolkits and firing fees are available for purchase at the time of registration. Materials purchased at time of registration will be available at the first class. After the first class, students are expected to purchase needed materials from the Clay Business.

Click here for more information about the Clay Business.


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