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The Clay Studio
24 hour access to creativity

Clay Studio Master Calendar
Check here to see if the Studio is reserved for a class or camp,
or if a community or work day is scheduled!

Pottery classes are listed below
Check out all upcoming pottery classes!

 

Crossings' clay studio was created to allow clay artists and potters of all levels to explore their creativity and work in a supportive environment.

The advantages of becoming a clay studio member are more than just access to equipment and workspace - you get to join a clay community where ideas, inspiration and laughter are generously shared. Above all, the most important thing is to have fun!

In the Clay Studio you'll find great natural light, and space for working in clay, whether you're working on the wheel or handbuilding.


Membership Benefits:
24 hours, 7 days a week access to a bright studio space equipped with 11 electric pottery wheels; wedging table and extruder; on-site kiln firing and access to studio glazes and studio tools; personal shelf space.

Our kiln is electric/atmospheric environment which fires to cone 6. Clay for members costs $12 + tax for 25 pounds.

Clay bodies available at Crossings:
Buff stoneware
Midfire white
Mid range oxidation body
Raku
Mid range oxidation body with manganese
Buff stoneware/ochre
Superwhite

Glazes:
A huge variety of underglazes and cone 6 glazes are available. Special requests accommodated when possible!

Clay studio members have the opportunity to to display work for sale in our gallery and to participate in three annual sales: Art in East Park in June, Crossings' Annual Open House in November, and the Artists' Clearing House in the Spring!

A profile page on our website for interested members.

A full one year studio membership is $55 per month (students $45/month) plus a one-time refundable security deposit of $100.

If you sign up for a Clay Studio membership while taking a wheel class, you will receive $30 off your first two months of membership. Save $60!

Class Cancellation/Refund Policies

 

Pottery Classes
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Classes are listed below
Please call 507-732-7616 to register

Pottery Boot Camp! One-Day Wheel Intensives
Sundays, 11am - 5pm. Upcoming sessions: May 4.

$59 per session.
Crossings Clay Studio members: $49 per session.
Optional: 25# clay $16; Kemper tool kit: $17.90; firing fee: $3/piece.
What to bring: an old towel!

This series of classes is open to students at any level of experience, although some background on the potter's wheel is preferred. The focus is purely on learning to expand your skills on the potter's wheel. Considerable time is spent with demos and explanation, focusing on understanding clay, and also understanding the structural considerations involved in making specific shapes. Much of the class time will be devoted to individual instruction according to students' needs. By popular demand, a new addition to the Boot Camp class will be instruction in trimming.

During the six hour sessions, students can take breaks at their discretion.

Clay for these exercises is supplied at no charge by Red Wing Stoneware and returned afterwards for reprocessing. Students wishing to keep any pots must use their own clay for this purpose. Clay is available for sale at Crossings.

Art Gannett is an instructor at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. He has been making pots for 30 years. He has studied the ceramic arts at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and in Germany at the pottery of Wendelin Stahl. Gannett is currently the senior thrower at Red Wing Stoneware, and creates his own work in Pepin, Wisconsin, at the Little Plum Pottery.


Pottery Wheel with Tracy Calmes
Sundays, 5 - 7:30pm. April 27 through June 1.

Six sessions: $140.
Materials fee: $36 (includes 25# of clay and Kemper Tool Kit).
Firing fees: $3.00 per piece.
What to bring: an old towel!

Dive into a six-week-long adventure with a pottery wheel!

You will get the personal one-on-one help you need to 'get your hands dirty' and move into pottery. Experienced throwers will refine the skills of centering, throwing & trimming. Beginners will learn the basics of wheel-thrown pottery and develop the skills necessary to throw a pot - and to become a clay studio member if you choose!

Will you fall in love? We think so.
With the pottery wheel at least!

Instructor: Tracy Calmes. Tracy has enjoyed developing her ceramics skills ever since she took a class 12 years ago. She is a member of the Clay Stucio at Crossings.

 

Daytime Pottery Wheel for Adults
Monday through Friday, July 14-18, 1-3:30pm; + glazing session, date tbd by students.

Six sessions: $140.
Materials fee: $36 (includes 25# of clay and Kemper Tool Kit).
Firing fees: $3.00 per piece.
What to bring: an old towel!

Dive into a week-long adventure with a pottery wheel!

One additional class session will be held for glazing; date will be determined by class participants.

You will get the personal one-on-one help you need to 'get your hands dirty' and move into pottery. Experienced throwers will refine the skills of centering, throwing & trimming. Beginners will learn the basics of wheel-thrown pottery and develop the skills necessary to throw a pot - and to become a clay studio member if you choose!

Will you fall in love? We think so.
With the pottery wheel at least!

Instructor: Tracy Calmes. Tracy has enjoyed developing her ceramics skills ever since she took a class 12 years ago. She is a member of the Clay Stucio at Crossings.

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand entirely that life brings many surprises to us all, and sometimes people must cancel their class reservation.

We sincerely do our level best to accommodate each individual’s request when emergencies arise.

However, if cancellations occur within a week of the class start date, granting a refund frequently means we operate at a loss. Materials have already been purchased, and instructors have agreed to a set minimum compensation.

Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes, at the most affordable costs possible, by reading and adhering to our cancellation and refund policy:

Class participants who cancel 21 or more days prior to the class start date will receive a 100% refund, and will be charged a $15 cancellation fee.

Class participants who cancel 8-20 days prior to the class start date will receive a 50% refund.

No refunds will be issued 0-7 days prior to the class start date.

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