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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
Mid range oxidation body with manganese
Buff stoneware/ochre

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

Throwing Pots with Tracy Calmes
Sundays, 5-7:30pm - September 21 through October 26

Six sessions: $140
Materials fee: $38 (includes 25# of clay and Kemper Tool Kit. If you don't need the tools, clay is $17).
Firing fees: $3.00 per piece.
What to bring: an old towel!

Pottery with TracyDive 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!

Class sessions are flexible so as to meet everyone's scheduling needs. Can't make it one evening? Make up time is available during open studio hours - however instructor will NOT be on hand.

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 Studio at Crossings.

Molded Majolica Vessel with Amy Cass
5 sessions
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm
October 7 - November 4

Five sessions: $115
Supply fee: $28

Create a variety of vessel forms, from slabs of clay, by re-purposing a variety of baking/serving dishes! Bring your own shapes that you like to class (old casseroles, pans, bowls, etc) or use one of many provided. After the forms have been molded we'll add creative legs, feet, handles, etc and fire. Then comes the fun of learning the neo-majolica method of glazing—colorful and textured! Come to class w/ the old and leave w/ the new!! majolica bowl
Amy Cass Amy Cass has a BA in Art Education from the University of Iowa. Although she taught high school for a short period of time, Amy soon turned to studio art. For nearly 20 years she ran a popular business painting images on pieces of furniture for her clients. In 2001, Amy and her husband traveled to and volunteered in St. Lucia and Kenya. These extended trips fueled her love of design, pattern, and color. When, in 2003, she changed her artistic focus to ceramics, the influences of Amy's travels translated into bright & whimsical, yet functional pottery! She works out of her Rochester home and relies on her website, amycasspottery.com, and the occasional art fair to sell her ceramic creations and secure custom orders.

School Break - Let the Mud Fly!
Pottery Wheel

October 16 - 18, with an additional glazing session on October 25
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Grades 4 and up

Four sessions: $119 (additional family members $100)

What to bring: an old towel!

Pottery with TracyLooking for an artistic adventure during your school break? Try the pottery wheel!

Let the mud fly! Experience a real clay studio as you learn to wedge clay, center and form shapes on the pottery wheel, trim and finish your work with colorful glaze.


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 Studio 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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