Clay Space... a creative arts center in Eugene





DID YOU KNOW....
Clay Space, besides having a focus on education and developing the craft of ceramics, is also a production-capable facility?

We have the knowledge, experience and capacity to do small production runs – let us help you bring your vision and product to life!
We are equipped with both slip-casting equipment and a hydraulic press. If you have a project in mind, we'd love to talk with you!
FALL WORKSHOPS

Monster Workshops: 
James DeRosso
Tuesday, Oct. 10th | 5:30pm & 7:30pm 

Join James DeRosso this October for a Monster Making workshop with a colorful twist! James has devised a way to add a spot of color that will make YOUR monster stand out in a crowd!

 

Metal Clay: Creating with Silver & Copper: Donna Yutzy
Wed, Oct. 11th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm
& continued on
Thurs, Oct. 12th | 5:30pm to 7pm

This class will show you how to create patterns with copper dots on your silver pieces. We will build pendants and earrings. Adding the copper will give your silver jewelry a great new and exciting look!

 

Mosaics: Jenny Desmond
Thurs, Oct. 19th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm 
& continued on
Saturday, Oct. 21st | 11:30am to 1pm

What is a mosaic? …a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass. Come join us for a fun class where you will learn how to design and make a mosaic sign or trivet. 

 

Metal Clay Wrap Rings:
Donna Yutzy
Wed, Nov. 15th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm
& continued on
Thurs, Nov. 16th | 5:30pm to 7pm

Learn how to make a free-flowing ring with some adjustability on the size. Rings will be created and fired flat and formed into shape around a mandrel after firing.

 

SESSION 6 CLASSES  2017
October 30 to December 15 (6 weeks)
Celebrating Porcelain: 
Katie Swenson

Mondays 12pm to 3pm
Starting October 30th

Are you indoors a bit more with the days getting dark earlier? Join our class as a way to brighten your day! Porcelain is a clay that transmits the light and can inspire special projects for the gift maker. A mug for your coffee buddy or a meaningful piece of art sculpture that you make while sharing Monday afternoons with us.

Intermediate/Advanced Wheel Throwing: Mariah Williams 
Mondays 7pm to 9pm
Starting October 30th

Would you like to hone your wheel throwing skills? Do you have an interest in throwing multi-part forms? Have you ever wanted to create the perfect teapot? This class is open to intermediate/advanced level throwing enthusiasts who are interested in developing their techniques and creating multi-part forms with depth and decoration.
Specially for Seniors & Others: Ellen Davidson
Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm
October 31st, November 7th, 14th, 28th

Fire up your muse! Have fun, meet new friends and play with clay. This four week handbuilding class is perfect for making a mug, cup or vase and a bowl all without a potters wheel. 
Handbuilding: Pam Horn
Tuesdays 6pm to 9pm
Starting October 31st 

Learn to hand build anything you choose. Whether you are new to handbuilding, or looking to continue to grow your skills, this is a fun filled class for anyone interested in creating with clay.


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Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery: Mariah Williams 
Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm
Starting November 1st

Discover the intricacies of working on the potter’s wheel. Learn and develop the basics of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel.


Handbuilding: Ellen Davidson
Thursdays 10am to 1pm
Starting November 2nd

Make almost anything you can imagine! Discover ways to form and texture your pieces. Learn the techniques of glaze application and overglaze decoration. 
CLAY SPACE RECEIVES AWARD


Clay Space was selected as the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene’s 2017 Arts and Business Partnership Award recipient! The award was presented at the BRAVA breakfast on June 2nd in the Hult Center lobby. Clay Space and local potters participating in Food for Lane County's Empty Bowls fundraiser were honored this year. We're proud to be part of all the local artists who continue to create the bowls for Food for Lane County’s annual Empty Bowls fundraiser!



Thank you, John Barry for the warm introduction, Dee Etzwiler for creating a beautifully designed custom award for the occasion, Jay Jones for a memorable video documenting this brief moment of acknowledgement (!) AND our Clay Space members and community supporters!
ARTIST PROFILE


In fond memory of Phoebe Gordon
July 15, 1955 – January 14, 2017



Studio Artist
Phoebe Gordon

Artist Statement
I have been an artist all my life. I was drawing before I could write my name. As a child I was not allowed to just sit and watch cartoons without doing something else “constructive”, so my mother provided drawing paper and colored pencils. From this I learned to doodle in front of the TV.


In 1981 I received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Oregon. For several years, I made multi-colored linoleum cuts and sold them in galleries around the country. Almost all of the images in these prints came from doodling in front of the TV. They were all very brightly-colored and the theme was always humor and the human form.


Eventually I moved on from printmaking. I spent several years making paper mache altarpieces and diaoramas while I was living in San Francisco. During this time the subject-matter never changed, and I was lucky to find an art dealer who appreciated my sense of humor. I don’t believe that art necessarily has to be all serious; I have always wanted to make art that makes people smile and see the humor in life. I also don’t believe that a person has to have an education in art to look at something in a gallery and appreciate it; recognizable forms and pleasing colors and design are something anyone can enjoy looking at.


For the last five years I have been making ceramic sculptures, a medium that was completely new to me. When I was learning the techniques, I decided to focus on Mexcian folk art as my subject-matter, as I’ve been a collector for many years. Since I collected mermaids, I first decided to try making my own and had many good results. I then moved on to making Day of the Dead pieces, which never seem to fail making people laugh. All of the sculptures I’ve made are whimsical, brightly-colored, and very detailed; most pieces take around 150 hours to complete.


I no longer doodle in front of the TV, as my hands are always covered in clay and I work at the studio where there is no TV. I doodle while I work!

Growing up in Corvallis on a small farm, I learned to work with my hands fixing go-karts, restoring cars and building tree forts. In high school, I took every industrial arts offering available, from welding to woodshop to ceramics. With clay the attraction was immediate; the processes of creativity, combining common raw materials, and using fire to create objects of beauty, utility and permanence had me hooked.  
  
  

I create a variety of tableware and sculptural pieces using wheel-thrown and hand built techniques. Most of my work is atmospherically fired in one of our four wood-fired kilns at Pleasant Hill Pottery. The first of these kilns to be constructed was a 60 cubic foot two-chambered Noborigama nicknamed Pepino, then a 125cf Anagama (The Tomagama) followed in 2008, a 35cf wood/biodiesel soda kiln was built in 2012, and finally a 30cf train kiln in 2014. These kilns produce beautiful and distinct surfaces. 
 

I have taught wheel-throwing courses for over a decade at both Clay Space and the Oregon State University Craft Center. 
 

My wife, Lauren and I live in Pleasant Hill with a herd of cats and chickens. I operate Pleasant Hill Pottery with a dedicated crew of local potters.

I create a variety of tableware and sculptural pieces using wheel-thrown and hand built techniques. Most of my work is atmospherically fired in one of our four wood-fired kilns at Pleasant Hill Pottery. The first of these kilns to be constructed was a 60 cubic foot two-chambered Noborigama nicknamed Pepino, then a 125cf Anagama (The Tomagama) followed in 2008, a 35cf wood/biodiesel soda kiln was built in 2012, and finally a 30cf train kiln in 2014. These kilns produce beautiful and distinct surfaces. 
 

I have taught wheel-throwing courses for over a decade at both Clay Space and the Oregon State University Craft Center. 
 

My wife, Lauren and I live in Pleasant Hill with a herd of cats and chickens. I operate Pleasant Hill Pottery with a dedicated crew of local potters.
After completing this US workshop tour, he will return to Japan for one man shows in both Tokyo and Osaka. Reserve your seat now for this wonderful opportunity to observe and learn from a young, gifted and respected Japanese artist.

For further information:
Www.inayoshiosamu.com/
Www.facebook.com/osamu.inayoshi.10

Mon, Feb. 3, 7-8pm Slide Show
Tues, Feb. 4, 10am-4pm w/ lunch break
Wed, Feb. 5, 10am-4pm w/ lunch break

Clay Space Member/LCC/UO Student: $55
General: $65

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CALENDAR

September 5
Session 5 classes start

September 16
Metal Clay Workshop

October 10
Monster Workshops

October 11 & 12
Metal Clay Workshop

October 19 & 21
Mosaics Workshop

October 30
Session 6 classes start

A GOOD DEAL...DID YOU KNOW?


Our throwing and hand building classes are a GOOD DEAL!

With each class session you enroll in, our students receive instruction from professional ceramic instructors AND students have unlimited access to working in the Clay Space studio during regular open hours. This access begins with the first day of class and runs through the last day of class. It’s a good deal!
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Donna Yutzy
Katie Swenson
Ellen Davidson
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Bob Richardson
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Clay Space
Open Hours



SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Monday
10am - 7pm
Tuesday
10am - 7pm
Wednesday
10am - 7pm
Thursday
10am - 7pm
Friday
10am - 5pm

Saturday
11am - 5pm
Sunday
Noon - 5pm