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!
NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY!
We have a new position we'd like to fill at Clay Space. We are looking for a Marketing & Business Development Assistant to work with us on growing our business. For more information, follow this link:
new position
SUMMER WORKSHOPS

Monster Workshops: 
James DeRosso
Tuesday, July 11th | 5:30pm and 7:30pm 

James DeRosso is back in town for another Monster Making workshop, this time 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!

 

Fine Silver Metal Clay Pendants, Earrings and Charms: 
Donna Yutzy
Wednesday, July 12th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm and continued on
Thursday, July 13th | 5:30pm to 7pm

A class for beginners and not quite beginners! We will cover the different skills of working with fine silver metal clay, including setting of kiln ready stones (CZ's). Projects will be fired between classes. 

 

Mosaics: Jenny Desmond
Monday, July 24th | 5:30pm to 8:30pm and continued on
Wednesday, July 26th | 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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. 

 

Rings with Metal Clay: 
Donna Yutzy
Wednesday, August 23rd | 5:30pm to 8:30pm and continued on
Thursday, August 24th | 5:30pm to 7pm

Design and create your own ring! Learn how to make seamless joins, attach a kiln ready stone (CZ), and properly size a ring to allow for metal clay shrinkage. You will have 10 grams of fine silver clay to work with.  Rings will be fired between classes and polishing and antiquing methods will be covered during the Thursday night class.

 

CURRENT CLASSES
SESSION 4  2017

July 10 to August 25 (7 weeks)
Celebrating Porcelain: 
Katie Swenson

Monday, starting July 10 | noon-3pm
(7 weeks)

Porcelain is unique in its ability to transmit light and its qualities of delicacy. There is an alluring aspect to using colored porcelain because of how endless the possibilities are. In this class Katie guides students in successfully executing their designs and visions of unique art.
Intermediate/Advanced Wheel Throwing: Mariah Williams 
Monday, starting July 10 | 7pm to 9pm
(7 weeks) 


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.

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Specially for Seniors! 
Handbuilding: Ellen Davidson
Tuesday, starting July 11 | 1pm to 4pm  
(4 weeks)

Fire up your muse! Have fun, meet new friends and play with clay. Hand build a mug, cup or vase and a bowl all without a potters wheel. All skill levels welcome – especially beginners!


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Beginning Wheel Throwing: 
Mariah Williams 

Wednesday, starting July 12 | 7pm to 9pm
(7 weeks)

Discover the intricacies of working on the potter’s wheel. Learn and develop the basics of wedging, centering, and creating forms on the wheel. This class is open to new and experienced individuals who wish to generate more ability for creating wheel thrown functional forms.

Handbuilding: Ellen Davidson
Thursday, starting July 13 | 10am to 1pm
(7 weeks) 


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

May 8
Session 3 classes start

July 3 & 4
Closed for Independence Day

July 10
Session 4 classes start

July 11
Monster Workshops

July 12 & 13
Fine Silver Metal Clay Workshop

July 24 & 26
Mosaics Workshop

August 23 & 24
Rings with Metal Clay Workshop

September 3 & 4
Closed for Labor Day

RESIDENT ARTIST


Clay Space Resident Artist, Mariah Rose Williams has quickly acquainted herself with our studio, our members and the Eugene/Springfield community.

Say hello when you are at Clay Space! She teaches a wheel class on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and occasionally. a surface decoration class for intermediate and advanced students.

Check our class schedule!
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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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