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the Clay Studio

We are incredibly excited to introduce Make Time’s first expansion into a new creative space: “The Clay Studio”. The Clay Studio draws together students and artists in a welcoming environment that invites curiosity and discovery around the art and craft of clay. With pottery wheels, extruders, a slab table and numerous other tools The Clay Studio is Eldorado’s new home for ceramics exploration. We are offering classes in hand-building, sculpture and throwing on the pottery wheel, taught by local working artists.

Information on Membership, & Firing fees and Class Schedule can be found below.

 

Upcoming Workshops

 
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Tin Foil Sagger Workshop with Lee Akins

12pm - 4pm Saturday, Oct. 19 & Sunday Oct. 20 | $125.00

Tin foil sagger is a low-fire process for achieving a mottled decorative finish. It is similar to pit firing and sagger firing with more predictable results. In the workshop we will prepare and load our bisque pieces for firing in the small gas kiln.
All levels welcome but some experience working with clay would be helpful.

Bring 4-5 bisque fired pieces. Applying terra sigillata before bisque will help in color development.

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Raku Workshop with Lee Akins

12pm - 4pm Saturday, Nov. 9 & Sunday Nov. 10 | $125.00

Raku is a low-temperature fast-firing technique that achieves unique metallic and lustrous surfaces by cooling the piece in a smoky atmosphere. We will learn the basic raku glazes as well as specialty finishes including horse hair, iron chloride fuming, alcohol reduction and slip resist.
All levels welcome but some experience working with clay would be helpful.
Bring 4-5 bisque fired pieces. Groggy stoneware works best.

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Surface/Decorating Workshop with Lee Akins

12pm - 4pm Saturday, Dec. 7 & Sunday Dec. 8 | $125.00

We will explore ways to enliven and embellish the surface of your clay work. A wide range of techniques will be introduced and you will have the opportunity to build a palate of surfaces to choose from.
All levels welcome but some experience working with clay would be helpful.
Bring 5-10 pieces to decorate. Ideally some leatherhard, some bone dry and some bisque fired.

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Membership

To ensure the best experience we limit the number of Clay Studio Members to Ten. Members have access to the Clay Studio 24 hours a day as well as dedicated space in the studio to store supplies and tools. When classes and workshops are being held, we ask members to be courteous and not interrupt. To ensure the best experience we limit the number of Clay Studio Members to ten. Each member will get 2 free firings a month which can be bisque or glaze firings. They also enjoy a discount for any extra firings. Please call (505.470.5016) or email if you’re interested in registering as a Clay Studio Member.

Day/Week Passes

Clay Studio Day Pass
25.00

This pass includes access to the Clay Studio, all it’s tools (wheels/extruder/slab roller), and glazes. It does not include clay or firing. We offer a variety of clay for $15/25 lb bag which can be purchased separately. Pricing for firing can be found on the “Clay Studio” page of our website.

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Clay Studio Weekly Pass ( 7 consecutive days )
45.00

This pass includes access to the Clay Studio, all it’s tools (wheels/extruder/slab roller), and glazes. It does not include clay or firing. We offer a variety of clay for $15/25 lb bag which can be purchased separately. Pricing for firing can be found on the “Clay Studio” page of our website.

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Firing Fees

Kiln Firing ^06 Bisque & Glaze
0.50

We charge $.50 per inch of the longest side of the piece for a Bisque or Low Fire Glaze firing. To purchase, measure the longest side of your piece (in Inches). Type in that number as the Quantity you’d like to purchase. If firing multiple pieces you may combine the length of each piece together to use as your Quantity. Please note - Currently we are limited to 17” in any direction.

For example firing a mug runs $1.00 to $2.00 depending on it’s height.

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Kiln Firing ^6 Glaze
0.65

We charge $.65 per inch of the longest side of the piece for a Cone 6 Glaze firing. To purchase, measure the longest side of your piece (in Inches). Type in that number as the Quantity you’d like to purchase. If firing multiple pieces you may combine the length of each piece together to use as your Quantity. Please note - Currently we are limited to 17” in any direction.

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25# Bag of Clay

The Clay Studio sells a variety of New Mexico Clays (and some Leguna). Each bag of clay is $15 regardless of what body it is.
Purchase here online and pick up at the studio! If you’d like a specific clay body call or text first to make sure that we have it in stock (505.470.5016).

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Clay Studio Classes


 
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Arlene Siegel (Fall Classes)

Sculpting in Clay

Thursdays 1pm -3pm | $100 (4 sessions)

Each Thursday afternoon creativity pours its way into the Clay Studio during Arlene’s sculpture class. Her calm approach to teaching creates a relaxed atmosphere that is welcoming to both beginners and advanced students. To learn more about Arlene check out our Staff Page.

In this course students will explore the Sculptural side of clay. Arlene Siegel (Sculptor and Figure Artist) will guide you through a number of techniques for creating anything from figurative sculpture to abstract decorative pieces in clay. Class size is kept small to ensure a as much individualized attention as possible. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced student of clay, if you’re looking for a positive, relaxed atmosphere to explore your creativity then this class is for you.

Clay is not included in the class price, but can be purchased at the studio for $15 per 25lb bag.

 
 

 
 
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Throwing & Hand Building with Terese Kitts

Relax and Get Away with Clay

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 | $100 (4 sessions)

Give yourself some “me” time! Join us in a friendly, comfortable, relaxing studio setting in the peace of the night. If you are a beginner we will learn all the basics of pottery and more, incorporating your ideas into the piece. If you have experience I’ll help you improve your skills and develop your ideas in the direction you are wanting to explore.

Clay is not included in the class price, but can be purchased at the studio for $15 per 25lb bag.

 
 

 
 
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Pottery & Hand-building
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Pottery & Hand-building
100.00

Pottery & Hand-building Class (Adults)

Wednesday Mornings 10am -12pm | $100 (4 sessions)

Join Simon Boses Wednesday mornings for a class that covers and introduction to throwing on the wheel as well as hand building techniques. Class size is kept very small (6-8 students) to ensure individualized attention. The Clay Studio is equipped with pottery wheels, a slab rolling table, a 6” and 4” wall mounted extruder and various clay hand tools.

Clay is not included in the class price, but can be purchased at the studio for $15 per 25lb bag.

 
 

 
 
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Tuesday Teen Ceramics
from 50.00

Express Yourself - Basic Pottery with Terese Kitts

Teen & Tween Ceramics (w/ School Pick-up)
Tuesdays 3pm - 5pm | 11 & Up

Looking for a fun after school activity? Come get your hands into some clay in a relaxed, social environment. Explore the potters wheel as well as basic hand-built forms in clay, creating fun take home projects along the way. Each session will feature different projects. Here are some example projects you might find in this class: 

  • Themed pinch pot teapots and teacups

  • Coil story teller’s animal/human forms

  • Slab themed board games

  • Sculpted family/self totem pole

  • Wheel thrown lidded animal boxes

Each month we will produce treasures to bring home. Independent study is also welcomed!


 

 
 
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Kids Ceramics with Terese Kitts
from 35.00

Kids & Clay

Saturday Mornings 10am - 12pm | 7 - 11 years old

Nothing grabs a kids attention quite like working with a mushy messy ball of clay. It opens the door to an entire universe of imaginative forms that can be created. The class will begin with the basics of handbuilding, covering how to create forms, dry and fire them. As students advance they will begin to explore how to throw on the potter's wheel, how to use the slab roller and extruders available in the studio. Students will take home their projects as they are completed. 

You can sign your student up for a single session (3 classes) for $90 or all 3 winter sessions for $225 ($25 a session). We also offer a $35 drop-in if the class is not full. Please contact us prior to class to check availability for drop in.