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Pottery Studio

The Pottery Studio is located in the northwest corner of City Park. It has provided interactive experiences and education since 1971. The Pottery Studio serves as an educational and recreational facility that offers broad and diverse classes, activities, opportunities, and adventures for students of all ages. Participants can learn a wide range of basic clay techniques including the use of a potter’s wheel, hand-building, forming, construction, surface treatment, and a variety of methods to decorate and glaze ceramic ware.

To participate in a pottery class or open lab, you must register in advance.

To register for the programs below, visit our online database and search for the class to register. You can also call 970-221-6655 to register over the phone. Additional Arts & Crafts programs can be found in the Recreator.

Pick up a copy of the Recreator at any Recreation Facility or view the online version

Monday-Sunday: Facility hours vary. Please call the Senior Center at 970.221.6644 for more information.
Pottery Lab times available for those enrolled in specific Pottery programs. 

The Pottery Studio has varied firing capabilities to process pots in several different ways: Cone 6 reduction, Cone 6 oxidation, Cone 05 Majolica, Raku and Black on Black. 

  • 28 Potters Wheels (20 electric and 8 kick; two are handicapped accessible)
  • 6 Kilns (2 gas, 3 electric, 1 Raku)
  • 200 square feet of work surface
  • 10 different clays in stock
  • Clay mixer and pugmill
  • Slab-roller (30 inches wide)
  • Compressor with vented spray booth
  • Power 10-inch grinder
  • 2 clay extruders with a variety of dies
  • 2 story building
  • Library with periodicals and reference books, including more than 65 videos of performing potters
  • Over 40 glazes
  • Variety of Slips, Stains, Engobes, and Terra Siglatta
  • Hundreds of pottery examples

Adult & Youth Pottery

Adult Wheel & Handbuilding

Learn about clay, tools, glazing, basic skills, techniques and principles involved in pottery during a progressive series of programs.

Child, Youth and Teen Handbuilding

Create unique clay projects and learn various methods of form and glaze along with basic potter's wheel skills. 

Pottery Sampler

Learn beginner techniques for handbuilding and wheel-throwing, as well as glazing, and studio operation. 

Child with Parent Pottery

Parent & Tot Mud Handbuilding

Date: Variety of dates available
Age: 3-5 years
Cost: $30 +$15 for additional person

Work together to create unique pottery with varied projects throughout the season.

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Family Handbuilding

Date: Variety of dates available
Age: 5 years & up
Cost: $25 +$10 for additional person

Learn the basics of working with clay to create whimsical creatures like owls and dragons. 

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Parent & Child Handbuilding

Date: Variety of dates available
Age: 6-9 years
Cost: $50 +$25 for additional person

Work on individual projects while enjoying spending time together in a new creative environment.

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Birthday Parties

Whether it's a birthday party with your kiddos, or some time with friends, the Pottery Studio offers a fun and unique atmosphere for get-togethers. Each attendee creates a piece to take home. Tailored packages available. For more information, contact Cate Eckenrode at Y2Vja2Vucm9kZUBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970.224.6136.

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Private Instruction

Private lessons are available for all levels. For more information and to schedule lessons, contact Cate Eckenrode at Y2Vja2Vucm9kZUBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970.224.6136.

Scout Badges

Boy and Girl Scouts can learn the fundamentals of clay while completing their badge requirements. Tour and see the workings of a Pottery Studio, as well as create a piece of your very own. For more information, contact Cate Eckenrode at Y2Vja2Vucm9kZUBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970.224.6136.