In our spacious ceramics studio, you’ll find potter’s wheels, electric and gas kilns, and plenty of table room for sculpture, hand building, glazing and decorating. The studio opens out onto a large paved courtyard for outdoor processes like special firing and glazing techniques. Classes and workshops are offered in all of the above. Wheels and kilns are available for rental during Open Studio hours. 20 hours of Open Studio time a week is included with any of the 6 week classes.


View all the Ceramics classes and workshops on a calendar.


Mondays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesdays from 10am-12pm
Thursdays 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fridays 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturdays from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sundays from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Punchcards: 1 punch = 2 hours (6 hours = 3 punches)

$70 for a punch card (10 sessions per card)
$10/session without punch card
Punch cards may be purchased in our Gallery Gift Shop

If you haven’t taken a class at the J before and want to attend Open Studio, please submit your name, phone number, and a brief description of your ceramics background to


The ceramics program has drawn an enthusiastic community of ceramic artists to the J, welcoming new participants of all skill levels. Some examples of student work pictured above – see more examples here.

Kiln Rental:

Kiln space is available for rental. It is $10/cubic foot for a cone 6 reduction firing. Price includes glaze & bisque firing

Clay must be purchased from the Jansen Art Center. Cost is $20/bag.

Annual Juried Cup Show

The Jansen Art Center hosts the popular Juried Cup Show. Ceramic artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces for this show. The exhibit is on display for a month after the opening reception. It’s free to submit work for this exhibit.

There are two awards given: Best in Show and the People’s Choice Award. Votes for the People’s Choice Award are taken during the opening reception.

Submissions are now open for the 5th Annual Cup Show >

The deadline to submit entries is Monday, May 8th.

“I have been a ceramic student at the J for over two years and absolutely love the place.  I have taken a variety of classes, taught by Jesse Rasmussen, and use the many hours of open studio time each week that is generously given to the students. The atmosphere in the studio is very welcoming with plenty of space to work and many other students to help with ideas and to give encouragement when needed. I really can’t recommend the Jansen Art Center enough. It’s my second home.”

– JTaylor


The Jansen Art Center is excited to serve as a teaching space for artists. Our instructors are passionate about engaging the community in the arts.

Jesse Rasmussen’s sculpture and functional work explore the intricate details of natural phenomena and how they correspond with the human experience. His work provides visual dialogues derived from personal experiences and observations of the natural world resulting in sculptural objects reflective of this experience. Original artworks produced by Rasmussen reveal an intimate knowledge of growth patterns and symbiotic relationships of the natural world and how everything is related. The sculptures generate abstract microcosmic representations of the world as a connected and interrelated source of knowledge, creativity, and personal insight as it relates to the human experience.

Lucia Burgess teaches classes and summer camps for kids focusing on ceramics, drawing, watercolor, dance and yoga. She helps people connect with themselves, art and their community. Lucia guides students to discover the elements of art with innovative curriculum. She also integrates movement and yoga based upon interest.


Trisha Dawn Coggins enjoys the Art of Life and has a true appreciation for helping others to see the world through their own creative eyes. With inspiration from nature, texture, light, movement and music, she seeks to capture the essence of life in each moment. Her mediums are photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, fashion, and interior design.

She studied Fine Art at West Chester University and The Moore College of Art and Design, apprenticed with stone sculptor David Breeden in Charlottesville, Virginia, and educated students for the last 14 years in the Virginia and Pennsylvannia public schools.

 I have lived in Bellingham for 22 years. I graduated from WWU in 1999 with a BA in Art. It took me ten years to get back into pottery and another 4 years to make pottery a regular part of my life again.
My work, like my life, is eclectic. I started doing sgraffito about 4 years ago because I wanted to do something that would bring back the creative balance I was looking for in my life. I really enjoy bright whimsical color–it suits my personality.  Everyone needs more color and fun in their lives.

Teach a class or workshop

We are always looking for artists who are passionate about instructing. If you have a talent or skill you would like to share in a 1 day workshop, or even a 6 week class, please contact the Studio Leader:

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Online: In the class details, pick the quantity and click “Purchase” to begin the registration process. If you need assistance, please call 360-354-3600.

Phone: Call 360-354-3600. Please have your credit card, billing information and name of class ready.

Walk-in: Payment may be made by credit card or check in the Gallery Shop at the Jansen Art Center, Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

Register early! Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be canceled. Refunds will be given for classes canceled by the Jansen Art Center and you will be notified of cancellation by phone or email.

Please read the Class Policies regarding Cancellation, Refunds and Age.

There are no happier people on this planet than those who decide that they want something, define what they want, get hold of the feeling of it even before it’s manifestation and then joyously watch the unfolding as, piece by piece by piece, it begins to unfold. That’s the feeling of your hands in the clay.

— Abraham