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 that is often used for outdoor firing techniques like raku, horsehair and obvara. Classes and workshops are offered in all of the above. Wheels are available during Open Studio hours. 20 hours of Open Studio time a week is included with any of the 6-week adult classes. Kiln space is available for rental.

Open Studio

Wednesdays 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fridays 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturdays 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Open Studio Punch Cards: 1 punch = 1 hour
$40/punch card (10 sessions per card)
$5/session without a punch card

If you haven’t taken a class at the J before and want to attend Open Studio, please submit this interest form.

Studio Classes

Sgraffito2Go is a one-hour online workshop. Students have the rare opportunity to jump into the middle of the ceramics process, learning how to carve their designs into 2 unfired pots (greenware) made by artists Dan Stockwell and Ruth Hesse (the instructor). Each student will receive 2 pots ready to be carved.

Studio Events

The Ceramics Studio hosts special exhibits, workshops with visiting instructors, and fundraising events throughout the year.

See the 8th Annual Cup Show exhibit.

Student Work

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

Explore Classes

There’s something for everyone!



Jesse Rasmussen

Ceramics Studio Manager

Pamela Fredback

Ceramics Instructor

Ruth Hesse

Ceramics Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy clay from you?

Yes you can buy clay directly from us even if you are not a studio member or current student. One bag of clay is $28 (includes tax) and can be purchased during open studio times.

I did ceramics in High School, can I come to open studio?

If you haven’t taken a class at the J before and want to attend Open Studio, please submit this interest form.

My 12 year old took a ceramics class at the J, can they come to open studio times to work on their projects?

Unfortunately open studio time is only available to adults (16 and older) at this time. We are working on developing a kids open studio time as our kids classes progress.

I made work in a different studio, can I fire it in your kiln?

We can fire your work here at the studio. The price is $5/cubic foot for a bisque firing and $10/cubic foot for a cone 6 glaze firing. Please fill out this form and someone will get back to you shortly.

I have never done ceramics before, can I come and play with some clay?

Due to safety and equipment risks we ask that you take a beginner’s class to gain the basics of how ceramics works and a general understanding of safe practices.

Do you offer classes for boy scout/girl scout/homeschool groups?

Yes we do offer specialty classes. Please email the studio with your request. [email protected]