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    • Monday, September 12, 2022
    • Thursday, October 06, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • 295 S Canyon City E Rd, Canyon City OR 97820
    • 4

    This is a great class for beginners to ceramics! In this class, students will learn the principles of hand building, wheel throwing and become familiar with the clay process.

    The first half of the course will cover the techniques of pinch, slab, and coil building as students build and glaze their own plate, bowl, and mug set to take home.

    Next will be an introduction to the potter's wheel, focusing on the core skills of wedging, centering, opening, and pulling walls to create a cylinder, steps which are the foundation of all thrown pots.

    This four week class will meet twice weekly. To maximize skills covered in class, students are highly encouraged to come work on projects and techniques during open studio time which is included in class tuition through the duration of the class.

    Age 16+; Skill level: beginner


     Genevieve Paddock

    Like so many other potters, I was first introduced to clay in a high school ceramics class. By senior year, I was taking most of my lunches in the ceramics room with the other art geeks, spending as much time playing with clay as I could. But, again, it was the clay’s versatility that I was drawn to. You can make it look like anything you can imagine - tree bark, skin, leather, metal - you name it! And the meditative spin of a wheel, who can resist that?

    To pursue my interest in the arts, I attended Bennington College in Vermont, a school with a deep history in ceramic arts, where I received my B.A. in ceramics. During that time, I also worked in a ceramics factory, under glazing literally hundreds of pots a day! The following year I had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. and intern at the Capitol Children’s Museum and create a ceramics studio and program. In 2003, I moved to Grant County where I met my husband, David, and joined him in the Nomad Sign Art studio and learned the old school art of hand lettering and hand-crafting signs. These days my 500-pound potter’s wheel sits cozily in our living room next to the woodstove, where our whole family can learn to play on it.

    I am extremely excited to share my love of clay at the Painted Sky Center for the Arts. So many of my best memories and closest bonds have been made working in studios, making art, and playing in the mud.

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    • Thursday, September 22, 2022
    • Friday, October 21, 2022
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
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     *****If you are not a current or past student, please email ampaintedsky@gmail.com to arrange an orientation*****


    Please see the calendar at the bottom of the ceramics department page for days and times to attend open studio.


    You may use open studio time to work on projects with clay you have bought from one of our volunteers. Do not bring your own clay into the studio without permission from the studio manager.


    This is a pass for any open studio time during the month of OCTOBER.




    Please email Amanda Moss at ampaintedsky@gmail.com if you have questions.

    • Saturday, October 29, 2022
    • Saturday, November 12, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • 295 S Canyon City E Rd, Canyon City OR 97820
    • 0
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    Come learn the basics of throwing on the wheel! We will learn how to center clay, open a form, pull walls, shape, trim, and glaze through demos and lots of hands-on practice.




    Students will have access to all open studio times during the class period.

    Please wear clothes to get dirty and expect to take home several pieces at the end of the class.


    Ages 16+


    Feel free to email me with any questions at: kmdoescher@gmail.com!



    I started doing pottery in high school and instantly fell in love with it. I took as many ceramics classes in college as I could fit into a busy schedule. I can't resist the methodical but messy nature of making pottery, and I love being able to make beautiful but useful pieces. Since moving to Grant County, I've been so happy to find a ceramics studio with such an incredibly kind, welcoming community of artists. When I'm not playing with mud in the studio you can find me doing something (anything!) outdoors with my border collie, baking, and trying out any kind of arts and crafts.

Open Studio Calendar

Meet the Teachers



Amanda Moss

Heya! I’m Amanda Moss. I’m a baker, yoga instructor, homeschool momma to two super rad kiddos, and have recently stepped in as the ceramics studio manager here at Painted Sky. I love everything about the process of building with clay and can’t wait to share my enthusiasm with you all! I’m so excited to help bring more arts offerings to our community. Can’t wait to see you at the studio!


Genevieve Paddock

Like so many other potters, I was first introduced to clay in a high school ceramics class. By senior year, I was taking most of my lunches in the ceramics room with the other art geeks, spending as much time playing with clay as I could. But, again, it was the clay’s versatility that I was drawn to. You can make it look like anything you can imagine - tree bark, skin, leather, metal - you name it! And the meditative spin of a wheel, who can resist that?

To pursue my interest in the arts, I attended Bennington College in Vermont, a school with a deep history in ceramic arts, where I received my B.A. in ceramics. During that time, I also worked in a ceramics factory, under glazing literally hundreds of pots a day! The following year I had the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. and intern at the Capitol Children’s Museum and create a ceramics studio and program. In 2003, I moved to Grant County where I met my husband, David, and joined him in the Nomad Sign Art studio and learned the old school art of hand lettering and hand-crafting signs. These days my 500-pound potter’s wheel sits cozily in our living room next to the woodstove, where our whole family can learn to play on it.

I am extremely excited to share my love of clay at the Painted Sky Center for the Arts. So many of my best memories and closest bonds have been made working in studios, making art, and playing in the mud.




Ceramics Department Committee



Ceramics Department Lead


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Interested in teaching or volunteering for the Ceramics Department? Contact Amanda at ampaintedsky@gmail.com

Physical Address: 118 Washington Street Canyon City, OR  97820

Mailing Address: PO Box 21 Canyon City, OR  97820

Call: (541) 575-1335

Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com

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