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Ceramic Arts Program

The ceramic arts program at Paris Gibson Square museum of art offers the largest and most diversified community studio setting within 150 miles of Great Falls. Options for participation include classes, public and private workshops, open studio, and kiln firing services for regional artists and organizations.

The museum’s education department also offers ceramics program internships and independent studies year round. These programs focus on building artistic and technical knowledge in the field: offered to undergraduate students and beyond.

For more information on the ceramics program at The Square, see detailed information below, or contact Sarah Justice, Education Director at


Ceramics Classes & Workshops

Quarterly classes for K-12th grade, and adults (ages 14+).

Quarterly classes for persons with special needs.

For adults taking an advanced or beginning class, we have additional shelving available for rent if you do not want to use a provided locker. The cost of two shelves while enrolled in a pottery class is $18 for the 8 week course.

*Please check the respective sections under the education tab for current class listings.

Private Group Workshops

1 session workshops provide students the opportunity to use the potter’s wheel, hand build works in clay or a combination of the two.

All ages and ability levels welcome. Workshops run two hours. $20/student. Class limited to 10 persons. If you are interested in coordinating a private workshop, please call the museum at 406-727-8255.

Self-Directed Open Studio Hours for Pottery & Hand building
Includes full access to pottery studio & glaze lab. Two shelves, basic tools, slips & glazes provided. Some experience required.

Hours: M-F 10a – 5p (T 10a – 9p) Saturday 12-5p (except for scheduled class times)
Fees: $60/ month for members or $65 for non-members payable over the phone or at the front desk upon arrival.
Firing Cost: Flat rate of $18 for one kiln shelf for combined bisque and glaze fire. Anything over 12" tall will cost $23 for one shelf for a combined bisque and glaze fire.

Open studio attendees are billed monthly for firing. Payment is due to the front desk upon receiving an invoice.



Clay Sales

Boxed Clay: Mid-Range Electric and High Fire Clays from the Archie Bray Foundation are available for purchase. $30/ 50lb box of clay or $15 for 25 lbs. (half box). The museum typically carries Wally’s Blush, Mt. Baker and ABF stoneware clays.

Reclaim Clay: Best for mid-range electric and high firing purposes. Good for throwing and hand building. Cost is $12/ 25 lbs. of reclaim clay.

Firing Services

Regional artists, schools and community organizations are welcome to fire ware in museum kilns. Please call 1 month in advance to inquire about firing schedules. Responsibilities include loading, unloading kilns and participating in firing as needed.

Firing Cost: Flat rate of $18 for one kiln shelf for combined bisque and glaze fire. Anything over 12" tall will cost $23 for one shelf for a combined bisque and glaze fire.



Pottery & Hand building Equipment Overview

Electric Potter’s Wheels (10): Brent, Creative Industries, and Thomas Stewart models.
Table Top Potter’s Wheels (2): Amaco models. (wheel chair accessible!)
Kick Wheels (1): Randall model
Treadle Wheels (1): Custom model
North Star Slab Roller
North Star Clay Extruder
Slump Molds & Hump Molds

Kiln Overview

Electric Kilns: Cress (model ET 28), (model 181), Skutt (model KM 818), AIM (model 2327), Amaco (model 64E – copper enameling)
Gas Kiln: 40 cu. ft. downdraft
Wood/ Salt/ Soda Kiln: 30 cu. ft. Minnesota flat top
Raku Kiln: 15 cu. ft. front loader

Glaze Inventory

Mid-range electric, cone ten (high-fire), raku glazes and slips available for studio use. Fully stocked glaze chemical inventory available for artists to work with. Costs determined on a case by case basis for testing and mixing glazes.