We aim to enrich lives by teaching and promoting the ceramic arts

Clay Studio is a haven
for exploration in clay

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) creative hub for the Santa Barbara arts community and an
international destination for all who are passionate about exploring the ceramic arts


Facilities & Programming

We welcome the arts community to experience our
state-of-the-art facility and ever-expanding programming

Studio Features

  • Newly renovated 24,000 square foot facility
  • Large glazing area with more than 50 quality glazes for cone 10
  • Frequent cone 10 reduction and oxidation firings
  • 36 potter’s wheels for wheel throwing including a stand up wheel
  • Stations for hand building throughout the studio
  • A large extruder for member & student use
  • Two large slab rollers for handbuilding
  • Lockers available for storing tools and clay
  • Dedicated kiln yard with 4 electric kilns, 4 gas kilns, raku kiln and Blaauw kiln
  • Photography room with professional equipment
  • Knowledgable studio staff and experienced instructors

Facility Amenities

  • Onsite gallery space open to the public
  • Private artist studio rental space
  • A library with adjoining outdoor fire pit
  • Lecture and conference rooms
  • Outdoor gathering area with seating and tables partially shaded by palm trees & surrounded by native California wildflowers
  • A full kitchen with a gas range stove, dishwasher, wine fridge and more
  • Bathrooms with showers throughout facility
  • Ample onsite parking


  • Classes, workshops and community events
  • Private lessons and corporate team building opportunities
  • Artist talks, gallery openings and demos
  • Ongoing gallery exhibitions featuring work by local and national artists