Kids’ Open Studio!

Kids’ open studio is an opportunity for families to attend on a drop-in basis and children are encouraged to experiment and work independently without the constraints of a particular goal.  This is a time for children to explore building, banging, cutting, pinching, rolling, etc… with a mound of clay.   Studio staff are always available to help everyone get started, make suggestions, and problem-solve.  Pottery wheels are generally not available during Kids’ Open Studio, though exceptions may be made for kids ages 10 and up with prior wheel experience at Midwest Clay Project.  Kids’ open studio is best suited to children 4 & up.

Fee:  $10/child + firing fee ($3-$15 -depending on the size of the object)  Or…Purchase a punch card! $50/6 visits + firing fee

(Kids’ Punch Cards are valid for 1 year from purchase date)


Wednesday – 10am-5pm

Friday – 3pm-5pm

Saturday – 10am-5pm

NOTE: Kids’ Open studio visits are intended to take approximately 90 minutes.

For afternoon visits please arrive by 3:45.  We close promptly at 5pm.  


Teen Classes
Please note:  Kids’ classes do not include open studio time.  Kids are welcome to pay for a studio visit during scheduled Kids’ Open Studio hours, which vary from one session to the next.  Check our website.  Kid’s classes DO include 10lbs. of finished work. 

Tuesday 3:15-4:45 (4/29-6/3) – Tween Handbuilding w/ Jennifer Lapham (Ages 10-13)
Fee: $115.

Join Jennifer, MCP’s founder, for an afternoon of handbuilding! Instruction will include basic forming techniques such as coiling, pinching and building with slabs. Kids will become acquainted with studio equipment such as the slab roller and extruder, and will see work through the entire process, including surface design and glazing.

Friday 3:15-4:45 (5/2-6/6) – Teen Wheel w/ Nicky Ross (Ages 12-15)
Fee: $115.

Join MCP for a fun time on the potter’s wheel! Over the course of six weeks, students will learn how to transform a lump of clay into a fired piece of pottery. Classes will include demonstration and ample work time. This class is perfect for those with some experience as well as those who want to give it a try.

Classes fill quickly!  Call today…608-255-9240

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Midwest Clay Project welcomes children and adults w/ special needs. Please call to arrange programming - 608-255-9240.

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