Moving in at 78 N Bryan St.

The relocation to our new studio is underway. We are putting the finishing touches on things and plan to move out of our current location this weekend (Feb 21-23). Drop-In visits for children and adult OPEN STUDIO will be closed (winter students welcome) through the end of February as we re-organize, but the disruption will be well worth it! Our new space is 3x larger with a separate classroom space and the addition of private studios, plus a bit more elbow room for everybody. Come to our GRAND RE-OPENING event Saturday March 7th 10am-9pm (more details coming soon).

Mural in progress in the classroom space.

New Year, New Location

Happy New Year!! I am ecstatic to finally make public the news that MCP has secured a lease for our new space! Some of you may be surprised that it is NOT in the former Oscar Mayer property as previously intended. Instead, Midwest Clay Project will move in March 2020 to:


The Details:
-78 N Bryan Street (near intersection of Milwaukee St and Fair Oaks Ave.)
-4800 sq ft (3x our current studio!)
-classroom studio and common studio
-8 private studio spaces (roughly 10’x10′)
-space for up to 4 electric kilns
-glaze and clay mixing room
-keypad door access
-24/7 member access
-concrete floors
-close to the bike path and yummy restaurants

Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from Midwest Clay Project! We hope you enjoy some well-deserved time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family as 2019 comes to a close. Our hours for Kids’ Open Studio and Adult Open Studio over the next couple of weeks are listed below:

Monday 12/23 1-5 pm
Tuesday 12/24 CLOSED
Wednesday 12/25 CLOSED
Thursday 12/26 3-6 pm
Friday 12/27 3-6 pm
Saturday 12/28 12-5 pm
Monday 12/30 3-6 pm
Tuesday 12/31 10 am-3 pm
Wednesday 1/1 1-5 pm

Hours resume as normal for January.


Happy Thanksgiving!! We here at MCP are taking a break from preparing and firing pottery for our December 6th Holiday Sale to enjoy some time around the table with family and friends.

As a result we will be closed Wednesday 11/27 to Friday 11/29. Drop-In hours will resume on Small Business Saturday 11/30 1-5pm.

As I reflect upon what I have to be thankful for I can’t help but think of the amazing community of makers and friends that has developed over the past nine years at Midwest Clay Project. I am excited to see how MCP grows and develops as we embark on filling out our new studio space!

Holiday Sale DEC 6th 5-9pm

Join us at 2040 Winnebago 12/6 5-9pm for our annual Holiday Sale

Midwest Clay Project is proud to co-sponsor this year’s Atwood Winnebago Winter Festival! Stop by our studio to buy one-of-a-kind gifts, try your hand on the potter’s wheel, or sign up for a class. This family-friendly event offers the opportunity to chat with the artists, watch process demonstrations, try throwing a pot, enjoy refreshments, and purchase from a selection of the latest and greatest ceramics produced by some of MCP’s current studio members. Cash or cards only please.

Sign UP for Late Fall Classes

Wondering what to do for fun as the weather turns cold?

Now is the time to sign up for a clay class at Midwest Clay Project! We have spaces open in our Late Fall Classes. This session runs 10/29 – 12/14 (no classes the week of Thanksgiving) and classes meet once per week. Make your holiday gifts from scratch this season or treat yourself to an enjoyable experience and make new friends in our clay community!

See more details or skip to our online enrollment process. Classes take place at 2040 Winnebago St.

Gallery Night Oct 4th 5-9pm

Stop in to Midwest Clay Project this Friday, October 4th, 5-9pm to check out this Fall’s Gallery Night exhibition and sale. We will have an eclectic selection of Studio Members’ work on view, refreshments available, and live making demonstrations throughout the evening! Come early for the best selection!

From left to right: (top row) Vanessa Ash, Deborah Grunwald, Nate Trettin, Hillary Thompson, (second row) Nadia Niggli, Rachel Imsland, Mary Pulliam, Brian Kluge

We will also have Brooke Norstead from the UW-Madison Geology Museum onsite during the event with geological samples of raw materials commonly used in ceramic glaze recipes. Prepare to be amazed!

Quartz crystal (SiO2)