MAC – Multnomah Arts Center Classes


The Multnomah Arts Center’s clay arts program offers classes for children and adults year-round. Our community of teachers and staff are committed to helping you find your way with clay.

The use of the studio is intended for personal enrichment and recreation. Production for retail and use of outside clay are not allowed.

Preview a list of our typical clay courses.

MAC Clay Arts Studio Equipment:

• 19 electric wheels
• 3 outdoor (under cover) kick wheels
• 4 bisque kilns, 2 gas reduction kilns and 1 raku kiln
• Heated dry box and damp room
• 7 colors of engobe slips
• 20 high fire glazes and 6 or more Raku glazes
• Griffin grip and community tools
• Slab roller
• Extruder and die sets
• Molds of plaster, clay and fabric
• Lockers and storage available
• Laguna Spray Booth

All in a spacious, bright and clean setting.

Important notice to all ceramics students:

We require all ceramics students to read and follow the Clay Studio Policy. It contains information about student responsibilities and studio safety. Please read it by your first class. Copies are available online, at the MAC office and posted in the Clay Studio. By registering for a class or signing up for Open Pottery, you are agreeing to follow studio policy. Thank you!

Download a PDF of the Clay Studio Policy or Youth Clay Policy.


For all clay classes:

Pick up work during open clay studio times only.

Ceramics Open Studio

No instruction is provided during Open Studio. Current registration in a qualifying MAC ceramics class is required to participate in Open Studio. For Winter 2019, register for Open Studio times through the MAC office starting Monday, December 3, 2018, either in person or via phone at 503-823-2787. Use of the wheel requires prior wheel experience.

  • Mondays—6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays—12 pm – 3 pm
  • Saturdays—12 pm – 4 pm

Open Studio Rates:

  • Monday—Friday  $6
  • Saturday  $8

Last day for greenware: March 9, 2019

Last day for glazing March 16, 2019

Clay: starting at $13 for a 25 lb bag.

Only work done during open pottery or a MAC class may be fired. All clay must be purchased at MAC.

*Refund policy: Please notify the MAC office at least 7 days in advance to receive a refund. Students that withdraw from ceramics class will also be withdrawn from Open Studio sessions.

Download a PDF of the Ceramics Open Studio Calendar – Winter 2019.

Clay Arts Program Instructors

Nicole Rawlins, Adult Visual Arts Coordinator

Aimé Kelly, Youth Arts Coordinator

Marc Cissell, Ceramics Lead

Virginia McKinney, Visual Arts Lead