…and We’re Open!

A big THANK YOU to those who came to one of our openings. It’s hard to believe we got our little shop and studio up and running so fast. We found our location just one month ago, and then everything fell into place with such ease, we’ve been extremely baffled and grateful. Opening a new business is a challenge, but it’s full of so much fun and excitement when it’s centered around our passion– we both can’t believe we get to play with clay all day! It’s a dream come true, and we hope the joy ripples out to everyone we serve here.

We sent out our first newsletter yesterday, and for those who missed it, we’re including the basic content below. If you’d like to sign up, just send us an e-mail with ADD ME in the subject line to: clayworksofidyllwild@gmail.com We don’t share your e-mail with anyone, and we send 3-4 newsletters a month and whenever we have specials or classes.

For those who don’t know, we’re a working studio & gallery located in Idyllwild, devoted to the love of clay. We hope to be of service to our community through unique gifts, custom orders, holiday workshops and classes of all kinds.

IMPORTANT: We offer real pottery classes that allow you to experience the calming and nurturing aspects of clay. We are NOT a “paint your own” ready-made piece of pottery studio; you create the pieces, starting with a lump of earth to a finished & glazed work of art that’s uniquely yours, taught by an experienced ceramic artist and art teacher. And guess what? Our already affordable class fees cover glazes and kiln usage. What a deal! We want art education accessible to everyone, especially here in Idyllwild.

  • Individual Classes
  • Group & Family Rates
  • Hosted Clay Parties for adults & children
  • Gift Certificates

Please feel free to walk in any time we’re at the studio— we love to hang out with our students and customers! Shop hours are listed below. We have room to sit down, relax and soak up the creative vibe, watch us work, shop current inventory, or request a lesson. We’re full-time artists and are committed to scheduling lessons and classes around you!

Pay for 5 Lessons and get the 6th lesson FREE. Ask for one of our stamp cards when signing up. We can tailor a lesson specifically for you, or choose from one of our many options.

Are you a ceramic artist in need of wheel time and firing? You pay affordable class rates, but we leave you alone. We also offer a monthly rate if that works better for you. Please call for a consultation. Space is limited.

Last but not least, keep an eye out for upcoming workshops. They’ll be posted at our studio, website and newsletters. We’re really looking forward to handmade ornaments and creating your own ceramic gifts for Christmas time. Handmade gifts are the best!

Current Shop Hours:
Mon, Wed, Th- 10:00-11:30, then 1:30-4:30 (also open by appointment)
Fri & Sat- 11:30-3:30
Sunday- 10:30-12:30

We’re excited about fulfilling the clay-oriented needs of our community, along with raising awareness about the amazing medium of clay. Please call or e-mail us any time with requests or questions: clayworksofidyllwild@gmail.com

Meanwhile, remember to keep calm and throw something!

Love & Smiles,
Desert & Jillian


GRAND Opening

We’ve been working hard toward our grand opening, which is scheduled for tomorrow, October 15th from 12:00pm-5:00pm. If you’d like to stop by, we’ll have FREE workshops, music, and refreshments. We’d love to see you!

Last Saturday was our soft opening during the Art & Wine Walk, which was great practice. We had the opportunity to meet a large number of people, discuss our shop, and answer a lot of questions. Many questions spurred ideas, such as gift certificates and possible clay parties. We’ll be offering both, and gift certificates can be used toward classes or shop items.

Desert has been working mostly on the wheel this week, while Jill embellishes his bowls with lovebirds (our best seller at the soft opening). We’ll have new pitchers, more lovebird bowls, and a new line of mugs coming up.

A big THANK YOU to Carlos Reynosa for playing his music at our studio during the evening of Desert’s birthday, October 7th. It was the first event at the studio, and was a lot of fun!

Many new pieces have been fired, and even more are awaiting the kiln this week. We’re launching our first newsletter this week, which will have special offers for those who sign up. We also have a visiting artist this month: Lucy Alexander. She’s new to Idyllwild and has a beautiful line of dishes and jewelry on display in our shop, called Bare Stone Handcrafted Pottery. Come check it out!

Here’s a rundown of what we’re offering right now:

Individual Lessons – (wheel or hand-building) $25 for 1 1/2 hour sessions, clay included for first lesson

Group Lessons – $15 per person for 1 1/2 – 2 hour sessions, clay included for first session

Clay Parties – $15 per person for 2-3 hours (adult & children, plus off & on-site parties)

Custom Orders – We can personalize, customize, or create just about anything from scratch. Come to us with your ideas!

Please stop by and see us any time. We work 7 days a week because it’s what we do for the love of clay!