Growing & Changing for the Love of Art

Desert at MiddleridgeHello Clay Lovers!

I’m Desert Chavez, owner and co-founder of Clayworks of Idyllwild. I’m happy to share some big news regarding significant growth and changes taking place with Clayworks of Idyllwild. After all, life is art. When one grows as an artist, it’s reflected in all areas of life.

Since the shop’s opening nine months ago, it’s been such an amazing learning experience for me. As an artist, it’s not always easy to make the transition from creative thinking to a business-oriented mindset; I’ve had to learn as I go, and it has come to my attention that I’ve begun to outgrow the current location. I’m excited to share this news with you all, and invite you to grow with me. Clayworks of Idyllwild will continue to offer all the great deals we’ve had, but a new location will help me to branch out. I’ll spread the love of clay (and now painting), along with some new possibilities for me personally. Take a look at what’s ahead!


I’m happy to announce we’ll soon have a new location which includes ample space for clay fun, more storage, along with a painting studio (yes, as I said in the previous newsletter I’ll be offering lessons in 2-D art). This means space for more equipment, seating, glazes, paint, easels, and more!

On-Site Kiln

Most importantly, we’ll have an on-site kiln which is **a must** for any potter. Everything will be fired quickly, and without the risks of transport.

Continued Operations

Please bear with us during our move. We are still available for students and classes during this time!
Please note: Gift Certificates continue to be honored.
Meanwhile, please call to schedule anything you desire: 213-447-1413

Find My Work

Desert bird bowl

The new location doesn’t include a gallery. This became obsolete since my own work is being sold in three galleries across town. I’m grateful to Higher Grounds Gallery and Middle Ridge Winery for making this possible. A third location will be announced soon. This beautiful community has given me such a warm welcome, and I have a passion for giving back. I’ll now have more time and energy to put into the school’s SmArts Program along with my Board position with the Art Alliance of Idyllwild.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported Clayworks through classes, lessons, special orders and gallery purchases.. along with just plain word of mouth! I wouldn’t have gotten off the ground without you and the creative community of Idyllwild. Here’s to going with the flow, and trusting in the natural process of growth and change.

Keep an eye out for special offers through my new location!

For the Love of Clay (and Painting!)
Desert Chavez

Clayworks of Idyllwild
PO Box 2415
Idyllwild, CA 92549


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