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


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!



Clayworks Demo: Watch & Give it a Whirl!

Carlos_Display potteryCome watch beauty emerge from mere lumps of clay!

When it comes to art, there’s nothing better than witnessing an artist live, in the zone. Desert Chavez will be at the Higher Grounds Coffee Shop Gallery this Saturday, September 3rd displaying his pottery and giving live demos on the wheel, 10:00am-1:00pm. He’ll be assisted by Clayworks Artists Collective member, Terryann Halloran for an afternoon of play with clay.

Best of all: **Free** 15 minute samplings will be offered for anyone desiring a try at the wheel! First come, first served. So stop by and say hello, they’d love to see you!

Higher Grounds Coffee Shop Gallery
54245 N Circle Dr
Idyllwild, CA 92549


Breaking Ground for the Love of Clay

Carlos Robin Egg mug 1We are very excited about our plans to bring more ceramic arts to our beautiful mountain community! Tomorrow marks Day 1 in the building process. We’ll start building our kiln shelter in Garner Valley, which means Desert will finally start firing many of his new creations soon, including Raku pottery as well.

The kiln site happens to be owned by Present & Positive, which is a non-profit that seeks to bring people closer to Art, Music, Harmony, Adventure, Permaculture and Sustainable Living. The location seems to be the perfect fit for our vision and needs at this time. We’ll be paying electricity monthly and assisting significantly in the construction process, so it’s a fairly low-cost start.

With an operating kiln, we’ll be able to offer classes and an abundance of new creations soon.

Photos and updates coming tomorrow!