We are a student-run organization at Stanford University that offers hands-on experience with ceramics to Stanford students. We offer beginning- and intermediate-level classes to the Stanford community each quarter as well as studio membership for enrolled Stanford students.
We have 13 electric wheels, two handbuilding tables, a slab roller, an extruder, and an electric kiln. We fire to cone 6. Currently, our studio uses Sculpture Raku, B-mix, Navajo Wheel, and Icelia clay. For more information about our clays, see the links posted below. We sell bags of each type of clay at a discounted rate to studio members and students.
The Stanford Ceramics Studio is generously hosted by Stanford R&DE in the Elliott Program Center. The studio faces the dry (or sometimes green!) lake bed of Lake Lagunita:
Classes (preference given to Stanford students; open to all Stanford affiliates)
We offer beginning and intermediate classes in handbuilding and wheel-throwing. For more information about our classes, click the link on the top panel.
Open studio hours (open to the general public)
If you are interested in visiting the studio and playing with clay, come to open studio hours! Open hours are hosted by our studio members. When you arrive, the member on duty will be able to direct you to recycled clay and tools. They will also supervise your work. Open hours are posted on our calendar, to which you can find a link on the top panel.
Please note that visitors may not keep anything they make during open hours. The kiln is reserved for student and member work only.
Membership (Stanford students only)
Membership entitles students to unlimited studio use, private shelf space, and an exciting community of ceramics enthusiasts. Members may use the studio's glazes and tools, and their work is fired about once a week in the studio kilns. Membership is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis; interested parties should expect to get on a waiting list. Check out our membership page for more info.
Studio Helpers (Stanford affiliates only)
Studio helpers are Stanford affiliates (postdocs, staff, and faculty) who help us to run the Stanford ceramics studio in exchange for unlimited studio access and self space. Helpers commit to different levels of involvement in accordance with the studio's needs. If you are a Stanford affiliate and would like to join us in creating a rich experience with ceramics for Stanford students, please visit the helpers tab to apply!
Instructors (ceramics teaching experience required)
If you have experience teaching ceramics and are interested in supporting the Stanford Ceramics Studio, please reach out to our ceramic managers at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer our instructors a small stipend and unlimited studio access. Many of our teachers have worked with our management team for years and help to form the backbone of our community.