Hand-Building Workshops

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Workshops

Workshops can be scheduled for 2 or more people Monday or Thursday - Sunday either 11am-1pm or 2-4pm. Walk-ins welcome but reservations recommended (call or text (951) 659-7117). 

Workshop prices include all materials, use of design tools,  instruction and bisque firing. Also included is a return visit to glaze your piece and the final glaze firing. Most workshops are $55 but the price range is $35-$65 based on size and complexity of the piece. For customers unable to return to glaze or pick-up we offer a glazing service and a shipping service.

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Design Center

We have an extensive design center with slab roller, tools for imprinting and cutting specific shapes, molding forms and many other tools for you to create a unique and personal ceramic piece. Browse our prototype photo library below or tell us your idea and we'll help you create it. We have workshop ideas for people of all ages and abilities including young children and individuals with special needs.

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Holidays & Special Occasions

Plan your next holiday or special occasion with us! We have lots of ideas for Valentine's day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more. 

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Wall Sconce: Sat June 1 11am-1pm

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$55 includes candle

Plant Stakes: Sat June 8 All Day

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Make free plant stakes to be used in the Idyllwild Community Garden or pay to make some for your own ($8 each or 3 for $10).

Moss Pot: Sat June 15 11am-1pm

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$55 includes moss

Silver Jewelry: Thurs June 20 5-7pm

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Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is >99% silver but malleable like clay. Design and create a pendant or earrings, fire in our jewelry kiln, buff and take home tonight! $35 plus material fee.

Wine Cooler: Sat June 22 11am-1pm

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Design and make a custom wine cooler in this fabulous workshop... wine not included. $55

Vase: Sat June 29th 11am-1pm

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Learn how to use our slab roller and design tools to create a lovely vase for your home. $55

Special 1/2 Wheel & 1/2 Hand-building Workshop: Sunday June 30 2-4pm

This special workshop includes BOTH wheel throwing and hand-building with clay. Includes instruction, all materials, bisque firing, coming back to glaze and glaze firing. Sponsored in part by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild...everyone welcome!

May 2019

Wall Pocket: Sat May 4th 11am-1pm

Design and create a beautiful and functional wall pocket using our many design tools and glaze color

Design and create a beautiful and functional wall pocket using our design tools and glazes. $55

AAI Open Studio Tour Special: May 11th Coasters all day

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Inspired by the AAI Studio Tour? Create artistic & functional ceramic coasters. Includes instruction, materials and bisque and glaze firings. Make 2 for $35

Mother's Day Special: Silver Jewelry Sun May 12 1-3pm

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Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is >99% silver but malleable like clay. Design and create a pendant or earrings, fire in our jewelry kiln, buff and take home tonight! $35 plus material fee.

Intro to Wheel Throwing: Sat May 18 11am-1pm

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Is wheel throwing on your bucket list? This intro class is perfect for anyone who has wanted to give it a try. You WILL be successful! $55

Cheeseboard: Sat May 25th 11am-1pm

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Our glazes are food safe and your self-designed cheeseboard will be both beautiful and functional. $

Copper Enameling: Thurs May 30 5:30-7pm

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Learn how to apply enamel to copper which will be fired in our jewelry kiln. Create a beautiful pendant, keychain or ?? $55

April 2019

Egg Cups: Sat April 6th 11am-1pm

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Mid-century modern, traditional or your own design. Make them now and they will be ready for Easter. $55

Silver Jewelry: Thurs April 11th 5:30-7pm

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Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is >99% silver but malleable like clay. Design and create a pendant or earrings, fire in our jewelry kiln, buff and take home tonight! $35 plus material fee.

Bud Vases: Sat April 13th 11am-1pm

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Who knew test tubes could be so beautiful. Design your own test tube bud vase...test tubes included. $55

Ceramic Clock: Sat April 20th 11am-1pm

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Design and create your own ceramic clock to match your home or office decor. Clock mechanism included. $65

Silver Jewelry: Thurs April 25th 5:30-7pm

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Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is >99% silver but malleable like clay. Design and create a pendant or earrings, fire in our jewelry kiln, buff and take home tonight! $35 plus material fee.

Creative Slab Design: Sat April 27th 11am-1pm

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Bring your own idea or borrow one of ours to create something eclectic, whimsical, personal from a slab of clay. $55

March 2019

Address Plaque: Sat Mar 9th 11am-1pm

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Make an attractive ceramic address plaque for your home or cabin...don't need a new one? Make a name plate instead! $55 includes all materials, kiln firings and instruction.

Alcohol Inks on Tiles: Thurs Mar 14th 5:30-7pm

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Vibrant, colorful alcohol inks on tiles with Terryann. Go Green for March! Instant gratification...make and take home 3 stunning tiles (square or octagon) $55

FIMO Leprechaun: Mar 16th 11am-1pm

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Instant gratification for St. Patrick's Day. Sculpt a cute leprechaun out of colored oven-bake clay and take it home to bake in your own oven. $55

Bunny Basket: Sat Mar 23rd 11am-1:30pm

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This bunny basket is sure to be a hit on your spring table...just add flowers or colored eggs. The 2 1/2 hour workshop includes all materials, firings and instruction. $65

Garden Flowers: Thurs Mar 28th 5:30-7pm

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Nothing blooming in your garden yet? Plant these colorful ceramic flowers to brighten up winter. Make several for $45. Includes all materials, kiln firings and instruction.

Herb Pot: Sat Mar 30th 11am-1pm

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Add some flavor to your life...Grow your own fresh herbs in this hand-built pot with attached saucer. $55 includes all materials, kiln firings and instruction. 

February 2019

Hearts, Angels, Flowers Sat Feb 2nd 11am-1pm

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Select 3 of our pre-fired hearts, angels or flowers and learn how to use oxide washes to add subtle color to each. Your pieces will then be fired to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in our kiln. $55

Wall Pockets: Sat Feb 9th 11am-1pm

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So many glaze colors and imprint patterns to choose from...each wall pocket is truly unique. Hang on the wall and add water and flowers...beautiful! $55

FIMO Heart Pins & Pendants: Thurs Feb 14th 5:30-7pm

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Sculpt some fun heart or other shaped pins or pendants out of colored FIMO clay. Take your creations home and bake in your own oven...no hot kiln required! $45

Footed Planter: Sat Feb 16th 11am-1pm

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Create a hand-built footed planter and we'll include the soil and a houseplant. Lots of design options available. $55

Address Plaque: Sat Feb 23rd 11am-1pm

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Doesn't your house need a new ceramic address plaque? Keep it simple or embellish with decor motifs to accent your house. $55

Snowflake or Flower Tea Light Holder: Thurs Feb 28th 5:30-7pm

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Brighten your winter with a snowflake or flower tea light holder. Candle included. $45

January 2019 Workshops

Dog or Cat Dish Sat. Jan 5th 11am-1pm

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Show your special dog or cat some love with a custom pet food bowl. This design is handbuilt from a slab of clay and totally customizable with your pet's name and fun design elements. $55

Valentine's Gift Box Sat. Jan 12th 11am-1pm

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Plan ahead to make this special gift box for someone you love. Make it today and it will be ready for Valentine's Day. $55

Pour-over Coffee Sat. Jan 19th 11am-1pm

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Do you crave a good cup of pour-over coffee in the morning? Make your own pour-over filter holder then come back next Saturday or at your convenience to make a matching mug! $55 each

Hand-built Mug Sat. Jan 26th 11am-1pm

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Hand-build your own mug and embellish it with any of our available design elements/imprints. $55

Mini Dish Thurs.

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Make a pair of mini dishes in this mini workshop. Keep them plain or embellish using our many imprinting tools or even nature imprints like cedar or leaves. $35

Mini workshop Thurs

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coming soon...

December Workshops

Bulb Bowl Sat Dec 1 11am-1pm

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Helen will teach you how to turn a slab of clay into a beautiful bulb bowl. Paperwhite narcissus bulbs and pebbles included. $55

Holiday Dishes Sat Dec 8 11am-1pm

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Design your own holiday dish using a form & embellishments. Many shapes and design tools available to help you create a uniquely personal dish. $55

Pendants: Thurs Dec 13, 5:30-7:00pm

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Create your own unique and personal ceramic pendant for someone you love..and for yourself too!  $45

Votive Candle Holders Sat Dec 15, 11am-1pm

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Add some sparkle to your New Year's Eve celebration with a shimmering votive candle holder. Candle included. $55

FIMO Santa Claus: Sat Dec 22, 11am-1pm

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Terryann will teach how to sculpt a fun & colorful Santa using FIMO clay. Take it home the same day & bake in your oven...no kiln required! $55

Alcohol Ink on Tiles: Sat Dec 29, 11am-1pm

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Vibrant, colorful alcohol inks on tiles with Terryann. Instant gratification...make and take home 3 stunning tiles (square or octagon) $55

November 2018 Workshops

Angel Candle Holder/Vase Sat Nov 3rd 11am-1pm

Terryann will help you make a beautiful angel centerpiece to be used as a candle holder or vase. $55

Terryann will help you make a beautiful angel centerpiece to be used as a candle holder or vase. $55

Ceramic Pendants.... Thurs Nov 8 5:15-7:15pm

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Great Gift Idea! Create a unique & personal pendant for someone you love...and one for yourself ;)   $55

Passive Smartphone Speaker Sat Nov 10 11am-1pm

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Does it work? YES! Helen will teach you how to design & create a passive sound amplifier for your smartphone. $55

Harvest Bread Basket Sat Nov 17 11am-1:30pm

Previous workshop sold out! Reserve your spot now & create a unique woven ceramic bread basket. $55

Previous workshop sold out! Reserve your spot now & create a unique woven ceramic bread basket. $55

Glaze your own ornaments Fri Nov 23 All Day!

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Walk in any time and select some fun ornaments to glaze in your choice of colors. $5 per ornament.

Holiday Dishes Sat Nov 24th 11am-1pm

Just in time for the holidays...make these adorable Christmas themed dishes. $55

Just in time for the holidays...make these adorable Christmas themed dishes. $55

October Workshops

FIMO Witch Sculpture... Sat. 6th 11am-1pm

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Terryann will teach you how to sculpt a Halloween witch using FIMO oven-bake clay. No kiln required...take home your witch today and bake it in your own oven for a fun Halloween decoration. $45

Leaf Dishes................. Sat. 13th 11am-1pm

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Helen will supply you with real leaves and teach you how to make an attractive and useful leaf dish. Great gift idea! All materials, instruction and kiln firing included. $55 

Coasters.................. Thurs. 18th 5:15-7:15pm

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Make a set of custom coasters to match your home decor. Helen will show you how to imprint a design motif and select glaze colors for your unique coasters. All materials, instruction and kiln firing included. $55

Wine Cooler............... Sat. 20th 11am-1pm

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Make a beautiful wine cooler in this fun workshop with Helen. Wine not include. All materials, instruction and kiln firing included. $55

FIMO Frankenstein... Thurs. 25th 5:15-7:15pm

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Terryann will teach you how to sculpt a Halloween Frankenstein using FIMO oven-bake clay. No kiln required...take home your Frankenstein today and bake it in your own oven for a fun Halloween decoration. $45

Harvest Bread Basket... Sat. 27th 11am-1pm

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Terryann will guide you through the process of weaving a basket out of clay. Once glazed and fired you will have a unique bread basket for your holiday table.  

September 2018 Workshops

Wall Pockets.... Saturday 1st 11am-1pm

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Sorry you missed it...call us & we'll repeat this workshop just for you (2 or more people). Make a delightful ceramic wall pocket to hold fresh or dried flowers or anything else you can think of. Includes clay, instruction, use of design tools, bisque firing and return visit for glazing and glaze firing. $55


Animal Sculptures.... Monday 3rd (drop in)

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Sorry you missed it...call us & we'll repeat this workshop just for you (2 or more people). Special Animal Workshop for Kids. Walk ins welcome any time from 10am-5pm. Includes clay, instruction, use of design tools, bisque firing and return visit for glazing and glaze firing. $25

Wind Chimes... Saturday 8th 11am-1pm

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Use real leaves or our leaf cookie cutters to make clay leaves to hang from a manzanita branch as a gorgeous falling leaf wind chime. Includes clay, instruction, use of design tools, bisque firing and return visit for glazing and glaze firing. Also includes branch & string for assembly. $65

Halloween Votives.... Sat 15th, 11am-1pm

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Aren't these cute! You will be able to make 1-3 Halloween votive candle holders. Includes clay, instruction, use of design tools, bisque firing & return visit for glazing and glaze firing. $55

Autumn Soup Bowl... Sat. 22nd, 11am-1pm

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Make a beautiful autumn soup bowl with real leaf imprints. Includes clay, instruction, use of design tools, bisque firing and return visit for glazing and glaze firing. $55

Acorn Jars.................... Sat, 29th, 11am-1pm

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Make an adorable acorn jar with removable lid. Includes clay, instruction, use of design tools, bisque firing and return visit for glazing and glaze firing. $55

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Beloved Faces: A Workshop in Clay Portraiture

Mountain Pottery Presents:

Beloved Faces: A workshop in clay portraiture. Model the likeness of a loved one from photo or from life. Create a profile or three-quarter view in clay that captures the essence of a favorite being. The finished piece, glazed or hand painted according to your choice, can be wall hung and will be suitable for holiday giving. Inexperienced welcome.


All materials, instruction & kiln firing provided...bring several photographs of your loved one's face.


Three sessions three hours each

$175. Space is limited for more personal instruction. Dates to be determined.


 Call or stop by Mountain Pottery if you are interested in this amazing workshop.  (951) 659-7117

Instructor: Jenny Egan

Jenny Egan's enthusiasm for potting dates from her college days, when her roommate was Elaine Levin, author of the seminal "The history of American Ceramics" (Abrams, Inc.). Jenny spent many years at Santa Fe Clayworks where she specialized in portraiture and hand-built crockery.

August 2018 Workshops

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Custom Ceramic Address Plaque

Saturday August 25, 11am-1pm

$55  Sorry you missed this workshop. We will be repeating it and can also schedule private address plaque workshops at your convenience.                          Call (951) 659-7117 

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Back to School Special...Pencil Pots

Thursday August 23, 4-6pm

Sorry you missed it...call us & we'll repeat this workshop just for you (2 or more people). $35

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Garden Bells

Saturday August 18, 11am-1pm

sorry you missed this workshop. Contact us if you would like to schedule a private lesson or small group class to make your own garden bell.