We are your local Anchorage supplier of ready-to-use clay bodies, dry cone 5 glazes, raw materials, pottery tools, pottery classes, and finished pottery. We offer kiln firing services for low-fire & mid-fire to cone 6 in electric kilns. Wheel throwing classes for adults is our specialty. We also produce finished wheel-thrown wares for wholesale and retail in Alaska. Our show room/gallery at the studio is available by appointment. Find gifts for weddings, birthdays, or everyday.
Thank you for supporting our local business.
Adult classes are ongoing. A new schedule for 2017 will be posted soon. See the "Classes" tab above. Send an email to sign up for classes in 2017.
Click on the "Classes" tab at the top of the page to see more info about classes for 2017.
DECEMBER 2016 Update:
This year has zipped by quickly! Is the planet spinning faster? January 2017 is right around the corner! It's time to sign up for 2017 classes. You can plan ahead and sign up now! This is something fun to do with a friend or time for yourself.
THE STUDIO WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS HOLIDAYS starting on Dec 22nd, 2016. The January class starts on Monday, January 9th, 2017, at 6pm. There are a few spaces left. Emails and phone messages will be replied to in the order in which they are received when we re-open on January 4th, 2017
THE 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED SOON ON THE CLASSES TAB ABOVE.
We are open Monday & Wednesday at 6pm to 9pm for Classes, wheel rentals, pottery supplies, and finished pottery. Dry goods, such as powdered glazes or raw materials require extra time to process.
ADULT WHEEL THROWING CLASSES
Wheel throwing classes for adults is our specialty. Classes are four weeks long on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6 pm to 9 pm. The schedule is posted for 2016. Click on the "Classes" tab above. *NEW*: We are offering classes by the week if you can't fit in a whole class. Contact us to schedule what works for you. This option is not listed on the Classes Tab yet.
ANCHORAGE CLAY ARTS GUILD:
Anchorage Clay Arts Guild meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Meetings run Sept - May annually. Meetings are held at Midnight Potter Studios at 7pm. Open to the public. Come meet the members, join the group, & get inspired. Annual dues ($25) cover January to December. The annual pottery sale is now in November. New location this year at The Sears Mall! Lots of parking available! Sale date: November 4th & 5th. Yes, that is a two day sale! Friday & Saturday. The hours are the same as the Mall Hours. Can't miss it!
Thank you for supporting your local art scene promoting the hand-crafted movement. Giving a hand-made gift is always the best. The gallery contains pottery works from several Anchorage potters including Mary Pirtz, Penny Panlener, Jenny Ditto, and Lorrie Irwin; Mosaic work by Joe Cooper and fused glass by Laura Walters and Cindy Holderith. The holiday gallery will be open again in the studio starting in October, running through December. To see recent photos of our pottery work visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Midnightpotter The gallery will be avialable for browsing in 2017 as well. We will host a sale in February to celebrate Valentines Day and another in for Mother's Day in May.
Adult Studio Time:
You can rent time on a wheel at Midnight Potter Studios! Previous wheel experience required and basic skills expected. Throwing & trimming instructions are not provided with wheel rentals. This is by appointment only. Clay must be purchased at the studio for use on the wheel. Make it one night, trim it on another night a week later. Kiln firing & glaze costs are additional. Call or email the studio for space availability.
Everyone who uses MPS must learn and abide by studio policies, cleaning up as directed, and follow safe guidelines for working with clay. Always avoid creating airborne clay dust. We recycle clay, therefore some rules apply and need to be followed to ensure the purity of the system. Wheel time is $10/hr. per person. Kiln firing is priced by measuring the size of the piece going into the kiln. Glaze fees are by the pound or by the ounce, depending on type used (dipping or brushed on).
Community Event: Throwing bowls for the Empty Bowl Project 2017:
If you'd like to make bowls for Bean's Cafe's event held in March 2017, you can rent time on a wheel at Midnight Potter Studios! Previous wheel experience required. Throwing Instructions are not provided. This is by appointment only. Clay is provided by Bean's. Two dipping glaze colors are provided. If you prefer other types or colors of glaze, you can purchase those to use with prior approval. You pay for firing costs. You must learn and abide by studio policies, cleaning up as directed, and follow safe guidelines for working with clay. Always avoid creating airborne clay dust. We recycle clay, therefore some rules apply and need to be followed to ensure the purity of the system. Wheel time is $10/hr. Firing costs depend on the size of the bowls or by the kiln load.
**New**: Saturday, January 14, 2017 FREE OPEN HOUSE for EXPERIENCED POTTERS to throw bowls for Beans Cafe's 2017 Bowl Event at Midnight Potter Studios from 1-4 pm. RSVP to this event by email: MidnightPotter@gmail.com
On Sunday, January 15th, 2017, we'll host the second Learn-To-Throw event. The first one in December went very well. Cost: $30 per person. Clay included. Time: 1-4 pm. RSVP to this event by email: MidnightPotter@gmail.com
Jenny will coach beginners on how to prepare clay for throwing, give detailed instructions on throwing with guidance, and teach how to clean up afterwards for a safe studio atmosphere.
Current work available at:
You can find the pottery work of Midnight Potter at Grizzly Gifts in downtown Anchorage or by making arrangements to visit the studio. We do custom work too! Our Alaskan items are available at a couple locations around town and at the airport. To see recent photos of our pottery work visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Midnightpotter
Adult - Pottery Wheel Throwing Classes are available at the studio. Next class starts soon. Let us know if you are interested. Details are listed under the Classes tab at the top of the page!
Supplies, Tools & Finished Pottery:
• Supplies for Sale (Clay Bodies) Yes, we sell real clay, mostly cone 6 white stonewares but we also carry other types of clays. All wet clays are available in 25 lb bags in block form. We can special order other clays and supplies too.
• Where to Purchase Pottery, First Fridays, Holiday Events & Sales (This link goes to a page that is pretty old, so nothing new listed there at this time)
5861 ARCTIC BLVD., STE. E & F (Around the back from Nature's Jewels Rock Shop, north of Qwik Cup restaurant) Look for the bright blue door, and now we also have a bright green door (Because we have two doors to enter through).
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Some Saturdays Noon - 4 pm (Call to make an appt.)
Sometimes on Fridays 5 pm - ? pm (Call to make an appt.)
If you need to purchase pottery, clay, supplies or tools at a different time from published hours, please call and leave a message. We will reply as quickly as we can to arrange to meet at the studio (not always the same day). We are working a day-job nearby and can pop on in to meet you. Sorry, we're doing what we have to in order to pay the bills and keep the studio available to the community. We accept Visa & Mastercards for payment, as well as cash & checks.
E-Mails are responded to quicker than phone calls are returned. If you call the studio and no one answers, please leave a message or send an email. We may have our hands in clay and can't answer to phone (or out working our day job). But if you need information, it's best to send an email. Thank you and we want to hear from you!
We sell: MUD TOOLS, MOIST CLAY, DRY DIPPING CONE 5 GLAZES & OTHER POTTERY TOOLS AT THE STUDIO!