Midnight Potter Studios LLC, Anchorage Alaska 907-563-CLAY (2529)

Plate, Pitcher, and Latte CupLocated at 5861 Arctic Blvd. Ste. D

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 gallery is open Tues - Sunday 11am - 9pm at the studio.  Find gifts for weddings, birthdays, or everyday. 

Thank you for supporting our local business.

Things are changing around the studio as we expand into a new adjoining space. Re-arranging continues as we work on expanding our services. Come join us! We are offering new services and memberships. Our new space opened on September 7th, 2018 for First Friday. We are open 6 days a week. We are introducing a Stoneware Paint Your Pot service and a room for Parties! We will be offering hand-thrown pottery by our local experts, ready for you to choose and paint with stoneware glazes! 
 

We are transitioning to a new format for wheel-throwing classes to help accommodate more artists wanting to work with clay, when they want to. A Beginner Class is required if you've not worked in our studio, before we let you loose in the studio.

A new schedule for Classes is posted for 2019. See the "Classes" tab above to go to the Classes page. After finding a class time that works for you, send an email to inquire about space availability for classes in 2019 or stop into the studio Tues - Sun 11am - 9pm to register for a class.

For information about memberships go to www.ClayArtSpace.com.

 

Workshops? 

Are you interested in attending one or two day workshops at Midnight Potter Studios LLC? Please send us an email sharing what topics or demonstrations would be helpful for you.

Suggested Ideas to build on:

  • Improve Your Aim When Throwing (From Centering on Up)
  • Pricing or Determining the Value of Your Work
  • Loading a Kiln for Bisque and Glaze
  • Slab Roller Projects
  • Hands-On Workshops or Demonstration Workshops
  • Historical Period Pottery and Their Uses

 

Studio News:

DEC 2018 Update:

The studio is open for classes all year long in 2019. Classes have been filling up so look ahead and register early to be sure there is space for you. Please send an email if you are interested in signing up. This is something fun to do with a friend or time for yourself. 

Dec 7th, First Friday Art Opening featuring work by calligrapher Sami Ali of Cool People Design doing "12 Days of an Alaskan Christmas", Karen Burch Padgett showing a selection from her 100 Pears project, and Alica Wolter-Houser showcasing her "Holiday Bears" doing funny stuff in winter instead of hibernating. Enjoy some tasty treats while shopping. 5 pm to 8 pm.

Dec 8th, 7-9pm, Throw Down Event. $10/ball of clay. Try your hand at wheel throwing for a fun night out. Bring a friend or a date. Bring a snack to add to the potluck. Also BYOD. 

During the week, stop in and glaze some ornaments for your tree or glaze an octoput mug. But hurry or you'll miss the last glaze fire of the year.

Dec 21st, 2018: We will be closed on this day until after the New Year begins.

On display in the gallery: Pottery by Penny Panlener, Kaity Johnston, Iris Boser, Lynne Jablonski and Jenny Ditto. Fused Glass by Laura Walter and Cindy Holderith. 

Let us know how we can help you with your projects. We sell the clay and tools to get you started and we can discuss the glazes needed to finish your projects.

We are open Monday & Wednesday at 6pm to 9pm for Wheel Throwing Classes and we are open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am - 9pm, for pottery supplies, dropping off or picking up of kiln fired items, Paint-A-Pot activities, and buying finished pottery or art. 

Dry goods, such as powdered glazes or raw materials require extra time to process or package up. Let us know ahead of your visit so we can get your order ready before you arrive. Otherwise you may need to make a second trip to pick up your items later. 

 Kiln Firing Cut Off Date for 2018: December 12, 2018 is the cut-off for dropping off items for Cone 5 Glaze Firing in time for Christmas. This is not a guarantee of getting things fired in time. Really, items should be dropped off just after Thanksgiving to have a better chance of being done in time. For ceramics fired at Cone 06, the cut-off is December 15th, 2108. The studio will be closed for the week of Christmas, December 21st - Dec 28th, 2018, and we'll reopen on January 2nd, 2019. 

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 2019. Click on the "Classes" tab above. 

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RAKU FIRING IN 2019

Raku Firings are limited in the summer due to fire bans. We did a firing in June 2018 and it had fabulous results. We plan to do the next Raku Firing in May or June 2019. Raku firing is weather permitting. Call the studio if you are interested in participating in raku firings. Go to the classes tab above or the Raku Firing tab for more details about Raku Firing. Winter time is a good time to make vessels in preparation for firing in the spring. Sign up for a class now, not later. 

ANCHORAGE CLAY ARTS GUILD:

The guild had a show in September 2017 at GCVA (Girdwood Center for Visual Arts), next to the bakery. Thank you to GCVA for hosting and to Chair 5 for providing appetizers on the opening night. We are scheduled to do another show in 2019 at GCVA.

2018 Spring Workshop: The guild is brought up Chris Pickett from Idaho for a hands on workshop on May 26 and 27th, 2018. Held at UAA Sculpture Studio. $75 for members and $100 for non-members.

2018 Annual Fall Sale was Nov 2nd & 3rd, 2018 at the Sears Mall Common area. The hours are the same as the Mall Hours. Can't miss it! Get your Christmas shopping started!

Next Up: Christmas Party for potters

Next Meeting: Nov 13th, 7pm at Clay Art Space

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 aka Clay Art Space at 7pm. Open to the public. Come meet the members, join the group, & get inspired. Annual dues ($25) cover January to December. 

STUDIO GALLERY:

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 Penny Panlener, Kaity Johnston, Lynne Jablonski, Iris Boser, and Jenny Ditto; Mosaic work by Joe Cooper and fused glass by Laura Walters and Cindy Holderith. The gallery is open 6 days a week. Other places we will be on display can be found here: holiday-events-or-sales. To see recent photos of our pottery work visit us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/Midnightpotter  or  @ClayArtSpaceUSA

We will be hosting First Friday events in a our new gallery space. We welcome artists to apply for a monthly wall hanging show on our stupendously large purple wall. 60/40 Commissions.

ADULT STUDIO TIME: (this program will be changing soon)

You can rent time on a wheel at Midnight Potter Studios! Previous wheel experience required and basic skills expected. Preferably you've taken a class at Midnight Potter Studios previously and know where everything is and how to clean up. 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).

Soon, we will be starting a membership drive and working on opening the studio for more hours of availability.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Throwing Bowls for Empty Bowls Projects:

If you'd like to make bowls for Empty Bowls Fundraisers around the State of Alaska, you can rent time on a wheel at Midnight Potter Studios LLC. Previous wheel experience required. Throwing Instructions are not provided. This is by appointment only. Your organization or charity buys the clay & glaze ahead of time from Midnight Potter Studios LLC. Two dipping glaze colors are recommended. 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.

CURRENT WORK Available at:

You can find pottery by the Midnight Potter by making arrangements to visit the studio or visit Denali Dreams Soap Co. in Anchorage or the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage Glacier. Our coffee mugs are availale in Hoonah, AK. We do custom work too! Our Alaskan items are also available at the airport. To see recent photos of our pottery work visit us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/Midnightpotter or @ClayArtSpaceUSA

SHOWS We'll Be At This year: 

The 3 Barons Fair, aka the Renaissance Fair at the Tozier Track at Tudor Road and Elmore. Two full weekends of satire, dressing up, having fun, and living in the 14th Century. June 2-3, 2018  and June 9-10, 2018. Pirate Day is Sunday, June 3rd! We're making special Mugs and Jugs for this fair!

The Anchorage Clay Arts Guild Annual Fall Sale at the Sears Mall on Friday, Nov 2nd & Saturday Nov 3rd, 2018.

We are in booth #205 at the Arts and Crafts Emporium show in the Dena'ina Center on Saturday, November 17th & Sunday, November 18th, 2018.

The studio gallery is open 6 days a week starting in September 2018. holiday-events-or-sales

CLASSES:

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! 

• Wheel Throwing Classes

• American Raku Firings

SUPPLIES, TOOLS, & FINISHED POTTERY FOR SALE:

 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. We can get supplies for Straw Bale Construction for the clay-plasters. As of Oct 2018, all blocks of 25# clay bags are $30 each.

• Current Events, Where to Purchase Pottery, Holiday Events & Sales  ** New Events are listed for 2017!! Click on the EVENTS tab at the top. (Not updated for 2018 yet)

STUDIO LOCATION:

5861 ARCTIC BLVD., STE. D

Next to Nature's Jewels Rock Shop & Woo Hoo Ice Cream.

 

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Until December 22nd, 2018

Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 9:00 pm

 

If you email or call and leave a message, we will reply as quickly as we can. 

We accept Credit Cards and Cash for payment.

IN GENERAL:

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. 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! 

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