Pottery Manufacturing, Supplies and Education

 

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

Utensil CrockWe are your local Anchorage supplier of ready-to-use clay bodies, dry cone 5 glazes, raw materials & pottery tools. 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 wares for wholesale and retail. Our new gift shop/gallery at the studio is almost finished.

Thank you for supporting our local business.

Adult classes are ongoing. A new schedule for 2015 has been posted. See the "Classes" tab above. Send an email to sign up for classes starting in 2015.

Click on the "Classes" tab at the top of the page to see more info about classes for 2015. 

August 2015 Update:

The August wheel throwing class has started, but there is room for a few more participants if you hurry! Or plan ahead for the September class and get signed up now.

We are open Monday & Wednesday at 6pm for WHEEL RENTALS & POTTERY SUPPLIES

A new class, Hand-built Platters, will be held on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Pictures and sign-up details will be posted soon. This is a one-day class. 2-3 hours long. Step-by-step instructions will be lead by our guest teacher, Lorrie Irwin. She attends workshops in Arizona in the winter, but summers in Anchorage. She has exciting info and glazing techniques to share with us. This class is for all levels of skill. No prior clay experience needed.

Anchorage Clay Arts Guild presents a group show at GCVA, in Girdwood, September 1- 30th, 2015. The show opens on Saturday, Sept. 12th from 6-8pm. Appetizers provided by Chair 5 Restaurant. You'll find pottery by the Midnight Potter at this show as the season opens.

Anchorage Clay Arts Guild meetings start back up in September 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.

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 is the Anchorage Clay Arts Guild Annual Pottery Sale, now held at the Conoco-Philips Atrium in downtown Anchorage. We'll be there too!

The studio will be hosting a Gallery Open House two Saturdays a month during October, November, & December for Christmas Gift Shopping featuring pottery by several local potters, and other sundries & gifts. Artists are welcome to submit their crafts to be featured in the studio gallery. Dates will be posted soon.

Thank you for supporting your local art scene promoting the hand-crafted movement.

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.

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. 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.

 

Community Event: Throwing bowls for the Empty Bowl Project 2016:

If you'd like to make bowls for Bean's Cafe's event held in March 2016, 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.

Current work available at:

You can find the pottery work of Midnight Potter at Artique, Ltd in downtown Anchorage or by making arrangements to visit the studio. We do custom work too! Our wholesale items are available at a couple gift shops around town and at the airport.

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:

 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.

• 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)

Studio Location:

5861 ARCTIC BLVD., STE. E & F (Around the back from Nature's Jewels Rock Shop, near Qwik Cup restaurant)

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Some Saturdays Noon - 4 pm (Call to make an appt.)

Sometimes on Fridays 4 pm - 6 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. 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.

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 (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 HAVE A VARIETY OF CLAYS FOR SALE, MAINLY WHITE STONEWARE, CONE 6 BODIES. We can special order other clay bodies too.

WE SLUMP GLASS BOTTLES FROM WINE OR LIQUOR AND VITAMIN BOTTLES. YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR EMPTY BOTTLES INSTEAD OF PUTTING THEM IN THE TRASH. WE ARE LOOKING FOR DONATIONS OF LARGER BOTTLES (1.5 L ), SMALL GLASS VITAMIN BOTTLES, SMALL GLASS MEDICAL BOTTLES, AND BOURBON OR AMARETO BOTTLES OF UNIQUE SHAPES.

MUD TOOLS, WET CLAY, DRY DIPPING CONE 5 GLAZES & OTHER POTTERY TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE STUDIO! 

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