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 wares for wholesale and retail. Our new gift shop/gallery at the studio is finished just in time for the holiday shopping. Our final Open House / Studio Show of the year is this Saturday, Dec 19th, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm.
ALERT! LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS REJOICE! THE STUDIO GALLERY IS OPEN TODAY - DEC. 24TH, 2015 UNTIL 3PM. COME FILL YOUR POTTERY WISH LIST!
Thank you for supporting our local business.
Adult classes are ongoing. A new schedule for 2016 has been posted. See the "Classes" tab above. Send an email to sign up for classes starting in 2016.
Click on the "Classes" tab at the top of the page to see more info about classes for 2016.
DECEMBER 2015 Update:
The December wheel throwing class is almost over. It's time to sign up for January 2016 classes. Sign up now! This is something warm & fun to do for the cold winter months.
2016 CLASS SCHEDULE IS NOW POSTED ON THE CLASSES TAB.
We are open Monday & Wednesday at 6pm to 9pm for Classes, wheel rentals, pottery supplies, and finished pottery.
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.
A new slab hand-building class, is happening simultaneously with the wheel-throwing classes on Monday & Wednesday from 6p to 9pm. Step-by-step instructions are given by teacher, Lorrie Irwin. She attends workshops in Arizona in the winter, and lives in Anchorage. She will guide you on an individual basis through the slab hand-building process. This class is for all levels of skill. No prior clay experience needed. Sign up by sending an email to MidnightPotter@gmail.com, include the title: Slab hand-building. In the email please provide your name & phone number in the message.
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 cover January to December.
STUDIO GALLERY AND SHOWS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 10am - 4pm
The studio is hosting a Gallery Open Houses for Christmas Gift Shopping featuring pottery by several local potters, and other sundries & gifts. This year's artists include Mary Pirtz, Penny Panlener, Lynne Jablonski, Joe Cooper, Laura Walters, Lorrie Irwin, Margaret Mark-Anthony and Jenny Ditto. Last Open Date: Dec 19th, 2015.
Dec 19th, 2015
Thank you for supporting your local art scene promoting the hand-crafted movement. Giving a hand-made gift is always the best.
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 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 Alaskan items are available at a couple gift shops around town and at the airport.
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, near 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 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.
We sell: MUD TOOLS, MOIST CLAY, DRY DIPPING CONE 5 GLAZES & OTHER POTTERY TOOLS AT THE STUDIO!