We offer classes both in using the pottery wheel and hand building skills, both of which complement the other. Ceramics is a huge field with endless opportunities to find your niche, and almost everything spring from these two areas.


Class Schedule

Handbuilding Class

Taught by Dexter Woods
Wednesdays, 10:00am with open studio to be determined
6 weeks – $200
25 lbs of clay provided (more can be purchased as needed)


Beginning Wheel Class

Taught by Kelley Foy
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 7:30pm with open studio on Saturdays
8 weeks – $240
25 lbs of clay provided (more can be purchased as needed)

Some tips and things to bring…

  • Wear play clothes!  Shoes should be old or washable
  • Leave jewelry at home, especially rings, bracelets or watches
  • If your hair is long, bring a tie-back
  • Tools are provided, but if you want your own we sell low-cost packs
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!


Private individual classes: $80
Register for you class by calling 602-882-8553.  Reception can be spotty out here at the ranch, so be sure to leave a message if you don’t get an answer. You can text to that number as well.

Why take classes at the ranch?


This is an amazing place with a legendary past and an exciting future. The beautiful surroundings alone will inspire you, never mind a working studio with like minded creatives. You’ll be taught by degreed professional artists who will share their passion for ceramics with you. Class sizes are kept small to give you better access to the teachers.


Classes at Reitz Ranch are something special. Don Reitz, the late owner of the ranch and internationally renowned artist and educator built the kiln shed, bunkhouse and lived on the ranch for 20+ years. It was Don’s dream to have a program for ceramic artists here. We are dedicated to taking that dream into the future and welcome you to join our community.


Don used his studio (“the bunkhouse”) for both pottery wheel work and handbuilding, a kiln shed that has 4 wood fired kilns and a salt kiln. In addition, we’re adding electric, gas and raku kilns to increase our options for creativity and education.