Adult Classes

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

We’ve also started new kids classes at Boxcar Clay. To see a full schedule of childrens classes click here.

This is someone with little to no clay experience.  You might have taken a few classes, but it was years ago. This is someone with little understanding of the difference between coil build, slab building, building with molds, or throwing on the wheel.

This is someone who has taken several clay classes. You feel comfortable enough in clay to be able to make basic forms.  Someone who has some knowledge of clay related terminology but is looking to have a better understanding. You’re comfortable working independently.

Someone who has taken several clay classes within the past several years. You feel confident working with clay but are looking to expand your knowledge and skill set.  This is someone who is confident working independently.

Upcoming Adult Classes


9:30am – 12:00 pm
March 16 – April 27

Wheel Throwing

Explore making wheel thrown tableware. This class will focus on developing simple forms, such as tumblers, cups, plates, and bowls. Perfect for brand new beginners to those who want to refine their skills.
Instructor: Ben Roti
$240.00 (Non-Reitz Ranch Members)
$216.00 (Reitz Ranch Members)


5:30-8:00 pm
March 17 – April 28


Learn the basics. Handbuilding techniques include pinch pots, slab and coil building.
Instructor: Grayson Fair
$240.00 (Non-Reitz Ranch Members)
$216.00 (Reitz Ranch Members)


12:30-3:00 pm
March 21 – May 9
*No Class 4/25

Intro to Ceramics

Learn the basics. Wheel & Handbuilding. An Invitation for all to experience the clay studio with an open mind. Pottery practice will be our guide
Instructor: Grayson Fair
$240.00 (Non-Reitz Ranch Members)
$216.00 (Reitz Ranch Members)


10:00-6:00 pm*
*except during regular studio programming

Open Studio Punch Card

Register for a punch card to use at Boxcar Clay for Open Studio hours.
No Instructor/Independent

Why take classes at the Reitz 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.

Reitz Ranch Cancellation Policy

– RR will offer a full refund of registration/class fees if cancellation is made at least 48 hrs. in advance of first class.

– If cancellation occurs less than 48 hrs. prior to the start of a class, participant will forfeit 50% of the total class fee, or, at the request of participant RR may credit the total amount to be used on alternative class at a later date.

– If cancellation or no-show occurs once the class has commenced RR reserves the right to withhold all Fees paid by participant. However, RR understands that extenuating circumstances may occur and will make every effort to take these into consideration. In some cases, participant may be eligible to receive a partial or full credit towards another class.