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.

This is someone with little or no clay experience.  You might have taken a few classes, but it was years ago and you don’t remember much!

You might have taken several clay classes, or you’ve done a lot of work on your own. You feel comfortable enough in clay to be able to make basic forms.  You have some knowledge of clay related terminology, but are looking to have a better understanding. You’re comfortable working independently.

Someone who has taken several clay classes within the past several years or worked with clay over a period of years. You feel at home working with clay, but are looking to expand your knowledge and skill set.  This is someone who is confident working independently.


Beginning Sept 6th- 28th
10:00 am – 12:30 pm


Starting Sept 6-28th

Handbuilding is foundational to clay work, and is therefore an indispensable tool for all who work in ceramics.  In this class we will teach the basics of making pieces with your most important tools (your hands!) as well as larger tools like the slab roller, banding wheels, ribs and much more.

We’re making this a 4 week course to get some of this important info to you and there’s two of us to give you double the attention.  Additionally, the Ranch studio is open for you to use at anytime until the class ends

After a week break, there will be a 6 week wheel class (same structure, 2 instructors) offered to those who completed the handbuilding class for a 10% discount.  Can it get any better?


Tuition includes clay, glazes and firings (additional clay can be purchased as needed).

Beginning tool sets are available on-line or at Boxcar Clay in Cottonwood.


Beginning October 6th- 28th
10:00 am – 12:30 pm


October 12 – Novemeber 16th

Throwing on the pottery wheel  can be both relaxing and challenging.  We’ll give demonstrations and then help you create your own pieces.  Clay, glazing, and firings are all included in the class as well as studio time for you to solidify your knowledge in between classes- come early, stay late or come another day (out-of-class time will be on your own without an instructor).

Tuition includes clay, glazes and firings (additional clay can be purchased as needed).

Beginning tool sets are available on-line or at Boxcar Clay in Cottonwood.

Some Tips ….

  • 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
  • Bring your curiosity and a sense of humor!

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.