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 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.

You are someone who has taken several clay classes. You feel comfortable enough in clay to be able to make basic forms.  You havesome 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 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


10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pt 1. Sept 8th – Oct 13th
Pt 2. Oct 27th – Dec 1st

Handbuilding and wheel throwing with Jill!


Part l. Start your exploration with hand-building projects while learning the ins-and-outs of working with clay.  What you learn in this class is foundational knowledge that will inform your work for the rest of your clay experience, wherever  you want to take it – there’s so many options!


Part 2. Begin by making a wheel thrown cylinder, the basis for almost everything you could want to make using the wheel; from functional ware to sculpture and beyond ending up with your own piece in your unique style.


Instructor: Jill Brugler, MFA


Part 1.

$250.00 (Non-Reitz Ranch Members)
$225.00 (Reitz Ranch Members)

Part 2.

$250.00 (Non-Reitz Ranch Members)
$225.00 (Reitz Ranch Members)

*** Inflation Busting Option!***
Combine both classes (with a week off in the middle) and save $40 off the price of classes!

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!

Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings (additional clay can be purchased as needed).

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

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.