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Open Studios & Community Clay

Open Studios programWe consider November through April our “quiet season”, when workshops aren’t as plentiful on our campus and Door County takes on an even more relaxed pace. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition!

You are free to utilize our equipment, including potter’s wheels, an etching press, and substantial easels for large-scale work. Please call us to learn more about use of the ceramics, metals studio and other special equipment.

Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Come for a few days or more and enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges.

Community Clay

A special weekly open studio on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:30pm for potters of all levels who are interested in self-guided creation of works in a communal setting.

Handbuilding areas as well as pottery wheels are available for use. A facilitator is present, but no formal instruction is provided - just a fun and productive time in the studio making pottery with others.

If you are new to ceramics or Peninsula School of Art’s ceramic studios, we encourage you to request an orientation session by calling PenArt - membership not required. Topics covered are: equipment basics, safety, maintenance and cleaning, firing options, and the vocabulary of the ceramic medium.

Techniques include slab-rolling and handbuilding, throwing a simple bowl on the wheel, and decorating your bowl with underglazes.

Open Studios program