You have come to the right place. Clay is alive and well in the west valley of Surprise, AZ. We are part of an active art center with gallery space, private art studios, gift shops and a wonderful clay studio. Whether you are a hand builder or a wheel artist, you will find a home here. We offer classes throughout the year to fill your artistic interests and pursuits. An annual $50 membership fee and a monthly $20 clay studio fee affords you full access to the studio and all its equipment during operating hours of 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday. All members are welcome to enjoy open studio Wednesday evenings from 4pm-8pm. All inquiries are welcome. Stop by for a visit.
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Hand building is at the heart of expressing oneself in clay. This room is designed with the hand builder in mind. Standing and sitting work surfaces are all available. Equipment includes a Shimpo slab roller, storage of tools, molds, Big Blue Northstar extruder, drywall ware-boards, staging racks (for drying, greenware, bisqueware, glaze firing & finished works)
The Wheel Room
One Brent B Wheel, two Brent C wheels, two Brent CXC wheels, one Bailey Pro-X wheel, and one Pacifica 800 wheel. Bats, Giffin grip, tools, heat guns, drying shelves and more... after all the Wheel keeps on Turning!
The Courtyard / Patio
Our lovely shaded outdoor courtyard with a spray booth, a new ultra-quiet air compressor, some work tables, a grinding wheel and an outdoor sink for clean-up.
The Glaze Room
Brush, dip, pour or spray! Amoco glazes, Coyote Glazes, Laguna commercial powdered glazes and batch glazes from scratch are provided. Firing fees do apply. (proper procedures available online soon)
The Kiln Areas
We currently have TWO electric Skutt 1027 Cone 6 kilns, ONE electric Skutt 818 Cone 10 kiln, ONE electric glass kiln, ONE gas downdraft Geil 802 fiber kiln and ONE gas updraft West Coast kiln! Oxidation and reduction firings all happen HERE at WHAM. Truly incredible results await your amazing input and creativity.
WHAM also sells Cone 5 WS-5, Speckled Buff for $25 per bag and B-mix clay for $28 per bag. All Cone 10 clay to be fired in the gas kiln will be special order only. Please talk with the clay studio manager. We also have a variety of wheel and hand build tools.
All bisque and glaze firing prices are dependent upon size of pieces as well.