Clay By The Bay   


San Francisco's Ceramic Arts Program 

Clay Classes


1-Time Clay


6-Week Courses


12 Week Advanced Program 


Specialized Workshops


Open Access Membership 


3 Months


6 Months


12 Months







 Team Building & Private Group Events


2 Hour Clay Lesson


+1hr Catering Option 





 Clay By The Bay

1618 Pacific Ave

San Francisco, CA


(415) 416-6475


Now Enrolling:

Current Session: FULL

 6-Week Session  


Choose from our collection of classes- ranging all skill and interest levels.


Enjoy a hands-on, creative experience that will take you though all the steps needed to create a finished piece.   The first weeks you will work with wet clay, followed by learning to trim and shape the semi- dried (leather hard) clay.  After the piece has gone through its first kiln firing, you will learn surface decoration methods.  Our final class is a glaze session and potluck where we celebrate what we have made and finish glazing the pieces you've made through out your session.  


Any introduction class is great for those with no experience or looking to get back into it!  If you fall in love and want more, we have a ever expanding curriculum with new advanced classes each session.  


Classes meet 1 time per week, for 6 consecutive weeks.    During the 2.5 hour weekly lesson, the first 30-45 minutes the instructor will give a demonstration, followed by individualized guidance as you create with clay.  



$325 for 6 Week Class + Open Studio Time


Includes: first bag of clay, glazes, firing, and open studio hours outside of class.  During your session, please come in and create during the week or weekend during our open studio hours.  






Clay Workshops


Enjoy a unique demonstration and hands-on workshop, from a local or visiting artist.  Check out our workshops section to see whats on the horizon!  


Registration Open

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Studio Membership


Members enjoy unlimited access

and use of our studio facilities

7 days/week 10am-9pm.


 Limited Open Studio Hours also included in 6-week class.


Email for more information.

Team Building

Workshops & Private Events


Invite your team or group out of the office for a 2 hours, hands on, clay-workshop!  Each attendee will create a cup (or something similar) out of clay and get a chance to try the potters wheel.  A fun and creative experience.   




Can accommodate groups up to 50.  Catering option available for additional fee.  Please email to schedule your next event at Clay By The Bay! 


Youth Clay Classes!


Experience the perfect creative outlet for your little one... and leave the mess to us! Classes meet 1 X/wk for 6 consecutive weeks. Each week's project will build upon the week prior, as students learn through the experience of the ceramic process. 1.5 - 2 hour clay lesson (depending on age group)- all materials included!

Registration Options:


-Register Online HERE for classes and workshops- (click for online store) If your desired class is full- please call or email to be added to waitlist. (Please email or call for Team Building Events)

-Email us and we will contact you within 24 hrs to answer any questions and guide you through the registration process.

-Call us 7 Days/Week 9am-6pm (We are in class after 6pm but will return your call the following morning).

(415) 416- 6475


Give the gift of creativity!  Gift certificates available for sale online, in-store or give us a call! 


Explore the art of ceramics alongside other local artists learning to work and create with clay!  Join one of our pottery classes and learn from one of our studio instructors and artists.   With weekly demonstrations, followed by individualized instruction, students will complete projects and learn the process for clay, glaze and firing.  Learn to throw on the pottery wheel or hand build with coils and slabs.  We also offer studio memberships for experienced ceramic artists looking for a studio to call home.  


Searching for the perfect gift idea? Give the gift of creativity with a Gift Certificate for a pottery class!  Call for details.  


  • Class fees are non-transferrable and non-refundable.
  • Switching classes after initial registration requires notice TWO WEEKS before class begins, as well as a $20 accounting fee. 
  • Refunds may be granted 2 weeks prior to class starting, under the following circumstances:
    • Personal illness that prevents the student from working with clay or at the studio. A physician’s note may be required as proof.
    • Instances of extreme, unexpected hardship. Examples include death or serious illness of someone close. These kind of exceptions are granted at the manager’s discretion, and do not include changes in priorities, job, or vacation plans.