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We are a student-run organization at Stanford University that offers hands-on experience with ceramics to Stanford students. We offer beginning- and intermediate-level classes to the Stanford community each quarter as well as studio membership for enrolled Stanford students.

We have 14 electric wheels, two handbuilding tables, a slab roller, an extruder, and an electric kiln. We fire to cone 6. Currently, our studio uses B-mix, Speckled Buff, Red Velvet, and Icelia clay. For more information about our clays, see the links posted below. We sell bags of each type of clay at a discounted rate to studio members and students.

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The Stanford Ceramics Studio is generously hosted by Stanford R&DE in the Elliott Program Center. The studio faces the dry (or sometimes green!) lake bed of Lake Lagunita. To access the studio, walk or bike down Santa Theresa Avenue and turn onto Governor's Avenue. Take this road until it dead ends (go through the bollards) and the studio will be on the left. Take the stairs up to the lake on your left, turn left again, and you'll find another set of stairs going to the balcony of the building. Facing the building, the studio is the door straight ahead on the left side. A door code is required to enter, which will be made available to any students in the classes and studio members! 

Get Involved

Classes (preference given to Stanford students; open to all Stanford affiliates)
We offer beginning and intermediate classes in handbuilding and wheel-throwing. For more information about our classes, click the link on the top panel.

If you would like to receive announcements about future class signups and other events, subscribe to our mailing list: here

Membership (Stanford students only)
Membership entitles students to unlimited studio use, private shelf space, and an exciting community of ceramics enthusiasts. Members may use the studio's glazes and tools, and their work is fired about once a week in the studio kiln. Membership is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis; interested parties should expect to get on a waiting list. Unfortunately, due to limited space and slow turnover, the waiting time can be years- we recommend signing up for classes while you wait! Check out our membership page for more info.

Studio Helpers (Stanford affiliates only)
Studio helpers are Stanford affiliates (postdocs, staff, and faculty) who help us to run the Stanford ceramics studio in exchange for unlimited studio access and self space. Helpers commit to different levels of involvement in accordance with the studio's needs. Although we are currently not accepting new helpers, we will advertise on this page when this changes. 

Instructors (ceramics teaching experience required)
If you have experience teaching ceramics and are interested in supporting the Stanford Ceramics Studio, please reach out to our ceramic managers at We offer our instructors free clay and unlimited studio access. Many of our teachers have worked with our management team for years and help to form the backbone of our community.