The Clay Underground

San Francisco’s newest Ceramic Studio

a place for exploring creativity through clay

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Ceramic classes for all levels

Classes and outreach programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.

New classes begin every 6 weeks.

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Our clay studios provide local artists an affordable place to work in a supportive and exciting clay community.

Private and semi-private studios are available for rent.

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Class Registration

Next regular Class series starts:

week of Jan 4th

Registration opens Dec 13.

(Drop-in Registration is ongoing)


Class Information

NEW Hand building class

Thursdays 6:30-9:00 pm

Hand built mugJoin Scott Jennings to explore the possibilities of hand building. Scott will demonstrate techniques he uses to create his unique forms including making patterns, surface decoration, bringing volume to the forms by stretching, and strategies for creating great handles. Hand builders and throwers alike will benefit from learning about Scott’s approach.

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two young girls working at ceramic handbuilding.

New Kid’s Classes

We’re excited to introduce new drop-in classes for kids from age 9 – 17! After-School and Weekend sessions are available.

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FREE Youth Hand Building workshops

The Clay Underground is offering free clay classes to kids ages 9-14.

These 1 ½ hour classes will be held once or twice a month. They will focus on hand building techniques. Tools and clay for up to two pieces will be provided. Pieces will be ready for pick up in 2-3 weeks.

Advance registration is required.


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Open Studios

Join us for our next Open Studios:


Sat Oct 31 

Sun Nov 1

11 am – 6 pm both days


TCU Holiday Show

Drop-in Clay

Check out Drop in Clay – a reasonably priced one-time class that’s designed for those interested in trying the potter’s wheel but who don’t want to commit to a full session, just yet. 

Perfect for the beginner with no previous experience — or — for those who have taken pottery classes before and want to get their hands on clay again. Learn the basics of wheel throwing and the use of underglaze colors on the pieces you make. 

Each two and a half hour class will be geared to the skill level and experience of the students. Clay, tool use, glaze and firing for up to two pieces are included in the fee. Class sizes are limited, so you will have lots of one-on-one time with your teacher. 

Multiple classes can be purchased and may be shared between different individuals. Get a discount when you sign up for one of our six week class sessions.

ALSO AVAILABLE: Youth & Family Drop-in Classes

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Open Studios #2

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About TCU

The Clay Underground provides a place for exploring creativity through clay and the ceramic process, by promoting broad access to the ceramic arts.

Classes for All Ages

Classes and outreach programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.

New classes begin every 6 weeks.

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Private Studios

Individual Studio spaces are available for rent on an ongoing monthly basis.

24/7 Studio Passes

Our 24/7 Open Studio Pass includes 24-hour access and full use of the communal space and equipment.

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