Acquire new skills, refine your technique, and experience the joy of working with clay. Classes integrate instruction in the use of tools, hand building, the use of the potter's wheel, working with glazes, and firing techniques. All classes have open enrollment and are open to mixed skill levels. Clay Arts Vegas stock  an variety cone 10 glazes for student use.  Your tuition includes a bisque firing and one glaze firing per piece.  Students have available them limited storage space on-site.   Laguna Clay must be purchased through the Clay Arts Vegas Store for use in all classes and projects, no other clay will be allowed.  All classes are 8 consecutive weeks.


Wheel Throwing and Hand Building Classes:

Everyone interested in working at Clay Arts Vegas is required to sign up for a scheduled class. Students who do not have a membership receive one class a week plus three hours of open studio. Whether you choose to participate in class or not, is your choice. However, after the class demonstration a qualified instructor will always be able to answer your questions.  All classes are 8 consecutive weeks.


Your membership at Clay Arts Vegas provides the following benefits, while you currently enrolled: 80 hours of studio time a week, unlimited regularly scheduled classes at just $100 per 8ight weeks, reduced pricing on selected workshops and all course fees.  You also receive 10% discount on all finished work in store and gallery.  During your first month of membership we will provide you with on 6" piece to finish at the Second Saturday Community and Potluck.


Wheel Throwing

This class is designed to teach techniques ranging from the basics of centering, trimming, and glazing to more complex concepts such as handles, and decorative and sculptural manipulation. You will need a basic hand tool set and clay.

Tuesday 10:30am-1:30pm and 6:30-9:30pm

Wednesday 10am-1pm

Thursday 10am - 1pm and 6:30 -9:30pm

Friday 10am - 1pm

Saturday 12pm-3pm

Sunday 12pm - 3pm


Hand Building

One of the oldest art forms, hand-building techniques can vary from coil, slab, and pinch methods. This class offers the opportunity to explore a multitude of methods such as joining pieces, surface manipulation, and various slab techniques to name a few. Skills and knowledge obtained through this class open the door to endless possibilities.

Thursday 10am-1pm and 6:30 to 9:30

Friday 10am - 1pm

Saturday 10am - 1pm

Sunday 12pm - 3pm



Day Passes

Day Passes are designed for those who have experience with clay, as a Hand Builder, Sculpture or Wheel Thrower.  We love beginners, however, learning to throw on the wheel, or learning to hand build, can not be done in one class secession.  It is best to enroll in a class or discuss private lessons.

All Day Passes are valid for one year from date of purchase. You will need to purchase clay and glaze from our onsite retail store as no outside clay is permitted in the studio. If you want your work fired, we suggest you purchase at least 2 passes at a time so that your work can be bisque fired after day 1 and ready for glazing on day 2.

There is no shelf or storage space provided with this option.




Single Day


3 hours of class or studio time, firing included.  Glazes must be purchased separately.

Ten Day


3 hours of class or studio time This pass includes stock Cone 10 glazes and firing

Please contact us for more information 702-375-4147



Fee Schedule


8 weeks

6 months

1 year









Annual Membership




Fees do not include clay or personal tools. Classes are eight (8) consecutive weeks from the time of purchase.   For non-members, enrollment includes a single class per week and one open studio per week.  Non-returning students will have 10 days to remove personal possessions, unless arrangements have been made.

Please understand there are no refunds or exchanges on classes, workshops or firings


Family Class

Sunday 3:30pm to 5:30pm - Call for appointment

Monday by Appointment (24 hours notice)

Family  Class is for ages 8 and up.  These secessions are for the guardian and a young adult,we require a parent/adult to be present and participate .  Together you will create a variety of projects.  This is a eight  (8) week consecutive class and there is no open studio time for Family Classes.  Glazes must be purchased for this class.

Enrollment, 8 weeks

Adult and one child

Each additional child







Annual Membership


Students over the age of 15 pay the usual adult class rate of $125 for eight weeks, and may attend all Sunday and Monday class times.

Clay and tools are purchased separately in the CAV store.  As a student your firing and cone 10 glazes are included in the cost of this eight consecutive week class.

Shauna Gunlach

Date Night

Clay Arts Vegas offers a great "Date Night" package.  This is a four week class for two.  For only $200 you and a friend can receive introduction Hand Building and Wheel Throwing, including Laguna Clay.  We offer this at the beginning of every month. 

Call for detail and schedule your date night!



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Raku Firing

When most potters in the West think of raku firing, they think of what should technically be referred to as "American" or "Western" raku: a process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface. This Western raku firing process has a huge draw for many potters because of its excitement and unpredictability.


John Gregg

Clay Arts Vegas hosts a Second Saturday Raku and pot luck monthly.  Cost for firing is per piece and you may use CAV stock Raku glazes. For those who do not have there own vessel, CAV has a collection for you to choose from at a very reasonable fee.


Laguna Clay Products

Clay Arts Vegas is proud to be a Laguna Clay distributor. Laguna Clay must be purchased through Clay Arts Vegas for all work created in the studio. Clays from outside sources are prohibited. Clay prices range from about $10 - $29 for 25lbs of clay. Please note that clays are designed for specific uses and firing temperatures, please ask one of our staff for assistance in getting the most out of your Laguna Clay.

Glazing and Firings

For all currently enrolled students, staff selected Cone 10 glazes, and the cost of firing is included in your tuition, ALL work must be done in the studio.  We also carry the full line of  Mid-range glazes (^5 & ^6), and an assortment of other Laguna low and mid range glazes, and Spectrum, available in store.

We do our best to fire Cone 10 as well as lower temperature firings on a regular basis,, Our goal is every ten days, this however varies based on the amount of work. If you need work fired quicker you can rent kiln time at CAV. All alternative and specialty firings will have an additional fee.  Please see our posted firing policies.

Coni Kalinowski

Open Studio Daily

CAV offers Open Studio times for students who are enrolled in classes. This gives students an opportunity to work on their projects outside of class time and develop their skills. We also have teaching staff available to assist you during our supervised open studio times.


KD Matheson