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.  We offer classes that focus on Beginners, however, all are welcome to attend any class. Clay Arts Vegas stocks cone 10 glazes for student use; and the store carries a large variety of Laguna and Spectrum glazes. 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 adult 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 your instructor will always be able to answer your questions.  Adult classes are 8 consecutive weeks; or otherwise noted.  Personal items may be kept on premises for up to 10 days after the end of enrollment.


Your membership at Clay Arts Vegas provides the following benefits.  You must be enrolled in an eight week class.

  • 80 hours of studio time per week
  • Unlimited access to classes
  • Reduced Class Price
  • Discounts on selected workshops
  • 10% discount on all finished work in store.
  • 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

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


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.

Class Schedule

Monday - Open Studio

Tuesday - Wheel Throwing Classes

                10:30am-1:30pm &  6:30-9:30pm

Wednesday - Beginners Wheel Throwing Classes

                10am-1pm & 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Thursday -

                10am - 1pm Hand Building

                6:30 -9:30pm Hand Building & Wheel Throwing

Friday - Wheel Throwing

                10am - 1pm

Saturday - Wheel Throwing


                          2nd Saturday Raku 4:30pm - 9:30pm

Sunday - Combination Class

                            12pm - 3pm

                            Sunday Family Class

                                         3pm to 5pm



Clay Experience

Ideal for getting your feet wet

We love beginners, however, learning to hand build and throw on the wheel,  can not be done in one class secession.  Clay Arts Vegas offers a Clay Experience on Wednesday evening.  You will have the opportunity to partake in a wheel throwing class.  Items will be fires based on standard firing fee and will held for 15 day after your experience.  Fee: $35 per person for three hour class, clay and use of tools.

Day Passes

All Day Passes are valid for one year from date of purchase. You will receive 3 hours of studio time.  You will need to purchase clay and glaze from our onsite retail store as no outside clay is permitted in the studio. Standard firing fees apply.  Your work from the Day Pass will be held for 10 Days only.

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




Single Day


3 hours of studio time.  Standard firing fee. Clay and glazes must be purchased separately.

Ten Day


3 hours of studio time.  Standard firing fee. Clay and glazes must be purchased separately.

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. Adult 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 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Call for Starting Date

Family  Class is for ages 9 and up.  These secessions are for one 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 seven (7) week consecutive class and open studio for Family Classes is Monday 12pm to 5pm. 

Clay, glaze and tools must be purchased for this class.

Enrollment, 7 weeks

Adult and one child

Each additional child

Hand Building




Wheel Throwing




Annual Membership


Guardians are permitted to attend additional classes and Open Studio during your enrollment


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: the cost of basic firing is included in your tuition, with a selection of ^10 glazes for you to chose from.  ALL work must be done in the studio

We carry full lines of glazes (^06 through ^6, and specialty ^10) from Laguna Clay Company, and Spectrum Glaze, 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 fifteen 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.


KD Matheson