Oklahoma Contemporary
Hands manipulating clay on pottery wheel


A flagship program of Oklahoma Contemporary since 1989, ceramic classes and workshops take place in state-of-the-art facilities at Studio School under expert instruction. After creating works in the Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio, students may fire their works of art at a range of temperatures and atmospheres in several kilns, including two outdoor gas kilns custom built by Donovan Palmquist of Master Kiln Builders. Studio School is also home to the state’s only community salt and soda kiln.

Learn more about the instructors' backgrounds and teaching approaches here.

Questions about a multi-week class? Browse the Studio School syllabi for more details on class topics, projects and required materials and supplies. Tuition for multi-week courses does not include materials. When signing up for a class, all students agree to abide by the policies set forth in the Student Handbook.

Studio School Fall Session | Sept. 27 - Nov. 21, 2021
Fall registration for eight-week classes is now closed.
Registration closes for four-week classes beginning in Oct. on Oct. 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Interested in more than just Ceramics? See our full class and workshop list here.

Thursday Night Late Workshop | Mean Muggin'

  • Date 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 2021
  • Cost $65 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 21+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
A variety of large and small unglazed ceramic cups and mugs on a white background

Discover the basics of ceramics as you use hand building techniques to create your very own mug for coffee, tea or cocoa. Once you complete your creation, you will select your glaze color from a selection of house-made hues. Students will pick up their glazed and fired work a few weeks after the workshop. With table service from Café Contemporary, you can enjoy an adult beverage and nibbles as you get creative with new friends. Registration closes at noon the day of the event. This workshop has an alternate date of Thursday, Nov. 4 — refunds will not be issued in the case of postponement due to weather or other mitigating factors.

This course is sold out! Click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Workshop | Raku Workshop - October

  • Date 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 10 and 17, 2021
  • Cost $65 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 16+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Join us for a two-day, hands-on workshop as we dive into the topic of Raku ceramics. Together, we'll explore traditional Japanese Raku as it relates to religious and cultural practices and its later expression among American ceramicists in the mid-1900s. During the first workshop session, you'll use hand building techniques to create tea bowls. We'll meet the following weekend to glaze and fire your works using the Raku process. This in-person workshop will take place outside and the Raku process can be messy, so dress accordingly. Open to students of all levels, and all materials and tools are included in the cost of tuition. Registration closes Sunday, Oct. 3 at 11:59 p.m.

This course is sold out! Click here to sign up for the waitlist.

Community Firings

  • Cost varies - email for quote
  • Location Studios Building | Ceramics Studio
  • Contact dstevens@okcontemp.org
Ceramic cups

Working on a ceramic project and need access to a kiln? Ceramicists in central Oklahoma are invited to use Studio School’s several electric and two large-scale gas kilns, including a salt and soda kiln custom built by Donovan Palmquist of Master Kiln Builders. Use of Studio School glazes and dry materials is available for an additional expense. For more information and pricing, contact us at dstevens@okcontemp.org.


Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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