Education Seminars

Books and classes abound to teach you how to make things out of clay, but what about everything else the books don’t tell you? To answer all those pesky questions, the Archie Bray Foundation Clay Business is presenting a series of educational seminars to teach participants basic technical information about clay, glazes and firing. Designed especially for teachers and home hobbyists who love to work with clay but never received formal training. These seminars will explain all of the details of doing it on your own.

All sessions are approved by the Montana Office of Public Instruction for four credits each of teacher renewal units.

*To register, click on the classes below.

*Registration information below.


Electric Kiln Repairs

Next seminar to be announced. 

This demonstration workshop will cover the basics of electric kiln repair—changing elements, replacing relays and damaged bricks and installing a new thermocouple. This session will also explain general kiln maintenance, repair costs and what repairs can wait and what repairs need immediate attention. 

This is a great class for teachers, anyone with their own kiln or anyone thinking about buying a used kiln.




Registration Information

• Please register by following the links above, calling the Clay Business at 406-442-2521 or by email.

• All informational seminars are 4 hours long and take place on a Saturday from 1–5 p.m. in Helena at the Archie Bray Foundation in the Resident Center conference room, and will be taught by Clay Business Retail Sales Manager Todd Pentico.

• The fee for each seminar is $40 per person.

• The Clay Business will be open before and immediately after each session for participants.

• Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.

• A minimum of 5 people are required for each workshop to run, maximum of 15 people.

• Unless stated otherwise, full refunds less a $15 administrative fee will be made up to one week before the workshop.


About the Instructor

  The voice of the Clay Business, Todd Pentico has been answering all types of questions at the Bray since 2015. There is more than a good chance that if you’ve called the Clay Business then you’ve talked to Todd. He is a working potter and lover of technical ceramic information. Joshua is familiar with clays, glaze materials, electric kilns and studio equipment. He shares information in the manner in which he would like to hear it—straightforward and thorough.

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