“Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay.”
— Job 33:6

Our fully equipped hand-building studio has provided adult pottery classes and specialized workshops for the Tucson community since 1999.  In our dedicated pottery studio, students engage in highly individualized, self-paced projects in an environment free of judgment and competition. We emphasize mindfulness towards the pottery “process” and one another. This is a dynamic and enthusiastic studio full of fun, peace, mutual caring, and universal human spiritual values. It's pottery-making with a difference.

We teach hand-building techniques in an environment free of judgment, expectation, or pressure. You are always welcome to make what you want and we’ll show you how! Our classes are self-paced. There is a “Candle Circle” during each class that encourages mindfulness, relaxation, and creativity. Each person lights a candle silently for a loved one or a personal intention. The Circle sets a “tone” that makes these classes special and meaningful.


2017 Class Schedule

Tuesdays         1:00 to 4:00

Tuesdays         5:30 to 8:30 

Wednesdays    10:00 to 1:00

Wednesdays    5:30 to 8:30

Thursdays        10:00 to 1:00

Fridays            9:00 to 12:00

Learn more about classes and enrollment.

Tuition:

Your tuition includes clay, use of our tools and state of the art equipment, instruction, firing, and clear glaze. You will purchase your own colored (inexpensive) glazes.

Who can enroll:

Adults 17 years and older. We welcome beginner and advanced clay workers!

If you miss a class:

You can “make it up” by attending any other class during the same session.  (We can’t “roll over” missed classes.)


Instructors

Tim Ballingham, M.F.A.

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Tim has been a professional clay artist for over 30 years.  He has a Master's degree in ceramic sculpture and glaze calculation. Among his many achievements is a piece in the permanent collections of both the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company in Columbus, Ohio.  His work has appeared in Ceramics Monthly,  The Complete Catalog of Contemporary Crafts of the Americas, Atlantic Monthly, and the Goodfellow Catalog of Wonderful Things.

Tim is an art educator and has developed highly technical and innovative methods of working in clay. He is a ceramic consultant and has taught at Utah State University, Kansas State University, and Pima Community College in Tucson. He also makes incredible drums!

Pam Ballingham, M.C.

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Pam has a BFA in Fine Arts and Education, and a Master’s in counseling. She has worked in clay for over 30 years and started the pottery program at Saint Philip's in 1999. Pam is also a poet, singer, and songwriter and is known for her widely acclaimed, award-winning recordings, "Earth Mother Lullabies from Around the World."

Her ceramics have appeared in The Goodfellow Catalog of Wonderful Things and the coffee table edition of Beautiful Things.  Her large wall piece, “Four Seasons,” is part of the permanent collection of the McGraw Hill Publishing Company. In December of 2009, Pam published her first book of poetry, Leaves and Feathers.

She is also a student of Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Contact Pam and Tim


Studio Location

  • Access the church campus by taking the second entrance on Campbell Ave. just north of River Road.
  • Drive north through the large parking lot, then east, then south. (You’ll see the arrows on the blacktop). You’ll end up on the east side of the Douglas Children’s Center/Bloom Music Center complex, and you’ll see the huge solar panels in the parking lot.
  • Park on this southeast side of the building. The solar panels will give you nice shade in hot months.
  • Walk through the stucco archway with the ornate iron gate.
  • Take your first right through a second iron gate.
  • The pottery studio is the first room on your right.