It's been four months since artist Matthew Mauger opened shop at Richmond Clay House (740 Clement St.), and the ceramics workshop and classroom is already hosting sold-out classes and almost at its member cap.
With a decade's experience in ceramics and a degree in studio arts, Mauger previously produced commercial ceramics in a small Mission studio in conjunction with Artillery AG gallery, and helped coordinate arts-focused programs with Holistic Underground. He says Clay House is the next step in his professional evolution.
"I wanted to create a fully fledged studio that was community-oriented," he said. "Ceramics was a good way to do that — with ceramics, you kind of have to have a crowd, everyone has to pull together."
Clay House offers memberships for $200 a month, which includes house clay and glazes, shelves, and kiln space. Mauger said there are still some memberships available, but they're approaching their limit.
Classes for any experience level cost $165, and include four 2.5-hour weekly studio sessions. They're currently booked up through May.
The facilities on site include 20 wheels, two kilns, a slab roller: "all the good stuff," Mauger said.
Richmond Clay House is open 1-9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on weekends.