Pottery Studio

The YMCA at Virginia Tech is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. We are excited to announce that our studioe will resume classes after spring break. Please watch this space for updates and notice of class registration.




The Y opened the Corning Inc. Foundation Pottery Studio and Jean Cairns’ Arts and Crafts Studio on January 17, 2011.  The two rooms, located within the Y Center, provide community members an opportunity to express ideas, to communicate beyond the limits of language and to discover creative talents.

Pottery Studio Shop

PLEASE NOTE: Membership to the pottery studio requires taking a 5 week pottery class before signing up for a membership, regardless of prior clay experience.

Pottery Studio Clay

Pottery Studio Membership

Y Pottery Studio Passes

Membership to the pottery studio requires taking a 5 week pottery class before signing up for a membership, regardless of prior clay experience. Beginning February 1,  monthly membership will be $55/month. Only a few memberships are available at any one time, and usually there is a wait-list to gain access to a membership, so a class is the best way to gain immediate access to the studio. We fire to cone 6 and requires that your clay be purchased from the studio (no outside clay allowed). Clay can be purchased new in a 25lb. bag. With membership, you will get your own 2' x 2' shelf, and gain access to wheels, hand building tables, shared tools, glazes and more. Studio passes offer an affordable alternative to the set up and maintenance costs of individual studio space and provide a community of artists for learning, inspiration and companionship.  Studio membership dues can be deducted by automatic payment or can be paid yearly.  Please contact pottery@vtymca.org for more details and/or to be added to the waiting list.

Studio Hours and Location

The studio is open from 9am to 7pm (same hours as the Thrift Shop) Monday-Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm, except for times when there is a class in session.  Please check the calendar next to the studio door for weekly information about open studio hours, or give us a call at 540-961-9622.  Please use the front doors of the building to enter and exit the studio and leave the studio before the building is locked and the alarm set.

Pottery classes will be held at the Y Center (1000 N Main St, Blacksburg VA)

Pottery Studio Calendar

Meet the Instructors

Stephanie Duston

Stephanie has a BS in Environmental Science and is a current graduate student at Virginia Tech studying soil chemistry. She first started taking ceramic classes in 2012 and has been pursuing ceramics as her major hobby since 2015. Stephanie is part of of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and does most of her work as a member of the  MCA studio. She uses wheel throwing and hand building methods to make functional pottery with textural clay and glaze designs. Her work is available online and can be found at local and regional craft shows.