Stone Leaf Pottery offers a wide array of supplies for the ceramics aficionado.
We carry glaze, clay, raw materials, equipment, tools & toys, to equal an extensive option of supplies for your pottery studio. We are your one-stop Denver pottery shop!
We also have classes four days a week, which are student-driven.
This means students may work on the projects that are important to them. In addition to lessons, students are welcome to use the studio during open-hours, free of charge.
Our staff has a wide range of pottery-making techniques in the ceramics field.
We throw on the wheel, hand-building, tile-making, sculpture, glaze and underglazing... basically anything you can dream up.
There is currently a wait list for classes at Stone Leaf Pottery. If you are interested in classes OR if you are a current student and need any information about your lessons or materials fee balance, please email us. studentaccounts(at)stoneleafpottery(dot)com.
Sundays Mornings 10 am to 12:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday Evenings from 6:30 to 9 pm
Wednesday Afternoons from 1 to 3:30 pm
as of January 1, 2014:
expire 3 months from purchase date.
expire 6 months from purchase date.
expire 1 year from purchase date.
A non-refundable Introductory Class
Upcoming Orientation & Introductory Sessions
Cost $30 non refundable.
Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 20 at 10 am and 1 pm
Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, August 17 at 10 am and 1 pm
Information about Stone Leaf's Pottery Classes
Guests of Stone Leaf Students: only current students are able to use the Stone Leaf studio. If SLP students want to have a guest use the studio, a lesson check is always charged off the host student's classes, even if guest is there during open studio. Guests, who only observe, do not use clay, glaze, or work with pots in any way, are welcome during open studio. Assisting with clean up is fine, as it's done appropriately. Students may not bring guests to class.
New students are required to start their class experience at Stone Leaf with an Orientation/Introductory Session.
Please read above upcoming Orientation/Introductory Class times & dates.
During your Orientation/Introductory Sessions a tour of Stone Leaf is provided and students will have the opportunity to work in wet clay.
During this Orientation/Lesson Session NO ITEMS are kept unless lessons are purchased at the close of the Orientation.
Want to split your lesson purchase?
Ask us for details on how to do this.
Students are encouraged to pursue a wide variety of pottery making techniques at Stone Leaf.
We have wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, large work tables, and a HUGE classroom space. Hand build, throw, tiles, functional ware, create what you want. Use our equipment, glaze, rolling pins, bats, and a variety of other items for no additional fee.
Students must provide their own tools
available in our store at a discount. (Tools are provided during Introductory/Orientation Session.)
Students looking to build a specific studio skill set are always welcome.
Let your instructor know what activities you are interested in; we are happy to share info about kilns, firing, pugging, and much more during your class times.
Stone Leaf provides clay, glaze, underglaze, bats, brushes, etc., to our students.
Students are required to purchase their own tools or use tools from a previous clay experience. New students receive a generous coupon for tool purchases in our store and all students get an every-day tool discount; quarterly tool sales are also advertised. We do not provide aprons or throwing towels.
With the purchase of classes
students are welcome to use our studio to work on projects independently each week during our Open Studio hours, noted daily on our calendar. This is typically about 50 hours per week of non-instruction time.
Class fees do not include the cost of firing for items created in class.
A separate materials fee is charged, based on the weight of the item turned in to be fired.
Class purchases at Stone Leaf are NEVER refundable
come check us out before you purchase a class package.
Classes at Stone Leaf Pottery can begin at any time.
We do not have established start dates. Send us an email or give us a call to join an Orientation/Introductory Class Session. The cost for an Orientation/Introductory Class is $30 and is non refundable.
Our introductory class is non-refundable.
It is not transferable to another person or a different day or time other than the one originally agreed to. The price of $30 is due at the time you accept an offered slot in one of our Orientation/Introductory Session. The fee for the Orientation/Introductory Session does not apply to any other costs such as a class package or purchase, store purchases, firing fees, etc.
Our classes are geared towards adults & mature teens.
Students need to be at least 17 years old to enroll in classes at Stone Leaf.
Stone Leaf does not offer studio time to non-students.
Classes have an expiration date which is written on each student's class card.
Class attendance cards are kept in a binder in the studio and are available to students at any time. In addition, each student's expiration date is on the shelf tag which marks the student's storage space. It is the student's responsibility to track expiration dates.
A calendar is printed each month for students providing information about open studio times, special classes, studio specials, etc.
We try to have this calendar available by the first of each month. Students can also subscribe to our Google Calendar to receive a Stone Leaf calendar on their smart phone.
Our studio is clean, safe, and roomy.
Our glazes are all LEAD FREE and we offer a HUGE variety of colors.
In addition to our regular classes, we frequently offer specialty classes that feature a specific technique or glaze project.
In most cases these specialty classes can be "paid" for with an exchange of classes already purchased.
If you are a Denver area resident, and need items fired, Stone Leaf Pottery offers firing services for a fee.
The fee we charge is based on the weight of the item we fire for you. Our minimum firing fee is $6.25 per customer transaction and customers should plan that we will have your items at Stone Leaf for at least one week. Firing services are first come, first fired.
Stone Leaf Pottery is a health conscious studio
we do not fire items that are glazed with products containing lead, barium, or non-encapsulated cadmium. All customers seeking firing services MUST know what clay and glazes were used on the items we are firing for you. If you are not certain if your glaze products meet our health standards, please bring the glaze container with you to Stone Leaf.
Drop Off & Pick Up
You must call ahead to arrange a general time to drop off your items.
Tuesdays before 2 pm and Saturdays are the best times to plan to drop off your items.
We weigh your items when they arrive at our store
make sure they are completely dry before bringing them or you will be charged for water weight.
We will not store your packing materials
take them home with you when you drop your items off to be fired.
When you drop off your items to be fired, bisque or glaze, you must know the Cone or temperature you need your items fired to.
If you do not know the Cone, bring the packaging from the clay or glaze.
When your items are dropped off to be fired, customers may or may not get an estimate of when things will be read to be picked up.
Items are fired first come, first fired.
Bisque Pick Up
Stone Leaf Pottery only fires items to bisque that are 100% dry
this helps reduce cracking. Your ready to be bisqued item will sit on a kiln to dry for at least one bisque cycle (24 hours) prior to firing.
We will bisque fire to about 1950*.
It takes 12 hours to heat the kiln to this temperature and about 24 hours for the kiln to cool off = kiln time alone is 36 hours. From the day the item is dropped off, expect about 7 days before you can pick up your items.
Preparing Your Items for Glaze Firing
We do not fire leaded glazes.
We suggest that all Cone 5 glazed items you leave 1/4 inch margin at the bottom of your pot to prevent glazing problems
i.e. your glaze melting all over the kiln and kiln furniture.
Items glaze fired to Cone 06 can be stilted if they are not too heavy.
To prevent glaze from ruining kiln shelves, we fire each glazed item on a flat clay prop.
This way, if any item is over glazed, it will stick itself to the clay prop. These clay props usually do not come off easily, so be wary of over glazing. If any of your pots do stick, you will have to remove the disc after you take your pots home AND you will be charged for the clay prop.
In the event your items are so over glazed they ruin any kiln furniture
including clay props, stilts, or kiln shelves, you will be responsible for this cost.
Glaze Pick Up
It takes about 55 hours to glaze fire, including cooling time & unloading the kiln load.
We fire earthenware (cone 04/06) items less often.
It is likely those items will take longer to be fired; please plan accordingly.
From the day your item is dropped off, expect 4 to 10 days before it is ready to be picked up.
Plan to pick up your items within 30 days of dropping them off at Stone Leaf.
Bisque Firing to Cone 04
Glaze Firing to Cone 06
Glaze Firing to Cone 05
In addition to the per piece price
a 10 cent per bisque or 25 cent per glaze firing handling fee is charged per item.
Firing services are not refundable.
Start At(per stilt used)$0.25
For all wheel & kiln repair needs, we are proud to refer these services to Mike Christopherson, of Mike's Kiln Repair.
Stone Leaf Pottery offers a wide array of supplies for the ceramics aficionado. We carry glaze, clay, raw materials, equipment, tools & toys, to equal an extensive option of supplies for your pottery studio. We are your one-stop Denver pottery shop!