Open Clay Studio


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Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 PM or by appointment Our professional and newly-revamped Open Clay Studio is complete with a full-size kiln, three pottery wheels, and an assortment of tools, and glazes. Open Clay Studio is available to Pump House members. Private lessons are available upon request.

Requirements & Registration

Pump House Membership Information, Renew or Join Online Studio Fees-  Trial: $20 | 1 Month: $25 | 6 Months: $135 | 1 Year: $200 Clay Purchase $20 for 25 lbs Pump House membership and studio fees may be made by phone, 608-785-1434, in person at the Pump House 119 King Street, La Crosse, WI or online. Clay may be purchased at the Pump House front desk. Please note that tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Meet Our Studio Manager

Scott Onsager

The Clay Studio is on pause but exciting things are coming!
Our illustrious clay studio manager, Geoff, recently had to move out of town for his wife's job. (Well, his wife had to move but Geoff thought he should go with her!) We miss him but wish them both every happiness and success in their new home.
Now the Pump House Regional Arts Center welcomes our new pottery studio manager, Scott Onsager. Scott graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing as well as K-12 certification in Arts Education. He has worked in arts organizations for the past twenty years and shown at galleries in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Scott co-founded The Village Artists and Gallery Cooperative in Ashland, NH and was creative director at the YMCA Arts Center in Sunbury, PA. Scott is currently represented by Gallery 218 in Milwaukee where he exhibits ceramic sculptures and block prints.
After relocating last year to be with family, Scott now looks forward to continuing his creative journey at the Pump House. Describing his goals for joining the Pump House, Scott said, “I want to introduce myself to the La Crosse arts community and promote the mission of the Arts Center. As well as maintaining an open studio night, we will run an ongoing schedule of classes in clay hand building and beginner wheel throwing. Thanks to generous donations of essential equipment including most recently a clay extruder, we are a fully functioning ceramics studio. I look forward to developing a supportive and creative artistic community that can share ideas in the pursuit of artistic expression.”
Watch for class announcements and open studio schedules. If interested in participating, please call the Pump House Regional Arts Center at 608-785-1434 or email and we will get you in touch with Scott.

Additional information


Clay Studio Trial, 1 Month, 6 Months, 1 Year, Bag of Clay

Clay Studio Trial

Clay Studio Trial

Clay Studio Classes – Fall Schedule

Kids Classes

$20 members/$30 non-members

Saturday, October 10 & 17, 1-2 PM

Saturday, November 14 & 21, 1-2 PM

Saturday, December 5 & 12, 1-2 PM


Adult Classes

$40 members/ $50 non-members

Tuesday, October 13 & 20, 5:30-7 PM

Tuesday, November 17 & 24, 5:30-7 PM


Family Night

Limit 1 family, no more than 6 individuals – $10/family member

Thursday, October 8, 5:30-6:30 PM

Thursday, November 12, 5:30-6:30 PM


Beginner Wheel Throwing

Limit 2 wheels. Call to make arrangements. $20/session – $30/session if you bring a friend