Tours & Demonstrations

Visit us to see what we do!  Northern Clay Center offers tours of its facility to groups of all ages. Tours are free of charge and are a fun way to learn about the wide variety of ceramic art, the techniques and equipment used for making pots and sculpture, and the programs offered by Northern Clay Center.

Tours of the facility include guided walks through the current exhibitions, classrooms, glazing areas, studio spaces, kiln room, and the sales gallery, as well as information on the history and mission of NCC. Your group will see work from various artists and gain an understanding of the process of creating and firing clay objects.

An artist demonstration is also available at a charge of $35 per 25-minute demonstration. The potter’s wheel is the most popular demonstration, but we can also customize a topic to match your group—from simple animal forms to handbuilt boxes.

Tours last approximately 30 – 45 minutes depending on the age and experience level of the group. For school groups K-12, students must be broken into groups of no more than 15 students accompanied by one chaperone. We can accommodate up to three such groups rotating throughout the building, for a total group size of 45 persons. Please download tour scheduling and guidelines for more information. Before your visit, please download Guidelines for Visiting and Directions and Parking

We request three weeks advance notice to schedule tours or demonstrations. Please contact NCC at 612.339.8007 x313 for more information or to schedule a tour or demonstration.

Event Room

We have a versatile event room for small lunch groups or other refreshments, plus a refrigerator and microwave. For more information on hosting a reception or workshop at NCC, please see the Parties and Events page.

Click here for information about Birthday parties, scout groups, and other custom events.
Click here for organizing a workshop or ongoing residency with a school group, at your site or in our teaching studios.