Lessons for Locals

Lessons for Locals:

$60 for a two hour lesson for one person.

$100 for two people.

We can customize your experience based on what you would like to accomplish.  Hand-building and wheel-throwing are available.  Any level of experience from beginner to advanced.  One usually ends up making 2-3 pieces in this time period.  You give me your glaze options and I will glaze and fire your work that you can later pick up or I can deliver to your home or work place.  Feel free to come back for another lesson anytime.

I prefer to work with older children and adults.  However, my only rule in order to work on the wheel is you must be at least 5 feet tall and twelve years old.  I have much experience teaching pottery.  I have taught large groups in Bozeman as well as one-on-one lessons here at the Ranch since 2001.

I also offer pottery decorating where you can decorate an already made piece for $35.  This is not a lesson and usually takes an hour.  These make nice gifts for Mother’s or Father’s day.  Children under 10 usually need assistance.  I can accommodate groups of 10-15, and we can turn it into a cocktail party because we do have a liquor liscense!  Plan in advance as it takes 4-6 weeks to fire the piece.

If you are interested, please leave me a message via email licia.gcr@gmail.com or text 579-1716.


Some Favorite Quotes

“Work is love made visible.” ~ Kahlil Gilbran

“Freedom Lies in Being Bold.”  ~ Robert Frost

“Adversity is the first path to truth.”  ~ Lord Byron

“The journey is the thing.”  ~ Homer

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”  ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I’ll start with small things.”  ~ Vincent Van Gogh

“My beauty comes from having my own style, living my own way and knowing my own mind…”  ~ Lee Dansky

“We read to know that we are not alone.”  ~ CS Lewis

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone.  You need to  know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.”  ~ Oscar Wilde

“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?  Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits.”  ~ Carl Jung

“You belong somewhere you feel free.”  ~ Tom Petty

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.”  ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.”  ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”  ~ Abraham Lincoln

“Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.”  ~ Maya Angelou

“All good things are wild and free.”  ~ Thoreau

“Don’t hate what you don’t understand.”  ~ John Lennon

“Creativity takes courage.”  ~ Henri Matisse

“The trouble is you think you have time.”  ~ Buddha

“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.”  ~ Margaret Peters

“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”  ~ Anais Nin


Some Important Thoughts

* Creating pottery is a slow and careful process.  It cannot be hurried.  After the actual designing and creating process, each piece goes through a thorough and accurate drying, firing, cooling, glazing and finally a 2nd and sometimes even 3rd firings.

* A piece made by hand holds the energy of its maker rather than those of the machine.  Surround yourself with things made by real people bringing a piece of each artisan into your space.  Treat yourself or a friend to pottery that feels solid and has unique form, textures and colors.  Or a fiber that is natural, creamy soft and warm.  Begin your day with these pieces in your hand or by your side and your ability to find beauty in the rest of the day will strengthen.

Pottery Lessons for Guests at Grey Cliffs Ranch


All Lodge guests are welcome to stop by the pottery studio anytime.  Everyone is welcome to visit and watch Licia work during her work hours.   Licia’s work is for sale in the studio.  Please contact Grey Cliffs Ranch at 406-285-6512 to make reservations for lessons.   All pottery payments must be made to Licia Lucas-Pfadt, not GCR.  The following are options for private lessons:


                                                                       LESSON OPTIONS


1. Decorating pottery.

 $50 per piece.  Choose from already made mugs, bowls or plates. Drawing, painting and other methods can be used.  Price includes instructions, materials, the glazing and firing of your piece, and shipping of your piece to your home.  (International shipping is an additional cost).  I have a pinterest board called
“decorating ideas for student”
with lots of ideas for decorating your pottery. 

Also, you can find previous students work on my facebook page.

 Time required: 1-2 hours. 

Number of people: 1-10.

 Ages: 5 and up (small children will need the assistance of a guardian)

Hand and foot prints can be done for babies and toddlers.


2. Hand-building.

$100 per person.  Hand-building includes pinch pots and slab work.  Price includes instructions, materials, the glazing and firing of your work, and shipping of your piece to your home.  (International shipping is an additional cost). 

Time required: 1-2 hours.

Number of people: 1-4

Ages: 5 and up (small children will need the assistance of a guardian)


                                                                       3. Wheel Throwing.

$100 per person.  Wheel throwing includes the basics of learning to throw on the potter’s wheel.   Typically for a beginner, one will make 2-3 pieces.  Price includes instructions, materials, the glazing and firing of your work, and shipping of your pieces to your home.  (International shipping is an additional cost).  Homework prior to lessons: watch some of the short videos found on my pinterest board called “pottery class.”  http://pinterest.com/licialucaspfadt/pottery-class/

Time required: 2-3 hours

Number of People: 1-2

Ages: 12 and up (must be at least 5 feet tall)

Anaerobic Fermenting Crock Review

“I love my 12 cup ceramic fermenting crock.  I love the simplicity and elegance of the design, complete with attention to details that creates a gorgeous, functional fermenting vessel.  The crock is made with a glaze that is food safe, even for the high acidity of fermented foods. I love the wide mouth;  the slight flange that allows me to cover the vessel with a cheesecloth/rubber band system and the built in groove that I can fill with water to prevent unwanted contamination.  I’m thrilled to have a ceramic weight for submerging the ferments and I love that the lid can be used as a bowl. I am delighted with Licia’s design and imagine that this piece of crockery will be one of my most used and beloved kitchen items”  Kathleen Rauch, Fermenter/Teacher Bozeman, MT

Kathleen has introduced me to bokashi, an anaerobic (with out air) food waste composting system.  The crocks are so versatile, I think I’ll be using mine for bokashi as well as making saurekraut and kambucha.

Special order your crock by emailing me at licia.gcr@gmail.com.  $95 plus shipping (Montana orders will receive a discounted shipping).  I also make jar weights for those who ferment in small batches.  You can find them here.

fermenting crock aqua