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Are you still making Clay Coyote's line of cooking and baking pottery?
Yes, please take a look at the “Made at the Clay Coyote” section of our Shop. We have a small team of potters that work in our Studio. They’re still making beer can chicken bakers, no knead bread bakers, cassoles, vinegar crocks, French butter dishes, serving trays, small bowls, cups, and our full Chef’s Line of pottery on site. Some glazes have been retired, but many of your favorites are still in action.
What's the difference between using Flameware and Stoneware?
Our Clay Coyote Flameware can be used over direct heat (e.g. a stovetop or grill). We only offer Clay Coyote Flameware in one color Coyote Gray. Our Clay Coyote Stoneware is great for baking. It can get hot, but it doesn’t like to change temperature quickly. So its a good practice to put it in the oven and let it come up to temperature during the preheat. Both Clay Coyote Flameware and Clay Coyote Stoneware are microwave and dishwasher safe. They’re all lead and nickle free. And great alternatives to metal for your kitchen. They say cooking is an art, we make art you can cook with.
What are your hours?
The Clay Coyote is open every day of the week except for a few holidays. Our hours are 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. The holidays we’re closed are New Years Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Do you take special orders?
It depends, if you have something specific that you’re looking for please contact us and we’ll ask the potters if they can do it. They have their own styles and techniques. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I still purchase Clay Coyote Pottery?
Yes, we still make many of the Clay Coyote Chef’s Line of pottery on site. To the tune of about 6,000 pots a year. To see all the Clay Coyote Pots go to the Shop and click “Made at the Clay Coyote.”
What is Coyote After Dark?
Once a month, the Clay Coyote stays open late. We have a free, fun event. There’s normally a theme. We have fun activities throughout the night. You can try throwing a pot for free; meet the artists and ask them about what they are working on; or you can enjoy a complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvres. We hold these events on or around the full moon because the night sky over the prairie is spectacular and the full moon lights up the Clay Coyote.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Youbetcha, we have gift certificates for sale online and in the Gallery and we continue to honor all gift certificates sold since we opened the Gallery in 2002. So look in the back of your wallet or junk drawer, you might find an oldie but goodie gem.
Will my punch card still be honored?
No, we discontinued punch cards as of December 31, 2016.
Do you hold classes?
Yes, we offer private lessons for one person ($100) or for two people ($150). We also have a Clay Camp each summer that is booked in conjunction with the Hutchinson Parks & Recreation Department. Although we are not affiliated with them, there are adult classes around the area to consider (e.g Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Dassel-Cokato Community Education, Fired Up in Golden Valley, Northern Clay in Minneapolis, Caufield Clayworks in St. Paul, and Artistry in Bloomington).
How can I apply to be an Emerging Artists?
We are currently taking applications. If you’d like to apply please contact us.
What does the Studio look like?
In 2016 the Studio underwent a major renovation, and it has been reconfigured to house four to five potters. The 1,500 square foot facility houses separate stations for throwing, glazing, drying, prep work, slab rolling, and more. We currently have three electric kilns (two 10 cu. ft. and one 7 cu. ft.), and a large gas kiln (65 cu ft.). There is also a special glaze mixing and chemical space.
When is the next Minnesota Pottery Festival?
The 7th annual Minnesota Pottery Festival will take place July 28-29, 2018. For more on the Festival visit the website www.mnpotteryfestival.com
What will Tom and Betsy do in retirement?
Betsy stayed on as Gallery Manager. Betsy and Morgan have been buying the Gallery’s art for the last 15 years and are excited to be working together and living in the same zip code. Tom’s plans are evolving, but he will continue supporting the Hutchinson Center for the Arts and he continues to work with key community leaders to establish an arts industry in Hutch. Tom hopes to return to working with clay, he may join one of the Twin Cities’ Art Centers.