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Ruby's Clay Studio & Gallery

552A Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Located Between 18th and 19th in the Heart of the Castro


Manager’s Phone: 415-558-9819



Manager's Hours:

Mon., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 9 am to 1 pm

Mon., Wed. Evenings 5:30 - 9:00 pm

Tues. & Sat. 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


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552 Noe Street
Dolores Heights, CA, 94114
United States


Ruby's Clay Studio is a non-profit arts center whose objectives are to promote community appreciation of the ceramic arts and to encourage self-expression and technical and artistic development through exhibitions, classes and the resources provided by a shared learning facility.




Class Fees & Benefits

Morning classes (Tues. & Sat.)   $357

Evening classes (Tues. & Thurs.)  $367.50

Class Fee covers instruction in 8, two-hour classes, one 25 lb. bag of clay, use of over twenty high fire glazes, and firing of 1400 cubic inches of work. Please plan to attend the first class for your orientation and supplies. Please also plan to attend the last class to retrieve tools and to glaze work. 

Classes are limited to ten students. Students may use the studio any time except during another class and during studio meetings (see Community Bulletin) . Firing is limited to 1400 cubic inches of work. Tools are not provided but Ruby's sells these materials at a deep discount.

Classes in Clay

Run in 8-week sessions and are open to students with ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE unless otherwise noted in the class description. While focus is on the beginner, individual instruction and demonstrations are provided for the more advanced student.

The next class registration for the June – August Class Sessions will be Monday, June 3rd, at 7:00 PM.

Note: NEW Class Registration System. You will only be able to sign up for one class at a time. Please only sign up for a class you can attend.

Schedule of May–June 2019 Class Sessions:

FULL – Tuesday Morning, 10:30 to 12:30
Hand Building & Wheel Throwing with Judy Waitz   4/30 – 6/18

FULL – Tuesday Evening, 7:00 to 9:00
Wheel Throwing with Shelley Simon     4/30 – 6/18

FULL – Thursday Evening, 7:00 to 9:00
Hand Building with Scott Jennings      4/25 – 6/13

FULL – Saturday Morning, 10:30 to 12:30
Hand Building & Wheel Throwing with Barb Vanderbeck 4/27 – 6/15

Refund Policy

Class payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Circumstances that may allow for refunds are:

1. A physician's note stating a condition that prevents the student from working in clay or at the studio.

2. Instances of extreme, unexpected hardship. This may include the death or serious illness of someone close. Exceptions are granted at the discretion of the manager. Changes in a student's priorities, job or vacation plans do not constitute the means for a refund. Having stated this, studio managers will attempt to assist students by granting partial refunds if a replacement student can be found for the class. When replacements are found (which must be before the third class), students are granted a refund equal to the pro-rated amount paid by the new student, less a $50 fee for accounting.

Registration & General Information

Please read this! it may affect whether you get into the class of your choice.

1. Ruby’s doesn't accept early registrations.

2. All registrations for the session will begin online. We encourage you to make arrangements to register on-line when registration opens.

3. Please be aware that your choices on the registration form are binding and you will be charged for any class (including alternate choices that you make). Do not register for a class you are unlikely to take. If you must drop a class you have registered for, please notify management as soon as possible. Review our refund policy at the bottom of the page for dropping a class.

The next class registration will be Monday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM.


Class Aide Applications: Class Aides are volunteers who work with our teachers during class. In return, Class Aides do not register for class, receive a space to store tools, can have work fired in class and community kilns and may use the studio any time a member with a key is present (except during classes or studio meetings). We request that our Class Aides have extensive knowledge of Ruby’s rules and our class procedures. For that reason, we request that applicants have attended at least three classes in the last 12 months and understand how our studio works. Artists who have used our Drop-In program, locker holders and space holders may also apply. Please email management if you are interested in being a Class Aide.