Muddy Waters Studio a pottery and ceramic arts center 925 Iowa Street, Suite J, Lawrence, KS 66044 785-393-7068

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About Muddy Waters Studio

Muddy Waters is a small community studio that has all the things you might need to create your clay masterpieces in a creative and friendly atmosphere. We offer children, teen, and adult classes, individual and group private lessons, as well as a generous open studio rental program. 

Pottery class sizes are small with every student receiving individualized attention. Our instructors build the curriculum around each student's personal interests and goals. Sign up for one of our scheduled classes or if you have 3 or more friends or family who are interested in learning about clay, we offer private group lessons at a discount. 

Open Studio Rental is available for more experienced artists looking for somewhere to work and renters have complete studio access whenever classes are not scheduled.   We have a selection of midfire, durable glazes that will be fired in our electric kiln. 

Muddy Waters Studio can meet your needs whether you like working on the wheel, hand building, tile making, extrusion, altering slabs, sculpting, or any combination of pottery techniques! All skill levels welcome: from beginner to experienced and everywhere in between.  Our relaxed environment is focused on having fun while building your skills. 



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Kara McKamey's Artist Statement

I have always loved clay. Growing up on a South Texas Farm, my siblings and I would dig up clay in the backyard and make “mudpies” . We also loved to go out into the fields and play in the dirt… especially after a good rain. 

I discovered the pottery wheel as an art student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and began teaching it at various community centers both in Chicago, and Vermont. There is a wonderful exchange that flows between student and teacher. I have enjoyed teaching all levels, from age 5 to 85. 

As an artist, I try to bring out the qualities of the clay in every piece I make. I focus on preserving the tactile, soft, and malleable characteristics of the wet clay through the glazing and firing process.  My pieces tend to be functional leaning towards the whimsical. 

I moved to Lawrence with my husband and two girls in 2009 after living in the Northeast for about a decade. The big open sky and farmlands of Kansas feel like home.

  Contact Kara for more information about class schedules, lessons, email updates, and open houses.   Webpage background is from a paper sheet handmade by Kara using pre-ginned cotton fiber grown at McKamey Farms in Gregory, Texas.   Contents of are copyright © Kara McKamey. All Rights reserved.