SEATTLE — Saltstone Ceramics in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood is more than just a gallery of beautiful pieces crafted by top-notch artists. It's also a place where beginners like KING 5 Evening's Saint, Kim, Michael and Jim can try their hand at the fine and sometimes fickle process of transforming clay into a durable masterpiece.

Sarah Steininger Leroux, the founder of Saltstone, says the studio doubles as a sort of community center.

"I have a student who calls pottery class the new yoga class," she says. "We are a teaching studio, a membership studio, and a gallery."

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Saltstone offers instruction, from one-time classes to 8-week-long sessions. They also provide youth training, workshops and private lessons.

Their shop features finished works from the professional teaching staff and other artists.