The ESSA Campus will be closed until further notice.  We hope to resume open studios in 2021.


Iron Studio ~ Open Studio
Open Studio time is for former students of ESSA that have previously taken a class at ESSA and trained on that equipment (i.e. blacksmithing or welding).

Open Iron Studios cost is $35.00 and there must be a minimum of four paid registrations in order for class to make. Registration MUST be prepaid in order to hold a seat.  If the minimum number of students are not reached two weeks prior to the Open Studio date, the class will be cancelled and all registered students will be notified via email.

If you would like to register, please call ESSA at (479) 253-5384.  See below for refund information.

April 20, 2019, 9 am-4 pm
May 18, 2019, 9 am-4 pm
June 15, 2019, 9 am-4 pm
October 5, 2019, 9 am-4 pm
November 16, 2019, 9 am-4 pm

Participants are encouraged to bring all materials (such as steel or ferrous scrap), safety equipment (such as safety glasses and gloves) and consumable supplies (such as grinding belts).  ESSA provides all equipment and tools, and some consumables (such as propane and welding wire).  There MAY be some materials and consumables available for purchase at ESSA.  Materials purchased from ESSA may only be used at ESSA, and on the day of the open studio.

Refunds can only be given up to two weeks prior to Open Studio date.  If cancelling within two weeks of the open student, participants will not receive a refund and cannot move the funds to another open studio date.

We are starting up our Open Clay Studio!
Dates are as follows:
June 1, 15, 29
July 6
August 3, 17, 31

We have a couple of changes to our registration process:

Students must call the Monday before the Open Studio to schedule and pay for the session(s). For example, May 27th would be the deadline for the June 1st session. Please call the office to register 479-253-5384.

The cost is $25.00 for 2 sessions. Each session runs from 1:00 – 4:00pm. This fee also covers any firing you need done.

We need at least 2 students per session and no more than 6.

ESSA will send out reminder emails so please let us know if you wish to unsubscribe at any time.

We will have cone 6 buff clay available for you to purchase @ $11.00 for one 25 lb bag of clay. Please let ESSA know if you will be needing any so we can keep us stocked up. We will also have small containers of glaze available for you to purchase. You can pay Donna at the studio, cash or check.