Tile-Making One-Day Experience at Cosanti


In this hands-on class, you will learn the exceptional tile making and design process developed by The Cosanti Foundation and used every day by the artisans of Cosanti Originals to make our popular ceramic tiles. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to mold and imprint your own one-of-a-kind ceramic tile. This process involves using clay and water to create your tile, so come prepared to get your hands dirty.


10am: Introductory Tour

Join us as we show you Cosanti, a laboratory of experimentation in architecture and hand-made artcraft. We will show you the different structures and practices that Cosanti possesses, all while describing the history and theory behind this novel institution.

11am Forming Tiles
We will begin with the process of forming a clay slab using canvas and a roller, and then move on to sizing the slab where we will measure and cut the clay into tile pieces

12pm: Imprinting Tiles

The centerpiece of the day, our instructors will show you the main tools and techniques we use to imprint a design into the clay tile. We will further elaborate the style of our artwork, both within the Cosanti family of design as well as individual inspiration.

1pm: Group Photo and Salutation

In conclusion, all participants will be able to share this process together and see each other’s work before finishing. We will  take individual photos of each person with their tile as well as a group photo. After the class is finished, the clay tiles will be fired, lightly glazed, and then shipped to each person.

C.J. Milewski is a ceramicist at Cosanti in Paradise Valley. For nearly the last two years, she has been learning and developing her own style within our tile-making tradition. She has a background originally in education which she brings to workshops by integrating her art with education at Cosanti. She appreciates having a job that allows her to teach while also enhancing the inner artisan she aspires to be.


Please note that this class is only available at our Phoenix-area location, Cosanti in Paradise Valley, not at Arcosanti in Mayer.

Also, please include your shipping information at checkout, so we can ship your finished tile to you. Shipping is a flat fee of $20.00. If you live in the Phoenix area, pick up is available.


If a class lists “out of stock” when trying to purchase, then the class is full.
Please check back regularly for openings from cancellations and new dates.

Fall 2024 Dates

  • Saturday, September 28th
  • Saturday, October 19th
  • Saturday, November 16th
  • Saturday, December 14th

If you have any question or to request more information please email workshop@arcosanti.org

Our Other Programs:

Workshops: In the event that a participant must cancel registration, the workshop fee will be refunded IN FULL up until 2 weeks before the first date of scheduled workshop date(s). Refunds requested less than 2 weeks before the first date of the scheduled workshop will be refunded at 50% or, applied IN FULL to a future workshop held during the same calendar year. Refunds requested on or after the first date of the scheduled workshop are not eligible for a refund.

Public Programs and Performances: Ticket-holders may request a refund up until 1 week before the scheduled performance or program date; EventBrite, our ticketing platform, reserves the right to charge a nominal fee for issuing a refund. Refunds requested less than one week of the scheduled performance or after a performance or program has taken place are not eligible for a refund.

Special Circumstance Cancellations: For single-day workshops and public programs that The Cosanti Foundation is forced to cancel due to low enrollment or ticket sales, extraordinary or unforeseen circumstances, or acts of god, registrants and ticket-holders will be notified via email and receive a refund IN FULL.

Private Events: Refunds for the cancellation of private events are subject to the terms and conditions stated in the individual contractual agreements between the event organizer and The Cosanti Foundation.

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