Hi, I'm Chyako Hashimoto . I am an artist, potter, and teacher, and owner of YUNOMI Pottery Studio. The studio is located in Durango, CO, within the art hub called the Smiley Building. I make my pottery here, and at the same time, offer wheel throwing classes and monthly memberships to my students.
YUNOMI is a small clay community where you can meet and develop friendships with likeminded people while finding and nurturing your artist within.
The classes are intimate, six students at a time. It’s a learning space for those who want to begin throwing on the wheel and for those wishing to improve their skills. The studio offers over twenty beautiful house-made glazes.
"Easily the best thing I've done for myself while living in Durango. Chyako is an amazing teacher and I look forward to her class every week. She makes throwing pottery accessible and fun. I recommend her to everyone!"
"I started taking classes here as soon as I moved to Durango, hoping to meet people and learn a new skill. My hopes were far exceeded, meeting an amazing teacher/person in Chyako and classmates turned friends."
"My husband and I took this class as something new to do together and we BOTH fell in love with pottery and Chyako." - Ashley Stapleford
"One of my favorite people in Durango! Chyako is such a good teacher. Patient and encouraging. And you can't beat the Smiley Building - my favorite place in Durango." -Khris Agnos
"Before I took my first class at YUNOMI, I had never sat in front of a wheel: I had no idea how hooked I would get to the feel of clay in my hands. Now, thanks to Chyako, an inspiring mentor each step of the way, I can't imagine a life without it." - Michelle Herringer
"Through Chyako's classes, I have found a new love for the wheel and the process of throwing. Her patience and teaching have increased my love of pottery as well as my skills. The studio is a lovely place to work and enjoy some "me" time, and the classes are a great place to make new friends with similar interest." -Sarah Roelk
"I began my journey with pottery 10 years ago when I took a class from Chyako at Yunomi Pottery Studio and was immediately hooked. Through Chyako's instruction and thoughtful guidance to embrace the entire process I have found a creative outlet to hopefully last a lifetime. I am now a studio member and continue to learn from Chyako. The process of making pottery is a form of therapy for me - meditative, creative and sometimes frustrating. Along this journey I have made a great friend in Chyako. If you are interested in pottery and throwing on the wheel, Yunomi Pottery Studio is a wonderful way to begin."
"I love going to my weekly ceramics class - watching Chyako's demos, throwing bowls, sharing ideas with my fellow ceramicists!" -Kim Adams