The Clay Studio is an internationally recognized non-profit ceramic art organization in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through its artist residencies, gallery, studio space, school, and educational & outreach programs.
The programs of the Clay Studio reflect the dual character of the organization: as a community-centered institution involved with the life of the city and region, and as a national and international focal point for ceramic arts. Because The Clay Studio believes in promoting broad access to the ceramic arts, programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.
Operating as usual
Join us this Saturday, April 23rd to celebrate the opening of Making Place Matter, our inaugural exhibition that will take place at 1425 N American Street. With the support of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Clay Studio will curate three artists and their newest bodies of work for visitors to get inspired by! We've also gathered a Council of 15 new and continuing community members to help design the gallery space, and we can't wait for you to check it out!
To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3LroZaq
"We have spaces to come together. You may be an amateur that’s never touched clay before and you’re interacting with an international artist who is a professional in the field. Everyone is equal.”
A big thank you to Peter Crimmins and WHYY for featuring our new facility! Visit the link below to see how Crimmins graciously narrates his visit to our new building. If you ever want to master the throwing wheel, we're always here for you, Peter!
The Clay Studio opens new building in Kensington, for Kensington The purpose-built ceramics workshop and community space is designed with its neighbors in mind.
April 25th will mark the first day of classes that will take place at 1425 N. American Street!
Join our inclusive and vibrant community where people of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels can learn, connect, and create art side by side. We've got a wide range of classes that cover everything from mold making and wheel throwing to handbuilding and functional ceramics!
To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3rAS3EY
Notice anything over the weekend?
Our big move and inaugural Making Place Matter exhibition were featured in last Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer! If you want to learn more about the inspiration behind our new home and the alluring works of Kukuli Velarde, Molly Hatch, and Ibrahim Said, visit the full article by clicking the link below. Both print and digital versions are available!
Clay Studio leaves Old City after nearly half a century and moves into big new digs in Kensington Three artists will be featured in the inaugural exhibition, each representing a different face of the new community.
We are so excited that our Claymobile finally has a great space in our new building. The new studio was designed particularly to make Claymobile more accessible so that we can serve an even bigger community. Now, Claymobile vans can drive right up to the studio doors to load and unload artwork made by over 4,000 students across Philadelphia.
To learn more about our Claymobile program, visit: https://bit.ly/3xMwZzB
"This is a major event that deserves to be celebrated and a recipe that should be copied all over the world." 🤩
We are absolutely thrilled to be featured in this week's Ceramics Now Magazine! If you want to learn more about our brand new facility, check out the full article!
For the full read, visit: https://bit.ly/3xo9lcm
#31 – The opening of a new ceramics center Ceramics Now Weekly #31 features the opening of a ceramics center, the week's news in the ceramics world, and new featured artists.
“It’s so community-based, especially ceramics because it’s something you almost can’t practice on your own, just because there’s definitely a sense of community to the process.”
Have you seen the recent The Temple News article highlighting our new home? If you want to find out more details on the meaning and importance behind our big move, check out the link below! The article also features insightful quotes from the members of The Clay Studio.
For the full article, visit: https://bit.ly/3EcTyP3
Connecting through clay The Clay Studio celebrated the grand opening of their new location in South Kensington.
Our new home is officially OPEN!✂️
Last week, we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new building by cutting the ribbon. The bright smiles, electrifying atmosphere and vibrant energy we experienced during and after the ceremony made all the hardships of this great project worth it. We would like to give thanks to everyone who came to show support, our wonderful speakers, and most importantly- YOU, the loving members of our community both old and new.
PHL17's Alex Butler visited us at our new home today! Check out their coverage to learn more about our gallery, classes, and our Making Place Matter exhibition. You might even see Alex get hands on with clay to leave her mark on our upcoming community piece- a wall of clay tiles!
For the full segment, visit: https://bit.ly/37fhbu7
Guess who stopped by for a preview! Peter Crimmins was at 1425 N. American Street last week for a quick sneak peek at our new facility. Peter and our Executive Director, Jennifer Martin even created the first-ever ceramics pieces to be made in our new classrooms.
Stay tuned to find out when the segment will air on WHYY
"The multiple layers of the brickwork relate to the process of working in clay; building community is also about the process. We hope to develop layers of support and trust with our new community."
If you're looking for a comprehensive overview of all the resources our new home offers, check out this article by Philadelphia Magazine featuring The Clay Studio, Claymobile and DIGSAU!
To read the full article, visit: https://bit.ly/3E0wp22
A Look Inside The Clay Studio's Massive New Space in South Kensington The new four-story facility expands the organization's studio, classroom and gallery space — and its plans for community outreach.
Welcome to The Clay Studio Community Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Welcome to The Clay Studio’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
The big day is here!
You're invited to the Grand Opening of our new home this Saturday!
Join us on Saturday, April 9th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the Grand Opening of our new 34,000-square-foot home at 1425 North American Street, located in the heart of South Kensington! Visit artists in their studios, see live demos, and get hands-on with clay. The facility is the first-of-its-kind ceramic arts facility built from the ground up in the United States. The Grand Opening event is FREE! Hope to see you Saturday!
To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3j5Vfnp
Join us for Clay, Play, Read @discoveryphila beginning April 13! This fun weekly workshop for children and their caregivers combines clay and new ways of exploring books! This free program is made possible by generous support from The William Penn Foundation. Link in bio for more info!
We've extended the application deadline for our Resident Artist Program at The Clay Studio! Apply before April 15th to become a Resident Artist and explore everything our brand new facility has to offer!
The Clay Studio Resident Artist Program offers individuals the opportunity to further develop their work, to establish professional contacts and standards, and to work within a community of like-minded individuals in an urban environment for up to three years. The program is designed to reflect a range of experiences and diverse aesthetic approaches, cultures and perspectives. One of the longest ceramic residencies in the world, The Clay Studio Resident Artist Program allows artists to become successful members of The Clay Studio community, and the Philadelphia art community, while making national and international connections as well.
To apply, visit: https://bit.ly/3LCveZ4
Residents at The Clay Studio are supported by the Wjndgate Foundation and receive a monthly stipend and free studio space. Most importantly they are part of a strong, vibrant community that values service to others and artistic excellence.
Application Deadline has been extended to April 15th
Click the link in our bio to find the application.
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Our new home will promote greater interaction among artists, teachers, students, and visitors to bring closer what is already a highly passionate, closely-knit community.
Join us for our Grand Opening on April 9th, where George Rodriguez will be creating a tile installation with the community to be installed in our new stairwell! Don't miss this opportunity to leave your mark on the new building! This hands-on clay project is funded by .
To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/3LroZaq
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 9th is our Grand Opening celebration! Join us for the Ribbon Cutting of our new home at 1425 N. American Street, Philadelphia NEXT week.
See you there!
Just imagine! Can you believe we're only two weeks away from cutting the ribbon? Join us on April 9th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the Grand Opening of our new home at 1425 N. American Street, South Kensington! The event is FREE to attend, and guests can visit artists in their studios, see live demos, and get hands-on with clay.
We hope to see you there!
We're incredibly excited for the first Artist Workshop that will be taking place in our new neighborhood! On May 15th, The Embellished Creature with George Rodriguez will explore the rich possibilities of animal personality using clay at our new building.
FROM THE ARTIST:
"Decoration adds a layer of stimulation to an object. It’s intended to give pleasure. The more intently you look, the more rewarding it will be. Community is a strong force that influences my artwork and life. I value the communities that I have formed and am continuing to expand on. My artwork aims to bring people closer and act as markers for people to congregate around. Decoration adds a layer of stimulation to an object. It’s intended to give pleasure. The more intently you look, the more rewarding it will be. "
To sign up, visit: https://bit.ly/3IGZGPU
Calling all young makers! Join the fun this summer in our new building at 1425 N. American Street for weeklong clay camps, for youth entering 1st- 12th grades!
Whether working with sculpture, clay animation, or wheel-thrown pottery, students learn in a supportive and small class setting with plenty of individual instruction and inspiration from our professional teaching artists.
To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/36JbEex
Want to find out more about our new home? The latest Al DÍA News Media article presents a great overview of all the new and exciting things we'll have at our new location. The article is available in both English and Spanish. Excelente!
Read the full article below.
The Clay Studio in Philly to open new, 34,000-square-foot South Kensington location The studio’s new location will open in early April of this year.
Yes, it's actually happening! We're moving out of our Old City home and into our newly-built home in South Kensington!
Join us on April 9 for our GRAND OPENING and RIBBON CUTTING at 1425 N American St, and cheer us on as we begin our next historic chapter! (it's free, 11am - 3pm) (it'll also be livestreamed here on facebook that day)
Kathryn Narrow has been with The Clay Studio since the 1970s! She is the founder of the Claymobile program, she was the Managing Director for 16 years, and she is now a current Associate Artist. We could not be more grateful to have had Kathryn apart of The Clay Studio community, and to join us as we connect with our new community in South Kensington.
Join us for our New Building Grand Opening and Open House on April 9th at 11 a.m.
Check out this article by Elephant Magazine that features Massachusetts-based artist Molly Hatch and The Clay Studio! You can find five of her “plate-scapes” proudly displayed in our Making Place Matter exhibition at our new location.
For the full article, visit: https://bit.ly/37IbXXM
Dine Art: Why are Dinner Plates Suddenly on the Menu for Galleries? From the playful to the poignant, meet the artists serving crockery up as art.
Linea Stack and Linea by Molly Hatch will be part of our inaugural exhibition Making Place Matter.
Repost from @mollyhatchstudio
LINEA STACK, 2022 One of five works for the inaugural exhibition Making Place Matter, marking the grand opening of @theclaystudiophl in its new location. Linea Stack reflects personal and cultural heritage and honors the concept of inheritance. Comprised of 68 hand-cast hexagonal porcelain blocks, Linea Stack is a new approach to deconstruction and cultural fusion of pattern and the collective histories pattern represents.
LINEA, 2022 pictured second
Making Place Matter Co-Curator Elizabeth Essner of @theclaystudiophl says of Linea Stack: “Hatch has continually transformed the plate's intimate scale into the monumental, an active assertion of taking up space, both literally and figuratively. Linea Stack moves this into wholly new sculptural territory, moving off the wall into three-dimensions. This sculptural leap takes up new artistic territory as Hatch merges the snakeskin – and its transformational symbolism – with the ancestral influence of her grandmother’s floral. The allure of golden luster coats the edges of the hexagonal brick assemblage, further asserting its sculptural presence while nodding to the gold-tipped border of a porcelain plate." @theclaystudiophl @toddmerrillstudio Photo @johnpolak @essnerd @jzwilling
Stay tuned for previews of works by Kukuli Velarde @kukuli.velarde and Ibrahim Said @ibrahimsaidceramic for the exhibition.
The Clay Studio inspires curiosity and discovery around the art and craft of clay, drawing together students, artists, and an engaged public into a welcoming community. Every day, in our classrooms, studios, galleries, and neighborhoods, we deepen the connection between people and clay with the highest quality programs and exhibitions. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio continues in the belief that shared creativity, so fundamental to humanity, is a critical force for good.
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