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The Clay Studio



Associate Program

The Clay Studio's Associate Program is a communal studio supported in part by forty individuals on a non-juried basis. By making low cost studio space available to individuals in a major metropolitan city, the program serves an important need within the community. The program promotes the artistic, technical and skill development of these individuals, providing a unique learning community in an urban setting.

The communal nature of the program provides an environment that accommodates artists at many levels of commitment and accomplishment, in which all benefit from a diversity of experience and expertise. Many Associates are serious Clay Studio students who have committed themselves to expanding their skills and developing their own artistic voices, while others are professional artists who hold Bachelor and Master Degrees in Fine Arts and are in need of affordable studio space. The program reflects a vast aesthetic range of artists - potters work side by side with both abstract and representational sculptors.

The program is housed on the entire second floor of The Studio. The monthly rent is currently $195.00 and members of the Associate Program are required to join the membership program at an Individual level ($60 per year) or higher. Associates are required to leave a refundable security deposit of $190. Once accepted into the program, individuals may remain for up to 5 years with the possibility of one 5-year renewal. If you are interested in becoming an associate or have more questions, please contact Vice President Jennifer Martin via email at jennifer@theclaystudio.org or call 215.925.3453.

Learn about our current Associates.


The Clay Studio Intern Program

Become an active member in The Clay Studio’s community by participating in an internship. The Intern Program is geared towards ceramic enthusiast and those interested in the non-profit sector who want to further their experience and be part of a supportive educational community. Interns perform a wide variety of functions throughout the organization and can be required to do physical labor and heavy lifting.

Interns work 5 hours per week, one day a week during the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer term. In exchange for this work, participants will receive a free class, access to open studio hours, and other class benefits such as shelf space, glazes and firings.

It is important to both the educational value of your experience as well as the stability of the program that applicants are prepared for a commitment of one full 12-week term, or 60 hours, to The Clay Studio’s Intern Program.

Internships are available in the following areas: Studio (School and/or Summer Clay Camps), Outreach/Education (Claymobile), Gallery/Shop, and Administration/Development.

To Apply

Application can be downloaded HERE. E-mail application and resume to Jennifer@theclaystudio.org with Intern Application in the subject heading. For more information please contact Vice President, Jennifer Martin at VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Clay Studio offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in the School and Gallery. Volunteer duties include assisting in classes and workshops, performing administrative work, staffing the School Store, helping in the Gallery & Shop, and assisting at Clay Studio special events and First Friday openings. Dates and hours vary. We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in ceramics.

To Apply

Application can be downloaded HERE. E-mail application and resume to volunteer@theclaystudio.org with Volunteer in the subject heading. For more information please contact Jennifer Martin at Jennifer@theclaystudio.org.



Visit the APPLY section of our website for exhibition and residency opportunities.


About The Clay Studio
The Clay Studio is Philadelphia's only nonprofit solely dedicated to the education and promotion of the ceramic arts, and is one of the world's leading institutions in the field. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through its artist residencies, gallery, studio space, and school, 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. The Clay Studio believes in promoting broad access to the ceramic arts, therefore programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.

The Clay Studio is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or belief. Employment decisions are made without consideration of these or any other factors that are prohibited by law.