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The Clay Studio

Fired Up at 40: A Celebration

40 Hour Opening

Presented by

You are invited to get dirty with us for 40 hours straight in celebration of The Clay Studio’s four decades as a leader in the field of ceramic arts. 

Friday, May 9 through Saturday, May 10

Join us as we host 40-Hours of non-stop activities including exhibitions, demonstrations, studio tours, food & drink, family friendly activities and more!

All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Kick-Off Event: Raku Pottery Firing  - Free
Friday, May 9, 10 a.m.
Join Clay Studio staff, civic leaders and artists as we celebrate the start of our 40-hour marathon with a live demonstration of Raku firing. For this ancient technique, artists will pull red-hot smoldering pottery from a flaming kiln and transform the pots into finished glazed pieces before your eyes.

Exhibition: Occupation  - Free
Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. – Saturday, May 10, 6 p.m.
Occupation is a collaboration between ceramic artists Ehren Tool and Jesse Albrecht, both of whom are veterans of war. These artists will be on site throughout the anniversary celebration (including overnight), transforming hundreds of pounds of clay into hundreds of ceramic cups. Visitors are invited to interact with the artists, learn about their creative process and leave their own mark on a piece as it evolves. Participants can return after the cups have been fired to collect the cup they helped create.

City-wide event: Guerrilla Mug Assault - Free
Friday, May 9, 8 a.m.-noon
Throughout the city, teams of Clay Studio volunteers will be leading the charge to encourage the use of handmade items. Anyone found drinking from paper to-go cups will be offered an upgrade to a free handmade mug in exchange for providing a few words about the experience of being “mugged.” 

Youth event: Fun and Learning with Clay
Friday, May 9, 10 a.m.-noon
To highlight the work The Clay Studio does in the community, and to emphasize the important role arts education plays in the learning process, The Clay Studio will host students from E.M. Stanton School and Andrew Jackson School. The students will take part in the creative process and experience the act of using their imagination and artistry to create their own works of art with clay.
*not open to the public

Workshop: Team Building and Getting Dirty
Friday, May 9, 3-5 p.m.
The Clay Studio’s Team Building Workshop is taking the staff from Think Brownstone out of the office and away from the daily grind, and putting them into a new environment for some creative play. This hands-on workshop aligns body and mind, promotes new thinking, develops group problem-solving abilities, and is a fun way to energize and revitalize a group.
*not open to the public

Food and Drink: Candy Coated Cocktails - Free
Friday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Join Philadelphia-based artist Candy Coated (formerly Candy DePew) for a cocktail hour filled with imaginative drinks. Candy will also work with visitors to create fun, functional silkscreen works.

Screening: Claymation Viewing Party - Free
Friday, May 9, 9-11 p.m.
To cap off Fired Up at Forty’s first day of activities, The Clay Studio will host a screening to highlight short films that feature the detailed and laborious art of stop-motion animation using clay.

Fitness: Sunrise Yoga - Free
Saturday, May 10, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Get your creative juices flowing and center your mind and body with a sunrise yoga session in The Clay Studio’s beautiful and inspiring exhibition space.

Food and Drink: Coffee Hour and Studio Tour - Free
Saturday, May 10, 9-10 a.m.
Enjoy coffee and breakfast sweets courtesy of High Point Café while enjoying a behind-the-scenes studio tour. See where creativity happens, and it might inspire you to become a part of it.

Youth event: Instrument Making and Jam Sessions  - Free
Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join guest artist Kevin Ramler for family workshops focused on making and playing clay instruments. Using basic hand-building techniques, participants can create flutes, rain sticks, maracas, drums and xylophones. Kids and parents also have the opportunity to play one of hundreds of clay instruments that Ramler has created. This workshop is open to all ages, and the instruments made during the workshop can be picked up two weeks after the event. (While supplies last)

Contest: Wheel Battles - Free
Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Watch as our studio artists go head-to-head in a variety of competitions, from who can throw the largest pot in 7 minutes to who can throw the largest vessel while blindfolded. A few willing participants will have the chance to get their hands dirty and join the competition by teaming up with a Clay Studio artist. New wheel battles will kick off each hour.

Food and Drink: Ice Cream Social and Bowl Decorating - Free
Saturday, May 10, 2-4 p.m.
Create a personalized bowl for your favorite frozen treats. After you decorate your bowl, enjoy an ice cream sundae. Your artwork will be available to pick up two weeks after the event. (While supplies last)

Ticketed Event: Fired Up at Forty: A Celebration – Ticketed event
Saturday, May 10, 6-10 p.m.
To cap off its 40-hour marathon of activities, The Clay Studio will host a fundraising event at American Street Showroom (2201 N. American St.). Celebrate The Clay Studio’s four decades as leaders in the field of ceramics while enjoying artisanal food, drink, dancing and an auction in a uniquely beautiful setting. A portion of your ticket purchase is tax-deductible, and proceeds support the work The Clay Studio does to provide a unique learning environment in which to experience the ceramic arts. Tickets are $250 and can be purchased by clicking here.


Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, The Clay Studio is a nonprofit educational institution, gallery and studio dedicated to teaching, creating, supporting and promoting the ceramic arts. Since 1974, The Clay Studio has hosted and exhibited world-class ceramic artists and brought the joy of clay to thousands of children, students, artists and enthusiasts throughout the Philadelphia region. Both a community center and an arts institution of international stature, The Clay Studio seeks to make art accessible through the tactile medium of clay.




To request photos, interviews and more information, please contact:
Canary Promotion, 215-690-4065 | Carolyn Huckabay, carolyn@canarypromo.com



Special thank you to the following for their support of our Fired Up at Forty Celebration

Presenting Sponsor of 40 Hour Opening
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz

Ron Hays and Nancy Scheller Hays
Therese Obringer
Judy Pote
Jim Fulton and Eric Rymshaw

Current Designs, Inc
Kathie Regan Dalzell
Littler Mendelson PC
Marianne Tebbens

Promotional Partners