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July 2108

Taking it to the Streets

The Clay Studio, located in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood since 1974, is currently preparing for a move to nearby Kensington. Together with the organisation’s curator, Jennifer Zwilling, artist Roberto Lugo conceived a disarmingly simple idea: he takes his wheel out into the streets of Kensington where he grew up and starts throwing. It’s an unusual sight, and he reliably gets a crowd of interested local people, some of whom have never seen a potter at work. Zwilling says that for her and her colleagues, ‘the pop-up wheel-throwing events provide a great opportunity to engage our new neighbors and invite them to be partners in our planning process’.

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June 2018

Incidentally Iconic

The exciting, underground adventures of researching, documenting, and cataloguing The Clay Studio's permanent collection of over 750 ceramic objects, by Heath Ballowe.

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February 2017

Jordan McDonald, Resident Artist

Jordan McDonald is a Clay Studio Resident Artist who makes pottery and vessels that utilize a wide array of techniques and materials. We recently asked him questions pertaining to his work and his 5-year residency at The Clay Studio.

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September 2016

Celebrating Philadelphia’s American Craft Fellows

As a part of Craft NOW Philadelphia, a partnership amongst the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio presents "Fellowship in Clay." This exhibition celebrates four of the most influential ceramic artists working in Philadelphia in the last 65 years.

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September 2015

Our President's Picks

For this post, I decided to highlight a variety of artists who are making work that appealed to me. These five are sparking my interest now, but I am sure that the list could easily be ten times longer!

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