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 Clay Studio programs reflect the organization's dual character: 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.