How it Works

  1. Fill out our online form to requst Claymobile for a residency (a 90-minute lesson once a week for 6-12 weeks) or a one-day workshop.

  2. Claymobile sends you a teaching artist, an assistant, and all the supplies and materials needed for a ceramics lesson.

  3. Sites will provide a space with tables and chairs for all participants, as well as access to a source of water (a sink in the room is a plus).

  4. The teaching artist leads comprehensive lessons designed specifically the goals of your organization. Participants learn the basics of hand-building with clay, while relaxing and being creative with their peers.

  5. Participants contruct their artowrk onsite, then we transport it back to The Clay Studio for firing in our kilns.

  6. We deliver finished artwork back to your site for participants to enjoy!


Are there any virtual options for Claymobile adult programs?

Our DIY Kits can be used for a virtual program. We're also happy to discuss customized virtual programs using traditional clay or air dry clay. Please contact Community Engagement Manager, Adrienne Justice, at to discuss options.

How much does it cost to bring Claymobile to my organization?

For any site serving a population that is considered to be 75% or more econoically disadvantaged, we are able to offer our subsidized rate for proramming of $200/session for up to 30 participants. This rate applies to each session for a residency, or any of our workshop options. Additioanl participants are $5/participant/session.

If your organization does not qualify for our subsidized rate, the cost is $400/session for up to 30 participants. Additional participants are $10/participant/session.

We are able to provide a limited number of fully subsidized workshops and residencies each year. Please contact our Community Enagement Manager, Adrienne Justice, at if you are unable to pay our susidized rate for programming and would like to be considered for fully subsized programming.

What types of organizations can request Claymobile programs for adults?

We partner with many types of organizations, including:

  • Community centers
  • Neighborhood organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Older adult facilities including adult day programs, nursing homes, and senior living communities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Sites serving adults with intellectual, physical, or behavioral disabilities

*We are also happy to discuss hosting workshops for friend and social groups.

How many people can participate in a Claymobile class?

We try to cap each class at 30 students, though smaller groups work best to encourage social engagement between participants and to provide more one-on-one help from the Claymobile teaching artist and assistants.

If you have a group larger than 30, we can work with you to split the group into multiple sessions and/or can discuss providing additional Claymobile staff to assist. These options will incur additional fees.

How do I request a Claymobile workshop or residency?

You can either fill out our online form or contact our Community Engagement Manager, Adrienne Justice, at

What days/times is the Claymobile available?

The Claymobile program holds classes all year long. Classes can be scheduled 7 days a week, pending availability. Ideally, each session is 90-minutes in length. If 90-minutes is not possible, we can work with you to come up with alternative solutions.

What does the site need to provide to host Claymobile?

We bring everything needed for the ceramics lesson. The site needs to provide:

  • A room with tables and chairs for all participants
  • A source of water

Ideally, the class will be held in a classroom or other isolated space with limited outside distractions. Sinks in the room are ideal, but not required.

Claymobile will bring:

  • A professional teaching artist and teaching assistant
  • All needed supplies and materials for the ceramics lesson
  • Tarps, canvas, and/or paper to cover tables
  • Storage for all supplies (we'll transport materials to and from your location so that you don't have to store any of our supplies on site)
Does Claymobile do any programs similar to make-and-sip events?

We are happy to discuss partnering with your for a fun, creative event. The format would be similar to a one-time workshop or team building workshop. Your group would be responsible for providing any additional snacks and beverages if desired.

The Clay Studio also offers Date Night workshops on Friday evenings at our studio in Old City Philadelphia. Visit our Date Night page to learn more.

Community Engagement Manager