Our Plan of Action: updates
- MARCH 24 | Our Spring Term is not canceled. We are going to postpone the term by three weeks. The new dates for Spring Term are April 22 - June 30th.
• Spring term was set to begin April 1st but will now begin April 22nd and will remain a 10 week term with the last day being June 30th.
• This decision was not made lightly and we understand the impact this will have on everyone in our community. We are committed to the health and safety of our students, instructors and greater community. We need to do our part in "flattening the curve."
• Additional adjustments may be needed in the future, but we remain optimistic and hope to be back in the studios with you all on April 22nd.
• If you are currently registered for the Spring Term, it is not necessary for you to contact us at this time unless you need to fully cancel your registration and make a donation or receive a credit for a future class.
- MARCH 23 | The Clay Studio National, our biannual juried exhibition showcasing the breadth of U.S. ceramics today, is currently on schedule to open June 20. Artists should apply by May 25.
- MARCH 20 | The Clay Studio's annual signature fundraising event, Mud Ball, has been rescheduled to September 11. In the meantime, it is urgent that you Raise Your Virtual Paddle now, to meet a $20,000 matching challenge to help raise critical funds for a new Claymobile! Please be assured that we will honor all tickets and sponsorships that have already been made at the September 11th event. See you in September!
- MARCH 19 | In accordance with orders from Governor Wolf, The Clay Studio is now completely closed to the public. This includes EVERYONE: Staff, Residents, Associates, Work Exchange, Interns, Students, and public visitors. We recognize and acknowledge the inconvenience these changes may cause. However, these decisions have been made out of urgent concern for the health and well-being of our greater community.
- MARCH 16 | In accordance with orders from Mayor Kenney, The Clay Studio is closing March 16th until further notice. In order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Coronoa virus, City of Philadelphia officials announced new restrictions on commercial activity, and a halt to all non-essential commercial business activities beginning Monday, March 16, at 5pm. A precise end date has not been determined. In response, entire Clay Studio staff is now working remotely. For the time being, all spring programs beginning April 1 will run as scheduled, though we are watching evolving conditions closely and will keep you posted if this changes. As a small nonprofit, we have asked everyone to be flexible and assist us as we continue to support our clay community of artists, teachers, students, and schoolchildren. In the event of class cancellations or student withdrawals, all students will be eligible for a credit for a future class.
- Our primary modes of communication for updates are via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and our website. You may also want to subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter here to to have all the latest news delivered to your inbox.
Resources for our Clay Community
- Our Clay Studio staff, teachers, and artists are hosting a brand new series of virtual clay tutorials, studio tours, and conversations called Clay at Home!
• Each Friday at 2 pm, tune into a live-streamed Clay at Home LIVE! on our YouTube channel, where you can participate in a real-time conversation with Shannon Jones and fellow Clay Studio fans and friends. You can type in questions, make comments, or just sit back and watch the fun!
MARCH 27 | Clay at Home LIVE!
• We're also hosting a series of how-to clay tutorials by our artists and instructors on YouTube. Here's a list so far — look for more videos each week!
MARCH 20 | Coasters with Carin, our Education Manager
MARCH 23 | Tools with Corrine, our Studio Tech
MARCH 25 | Slab Mugs with Drew, our Community Engagement Teaching Artist
MARCH 27 | Pinch Pots with Megan, our Community Engagement Manager
• We are starting a new Clay at Home Youth series, Check out our Youtube page for new videos each Friday at 4pm!
- Explore The Clay Studio's permanent collection, a rich digital historical record of the many artists whose careers have been fostered at The Clay Studio. Read more about this project here.
- The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has a list of employment, funding, and other resources for artists to help them through the COVID-19 health crisis.
- There's a list of important artist resources and sign-up form for updates at Blink Art
- Ceramic Arts Network CLAYflicks has great free video clips
- Greenwich House Pottery, NY, has a list of many online educational resources
- The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, is doing live instagram videos of their current exhibitions
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, has an online 360 tour.
- The New York Times: 10 Binge-Worthy Art Podcasts in the Age of Coronavirus
- Studio Potter - Ideas For Educators: Using the Studio Potter's online Archive
- Art Net's 9 Dazzling Virtual Art Experiences you can have from your our home
- Craft in America offers their full episodes online. The episode on Service features Ehren Tool, William Daley and The Clay Studio!
- Ben Carter's Podcast - Tales of a Red Clay Rambler shares interviews with artists and creatives from around the world!
Ways You Can Support our Clay Community
- During this uncertain time, The Clay Studio remains absolutely committed to supporting those who may be most vulnerable due to recent events — our community of artists, teachers, students, and schoolchildren. We are here, as always, because: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Gift certificates are a wonderful way to support artists and The Clay Studio's operations — and we're so glad to see the responses so far! Remember, 50% of any purchase in our Shop or Gallery directly supports artists, and 50% supports the operations of The Clay Studio. The good news? We're offering free shipping on any items purchased until we reopen! (Pass it along!)
- Raise Your Virtual Paddle now, to meet a $20,000 matching challenge to help raise critical funds for a new Claymobile! Claymobile provides 4,500 underserved children and adults with year-round hands-on arts programming in their schools, community centers, and social service agencies.
Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date and informed.
The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.
For the latest COVID-19 updates for the City of Philadelphia text COVIDPHL to 888-777
On behalf of the entire Clay Studio Team, we appreciate everyone being flexible and continuing to work together with us and we thank you for choosing our nonprofit arts organization to support.