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 (info@theclaystudio.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

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.

Stay Informed

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.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.

For the latest COVID-19 updates for the City of Philadelphia text COVIDPHL to 888-777


Thank You!

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.