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Saturday, October 14| 2:00pm - 4:00 pm

Between Horizons Opening Reception

Join us for the official opening of Between Horizons, our final exhibition of 2024. This exhibit explores the human instinct to travel and pursue new ideas through the artwork of twelve artists who began their ceramic education in Korea before moving to the US for graduate work. Enjoy some sips and snacks and get to hear from the curator and artists themselves how this exhibition came to life.

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Tuesday, Septemeber 19 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Our Community Night

We invite you to the best Back to School night EVER! Please join with other members of The Clay Studio community to hear about upcoming programming, our 50th Anniversary next year, and short presentations from our impressive group of Resident Artists. We will have snacks and sips, with plenty of time to mingle. Mark your calendars today!

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Saturday September 30, 2023 | 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Mudball 2023

Our annual Mudball Fundraiser this September 30th. This is a wonderful opportunity to support The Clay Studio with friends, fine art, raffles, and good food! Tickets are on sale now!

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Thursdays at 1 pm as scheduled

Clay & Conversations

Formerly known as "Lunch & Learn," it's our exciting new series of conversations and get-togethers with ceramic artists, curators, scholars, and friends. Join us in person at our fourth floor Conference Room or dial in on Zoom.

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Ongoing, June-September | 5 - 8 pm

Hands on Clay at 2nd Thursday Gallery Night

Join us for FREE Hands on Clay projects at our new building every 2nd Thursday when galleries along the American Street Arts Corridor are open late from 5-8pm! Add your touches to a group sculpture that will come to life with everyone's additions! Generously sponsored by PNC Arts Alive

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Saturdays | 2 – 4 pm

Community Workshops in Clay

Join us on a Saturday at The Clay Studio and make your own creation in clay — FREE! These fun and relaxing workshops will be guided by experienced ceramic artists, including our Resident Artists. Your creation will be glazed and fired by our studio and ready for pick-up in a few weeks. Pre-registration required. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants to ensure an enjoyable experience. Due to the limited availability, please join us up to once a month. Once signed up, you can arrive anytime between 2 pm to 3 pm.

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Hands On Clay

People of all ages are welcome to use their imaginations as clay and creativity come together in The Clay Studio's Hands on Clay series sponsored by PNC Arts Alive. Free and open to the public, these events encourage all to participate and play with clay!

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Kiln Firing Rentals

The Clay Studio is providing kiln rentals to community members who needs firings at cone 06 bisque and cone 6 glaze firings.

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Past Events

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Friday, Sept 15 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hands on Clay at Pops Park!

Join The Clay Studio at Pops Park for fun clay activities before a viewing of The Lorax! Bring any blankets, chairs, and snacks you may want and have fun with us(and many other Philly organizations!) FREE and all are welcome!

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Thursday, Septmeber 14| 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Hands on Clay at 2nd Thursday Gallery Night!

Stop by The Clay Studio for our final Hands on Clay event of the season! This Thursday we're going all out with wheel-throwing fun you won't want to miss. FREE to the public and open to everyone! Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive

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Sunday, Septemeber 10 | 1 PM - 3 PM

Celebration of Life in honor of Raymond Rorke

Please join us on Sunday, September 10 for a Celebration of Life in honor of our dear friend, Raymond Rorke. An exhibition of his ceramic work will be on view, and there will be time to share your memories. Proceeds from sales of Raymond’s work will fund a scholarship in his honor.

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Sunday, July 16 | 12 -4 pm

Hands On Clay at The Barnes Foundation!

Summer is in full swing--and we're taking it all in at Barnes on the Block! The Clay Studio will offering clay activities as we continue our Hands on Clay series supported by PNC Arts Alive. Join us there!

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Thursday, July 13 | 5 -7:30 pm

Hands on Clay at 2nd Thursday gallery night!

Join us for FREE Hands on Clay projects at our new building every 2nd Thursday when galleries along the American Street Arts Corridor are open late from 5-8pm! Generously sponsored by PNC Arts Alive.

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July 1 | 11 am- 7pm

Hands on Clay at Avenue of the Arts!

Join The Clay Studio at another wonderful Hands on Clay event at Avenue of the Arts Block party! We'll be at the Kimmel Center Campus, join us to work on an AMAZING group sculpt activity!

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Thursday, June 29| 6:30 PM -8 PM

Gone & For Ever Documentary Premiere & Panel Discussion

Join us in person or on zoom for the premiere of the Gone & For Ever documentary and a panel discussion with the creator Alex Stadler, and participants, Abdul-Aliy Muhammed, and others. The film was produced by Stadler and Greenhouse Productions.

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Saturday, June 17| 1 PM- 7 PM

Hands On Clay at Art & Eats Garden Party!

Did someone say art, food, clay, and a beautiful garden venue? You heard that right! The Clay Studio will be at the Art & Eats Garden Party located at the NKCDC garden with our Hands on Clay series supported by PNC Arts Alive. FREE to the public, family and kid-friendly, PAYG food vendors, and more! Bring your creative imagination and get ready to dive into some clay!

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Friday, June 16| 5 PM - 9 PM

Across the Bridge Exhibit and Artist Reception!

Join fellow Clay Studio artists at Rowan University for their exhibit Across the Bridge! This exhibit features artists from The Clay Studio as well as Clay College. Artist reception on June 16 and normal gallery hours Mon-Fri 9am - 9pm!

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Wednesday, June 14| 1 PM- 5 PM

Hands On Clay at McPherson's Summer Kick-off event

Kick off the summer with The Clay Studio at McPherson Square Library for a FREE community summer event! We will be ready with hands-on clay activities that continue our Hands on Clay series supported by PNC Arts Alive.

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Sunday, June 11 | 2 - 4 pm

Dialogues 2: Music From Clay - A Conversation & Performance by Ravi Iyer and Swetha Narasimhan

Fire Museum Presents Dialogues: A Conversation and Performance "a new series in which we invite someone to discuss their creative process and present an aspect or aspects of their work. Today we will be talking with Ravi Iyer to discuss the ghatam, a clay percussion instrument used in Carnatic music and to discuss Carnatic Music. Ravi will be interviewed by Swetha Narasimhan, a Carnatic violin player who also join Ravi in performance."

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Saturday, June 10 | 12 - 5 pm

8th Annual Clay Fest

Celebrate clay and community with a fun day of festivities at The Clay Studio’s new home in South Kensington! Join us for hands-on activities for all ages; there will be wheel throwing, a group sculpture extravaganza, artist demonstrations & so much more! Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive

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Thursday, June 8 | 5-7:30 pm

Hands on Clay at 2nd Thursday Gallery Night!

Join us for this FREE Hands on Clay project at our new building every 2nd Thursday when galleries along the American Street Arts Corridor are open late from 5-8pm! We'll be celebrating Pride month with an identity flag project where participants can choose to make a flag that is associated with any part of themselves! Generously sponsored by PNC Arts Alive

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Thursday, June 8 | 1- 2 pm

Clay and Conversation with Jennifer Martin

Join us for this week's Clay and Conversation with Executive Director Jennifer Martin! She will talk with us about her new body of work and how the new building project aligns with her artistic output. Join in person at our new building in South Kensington or online with the zoom link below!

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Saturday, June 3 | TALK 1 PM- 2 PM | HANDS ON 2-4 PM

Clay and Conversations with Heather Mae Erickson and Travis Rountree

We will discuss Pride Pots, Erickson's experiential, socially engaged project that cultivated over twenty-five cultural events promoting LGBTQ+ visibility in the communities surrounding the University of Western Carolina. The talk will be followed by a hands-on event. RSVP to jzwilling@theclaystudio.org

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Sunday, May 21| 12:30 PM- 5 PM

Hands On Clay at the Children's Festival!

Join The Clay Studio as we continue our Hands on Clay series at the Philadelphia Children's Festival! Use your imagination with our hands-on clay activities and get ready to make some awesome clay creations, all supported by PNC Arts Alive!

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Saturday, May 13|12 PM- 6 PM

Hands On Clay at the Kinetic Sculpture Derby!

Join us at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby! People of all ages are welcome to use their imaginations as clay and creativity come together in The Clay Studio's Hands on Clay series sponsored by PNC Arts Alive. Free and open to the public, stop by and hang with us!

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Sunday, May 7 | 12 - 4 pm

In-House Artist Sale 2023

Join us for an excellent opportunity to see and buy incredible work being made in-house by Associates, Staff, Instructors, and Resident Artists of The Clay Studio. This one-day sale celebrates clay in all its forms, including functional wares, sculptural work, jewelry, planters, games, and lots more. Find something for everyone on your list and budget.

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Saturday, May 6 | 12 - 4 pm

Spring Pottery Sale 2023

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Annual Pottery Sale! Get yourself armloads of ceramic treasures -- artist donations and student work -- at rock bottom prices. You won't believe the enormous selection! Be sure to come early for the best picks. And while you're here, you can tour our galleries and Shop. All proceeds support our Scholarship Fund.

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Sunday, April 23| 9:30 AM-12 PM

Hands on Clay at Toddlerpalooza!

Join The Clay Studio at Toddlerpalooza hosted by the Barnes Foundation! Featuring music, dance, reading, and of course--CLAY, we continue our Hands on Clay series supported by PNC Arts Alive. Come check it out!

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Saturday, March 25 | 12 - 3 pm

PhilaBowl: Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Join us for The Clay Studio’s first annual Empty Bowls, happening on March 25th, 2023! With the purchase of a $25 ticket, guests can pick from over 250 hand made bowls and enjoy a light meal provided by local restaurants and caterers. Proceeds from this event will support Philabundance and The Clay Studio scholarship program.

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Sunday, January 15 | 1 - 3 pm

Claymobile Creations: Opening Reception

The 28th annual Claymobile Creations Exhibition opens January 15, 2023, showcasing student work from The Clay Studio's community engagement program, the Claymobile. Under the guidance of our talented teaching artists, K-12th grade Claymobile students created artwork inspired by the things that bring comfort, beauty, and joy in the winter months.

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Saturday, January 14 | 9:30 - 3:30 pm

Figuring Space Symposium

Please join us as we hear from the twelve artists featured in Figuring Space about what making full scale figurative sculpture means to their art practice. The co-curators Dr. Kelli Morgan and Jennifer Zwilling, will share their ideas about figurative sculpture in this moment of contemporary art with a lens of social activism, as well as across the timeline of American Art History. Leslie Grigsby, Curator of Ceramics and Glass at Winterthur Museum & Gardens will present the museum's recently acquired Anna Pottery Liberty Memorial of 1873.

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Friday, January 13 | 1 - 4 pm

Artist Workshop with Sergei Isupov & Jonathan Christensen Caballero

We are excited to have two talented artists demonstrate and explain their techniques for creating expressive facial features in clay. This is a very special opportunity to learn from highly acclaimed figurative artists. Spend the afternoon with us to hear their tips, get to know them, and enjoy spending time together in community.

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Thursday, January 12 | 5 - 8 pm

Figuring Space: Opening Reception

Join us to celebrate with the artists, who will be attending from all over the country, as we open this ground breaking new exhibition

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