Past Events

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Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 9am - 6pm

Making Place Matter Symposium

Join us for a day of discussion by artists, curators, and scholars from other fields discussing what makes place matter.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 5-7pm

Small Favors & Stargazing: Joshua Hebbert Preview Party

Join us to celebrate Resident Artist Joshua Hebbert's solo exhibition Stargazing, and get first pick of this year's special Anniversary edition of Small Favors.

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Thursday, March 12 | 6-7:30 pm

Stargazing Artist Talk

Resident Artist Joshua Hebbert will discuss his artistic career, his inspiration, and his process.

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Tuesday, April 21 | 6-7:30pm


HOW CAN WE HELP YOU? will provide an opportunity for PVLA to introduce itself to Philadelphia’s arts community and also to get a better understanding of what legal services and other offerings would be most valuable to artists in navigating the business side of being an artist in Philadelphia.

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February 22, 2020 1-3pm

Moroccan Ceramics Book Talk

The first full-length publication to provide a comprehensive overview of Moroccan ceramics, The Earth has Three Colors, traces its history from the rural domestic pottery of the indigenous peoples that inhabit the Rif Mountains, through 20th century Modernism, to the contemporary art of Marrakech. The book has three sections that center on the three different clay colors used in Morocco: indigenous red, traditional gray, and industrial white. This hardbound edition, with ten chapters, written in English with a French translation, is published for historians, collectors, ceramists and travelers, and is an important survey to bring the fascinating and previously unknown history of Moroccan ceramics into the international spotlight for the first time.

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Saturday, January 11 | 5pm - 8pm

Collective Voices & Our Community Reception

Join us to celebrate two exhibitions that showcase the incredible creative talents of artists engaged with The Clay Studio in a variety of capacities: employees, faculty, Resident Artists, Associate Artists, Work Exchange Artists, Students, and all Members. The variety of artwork on display will delight and amaze you as you share in the abundant potluck feast provided by the exhibiting artists and The Clay Studio.

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Sunday, January 12 | 1pm - 3pm

Claymobile Creations Reception

The 26th annual Claymobile Creations Exhibition showcases student work from The Clay Studio's community engagement program, the Claymobile Each year Claymobile students create imaginative wonders under the guidance of our talented teaching artists. The students' artwork for this years exhibition are inspired by Philadelphia art and artists.

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Thursday, December 12 | 6 - 7:30 pm

Stephanie Kantor: Rosewater

As the 2018 Zeldin Fellow, Stephanie Kantor was able to devote her focus to creating a new body of work last year. This exhibition showcases the work in its own warm, pink world. Kantor says, "These ocean-inspired objects, mundane in all obvious respects, can develop a gravity of their own in the hands of a perceptive traveller, and it is this sort of sensitivity to the ‘ordinary’ that my current body of work explores. With a playful and humorous approach, I make sculptures and paintings that explore the desire to be surrounded by water and emphasize the mundane objects that embody that experience."

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Tuesday, October 29th | 6:30-8:00 pm

Meet the Residents

Join us to meet and get to know the work of our ten current Resident Artists. Each will give a five minute overview of their work, history and inspirations. Stephanie Kantor, Alex Ferrante, Peter Beard, Yehrim Lee, Amy Shindo, Jacob Raeder, Joshua Hebbert, Nathan Willever, Andrea Marquis, and Nick Lenker will be there to chat with at the reception before and after the talks.

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Friday, October 11 | 6 - 9pm

From Storage to Studio Book Launch & American Craft Council Conference Reception

We are proud to be a lead sponsor of the American Craft Council Conference: Present Tense in Philadelphia this October. Join us to celebrate the publication of the accompanying exhibition catalogue, From Storage to Studio, published by Schiffer Books. A concurrent reception will be held at the Center for Art in Wood in conjunction with the Craft NOW publication, Craft Capital. Open to the public.

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Saturday, September 21 | 4-6pm

From Storage to Studio Reception and Panel Discussion

Join us to celebrate this exhibition project that has been over a year in the making. A selection of artists and curators will discuss the process in a short panel discussion at 5pm

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Saturday, September 7 | 1 - 3 pm

Tea Ceremony and Artist Talk

Former Clay Studio Resident Artist and Pew Fellow Candy Coated (formerly Depew) will lead a group through a tea ceremony and mindfulness. You’ll learn about tea blends from a sommelier, tea rituals, flower arranging, incense, and Zen-based sitting meditation/mantra, and at the end you’ll receive a Candy Coated teacup to continue your practice with. FREE.

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Wednesday, August 21 | 6pm - 8pm

Nick Lenker: Artist Talk

Join us to hear Nick Lenker discuss the last 10 years of his artwork and how he examines "What is real?" through his constructed objects.

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Friday, May 31 | 6:00-8:00pm

Graduate Student Biennial: Focus on Walt Whitman | Opening Reception

Celebrate the best work by Graduate Student Artists working with clay from across North American. Meet many of the artists and join us as we toast Walt Whitman's 200th Birthday!

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Monday, May 13 | 12:30 pm

Gregg Moore Artist Talk

Gregg Moore will discuss the body of work in his exhibition Soil, Stone, Bone. His work explores the concept of transmutation of matter that exists in both pottery making and food production, and the parallels between them.

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Saturday, February 2 | 6-8pm

Meet the Residents

Each of the 10 Resident Artists at The Clay Studio will give a short talk about their work

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Saturday, February 2 | 3-5pm

Reception for Paula Winokur: A Tribute

Join us to view the exhibition Paula Winokur: A Tribute, and visit with her friends, family, colleagues, and former students.

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Thursday, January 24 | 6pm-8pm

Artist Talk with Jason Lee Starin

Join us as Resident Artist Jason Lee Starin discusses his recent trip to Iceland, his research there, and its impact on the new body of work on view in his solo exhibition Surround Silence.

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Thursday, November 29, 6-8 pm

The Clay Studio's Limited Edition Ornament by Lauren Mabry

Lauren Mabry was selected to create The Clay Studio's inaugural Limited Edition Ornament this year. We will raise a glass to celebrate these beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art and Lauren will discuss her unique approach to adding color and line to her ceramic artwork.


Sunday, Sept 16 10am-12pm & 12pm-2pm

Family Tea Party & Discussion

Join us for a family friendly tea party to celebrate the exhibition “Just Right: Kids Sized Cups and Bowls.” Each child will make a ceramic ‘tea cookie’ ornament. Families will get to drink and eat yummy treats from beautiful handmade, kid appropriate pottery, and attendants will receive 15% off any purchase from the exhibition. This will be followed by "Parents in the Arts," a discussion accompanying the exhibition "Weighty Concerns: Both Artist and Mother," where parents in the arts can share their stories, concerns, dilemmas and joys of dealing with both aspects of their lives. Children are welcome!

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First Friday, September 7, 6-7pm & Saturday, September 22, 3-5

Andrew Snyder: Upon Reflection

View Andrew Snyder's process of wheel throwing in the gallery. The flow of making, however it evolves, is also about endurance and meditation. This series exemplifies production workmanship; despite all of the bowls being the “same,” they are all different. Become part of the meditation as a viewer of the repetition and skill.

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Friday, August 10 at Goggleworks in Reading PA

Unconstrained Craft: A Symposium on Artist Residencies

Residencies are conceivably the most defined narrative regarding artists working without conventional constraints to their creativity. The most respected programs comprise, in many ways, the broader story of artists, concepts, processes, and trends in various studio craft and art movements across decades. Sponsored by the John and Robin Horn Foundation, Unconstrained Craft: A Symposium on Artist Residencies will converge artists and industry leaders who have designed, developed, participated in, or shaped prominent residency programs around the world. From 5:30-7:00pm, a keynote address and panel discussion will center on dialogue about the role and efficacy of residencies in shaping various art fields. featuring Albert LeCoff, Emeritus Executive Director, The Center for Art in Wood Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, The Clay Studio Bill May, Executive Director, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Levi Landis, Executive Director, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts with artists Amy Forsyth, Michael Brolly, and Clay Studio Resident Artist Roberta Massuch Free admission and parking. Light refreshments and cash bar provided by Belly Kitchen and Drinkery. Concurrently on view at Goggleworks is the exhibition Permanent Residency, featuring work by current and former Resident Artists at The Clay Studio, Arrowmont, and The Center for Art in Wood.

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Saturday, July 21, 2-4pm

Opening Reception & Demonstration

Garden (Feast) of Paradise will highlight the work of 6 ceramic artists inspired by the art of the Islamic world. Ibrahim Said, Anat Shiftan, Julia Galloway, Dominique Ellis, Sanam Amami, Sarah Heitmeyer. Several of the artists will be present to discuss their work and do demonstrations.

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Wednesday, June 27, 6-8pm

Gregg Moore: Chef & Potter

Moore will discuss his partnership with chef Dan Barber. They are exploring how plates and bowls can cradle the experience of eating, carry the weight of ingredients, bridge the story of the cuisine. Flavor is to food as beauty is to the plate. How can the partnership between chef and potter deepen? How deep are the commonalities between ceramics and cooking? These questions and motivations drive Moore to explore the relationship between agriculture, food, and ceramics and drive his research into historical, scientific, aesthetic, and collaborative discovery.

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thursday | april 5 | 6 - 8 pm

Artist Talk: Brad Johnson

Join us for an evening with Brad Johnson, who will talk about his work and what inspires him, along with sharing memories of his time as a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio. Enjoy light refreshments, a Q and A, and seeing his latest works in our gallery.

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March 8, 2018 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Brown Bag Talk | The Teabowl: East & West

Bonnie Kemske, former Guest Artist, will be at The Clay Studio to give a lunchtime talk about her new book, The Teabowl: East & West. The book looks at the context of the iconic teabowl form as it arose in chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, its changes throughout Japanese ceramics history, and how 20th and 21st century studio ceramicists have appropriated the form, bringing it into the cultural world of Europe and the Americas. It explores the mystique of the teabowl and the concepts that have contributed to the teabowl aesthetic, such as wabi and the influence of Zen Buddhism. Kemske will also talk about the techniques that have shaped it, such as wood-firing, raku, and kintsugi (traditional ‘gold’ repair), and the influence that non-traditional and global techniques have brought to bear on the teabowl, such as salt-glazing, contemporary graphic decoration, California raku, humor, and subversion. The book developed out of the author's personal experience as a potter, writer, and student of chanoyu. It is a result of a long-standing interest in teabowls, which was deepened by gaining a PhD in ceramics from the Royal College of Art, three years as Editor of the international magazine Ceramic Review, the publication of many feature articles, reviews, and academic papers, and curating an exhibition of contemporary teabowls at the Embassy of Japan in London.

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February 24, 2018 | 3 - 5 pm

Pink Talk: QandA with Sarah Archer and Glenn Adamson

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February 24, 2018 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm

3D Digital Printing with Clay

Tyler Schradnt, ceramic graduate student at Tyler School of Art, will demonstrate his 3D printer, which prints out clay forms. Join us and watch a clay vessel grow before your eyes, while learning about this relatively new technology, its uses, and its implications for ceramic makers and artists. FREE and open to the public.

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