Making Place Matter will invite three leading ceramic artists — Kukuli Velarde, Molly Hatch, and Ibrahim Said — to explore the idea of place with regard to personal history, cultural heritage, and social justice. Clay is the material embodiment of place, the earth we stand on, a common ground — culturally, socially, and artistically.
Project Team & Partners
We have incredibly talented and devoted staff members, a community that is ready and willing to get involved, and a historic moment to celebrate, honoring our new neighbors along with the hundreds of people who have dedicated their lives to building The Clay Studio over the last 47 years.
Making Place Matter: Clay, Cultural Identity, and Community The book has essays by Elizabeth Essner, Jennifer Martin, Josie Bockelman, Kelli Morgan, María Albornoz, Ana G. Jiménez, and Jennifer Zwilling. Designed by Raymond Rorke, published by The Head and The Hand, Printed by Fireball Printing.
The Exhibition Council
Involving our South Kensington neighbors in the planning and implementation of Making Place Matter (and of future exhibitions), is integral to forming a long-term, inclusive relationship. The Exhibition Council for Making Place Matter brings together the voices of many constituent groups.
The Maker Place
In The Maker Place adjacent to the main gallery, visitors have the opportunity to respond to the exhibition through art making activities designed to connect their own ideas of place, and to interact with the three artists featured in Making Place Matter. Join us to make your own artwork in clay inspired by the exhibition.
- Calendar of Events
April 23, 2022 - Exhibition Opening - Join us 2-4pm
Molly Hatch Artist Residency - June 27th - July 1st - Meet the artist in the Makers Place and contribute to her project planned for permanent installation in our stair hall.
Ibrahim Said Artist Residency - July - Meet the artist and work together with him on a Community Art installation.
June 4, Public Symposium - 9am - 6pm - Free and open to the public
Panel Discussion by Council Members
Hands on Activities & Lunch provided
Panel Discussion by Artists: Hatch, Velarde, Said. Keynote.
*All presentations will be recorded and archived on our website, creating a free mini-course on exhibition programming design.
October 2, 2022 - Exhibition Closes
- Building Construction Progress
In January 2020 we had our groundbreaking and officially began the construction of our new home.
It has been really exciting to see how, inch by inch, the buidling is taking shape as we get closer to the opening day of "Making Place Matter," the prime exhibtion in our new building in South Kensigton.
Take a peek at the progress, here.
- South Kensington FAQs
SEPTA provides various options of public transportation for the neighborhood, and Center City is about 2 miles or 10 minutes away. The neighborhood is served by:
- Buses 57, 5 Elevated Train (the EL) at Girard Station Trolley 15 through Girard Ave
- Also, buses 3 and 47 pass nearby the neighborhood, and the EL Berks Station and SEPTA rail at Temple University Station are within reasonable walking distance
Indego Philly has a bike share station at 3rd & Girard and multiple peripheral stations: 2nd & Germantown Ave, 1176 Leopard Ave. (Girard Station, MFL), 1424 Frankford Ave. (City Fitness), 1902 N. Front St. (Berks Station, MFL), and 527 W. Berks St.
PhillyCarShare (now known as Enterprise CarShare) vehicles are available at 6th & Girard Ave, 100 W. Oxford St. and Frankford & Thompson St.
Zipcars are located at Front & Master, Frankford & Master, Frankford & Palmer, and 6th & Girard.
- Media Materials
In the News
- WHYY, The Clay Studio opens new building in Kensington, for Kensington
- Metro Philadelphia, Fun things to do in Philly this weekend
- Inquirer, Clay Studio leaves Old City after nearly half a century and moves into big new digs in Kensington
- The Clay Studio is Awarded Major Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Grant
- The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Announces 2019 Grants for Philadelphia Artists, Organizations
read the press release
- Visit Philly, Get hands on and create some unique art at @theclaystudiophl in Kensington!
- PHL17 News, Check out the Clay Studio in Kensington
- Philly Voice, The Clay Studio's new building in South Kensington features more classrooms, artist workspace
- Philadelphia Style, Schulson Collective's New Eatery and More To Explore in Philly This Month
Making Place Matter will lead by listening, using earth’s clay as a metaphor for place, and place as a way to examine the relationship between The Clay Studio and our new neighborhood as well as each visitor’s personal connection to their own place in the world. Ideas? Thoughts?contact us
Making Place Matter has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.