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Connecting Through Clay

Clay Fest

Clay Fest is a free weekend public festival at The Clay Studio, featuring hands-on, family-friendly activities throughout the day. The fun begin at 10 a.m. and includes: practice at the potter’s wheel, wheel throwing demos, group handbuilding, bowl decorating, an ice cream social, music, and more.

This community program is made possible with a grant provided through the PNC Arts Alive initiative. This is a very prestigious grant award—just 22 arts organizations in the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region were selected for bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement, and The Clay Studio was one.

Hands On Clay

On First Fridays throughout the summer participants learn the basics of working with clay from The Clay Studio’s teaching artists. From learning to throw on a pottery wheel, to sculpting with clay, or creating your own clay animation, there is something for everyone.

The Clay Studio invites people of all ages to use their imaginations as clay and creativity come together in The Clay Studio’s series Hands On Clay, funded by PNC Arts Alive. Free and open to the public, this series uses clay to break the barriers of who is creative by welcoming all to participate.

Hand Crafted

Hand Crafted is the name for our social, experience-based series of events that celebrate the functionality of one-of-a-kind ceramic objects. Focused on themes like artisanal food and spirits, craft beer, flowers, DIY culture, and farm-to-table dining, these events bring to light the relevance of art and craft in our everyday lives by contributing to the dialogue about shared traditions, the maker movement, and sustainability.

The Clay Studio is committed to broadening the understanding of the hand crafted in our lives, and in the process strengthening connections among sustainable businesses and like-minded organizations. Ultimately, it's all about the joy that handmade goods can bring to people.

Play Everywhere Projects

Learn more about The Clay Studio's Play Everywhere projects at the Cecil B. Moore and Kensington branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Lead project support provided by Kaboom! and the William Penn Foundation.

Our Neighbors

Crane Arts

Crane Arts is an organization that houses and supports artistic production by both emerging and established artists. By assisting the development and growth of Philadelphia’s creative resources and assets, they work to create a unique location for certain creativity-based businesses to thrive alongside the vibrant, Crane Arts community. They work to showcase artists on a local, regional, and national scale.


In Liquid

InLiquid is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes and makes accessible the visual arts culture of the greater Philadelphia region in order to unite communities, establish wider audiences for artists and designers, facilitate the relationship between artists and collectors, and nurture the public’s appreciation of all forms of visual art.

Second State Press

Second State Press is a nonprofit 501(c)3 communal printmaking studio whose mission is to foster the development of ideas and innovation in printmaking by providing their community with a professional, affordable, and supportive workspace.

SSP advances the growth of a sustainable printmaking community by offering professional facilities through membership, affordable communal workspace for emerging and mid-career artists, community arts programming and professional development opportunities.

Tilt Institute for the Contemporary Image

TILT supports contemporary photographers and image makers of every level by fostering a space to learn, network, create, and engage in socially conscious dialogue through exhibitions, fine art printing, free programs, artist residencies, youth education, and classes.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Norris Square Neighborhood Project is a unique organization that offers youth and community residents a safe space to explore culture and social-justice issues, create art, and develop their sustainable-agriculture skills. For over 45 years, youth have developed their leadership skills, built relationships with each other, learned about urban agriculture, and created performing and visual art.

Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden

The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden is a visionary project that uses art as a means of creating a unique gathering space for people to collaborate share talents and food.


years we've been a cultural anchor in Philadelphia


kids & adults served through our Claymobile program


kids & adults welcomed at Clay Fest


new free weekly community workshops

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