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saturday, april 9 | 11 am - 3 pm

The Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

The public opening of our new location at 1425 N American Street took place on April 9, 2022, and the whole facility was open for all to see and enjoy. The Clay Studio has been a leader in the national and international ceramic world for nearly 50 years, and our new state-of-the-art ceramic facility now increases our ability to serve artists, students, and the local community and to highlight the power of clay as a force for good. As we take the first steps in the next chapter of our history, we look forward to writing it with you.

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new building infographics
classrooms 71 slideshow
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building tour 150 slideshow
blaauw kiln with artists slideshow
resident artist studios3 11 slideshow
press open house 139 slideshow
mpm symposium 66 slideshow
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How do I get to 1425 N American Street?


BY SUBWAY: Market Frankford Line (MFL) to the Girard Station then a 10-minute walk

BY BUS: 5 Bus to 2nd & Girard then a 6-minute walk
               57 Bus to Germantown Ave & Master Street then a 3-minute walk

BY CAR: Google Maps search here

Indego Philly has a bike share station at 3rd & Girard

PhillyCarShare (now known as Enterprise CarShare) vehicles are available at 6th & Girard


Is there parking nearby?

There is ample unmetered street parking on N. American Street and the surrounding side streets.

In additon, there is a parking lot on 1320 N Front St. click here to see their rates.

How many classrooms and students are there?

With our new building, we now have 5 classrooms, which triples our previous classroom space by 193%. This increase in size means that we are able to offer more classes, and we now have additional dedicated space for youth instruction and after-school programs.

Fun fact: In our new space, we now have spaces for wheel throwing and handbuilding on all 4 floors!

What types of kilns do you have?

We have both electric and gas kilns in various sizes, including a small gas kiln and a large car electric kiln. We also have a soda kiln. Overall, now we have 88% more kiln capacity than we did at our previous building.

You can view a complete list of our kilns, here >

Watch a clip of our soda kiln being fired here >

How many Resident Artists are there?

The Clay Studio has studios for 12 Resident Artists. These studio spaces are 27% larger than at our previous home. In addition, a major grant from the Windgate Foundation in 2021 has allowed us to offer greater financial support to each Resident Artist. The normal Program Fee/Rent ($200/month) will be completely waived, and each Resident will be offered a Fellowship granting a $250/month stipend.

In addition to our Resident Artist program, our new building's Guest Artist in Residence program will be able to accommodate two visiting artists at any given time. The Guest Artist in Residence program provides:

  • A studio housed within The Clay Studio
  • Studio Support and Materials
  • A modest monthly stipend

Guest Residencies vary from four to eight weeks, but both shorter and longer residencies have occurred to accommodate an artist's schedule or to allow for a larger project.

How has The Clay Studio worked to join our new community with respect?

- Through increased Claymobile activity in the surrounding area, such as community projects with local libraries

- 5 years of projects to get to know the neighbors, such as Community Maker Days and Clay & Conversation

- Through a new community-centered exhibition design process

- Through partnerships with local organizations


The Clay Studio's History

Read about our founding in 1974, and our major milestones since then, here >

The Building's Construction Progress

Groundbreaking for our new building, designed by DIGSAU Architects, took place on January 15, 2020. View the .pdf celebrating that day and the generous donors who made it possible.

View photos of the building's construction progress here >

Building Ties with the South Kensington Community

Several years before our groundbreaking, we held a series of workshops, events, and conversations with the South Kensington neighbors and community organizations, asking them how we could fit into their lives.

One of these series was called Clay and Conversation.

Another series was Community Maker Days.

Even prior to these events, our Claymobile program was headquartered for years in the Crane Arts building, just across the street from our new building. With our new facility, we are now able to bring the Claymobile operations in-house and to integrate the program with our other activities. The Claymobile Studio space increased 108% in our new building.

With thanks to the DONORS who made the Clay Together Capital Campaign a success!

Windgate Foundation        
William Penn Foundation        
The Zeldin Family in memory of Sybille Zeldin Brinkman
Brian E. Daggett & Franz J. Rabauer        
The Kamens Family        
The Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz Foundation        
Marie & Joe Field        
Connelly Foundation        
In Loving Memory of Ron Hays - Nancy Scheller Hays & Family    
Michael A. Lukasek        
City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce Neighborhood Funding Stream
Marlin & Regina Miller        
Linda J. Jacobsen – in memory of my Mother Janet A. Jacobsen        
Richard & Dale Levy        
Fleur S. Bresler        
Penn Treaty Special Services District
James G. Fulton Jr & Eric B. Rymshaw - Fury Design Inc.
Amy Sarner Williams    
Susan B. Muller    
Claire Shenk Rodgers & John Scott Rodgers
Jean & Frank Robertson    
Independence Foundation    
Judy Pote    
The Palley Bladen Family Foundation    
Leah Kaplan    
In honor of Susan Bockelman - The Bockelman & Armen Families
Elizabeth Mily & Edward Zwilling and The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
Conni Spiegle    
Hallee & David Adelman     
Alexandra & Timothy Levin    
The Hollenstein Ross Family Foundation
Brenda & Arnold Levin
Ruth & Rick Snyderman - Snyderman/Shelton Family- Ami & Jess Lonner
Janie & Peter Gross        
Marianne Tebbens  and The Tebbens/Zahlaway Family    
The McLean Contributionship        
Daphne Hawkins Parker & Mike Parker    
The Williams/Miller Family        
Margie & Jeffrey Honickman        
Clara & Bentley Hollander        
The Gleeson Family        
Kathie Regan Dalzell        
Grant Greapentrog        
Lauren & Jason Martin in honor of Jennifer Martin
Susan & Fred Denenberg        
Brenda & Arnold Levin        
The Owen Family Foundation - Tim & C Sullivan Owen
Jay & Amy Regan in honor of Kathie Regan Dalzell
John A. & Margaret Post Foundation    
Aaron Marshall Ashley  and Heeseung Lee    
Alison & Joe Rudolf        
In honor of my Mother, Dr. Nadia Awad - Love, Jonah Ketzner
Timothy & Ann Duffield        
Chuck Morris & Margot Sklar        
In loving memory of Bootsie - Arnold M Weiss    
Judith Tannenbaum        
In Honor of Etta Winigrad        
Ashley Lomery & Kevin Lisewski        
Ellyn Paul Rosenfeld        
Carol Klein & Lawrence Spitz, MD        
Sergio C. Coscia AIA - CosciaMoos Architecture    
Yoko Hanazono & Hanazono Family
Lindsey & Brian Bernhardt        
Robert Kirkpatrick        
Raina & Jigar Mehta

With Thanks to our Board, Staff, and Project Partners who made the Clay Together Capital Campaign possible!        
BOARD Members during Clay Together (LIST 2015 to 2022)

Brian A. Bernhardt
Sergio Coscia
Kathie Regan Dalzell
Sarah Bryan Fask
James G. Fulton, Jr.
Leslie Graves
Karen Harmelin-Tropea
Nancy Scheller Hays
Dr. Lawrence Hough
Linda J. Jacobsen
Kim Kamens
Leah Kaplan
Nicholas Kripal
Heeseung Lee
Brenda K. Levin
Ashley R. Lomery
Mark Lueders
Roberto Lugo
Michael A. Lukasek
Lauren Mabry
Neil McLaughlin
Raina Shroff Mehta, Esq.
Ashley Moran
Susan Muller
Therese Obringer
Lamarr O’Connor
Matthew O’Keefe
Margot Palley
Amelia Powell
Franz J. Rabauer
Claire Shenk Rodgers
Rachael Ross
Joseph Rudolf
Councilman Mark Squilla
Marianne Tebbens
Arnold Weiss
Etta Z. Winigrad

STAFF Members during Clay Together (LIST 2015 to 2022)

Jennifer Martin
Josie Bockelman
Tracy Segal
Jennifer Zwilling

Maria Albornoz
Sarah Chenoweth Davis
Theresa DeAngelis
Nuokan Huang
Shannon Jones
Adrienne Justice
Corrine Kula
Francesca Reyes
Raymond Rorke
Nitza Rosario
Carin Sankus
Paul Serena
Naimah Stith
Charity Thackston
Lesly Attarian
Heath Ballowe
Ken Beidler
Gerald Brown
Nicole Cook
Mia Decrescenzo
Dominique Ellis
Timothy Gibbon
Lois Harvey
Ana Jimenez
Nadia Koltsoon
Alyssa Koumaras
Leonor Marion-Landais
Megan Millman Lasiter
Rachel Pearlman
Eva Piatek
Emma Pilon
Farrah Rahaman
Peter Ronan
Drew Schenck
Kathleen Seufert
Zoe Skemp
Christopher Taylor
Katharine Teesdale
Charles Watkins

PROJECT PARTNERS for Clay Together
The Burd Group
D3 Real Estate Development
Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, LLC.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Reinvestment Fund
Wells Fargo