Hear our story!
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.view the flyer
In the News
from WHYY: The Clay Studio opens new building in Kensington, for Kensington
from Philadelphia Magazine: A Look Inside The Clay Studio’s Massive New Space in South Kensington
from Philadelphia Business Journal: First look: Inside The Clay Studio's new $14.5M South Kensington arts building
from Philly Voice: The Clay Studio's new building in South Kensington features more classrooms, artist workspace
from Al Día: The Clay Studio in Philly to open new, 34,000-square-foot South Kensington location
from The Architect's Newspaper: The Clay Studio reflects skilled craftwork inside and out in Philadelphia’s South Kensington neighborhood
from WHYY: New Philly mural honors The Roots’ Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter
- 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!
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
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
The Palley Bladen Family Foundation
In honor of Susan Bockelman - The Bockelman & Armen Families
Elizabeth Mily & Edward Zwilling and The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
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
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
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
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
Kathie Regan Dalzell
Sarah Bryan Fask
James G. Fulton, Jr.
Nancy Scheller Hays
Dr. Lawrence Hough
Linda J. Jacobsen
Brenda K. Levin
Ashley R. Lomery
Michael A. Lukasek
Raina Shroff Mehta, Esq.
Franz J. Rabauer
Claire Shenk Rodgers
Councilman Mark Squilla
Etta Z. Winigrad
STAFF Members during Clay Together (LIST 2015 to 2022)
Sarah Chenoweth Davis
Megan Millman Lasiter
PROJECT PARTNERS for Clay Together
The Burd Group
D3 Real Estate Development
Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, LLC.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)