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The Clay Studio in Philadelphia is Shaping a Movement for the Creative Community

This singular non-profit organization provides valuable studio space, relatable educational programs, and exceptional exhibitions that inspire everyone, from novice to expert.

Founded by five Philadelphia artists in 1974, this international center for ceramics is a vital creative hub where emerging artists shape their careers, young minds shape their imaginations, and where handmade works of art quite literally take shape.

As The Clay Studio has evolved into one of the premier centers for the promotion of ceramic arts in the United States and the world, the arts center has remained a welcoming family where people from all walks of life can “clay together.” This singular non-profit organization provides valuable studio space, relatable educational programs, and exceptional exhibitions that inspire everyone, from novice to expert.

Looking ahead to expanding its impact for new audiences and generations, The Clay Studio is shaping plans for a bigger, broader reach. They are shaping a movement for the greater Philadelphia community and the world, made possible by the significant support of generous community leaders. Motivated by a challenge grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, The Clay Studio and its supporters fulfilled the $1 million challenge in December 2017. “This impactful gift enables us to advance our ambitious plans, and to deepen our vision of uniting creativity and community,” says the Studio’s president, Christopher Taylor.

The Clay Studio celebrates this milestone but recognizes there remains tremendous work to be done that requires regional and national support and participation. Inspired by its homegrown roots over 40 years ago, The Clay Studio is shaping a movement that will transform Philadelphia’s communities for good.