The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio

Since its founding in 1974 and subsequent transition into a nonprofit institution with a focus on education and outreach in 1979, the Clay Studio has meant a lot of things to a lot of people. Serving a wide variety of individuals and organizations from emerging artists just out of school looking for affordable studio space to practicing professionals, from inner-city youth to established collectors, the Clay Studio has made an undeniable impact. From a local perspective, the Clay Studio has contributed to the growth of the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, leading the way for the development of the Old City gallery district. Their multi-use space that incorporates studios, educational programming, exhibition space, and resources make them a vital part of the Philadelphia art scene. However, the Clay Studio does not confine themselves to the boundaries of Philadelphia in its outreach; it has also established itself as one of the leading promoters for ceramic art in the world and a national center for artist support and practice. The American Craft Council is honored to present the Clay Studio with the 2014 College of Fellows Award of Distinction as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

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