HOW EXCITING! Our "NEW" Clay Studio and Ceramics Education Centre location is 155 Water Street (Main Floor Entrance) and we back on Harbour Drive in the same parking lot as the Neal Building at 50 Harbour Drive. Our signage is coming so watch out for it on the Harbour Front. We are now open in our new location for open studio work and for adult classes and children's creativity summer camps.
The Craft Council's Clay Studio and Ceramics Education Centre is the province’s primary not-for-profit community clay studio and professional ceramic arts and education centre offering introductory, intermediate and advanced ceramic education courses and workshops, private coaching sessions, and community outreach services to many community-based organizations servicing at risk and disadvantaged populations.
First and foremost, the Clay Studio is a community-based studio operating in the best interest of its members. We are an open community studio where people from all walks of life gather and work on individual and collaborative projects, exchange ideas, and work in a welcoming and friendly studio space.
In addition to our regularly offered programming of introductory and intermediate courses, the Clay Studio has revamped and repositioned some of our course and workshop offerings to better reflect the content offered and the skill level of our target audiences. Our regular programming and services and new activities for 2021-2022 are outlined below. CLICK REGULAR PROGRAMS FOR OUR OPEN STUDIO HOURS.
The Clay Studio regular conducts demos at our community events in St. John’s which include throwing demos during the Folk Festival, CCNL’s Christmas Craft Fair, the Royal St. John’s Regatta, and other summer events.
Our signature community event, ANCIENT ART OF PIT FIRING ON MIDDLE COVE BEACH is scheduled annually in late summer on Middle Cove Beach. The pots will be fired in a pit of sawdust and wood, which takes a number of hours to reach temperature. Our Clay Studio staff and volunteers will be there early in the morning so that we can stoke the fire and watch the pots. We literally sell the beach pots while they are hot! Other pots made by our local Clay Studio artists will also be available for sale. This takes place surrounded by the beauty of Middle Cove Beach. Proceeds from pot sales during this event go toward helping support our community clay studio and ceramic education centre. The community potters donate their making time to create beautiful works of art. This event will showcase other local musicians and performers to be announced. Drop down to the beach, watch us fire our pots, sing along with a tune or two, a great event and great location!