The Craft Council's Clay Studio 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.
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Note: Our course and workshop registration fees include use of all studio equipment and tools, glazes, and bisque and glaze firings, and 5 kg of clay per person. Students requiring more than 5 kg of clay throughout the course may purchase additional clay at $25 per 5 kg.
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 2020-2021 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.
One of our signature events is our Middle Cove Beach Pit Firing event, scheduled in August each year in Middle Cove, NL. During this time, people can drop by and watch our community potters stoke the pit with handmade pots and watch the embers glow and pots come out of the fire. We literally sell the pots while they are hot! 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 fired through the ancient technique of pit firing.