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Welcome to The Clay Studio Collection!

Mission Statement
The Clay Studio Collection aspires to be a vital educational resource for artists, teachers, scholars, students, and the broader public. Through this website, the Collection is accessible to the public, and therefore serves as a physical and digital historical record of The Clay Studio and the many artists whose careers have been fostered through The Clay Studio's programming.

Contents and Scope of the Collection
The Clay Studio Collection consists of artworks made by former and/or current Guest-Artists-Residence, Visiting Artists, Associate Artists, and former and/or current students who have developed significant careers in the arts. A sub category of the Collection consists of what is referred to as the Bisque Library. This is work made by various demonstrating artists over the years. While artworks may include a variety of materials, the focus of the Collection is on ceramic artworks and artworks that engage with the medium and/or history of clay.

Special Focuses

North American Ceramic Art
Roughly one third of the Collection represents the diversity of contemporary ceramic practice throughout North America, from coast to coast and including the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Eastern European Ceramic Art
A major exhibition of Eastern European Ceramics was presented by The Clay Studio in 1992, through a grant from the Pew Foundation and the leadership of then Artistic Director, Jimmy Clark. A significant number of artworks produced by the Eastern European artists who came as Guest Artists in Residence remain in the Collection.

Israeli Ceramic Art
"Ceramics Israel" exhibition, a traveling group exhibition that showed at The Clay Studio in 1995, featured many of the most prominent artists working Israel at that moment and several original works from the exhibition are preserved in the Collection, along with works by artists who continued their relationship with The Clay Studio afterwards.

Jennifer Zwilling ( Curator of Artistic Programs & Project Supervisor

Heath Ballowe ( Collection Project Coordinator & Researcher

Nicole Cook ( Collection Project Coordinator & Researcher

Anthony Stellaccio: Researcher of Eastern European Art

Our collection cataloging project is generously supported by the American Art Program of the Henry Luce Foundation ( We have also benefited greatly from the research of Eastern European ceramics specialist Anthony Stellaccio. The Clay Studio cataloging project is on-going with more artworks added regularly.

Every effort has been made to provide accurate information on all artwork records. If there are omissions or inaccuracies please contact us so that the necessary corrections can be made. If you believe that you have more information pertaining to one of the artworks displayed here, please contact us at one of the email addresses above. We are happy to hear from you!

The Clay Studio is Philadelphia's only nonprofit solely dedicated to the education and promotion of the ceramic arts, and is one of the world's leading institutions in the field. Founded in 1974, The Clay Studio supports the ceramic arts through its artist residencies, gallery, studio space, and school, educational & outreach programs. The programs of the Clay Studio reflect the dual character of the organization: as a community centered institution involved with the life of the city and region, and as a national and international focal point for ceramic arts. The Clay Studio believes in promoting broad access to the ceramic arts, therefore programs are geared to all levels of interest and proficiency.

Contact Details

137-139 North Second Street Philadelphia, PA 19106


Visitor Information

The Gallery and Shop are open 11am - 6pm Monday through Saturday, and 12pm - 6pm on Sundays. In cooperation with Old City Arts Association, the Gallery is open 5pm - 9pm the first Friday of every month.



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