Local studio Scenic City Clay Arts is gearing up to launch its inaugural Clay Makers’ Collective, a cohort formed with the intention of breaking down barriers + promoting equality within the world of ceramics.
Applications are now open for this free program that will connect aspiring makers to materials and support over a six-month period. Here is what you need to know before applying.
With the goal to bring ceramic education to folks from diverse backgrounds, students will:
- Complete a five-week ceramics education course (projected to begin by mid-February)
- Take four monthly ceramic classes, learning handbuilding techniques, trimming + wheel throwing (April through July)
- Have full access to SCCA’s member studio to practice outside of class
- Have all materials and equipment provided + paid for
- Showcase work at the end of the program in a collective art show
- Have opportunities to continue to work with the studio after course completion
Note: Classes will be on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“We believe in the power of inclusivity to spark creativity and amplify the voices of those traditionally underrepresented in the ceramics community,” said Executive Director Madeline Wright.
SCCA is looking to form this collective with residents who have little to no clay experience (former outreach program participants are welcome). Applications are:
- Specifically open to folks who identify as “BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, with a disability, or a marginalized cultural minority in the US.” Note: You must be 16 or older.
- Open now through Sunday, Feb. 4 + selections will be announced Wednesday, Feb. 7.
- Available in English + Spanish. Pro tip: For assistance on applying, contact SCCA via email.