Scenic City Clay Arts launches new Clay Makers’ Collective

With the hopes of creating an inclusive space in the studio, SCCA is accepting applications for its latest cohort for clay artists in the area from various backgrounds.

NOOGAtoday | A woman and boy taking a clay making class.

Looking to finally learn the art of pottery in an accessible way? Check out this new collective.

Photo by Lily Hamstra via Scenic City Clay Arts

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.

The program

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.

NOOGAtoday | A woman using a carving tool on a ceramic piece on a pottery wheel.

Gain hands-on experience and knowledge in the studio + a chance to create ceramic pieces to showcase.

Photo by NOOGAtoday

The application

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.
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