The Clay Studio inspires curiosity and discovery around the art and craft of clay through robust educational programs, artist residencies, and exhibitions. Founded in 1974, the organization is renowned for its unique ability to serve all levels of students while broadening ceramics as a contemporary art form and serving as a preeminent space where artists from across the country and around the world cultivate their careers.
The Clay Studio brought together a five-person curatorial team with expertise in crafts, fine arts, and design to develop a series of exhibitions in conjunction with the 2010 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in Philadelphia. The team included independent curator Barbara Bloemink, Jody Clowes, director of James Watrous Gallery, independent curator Jo Lauria, art critic John Perreault, and curator Judith Tannenbaum. The resulting exhibitions included Ceramic Interactions, the project's centerpiece exhibition; Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory, curated by Judy Clowes and presented at the Philadelphia Art Alliance; and J.J. McCracken: Hunger, Philadelphia, a performance installation at the Painted Bride Art Center.