Clay on Main an­nounces new pro­gram­ming for 2018-19

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Clay on Main is Berks County’s one-stop ru­ral arts cen­ter, giv­ing res­i­dents a place to ex­plore mak­ing arts and crafts, hear live mu­sic, and view care­fully cu­rated art ex­hibits.

While they con­tinue to of­fer reg­u­lar classes in ce­ram­ics to adults and chil­dren, they also seek out new part­ner­ships and in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming.

This year, they are work­ing with lo­cal food pro­duc­ers to add some fla­vor to their work­shop se­ries; work­shops are one-time events last­ing two or three hours. Clay on Main’s in­struc­tors will lead “Dec­o­rate your own Fer­men­ta­tion Crock,” on Novem­ber 3, which will be fol­lowed up by one led by Oley Val­ley Or­gan­ics and The Cot­tage Kitchen on De­cem­ber 4. There, stu­dents will learn to make sauer­kraut and other tangy and healthy fer­ments, pos­si­bly us­ing their own hand­made crock. Clay on Main is also part­ner­ing with Val­ley Milk House in the win­ter, and The Oley Baker in the new year.

“I am a big sup­porter of Clay on Main, and I am so ex­cited to see the ways they are help­ing to con­nect the dots in our lo­cal ar­ti­san com­mu­nity. Peo­ple want to be more in­volved in the way their food makes it to the ta­ble, and these lo­cal part­ner­ships help sup­port that mis­sion,” ex­plains Stephanie Angstadt of Val­ley Milk­house.

In ad­di­tion to crafts and food, work­shops will ex­plore botany and ma­son bee habi­tats. All work­shops are fam­ily-friendly, with a dis­counted stu­dent rate in place to en­sure af­ford­abil­ity. Visit Clay on Main’s web­site or face­book page for a full sched­ule.

In ad­di­tion to their on­go­ing weekly classes and the work­shop se­ries, Clay on Main is also of­fer­ing three four-class se­ries this year, which meet once a week. Cre­at­ing with Felt runs from Sept. 12 – Oct. 3; All About Glaze from Oct. 20 – Nov. 10, and Bird­houses from March 9-30. They are also wel­com­ing groups who might want to cel­e­brate to­gether by mak­ing crafts.

“We know that peo­ple are busier and busier, and our mis­sion is to give peo­ple a place to make art – so we wanted to cre­ate a way for even timestretched peo­ple to get to­gether and ex­plore their cre­ative side. Plus, it’s fun for us to come up with projects that are ac­ces­si­ble and also high-qual­ity,” ex­plains Liz Wheeler, Clay on Main’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor.

Clay on Main’s reg­u­larly sched­uled ce­ram­ics classes give stu­dents truly per­son­al­ized in­struc­tion, with ded­i­cated and knowl­edge­able teach­ers lead­ing each artist through skill­build­ing ex­er­cises and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the re­al­iza­tion of each per­son’s unique vi­sion. The stu­dio’s ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment is com­ple­mented by an in­for­mal and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere; vis­i­tors will of­ten find them­selves sip­ping freshly brewed tea in the kitchen or on the back pa­tio. The com­mu­nity is sup­port­ive, with stu­dents and co-op mem­bers shar­ing ideas, tools, and stories.

Clay on Main is a non­profit artists’ co­op­er­a­tive, lo­cated at 313 Main St in the his­toric vil­lage of Oley. The stu­dio of­fers art in­struc­tion and gallery space for lo­cal artists, as well as live mu­sic and more. Clay on Main houses a com­plete clay stu­dio, a slumped and fused glass stu­dio, a live per­for­mance venue, and a yoga room, in ad­di­tion to the co-op and gallery. Clay on Main is open to the pub­lic on Tues­days, Fri­days and Satur­days from 10-2, Wed­nes­days from 10-5, and Sun­days from 1-4.

Just-thrown bowls at the stu­dio.

Suc­cu­lents work­shop July 2018 at the stu­dio.

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