Get ready for the hol­i­days at Clay on Main

The Southern Berks News - - FEATURES - From Liz Wheeler

Clay on Main, a com­mu­nity arts cen­ter in Oley, is a place where fam­i­lies and friends can gather to make and en­joy art and mu­sic.

The homey stu­dio is al­ways bustling around the hol­i­days, with fam­i­lyfriendly work­shops twice a month, a win­ter craft ex­hibit and sale, and mu­sic at the Half Moon café.

They also of­fer pri­vate classes and craft­ing par­ties; com­mu­nity mem­bers can sim­ply get in touch to set some­thing up.

“Lots of peo­ple are look­ing for new ways to cel­e­brate with friends and loved ones,” ex­plains Liz Wheeler, Clay on Main’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor. “I think we’re all look­ing for mean­ing­ful con­nec­tion. There’s some­thing re­ally spe­cial about cre­at­ing some­thing hand­made to­gether. That’s why we’re en­cour­ag­ing folks to get in touch with us to set some­thing up. We’re re­ally good at do­ing it, and it’s fun for us too; it’s re­ally re­ward­ing to fig­ure out the per­fect pro­ject for each group to make.”

There are also plenty of sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties lined up this win­ter. Vis­i­tors might en­joy check­ing out Clay on Main’s annual Coop mem­bers’ hol­i­day show, open from Nov. 11 to Dec. 6.

The pub­lic is wel­come to view the ex­hibit or browse for ar­ti­san-made gifts dur­ing the stu­dio’s nor­mal hours: Tues­days, Fridays and Satur­days from 10-2, Wed­nes­days from 10-5, and Sun­days from 1-4. In ad­di­tion, the ex­hibit is part of the Fall into Win­ter tour of nine lo­cal art cen­ters on the week­end of Novem­ber 17 and 18, and will be open on those two days from 10 to 5.

For mu­sic lovers, the Half Moon Café is Clay on Main’s live per­for­mance venue. Shows are Fri­day evenings and start with open­ing acts at 7:15. Rhythm Road will per­form on Novem­ber 16, and the Druck­en­millers with Norm Wil­liams Novem­ber 30. There are also open mics on the first Mon­day evening of each month, and ukulele jams on the last Sun­days from 3:30 to 5:30.

Work­shops in­clude “Fused Glass Or­na­ments” on Satur­day, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m., “Funky Fer­ments: Make your own sauerkraut” on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m., and “Dec­o­rate a Cheese or But­ter Bell” on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

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.


Par­tic­i­pants hand-dye­ing silk scarves in a Clay on Main work­shop at the Mif­flin En­core Cen­ter.

A typ­i­cal Tues­day at Clay on Main.

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