Claying for Keeps
A Nonprofit Pottery Collaborative Proves That ‘Where There’s a Will There’s a Way’
When was the first time you noticed the sign on 16th Street with the words “Indian River Clay”? It’s been there over a year, yet because of the pandemic, most of us were sheltered in place and missed seeing a former thrift store being transformed into a spacious clay studio.
While we were Zooming, FaceTiming and baking banana bread, a handful of industrious potters were ripping out old carpeting, scrubbing floors, painting walls inside and out, hanging cabinetry, and installing free-standing display units throughout the 4,000-square-foot building.
Their efforts have been nothing short of amazing, as you will see once you step inside.
To the right, an instructor leads a class on hand-building techniques. At a nearby table, a seasoned potter applies glaze to a bowl, while seated across from her a kindred soul readies a sculpture for firing.
Throughout the studio there’s an air of anticipation combined with an inspired sense of purpose.