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The Clay Studio welcomes people of all ages for a day of creating art and muddy fun during the 7th annual Clay Fest, presented by PNC Arts Alive. This year’s celebration of clay and community takes place at The Clay Studio’s new building in South Kensington on August 20th. From noon to 4 p.m., guests can participate in a number of free activities, including hands-on clay projects, wheel throwing demos, a group sculpture extravaganza, artist projects, workshops, screen printing totes, and an ice cream social.
Throughout the day, visitors can screen print a tote bag with Second State Press or grab clay props and have their pictures taken at a photo booth. Using clay, guests can design characters and use stop-motion animation to bring their vision to life. Visitors can learn the process of glazing with the help of the ceramic studio on wheels, Mobile Raku. Watch the magic happen and take a piece of art home later in the day. Patrons can get their hands dirty and work up a sweat with The Clay Studio’s pedal-powered pottery wheel.
Interactive artist activations will take place during Clay Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Ibrahim Said, whose work is featured in The Clay Studio’s current exhibition, Making Place Matter, will teach guests about Islamic patterning. Visitors can leave their mark on The Clay Studio by making a tile designed by local artist George Rodriguez that will become a permanent installation in the studio. Patrons can also drop into a group sculpting activity and turn 1,000 pounds of clay into a work of art inspired by Roberto Lugo’s new mural of Tarik Trotter.
Additional activities and events occur from noon to 2 p.m. Participants can craft clay necklaces with Nitza Walesca, finish decorating fish-inspired dishes to be glazed and fired by The Clay Studio, or try their hands at wheel throwing.
If the clay enthusiasts find themselves with a sweet tooth in the afternoon, they can enjoy cold treats provided by Weckerly’s Ice Cream from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors can create ice cream bowls, sgraffito tiles, and clay owls from 2 to 4 p.m.
This year’s itinerary can be found here.
All activities are free and will take place at The Clay Studio’s new home at 1425 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Clay Fest 2022 is a rain or shine event.