DC Clay, a set on Flickr.
We recently learned about District Clay, a new ceramics studio located in a renovated warehouse called Off the Beaten Track. The building is located at 2414 Douglas Ave. NE, a couple of blocks from nearby Langdon Park. We decided to check things out and got a tour of the place from Cass Johnson, owner of the 2,000 square foot studio. The first thing that strikes you about the studio is how the huge windows flood the studio with natural light and how spacious and roomy it is. Actually, the first thing I noticed is the sweet and lovable DC Clay “mascot”, Toby, an adorable and friendly basset hound that greeted me at the door.
The studio space offers 14 wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, a glaze spray booth, a photo booth, and electric and gas kilns will be coming very soon. One of the main purposes of the studio is to offer classes to adults and kids of all levels of experience and abilities. Cass said that “class enrollment has been higher than expected” but they still have lots of room for students to sign up. He also explained that there are two “levels” of participation; those that sign up for classes and an Artist in Residence program. Students of classes are welcome to come in for additional practice beyond their class during open studio hours or other classes. Artists in Residence have keys to the studio and tend to be more advanced ceramic artists. Classes are offered during the day, on week nights and weekends. Check out the class schedule here and be sure to take advantage of the March special – 15% off!
It was really exciting to see this new studio in action. Not only is this another addition to the growing arts scene in North East DC, but it is the first new ceramic studio to open in the DC in 20 years. We wish them lots of luck!