Community Clay Studio
It all begins with an idea
There’s nothing better than seeing a kid walk out of a building with this object they created and saw through the whole process […]They imagined it, they crafted it, they finished it, they fired it they glazed it and there it is for them not just to admire… but to really engage with and use in their daily life. - Madeline Miller, Director at Artspace
Madeline Miller in one of the art rooms at Artspace on Mill Street in Greenfield. Greenfield Recorder Staff Photo by Paul Franz.
We are thrilled to announce that we are a 2023 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund grant!
This funding has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the state of Massachusetts administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council. The grant will be dedicated to the planning process of creating an accessible and affordable community ceramics studio and program at Artspace Community Arts Center.
This new, accessible studio will be designed to serve multi-generational audiences in Greenfield and broader Franklin County communities.
Artspace's previous ceramics studio. Greenfield Recorder Staff Photo by Paul Franz.
The Mass Cultural Council works to elevate our rich cultural life in Massachusetts. They serve the Commonwealth and all who live, work, visit, and play here by amplifying creativity, providing resources, expanding relationships, and championing transformational changes that maintain and grow a thriving creative and cultural ecosystem.
About Artspace Greenfield’s
Community Clay Studio Feasibility Study
In May 2023 Artspace was approved for a $14,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to undertake a feasibility study and planning process to design and build a community clay studio at our Mill Street, Greenfield location.The Connecticut River Valley is rich in ceramics arts but at present there is nowhere in the city of Greenfield to take a ceramics class. Studios in neighboring communities are not accessible by public transportation, and their classes are often full to capacity. Artspace has a vision for a fully-equipped, fully accessible community clay studio in downtown Greenfield that will offer classes, workshops, working space, and community-building to all ages, abilities, and demographics.The MCC funds, along with matching funds from other sources, will allow Artspace to partner with the UMass Arts Extension Service, professional potter and consultant Ben Eberle, and a local architectural firm to study all aspects of creating a community ceramics studio, from building and utility questions to class offerings and equipment needs.As we undertake this process starting in Summer, 2023, frequent updates will be posted on this page.
It's not a community studio without help from our community!
Here are some ways we could use your help:
Join our Community Clay Studio Focus Group
Fill out emailed surveys or chat with a staff member about your ideas and interests
Be interviewed by Artspace or the UMass Arts Extension
Do you have ideas on what you’d like in an accessible community clay studio in Greenfield? Share your contact information with us here to become part of our community planning team!
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Updated on September 12, 2023
Play in the clay with Clay Days at Artspace!
Clay Days with Artspace are an ongoing series of FREE community clay events in the Valley, getting the community involved in the planning and building of our new Community Clay Studio at Artspace Community Arts Center. Keep an eye out for more ceramic events this Fall!
October Clay Day
Come create pinch pots with Lucas May and Sam Staas of Eight Eyes Ceramics!
Learn how to create a sweet little vessel with two local potters. They will let your pieces dry, glaze them, and fire them! Participants can pick up their artwork at Artspace in November.
The Artspace Backyard - October 29th, 1-4pm
September Clay Day
Join us at the Greenfield Farmer’s Market for a wheel throwing demonstration by Ben Eberle + a chance to play with some clay!
Greenfield Farmer's Market, Saturday, September 16th
8am- 12:30pm in Court Square, Downtown Greenfield, MA
Deep Thanks to our Community Supporters
We’re deeply grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council/Mass Development, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Greenfield Savings Bank, the Callahan-Dee Family Foundation, and others who are supporting our planning process! If you’d like to make a donation to community clay planning, click this button: