The Clay Arts Center in Port Chester Reopens to the Public

Suzanne Rothberg

Port Chester's ceramic arts center is back from the pandemic and will reopen fully this fall

The Clay Arts Center, is a nationally recognized non-profit center dedicated to the advancement of the ceramic arts founded 60 years ago in 1957 founded by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto; located on 40 Beech Street in Port Chester, NY. It's back in business after a long break from the pandemic. It's near the Don Bosco Community Center.

If you or someone you know is an art enthusiast or an artist specializing in the ceramic arts, then The Clay Arts Center is the place for you.

Emily Peck, the Executive Director of the Clay Arts Center told me in an email that the center reopened this spring with an exhibition with the artist Martha Grover. Visitors are welcome to see the exhibition online or in person by appointment. She also said that people can organize a private lesson or a party for all ages. See the Clay Center's website for more details.

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The facade of The Clay Arts Center, Port Chester, NYEmily Peck, Executive Director Clay Arts Center

"We reopened September 2020 for classes. Our students have been coming in every day with masks on and air filtration units running periodically throughout the day," said Emily Peck, the Executive Director of Clay Arts Center. She adds, "Students have enjoyed having somewhere they can go and be creative during this stressful time—we recently increased our class sizes and are planning to be back at full capacity this fall. We currently have a summer camp running in both our classes. The weekly camp offers opportunities for students to hand build and make objects on the wheel. We still have some spaces available. We also have on-time classes for adults and families to be creative together."

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Students working on a project at The Clay Arts Center, in Port ChesterEmily Peck, Executive Director The Clay Arts Center

This year in 2021, Clay Arts Center presents the work of three Artists in Residence—utilizing the entire space of Clay Arts Center Gallery and Resource Room. The exhibition features the work of resident artists Austin Coudriet (Resident 2019-2021) Maria Spiess (Rittenberg Fellow 2020-2021) and James Lee Webb (Rittenberg Fellow 2019- 2020). No appointment is necessary. The exhibit opened June 29 online and June 30 the in-person opening night was held. It runs through August 6.

Over 100 people came to the opening event. The gallery and shop are now open Monday-Saturday and visitors can come by to view the exhibition or buy a piece from their shop.

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