Classes for all ages & levels!

We have a wide range of offerings that have inspired people from age 5 to 95. Classes and summer camps are offered for children and teens. Adults can choose from all levels of classes for wheel-throwing and hand-building, with additional classes in sculpture, glazing, and glaze making.

Most adult classes come with Open Studio privileges during business and class hours. Click to read more about classes

NEW!!! Gift cards for classes, workshops, pottery, art and supplies can be purchased in the City Clay shop.


Studio Space

Experienced adult potters and sculptors may choose membership with shelving, small studios, or a larger studio where they can have their own equipment. Click to read more about Studio Space


Workshops by our teachers and guest potters are offered periodically as well as workshops for corporate team building, teachers, school groups, and social clubs. City Clay is a great place for a birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and winter date nights.  There is a shop for all your supplies, and a gallery for the monthly exhibitions and the sale of locally made pottery and sculpture. Gift certificates are available and Visitors are welcome during business hours. Click to read about upcoming workshops




Who we are

City Clay is a community of people who are interested in the clay arts. It is a place to learn new skills, explore ideas, share the love of learning, and create. Our philosophy embraces both the time honored pottery traditions and the approach to clay as an art material irrespective of tradition. This studio is centered on the creative process and the joy of community.

We opened on West Main Street in downtown Charlottesville on September 2, 2011. To make room for a new hotel, we moved 21 months later to our new, fabulous location in the old Silk Mills (circa 1890).


NEW Business Hours*

Monday–Thursday: 12pm - 6pm

Friday: 12pm - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

*Some evening and morning classes meet outside of regular business hours.

Where to find us

Address: 700 Harris Street, Suite 104, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Telephone: 434 293 0808



City Clay hosts shows in the fall and spring and periodically in the winter and summer. Openings for  the gallery shows are usually on the first Friday of the month  for artists receptions. Please check the schedule for specific dates and times. In addition to our shows we have pottery and sculptures by our members  on display and for sale year round. Please come by and check out the Charlottesville area's best ceramic arts! Click here to read about our current show and also to view an archive of all our past shows. 

* Our thanks to Steve Palmer for the majority of the photos on this website.