Summer Camps and Classes

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The fall class schedule is availabel now.

You will find new and exciting classes like
Steve Palmer's Animal Sculpture class, Chad Coffman's Gargoyles and Grotesques class, plus many old favorites. If you are new to clay, we have lots of "Basic" classes including some 7-week classes that start in September and October. The hard part is deciding what to take. Call us if you need help. 434 293-0808


City Clay
700 Harris Street
Charlottesville,  va 22903
434 293-0808

A clay narrative by one of our fabulous emerging artists,

Silvana Varriale

Not so long ago,  I came across a nice illustration of a book where the characters and items mentioned in the story written on one page were becoming "alive" and three dimensional on the opposite page. One detail in it, in particular, a lovely whitewashed wall villa made me think of an episode from my Mum's past. That's how the idea of my clay book was born.
The house where she lived with her parents was located near the harbor, an area which was subject to daily naval and aerial bombings during the II World War. That's when her parents decided it was safer for her to go live in the countryside at her aunt's house. My Mum still fondly recalls those years as the happiest time of her life despite the fact that her parents couldn't join her at the beginning. She loved exploring the outdoors with her cousin - who was like a sister to her - and her uncle and aunt were really loving and kind to her. It was like living an incredible adventure.
In my sculpture, I tried to shape some of the animals and objects my Mum always mentions as particularly dear to her from that time. "Villa Oblio" (Oblivion)  - for example - was my Mum's dream house and she remembers the way she used to peep through its gates to see more of it. And then there is her aunt's dog, the record player which sparked my Mum's passion for opera, the "secret" fields where she and her cousin used to pick up wild violets. And grass, and blue sky and trees. A city girl's dreamland.
My hope is for this little piece to work as a sort of time machine to relieve my Mum from her daily struggle with age-related cognitive decline, bringing her back to a time when she was care-free and serene.

Plan your summer now while you still have choices.

Teen Wheel classes

New multi-media camps for kids


Adult classes, short courses, and workshops 

Please send us an email or call us if you need help.

434 293-0808


Visitors are Welcome

Come browse through the gallery, shop and members studios to see beautiful contemporary pottery and sculptures for sale and all made in Charlottesville. 

Inquire about our classes and memberships, just check in at the front desk when you arrive.

City Clay Gallery hosts an exhibit in the fall and spring and periodically in the winter and summer. Openings for the gallery shows vary 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. 

Business Hours*

Monday–Thursday: 12 - 6 pm
Friday: 12 - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
*Some evening and morning classes meet outside of regular business hours.

Where to find us

700 Harris Street, Suite 104, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
434 293 0808

Please come by and check out the Charlottesville area’s best ceramic arts!