In addition to our classes, we offer a variety of memberships. Potters or sculptors must be able to work in our studio independently, with knowledge of all safety procedures, and have at least an intermediate or advanced level of skill. This usually means the member has taken a class at City Clay. For anyone coming form outside the studio, in most cases, we ask that you take at least one class with us so you know your way around, and so we can get to know each other. Access to equipment is based on your skills and experience. Potential members should visit the studio in person, to speak with a staff member, and to pick up an application form. If you are new to the studio, we would also like to see pictures of your work. Please call or stop by for prices and more details.

Monthly Temporary Membership

For those who only need access to the studio for no more than two months in a calendar year. 

Quarterly Membership

Includes 2 shelves, includes access to City Clay during business hours, and includes discounts for classes and workshops.

Half-year Membership

Includes 3 shelves, includes access to City Clay during business and class hours, and includes discounts for classes and workshops.

Half-year Membership

Inculdes 6 shelves, includes access to City Clay 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes discounts for classes and workshops.

    Shared studio Annual Membership

    Includes access to City Clay 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes discounts for classes and workshops. Member bio an photos of work posted on the City Clay website

      Individual Studio Annual Membership

      Includes access to City Clay 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes discounts for classes and workshops. Member bio an photos of work posted on the City Clay website.


      Featured Members


      Doug Burgess

      Doug walked into City Clay one day in March 2013 with no experience in pottery whatsoever and signed up for a basic wheel throwing class with Noah Hughey-Commers. Following that first session, he returned to City Clay every single day for months, gaining proficiency through classes with Nancy Ross, Kevin Crowe, Judd Jarvis and Becky Garrity, together with steady and repetitive practice, all the while maintaining an awareness of the wealth of learning yet ahead.

      In the months since beginning pottery, Doug says he has still not mastered anything and enjoys some of the many mistakes he continues to make. (minor emphasis on "some")  In fact, his best pieces usually have roots in a mistake made at some point during the various steps involved in making pots, from the wheel all the way through to the second kiln.

      Doug is a trained photographer who strives to create pots with the same eye for harmony and emotion as can be found in any good image, carefully considering correlations between the 3-dimensional aspects of weight and form with the 2 dimensional concerns for visual balance; the relationships between contour and shape versus line and composition; and the character of glaze and surface texture in contrast to the quality and direction of light.


      Michael Geisert


      Michael is a professional art wrangler living in Albemarle County, Virginia. He specializes in creations of concrete, stone, or clay. His style is distinctively twenty first century with a dab of Japanese aesthetics. Michael’s relationship with clay is one of conflict and resolution; he wrestles slabs of clay into dynamic shapes which balance the positive with the negative.

      The result is human-scaled functional pieces with a monumental sense - as if they were maquettes for outdoor public sculpture. He studied sculpture and design at the Cleveland Institute of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and the New York Art Students League. He first attracted attention while sketching a model. The noise generated by his vigorous gesturing with charcoal on newsprint silenced the class. Gradually, teacher, class, and model gathered around him to see what he was creating - an assemblage of energy with surprising clarity of idea. That’s what Geisert’s art is about - his furious transformation of material into striking constructions. He refers to them as his NeoCretions©.


      Ted Sutherland AIA ACHA (emeritus)

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      Ted’s predominant design work has been in Architecture, spanning 40+ years and $3 billion worth of projects. Major healthcare facilities and research buildings have been at the core of his architectural design.  His work has received numerous national awards from the AIA and other significant entities. Ted’s work in pottery began early in his architectural career as a short-term need for design expression versus the long-term building design process.

      Ted studied at the Pewabic  Pottery in Detroit for three years until his architectural practice began consuming more time than was available. His pottery work took a 30 + year break, until recently when he began renewing his skills and interest working with Trew Bennett of Buck Creek Pottery of Faber, Virginia., and most recently working independently at City Clay, Charlottesville, Virginia. Recent work has been exploring the more sculptural using slab techniques.

      Madeleine C. Watkins

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      I have been a studio member at City Clay since March 2012 after beginning ceramics with Tom Clarkson at Piedmont Virginia Community College and following that with classes at City Clay.

      I use a variety of clay bodies. Their distinct qualities of texture and color inspire different forms and react uniquely to glazes. Porcelain clay produces a very smooth, white surface and best shows the crisp lines and bright colors in my striped pieces. Other clays work better for making larger pieces, as well as those with lids and handles. I also use appliqué and sgraffito decoration techniques.

      My recent focus has been functional pottery with simplicity of design, often in bright colors. I apply colored under-glazes on green-ware (unfired clay) and either use a clear, glassy glaze or high fire to maturity without additional glaze.

      My pottery can be seen at City Clay and Yellow Cardinal Gallery in Charlottesville, and I also show my painting and printmaking at local galleries. I am a current member and former president of BozArt, a group of artists exhibiting together. You can see more of my work at:


      Zoe Cohen

      Zoe Cohen is an artist who grew up in the woods of North Carolina, outside of Chapel Hill. She holds a degree in Studio Art and Film Studies from Clark University where she studied photography, graphic design, printmaking, and film production.

      Zoe worked in video production in San Francisco, CA for 6 years before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 2013.  She currently works as the Program Director for Light House Studio, a local nonprofit organization that teaches self-expression through filmmaking.  Not long after arriving in Charlottesville, Zoe began taking classes at City Clay where she is now a member.  She was one of six artists selected by juried process for The Bridge PAI’s 2014 Community Supported Art Program. Her current work with clay as a potter and sculptor comes out of a desire to unplug from technology and recharge from the earth.