In addition to our classes, we offer several memberships for potters who wish to work independently. Potters or sculptors must have a working knowledge of all safety procedures, and have at least an intermediate or advanced level of skill. This usually means and it is preferred that members have taken a class at City Clay. 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 your work. Please call or stop by for prices and more details.

Featured Members

Michael Geisert

Michael is a professional art wrangler living in Albemarle County, Virginia. He specializes in creations of concrete, stone, and 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©.

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: