Cultural Arts Division


Community Clay Studio


This ceramics studio is unmatched in our community, with nine potter's wheels, three kilns, 1,500 square feet of well-equipped studio space, and an abundance of natural light.  Our programs and instructors foster self-expression and inspire the artistic sensibilities of participants of all ages.  Pottery and other clay classes are offered for adults, teens and children year-round, and a clay arts camp is held for children every summer.  Inclusion assistance inquiries welcome.  Please call 968-2749 for more information.  The Studio is attached to the Parks & Recreation Administrative Offices (200 Plant Road), behind Community Center Park (120 S. Estes Drive).

Winter/Spring Classes

If you took a Session A class (January - March) please take a moment to complete an online evaluation.

Session B classes have begun and registration is open through Saturday, March 25 (the end of week 2).  Classes do not meet the week of public school spring break (March 26 - April 2), and they end the second week of May.  Most classes meet once per week for eight weeks.  Classes are offered for ages four and up, and to all skill levels.

As noticed in the course descriptions, registration receipts, and email to all current participants, the Studio will be closed and no classes or open studios will be held Sunday, March 26 – Sunday April 2 due to the local school system’s spring break.  Regular classes and open studios will resume the week of Monday, April 3.

To register for the Masters' Workshop with Ronan Peterson use the ArtsCenter registration webpage.  Section A will be held Saturdays April 22 and 29 from 10 a.m .to 2 p.m. at the Arts Center (Section A is full), and Section B will be held Sundays April 23 and 30 from 10 a.m .to 2 the Community Clay Studio at 200 Plant Road (Section B still has open seats).  Patrons registering for both Sections will receive 10% off their total tuition!

Summer Camps

Online registration for sessions of The Community Clay Studio Arts Camp is ongoing. This unique half-day camp offers a fun and immersive experience with clay, from handbuilding to glazing, led by our studio instructors.  Art projects in other media will be offered while the clay is firing.  Each camp session is two weeks of daily three hour (1/2 day) classes, Monday - Friday, for a total of ten days.  A snack and drink will be provided daily. 

Camp for children aged 6 to under 10 is held in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon, and camp for youth aged 9 to under 14 is held in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Inclement Weather Policy: The Community Clay Studio follows the Town of Chapel Hill’s schedule and announcements rather than those of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School system.  Studio classes, camps and open studios will only be cancelled if the Town of Chapel Hill cancels its programming and operations (which are announced through local television and radio stations, and at

Production Policy: The Community Clay Studio fires clay pieces created at the Studio during its classes and open studios, at the size and specifications recommended by Studio instructors.  Pieces developed outside of the Studio premises and instructor recommendations will not be fired.  Participants may be asked to limit the quantity or size of their work if they make unusually large pieces, if they make an unusually large amount of work, and/or if the kilns are running at maximum capacity.

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