Memorial Day Holiday: Most municipal offices will be closed Monday, May 29. Residential trash will not be collected (Monday routes will be collected Wednesday, May 31). Recycling will not be affected. Chapel Hill Transit will not operate. Chapel Hill Public Library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. More Information

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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

Winter / Spring Session B classes finish the week of May 8-13.  Evaluations will be distributed by hardcopy the week of May 1 and an online evaluation form is also available here.

A new 4-week Session C is offering #230046-C Creating Vessels (handbuilding and/or wheel) with Karen Fisher and Sonya Ishii on Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2 and 6/9.  Registration for this class is now open.

Summer Classes

Evening classes for adults will be offered this summer Mondays - Thursdays.  Registration is ongoing and classes begin the week of June 12.  Most classes end by the first week of August.

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 (except Session B which is nine days due to July 4 holiday).  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.  Sessions are June 12-23, June 26-July 7 (July 4 is holiday), July 10-21, July 24-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-18.

Volunteer Teaching Assistants / Camp Counselors are also needed for the Studio Arts Camp.  Volunteers can choose to work the morning session for 6-9 year olds or the afternoon session for 9-13 year olds.  Volunteers need to commit to being present for a full two-week session.  Volunteers can work consecutive sessions if they like.  Applicants will complete a volunteer application form, and a background check if they are 16 or older or provide three emails of recommendation if they are under 16.  Volunteers should be at least 14 years of age by the first day of the camp session.  Contact us for more information about this opportunity.


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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