Nestled behind the main building for the Center for the Arts, you will find a haven for those who love to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. The Clay Studio is the perfect place to put your heART into your love of pottery.


Click here for a printable schedule for the Spring clay studio schedule 2014

Click here for a link to our BMCA Clay BLOG!


This SUMMER, check about our private instruction

with Mathilda Tanner or Charles Freeland!

Charles is our BMCA Clay Studio Manager and brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Center for the Arts.  He is a graduate of Austin College and the University of North Texas.  He holds an MFA in ceramics with a minor in painting and drawing.  Charles has taught at a number of different programs from Texas to Illinois.  While in Illinois, Charles taught for Bradley University, Lakeland Community College and Eastern Illinois University in a variety of areas from ceramics to multicultural aesthetics. A member of the Illinois Artisans Program who shows work in the state run gallery system.  For ten years  he was a part of Sally Jones Pottery in Montreat, from artist-in-residence to technical supervisor.  Charles also works at the Squeaky Wheel in the River Arts District and produces his own ceramics in his studio.  He is the consummate professional potter/teacher!

Mathilda is an artist residing in Black Mountain NC, d/b/a Firefly Arts. She was Artist in Residence at Chilmark Pottery, Martha’s Vineyard summers from 1994 to 2010, managing the business in 2009-2010. She is a Cum Laude Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and holds a Master’s Degree, Secondary Education (Special Education, Life Sciences), New York City Teaching Fellows’ Program (Mercy College).  She is already well-known in our area for her fabulous and amazing surface textures and carvings in clay!  Come and join in the creativity….


OR  try a week long experience with Maureen Joyce!

Adult Clay Camp

The Arts Center is happy to welcome back potter Maureen Joyce who has been leading adult clay camp sessions here for the last three years. This camp is Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18. No experience required. Tuition includes clay, glazes and firing: $175 prior to June 27, $200 after.

Monday and Tuesday from 9-12 pm campers will immerse themselves in clay at the Clay Studio. Wednesday the class meets from 1 pm – 4 pm at the Clay Studio. Thursday class will carpool off location for a RAKU firing that will begin at 9 am.  The session concludes Friday at the Clay Studio to unload the kiln and take part in a critique from 9-10 am.

Maureen Joyce, who studied Fine Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, has been involved in various mediums of art during her career. She took classes at the BMCA Clay Studio, opened a studio in her home, offered a variety of classes to adults and children at BMCA, and continued her education at a community college when she moved to Pennsylvania.  Joyce specializes in face vases and raku.