• WHO WE ARE •
A network of clay artists of various backgrounds and experience levels who have worked to establish a guild community with a shared mission:
"By removing barriers to participation, we seek to connect and grow a diverse community of clay artists in the eastern Ohio / western Pennsylvania region through education, public outreach, artist promotion, collaboration, resources and support."
To establish and grow a vibrant regional community of clay artists.
Improve access for people who wish to work with clay
Facilitate networking between artists
Learn together through sessions, workshops, and field trips
Promote artists via sales events and participation in markets
Encourage creativity and craftsmanship
Provide low cost studio access and reduced materials costs
Present community events to bring clay artists together to share their craft
• WHY A GUILD •
Guild: / (ɡɪld) /
an association of people with similar interests or pursuits.
especially: a group of merchants or craftspeople.
To us, a guild is much more than just an association of people with similar interests. It is a group that helps provide inspiration, training and guidance to artists advancing their craft while fostering and promoting the economic interests of their members who may sell their wares.
It is also an opportunity to build stronger relationships within the clay community as we all continue on our individual clay journeys.
• WHAT WE ARE •
The Guild maintains a website for members to collaborate in sharing resources, ideas, and to offer guidance and support to each other.
Member committees will plan and produce networking events, an annual regional studio tour, guest artist lectures, shared Guild vendor table space at regional art markets, vendor insurance coverage options and more.
In addition, The Guild operates a fully equipped, 3500 sq ft facility known as Beanpod Studios, located in New Castle, PA.
• THE STUDIO •
Opening on March 1st, 2023
The building was offered to The Guild by Jennifer and Septimus Bean, and hosts a full curriculum related to all aspects of ceramic ware.
Members may purchase Studio access passes and attend weekly instructional sessions, workshops or events.
$30 • Monthly Studio Access Pass
$12 • Single-Day Studio Access Pass
$50 • 25lbs of Clay
& Related Kiln Firings)
Workshops and Events will be offered at reduced rates for members.
All associated studio fees help The Guild cover the operational costs of maintaining the building and studio equipment.
Studio staff are volunteers working within a co-op organizational model.
• BECOME INVOLVED •
We seek active members who are interested in offering their time and talent in meeting the mission and vision of the Guild.
The Guild is inviting new members from the region including:
Kent • Youngstown • Sharon • Hermitage Slippery Rock • Butler • New Castle • Grove City • Beaver Falls and Surrounding Areas
We welcome experienced ceramicists,potters and sculptors, those new to clay and everyone in between.
Annual Membership Options
In addition to individuals, the Guild seeks to partner with regional clay studios, art centers and other related businesses to cross-promote class offerings, workshops and events in the region and surrounding areas.
How to engage as a member:
Become an active POCG Board Member
Join a committee:
Regional Studio Tour Planning
Present a Workshop
Become Studio Staff Volunteer
PennOhio Clay Guild is a 501c3 recognized organization
$25 • $50 • $100
Make a supporting financial contribution or an in-kind donation of your time, equipment, materials or supplies may be considered tax deductible depending on a donor's tax filing status.