About Us

Core Clay has been serving the city of Cincinnati since 2005. Through its many transformations over the last 15 years, we have worked diligently to build a clay studio ready to serve the needs of our ceramics community. Originally founded in the neighborhood of Walnut Hills by owner Laura Davis, Core Clay has been dedicated to education, outreach, and service.

It is this mission that we bring with us to our new location and neighborhood of Norwood. After outgrowing our original building, we officially moved to our new home on Montgomery Road in our 15th year of operation. With the move, we now have the opportunity to achieve the dreams that were previously so unobtainable. Such as our new Bailey gas kiln, new electric kilns, event space, private classrooms, and an overall increase in space and resources for every department within Core Clay.  

Click here to find out more about the classes and services we offer.


It is currently store policy that in order to gain entry to the 2nd floor studio, we require masks to be worn at all times and a COVID-19 vaccination card to be presented at the front desk. Click here to learn more about our COVID-19 protocols. 

At this time all of our employees have now received their COVID vaccinations and booster shots.

Retail/Studio: 1912 Hudson Ave.

Gallery: 3846 Montgomery Rd.

Norwood, OH 45212

Hours of Operation:

10:00am-9:00pm Mon-Fri

9:00am-7:00pm Sat

10:00-6:00 Sun


Our Staff


Laura Davis

Studio Owner

Laura has been working in clay since 2002. Her work influenced by stained glass windows, celtic designs, cut glass, and the state of our world. She has become a little obsessed with stencils lately.

Jane Lester

Keeper of Knowledge

Jane was our second studio member when Core first opened . She makes Reiki infused pottery.

She has been known to frequent the Festival of Light shows around the Ohio area. She also keeps us sane at the studio. Without her, no one would know what to pay for their membership, the bills would go unanswered, and we would be in complete chaos.


Emily Hobart

Residency Director & Studio/Gallery Coordinator

Emily started out here as an Artist in Residence, and we liked her so much, we asked her to stay. Emily currently acts as our Residency Director and Studio/Gallery Coordinator. (She helps a little bit with everything.)

Amy Pellegrino

Residency Director & Instructor

Amy Pellegrino is a Cincinnati based artist, having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spatial Arts from Northern Kentucky University. She primarily works in ceramic, both on the pottery wheel and hand-building/sculpting. She recently graduated from an Artist in Residence here at Core Clay to full employee. She currently acts as an Instructor and Residency Director.


Mike O'Neil


Mike specializes in functional stoneware and earthenware pieces with a focus towards surface decoration. He currently works as our Lead Instructor for Monday night beginner wheel classes.

Nicholaus Westerkamp

Head of Glazing & Beginner Wheel Instructor

Nicholaus is in charge of keeping up with all our glazing needs here at Core. She's also a pretty amazing teacher to our beginner wheel students. 


Jason Trautz

Beginner Wheel Instructor

A longtime professional artist in the Cincinnati area, Jason is a first-class instructor in all things clay.

Dana Makstaller

Beginner Wheel Instructor

Dana has been with us for years now! First as a beginner student, then as a member, and now she's teaching her own beginner wheel class. We're so happy to have helped Dana start her artistic journey in clay. Now, she's ready to help her students begin theirs.


Elizabeth Given

Artist In Residence & Kiln Boss

Liz is one of the recent additions to our Artist in Residence program. New to Cincinnati, she moved here after receiving her Masters at the University of Dallas. Liz has been a badass since arriving here at Core a week before the pandemic took us into lock-down. She's helped us tremendously as we've made our way through these weird days.

Sam Buganski

Artist In Residence

Our newest addition to our residency program! Sam is a recent graduate from Otterbein University with a BA in Ceramics.


Mo Davis

Chief Security Officer

Mo is the best boy. Sure, he'll bark at you as you come through the door, but only because he's so excited to see you. Please don't mind, but do respect, his gargantuan size. (Yup, he's a Great Dane)


Artist In Residence Program

What we do here @ Core Clay

Core Clay is a privately owned clay studio with 50+ artists sharing space. Our retail supply consists of tools, clay, glaze materials, wheels, & kilns. This area involves formulating and mixing glazes for sale, creating plaster forms, answering phones, helping customers, and keeping inventory levels accurate.

The community studio houses 50+ artists who share ideas and interact with each other artistically. This area involves general studio maintenance, kiln loading, clay pugging, & teaching.

Workshops, Kiln Openings, and Gallery Openings are important opportunities to learn from outside artists and they all require extensive preparation. Artists in Residence working in this area will learn the details of putting together a multi-day event, from searching for presenters and arranging to feed and house a large group of people, to following up afterwards. This job involves developing publicity and social networking skills.

The Goal of the Artist in Residence Program

We provide an opportunity for clay artists at the beginning of their careers. Our dream is to create a community of artists that fosters creativity and practicality in the arts, and grows a long term group of contacts for artists after their program has ended. We offer a working relationship with professional artists--wheel throwers, handbuilders, and slip casters.

Required Activities

  • Participate and moderate our monthly studio critique

  • Minimum 5 hours per week working in the studio on your personal body of work

  • Organize at least one gallery exhibition of your work

  • Teach at least one class or workshop of your choice

  • 11 hours per week working in the shop


  • Studio Clay outings

  • Clay supplies at cost during residency

  • Free firing during residency (within reason)

  • Free attendance at visiting artist workshops in exchange for labor at workshop

  • Free workspace during residency

  • Opportunities to participate in sales at Core Clay

  • Free housing in exchange for labor (quantity of labor depends on housing situation)

  • Opportunities for employment at local clay businesses

So, how do you apply?

Spring Deadline:

  • Application packet must be postmarked by January 1st 

  • Notification of acceptance will be given in February

  • Residency starts March 1st, and ends February 1st

Fall Deadline:

  • Application packet must be postmarked by June 1st 

  • Notification of acceptance will be given in July

  • Residency starts September 1st, and ends August 1st


  • A portfolio of 20 shots of work (printed, on disc/flashdrive, or slide; we're not picky)

  • An up to date copy of your artist resume

  • A physical letter of recommendation from 3 ceramic artists or instructors (These can either be mailed separately or included in the application packet)

  • A brief statement of goals and objectives to work toward during residency. What do you expect from your experience?

  • Fill out this application

  • Put all these (minus the online application) into an envelope and send it to:

Core Clay

Attn: Emily Hobart

3846 Montgomery Road

Norwood, OH 45212

Still have Questions?

Send them to

or call us at 513-351-0036


Previous Artists In Residence

No longer with us but we're still cheering for them


Hannah Staber


Amy Pellegrino


Leila Srouji


Kerie Johannes


Rachel Donner


Emily Hobart


Evelyn Wilde


Nikki Marie


Jessie Rhienerth

How You Can Support Us

Patreon is a monthly subscription site were our Patrons can get access to all kinds of cool stuff. Exclusive content, seats in our workshops, firing packages, and lots more. Find out more about our packages below.


Scholarship Fund

$10 a Month 

All money in this tier goes to supporting teens in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area who, for whatever reason, do not have access to the ceramic arts. Ceramicists in the U.S. are keenly aware of the barriers inherent to the medium. It is still our duty as artists to educate the next generation and pass our knowledge on. This scholarship fund is designed to lift those barriers and provide an opportunity for education and artistic growth. All money in this tier goes directly to funding classes, supplies, firings, and memberships.

Cincinnati Packages

$15- $24 a Month

Live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Area? This package is for you. Sign up for this tier and you'll get priority firing on all of your pieces, and 5 pounds added to your firing package each month. Sign up for the $15 tier and you'll get a one day pass to the studio each month, or for $24 you'll get a seat in one of our workshops each month.


Scholarship Fund

Can't commit to a subscription? Click here to make a one time donation. All money goes directly to funding classes, supplies, firings, and memberships for teens who, for whatever reason, don't have access to ceramics.


Undergrad Co-Op Program

Join the Team

We're happy to offer undergrad students, from a number of colleges in the Cincinnati area, the opportunity to complete their co-op internship here at Core Clay. If you're interested in applying please feel free to fill out the application below.


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