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.
With the outbreak of COVID our daily operations have changed dramatically.
We have worked hard to update our website so that you can now order online and then pick up in store. We are short staffed due the pandemic, so it's a good idea to call and confirm pickup after you place your order. Thank you so much for your support and understanding throughout these strange and difficult times.
3846 Montgomery Rd.
Norwood, OH 45212
Hours of Operation:
12:00-4:00 Sat-Sun (STUDIO ONLY)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Artist in Residence
Hannah is one of our Artists in Residence here at Core. She made the massive move here all the way from Vienna and we're so excited to have her fresh, creative energy here in the studio!
Hannah aims to invoke a sense of wonder and other worldliness with her work. She is influenced by the non-human-made qualities in her environment: exuberant and diverse natural textures and organic patterns that emerge from growth, along with the juxtaposition of chaos and symmetry in nature.
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.
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
Core Clay is a privately owned clay studio with 60+ artists sharing space. The Clay supply business offers a line of tools, clay and glaze materials available at most clay supplies, as well as our own in-house designed glazes and tools exclusive to Core Clay. This area involves formulating and mixing glazes for sale, creating plaster forms, answering phones, helping customers, and keeping inventory levels accurate.
The public studio houses 60 artists who share ideas and interact with each other artistically. This area involves general studio maintenance, kiln loading, clay pugging, teaching beginners, and glaze mixing.
Workshops are an important opportunity to learn from outside artists and they 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 computer skills.
The Goal of the Artist in Residence Program
We provide an opportunity in an artists community for clay artists at the beginning of their careers to get a start as full time professional artists. 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 long after their program has ended. We offer a working relationship with professional artists--wheel throwers, handbuilders, and slip casters.
Participate (and possibly 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
10 hours per week working in the shop (plus additional for housing)
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?
Application packet must be postmarked by January 1st
Notification of acceptance will be given in February
Residency starts March 1st, and ends February 15th
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, or slide; we're not picky)
An updated 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:
Attn: Emily Hobart
3846 Montgomery Road
Norwood, OH 45212
Due to COVID- Emailing your application is acceptable at this time
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
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.
$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.
$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.
Clay Body and Glaze Tests
$10 a Month
Signing up for this tier will get you access to all of our posts on Patreon, a behind the scenes look at the Core Clay studio, access to our in-depth reviews on products we carry, and access to both our electric and gas fired glaze tests.
What products will we be testing? Each month we'll pick a different clay body and try out both hand-building and wheel-throwing projects. We'll then fire them in both electric and gas firings to see how they turn out. We'll let you know everything we've learned with high-quality photos included.
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.