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About Us

Core Clay has been serving the city of Cincinnati since 2005. Through its many transformations over the last 17 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.

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It is currently store policy that in order to gain entry to the 2nd floor studio, we require a COVID-19 vaccination card to be presented at the front desk. Masks are strongly encouraged. 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

 
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Our Staff

 
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Laura Davis

Owner  |  She/Her

Laura has been working in clay since 2002. Her work is 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  |  She/Her

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.

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Emily Hobart

Studio Manager  |  She/Her

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.)

Elizabeth Given

Kiln Boss  |  She/Her

Liz moved to Cincinnati 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.

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Sam Buganski

Gallery Director  |  He/Him

Sam is a graduate from Otterbein University with a BA in Ceramics. He is currently making a body of work centering form, color, and texture.

Lexie Koch

Artist In Residence  |  She/Her

Lexie moved to Cincinnati after she received her BFA in Crafts from Kutztown University in 2021.  She was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania which is where she took her first pottery class with her mom! Check her out on Instagram as @made_by_lexie.

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Nicholaus Westerkamp

Head of Glazing & Beginner Wheel Instructor  |  She/Her

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. 

Mike O'Neil

Instructor  |  He/Him

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.

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Dana Makstaller

Instructor  |  She/Her

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.

Veronica (Vern) Lash

Date Night Instructor | She/Her

Veronica is a student in her 5th year at Northern Kentucky University, pursuing a BFA in Spatial Art with a Minor in Digital Effects. Here, she helps out with general studio tasks and teaches Friday date nights.
Ceramic Specialty: Nasty Little Dudes

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Alondra Biberos

Artist In Residence | She/Her

Alondra Biberos is a sculptor from the Pacific Northwest. Before moving to Cincinnati, she graduated with her BFA in 2019 from the University of Idaho. Her work often integrates human digits and household objects to create a satirical narrative.

Darrin Simmons

Artist In Residence | He/Him

Darrin moved to Cincinnati after completing a residency at the Pittsburgh Center or Art and Media in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before that he attended University of Illinois for his BA and then Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where he received his MFA in ceramics. Much of his work explores narrative
vessels and figurative works based on everyday life.

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Hannnah Bundschuh

DAAP Intern and Reclaim Enthusiast | She/Her

Hannah is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. She has a background in printmaking and she enjoys finding ways to incorporate this into her ceramics work. Her work often tackles conversations surrounding existential fear and anxiety, and as such she prefers to create functional pieces to bring those conversations into the everyday.

Artist In Residence Program

What we do here @ Core Clay

Core Clay is a privately owned clay studio with 100+ 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 artists and students 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 want to 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.


One Year Residency Information:

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


Opportunities

  • 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 (limited availability)

  • Opportunities for employment at Core and 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

Application:

  • 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



Short Term Residency (One Month):

We're now offering a short term residency for one month in September 2022. With the arrival of NCECA in 2023 we'd like to provide makers the opportunity to create a body of work on-site with housing provided and much of the same opportunities listed above. The residency would start September 1st and end October 1st. 


Required Activities

  • Participate and moderate our monthly studio critique

  • Minimum 20 hours per week working in the studio on your personal body of work

  • Teach at least one class or workshop of your choice

  • Have a set schedule for open studio hours 


Opportunities

  • Clay supplies at cost during residency

  • Free workspace and firing

  • Opportunities to sell work in the gallery

  • Free housing (furnished apartment)

Deadline

  • Application packet must be postmarked by June 1st 

  • Notification of acceptance will be given at the beginning of July

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

Application:

  • 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 statement of goals and objectives to work toward during residency. What do you want to make while your here and what is your projected schedule for the four weeks?

  • 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 studio@coreclay.com

or call us at 513-351-0036

 

Previous Artists In Residence

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

 
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Hannah Staber

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Amy Pellegrino

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Leila Srouji

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Kerie Johannes

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Rachel Donner

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Emily Hobart

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Evelyn Wilde

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Nikki Marie

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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.

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Scholarship Fund

$10 a Month 

All money in this tier goes to supporting underserved communities 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.

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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 underserved communities.

 
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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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