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.
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:
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.
Quickbooks Wizard | She/her
Anne does so many behind-the-scenes things to make sure we stay afloat! She's an enthusiastic member of our staff that's ready and willing to jump in on any task. Before she made pots, she was a journalist for many years. Pictured alongside her is her best kitty, George.
Studio Tech | They/Them
Mason came to Core Clay initially as a student co-op. At the end of the semester, we persuaded them to stay on as a part time employee while earning their BFA at the University of Cincinnati. Now Mason helps out with loading kilns, mixing glazes, and all-around functional.
Veronica (Vern) Lash
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 and Thursday night beginner wheel.
Ceramic Specialty: Nasty Little Dudes
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.
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.
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.