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Tracey Bellina-Milazzo & Michelle Swafford both really have a passion for ceramics and things made of clay. Tracey met Michelle by taking her evening ceramics class at Tulane in January of 2016. Michelle was a grad student then, now adjunct professor at Tulane. They hit it off and then less than two years later Clay Center of New Orleans was born.
The Clay Center of New Orleans is a nonprofit organization that serves to grow, support and elevates the local ceramic art community by bringing high-quality ceramic art education, facilities, and professional opportunities to the city of New Orleans. By offering classes, workshops, a ceramic supply shop, and a community outreach program, they hope to build a vibrant and engaging ceramic art community in the heart of the Crescent City. Through an exhibitions program and a residency program, we also aim to connect our local community with the large and active national ceramic art community.
And to answer the most commonly asked question, no you cannot just drop off work to be on display. They have calls for entry that you can find on their website or in Ceramics Monthly magazine.
1. Tell me more about y’all.
We are a non-profit organization devoted to ceramic art.
2. How long have you been in business?
We opened in January of 2018. The organization was founded a few months before that.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
That we are here! We are the only non-profit ceramic organization available to the public too.
We are also the only place in Orleans parish that has clay for sale. We sell plaster, clay, slip, and basic tools.
5. Lagniappe Info.
This is phase one of our vision. Eventually, we would like to become a studio as well. We have kilns and wheels that are in storage just waiting for our larger space.
We see it as becoming a centralized hub for people who want to work with clay that can serve people at any level. Currently, in the city, you can find classes that serve beginners or you have university level, we want to meet the large population in between as well. This is based off an idea Michelle worked with in Baltimore called Baltimore Clayworks.
The first Friday of every month you can go check out the new exhibits, located at 1001 S. Broad in ArtEgg Studios. They are also open every Friday & Saturday from 12pm-6pm.