Clay Associates is a ceramics studio whose mission is the advancement of the clay arts and of arts in general. Established in 1986 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, it is a structured collective of nine associates - potters and sculptors. It maintains studio and classroom space in an encouraging and nourishing environment to promote growth in the creation and teaching of the clay arts.
As put so well by Paulus Berensohn in 'Finding One's Way with Clay' - "To form something with clay, whether to use or look at, is one of the most basic human experiences available to all of us. In an age of ready-mades, where we are not given an opportunity for full participation in the objects of our lives, the highly plastic material of clay offers us that now rare experience of seeing something through from the very beginning."
The appeal of this experience is probably what draws most people to Clay Associates.