Students, teachers, and family members from Ludlow School who attended our 2020 Claymobile Creations Family Reception to celebrate the student artists who had work in the exhibition!
SIXTH EDITION: An update on the Claymobile and community programs!

Each day brings new information about COVID-19 and how different organizations, businesses, and schools are being affected by the virus. Here at The Clay Studio, staff is working remotely and our studios are closed to the public. You might be wondering what this looks like for a program like the Claymobile which relies on human interaction in this time of social distancing? Each member of our team is affected differently. At this time, all Claymobile programs are postponed/canceled through March 29 and will resume when schools are open again. One big project we are taking on right now is creating an online platform for sharing lesson plans for the larger art education community. Our staff teaching artists are working from home to write out some of our favorite Claymobile lessons. In the coming weeks we hope to make this resource available for everyone on our website. Stay tuned for updates!

Spotlight: Clay, Play, Read
The Clay Studio, in partnership with the Kensington and Cecil B. Moore branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia, has debuted a new clay and literacy program for families called Clay, Play, Read. At each library we will host 6 different workshops for families with children ages 3 to 8 years old focused on a new book each week. Each workshop includes a read aloud led by the librarians, an art activity, and a clay project inspired by the stories read. Families who participate also receive a Clay Kit to continue the lessons learned in the workshop at home. Each Clay Kit includes a copy of the book read in the workshop, a piece of clay, clay tools, and a play page to help caregivers activate the kits at home. On March 7 we hosted our first workshop in the series at Kensington Library for 25 participants and everyone had a blast! At this time we have decided to postpone all scheduled workshops at Kensington Library and will share an updated schedule as we know more.

To learn more about this program, please visit the Clay, Play, Read page on our website where you will find the program schedule, a sample of our first Play Page, and a video for our first at home project demo! In the future, we hope to take Clay, Play, Read on the road to other sites where we can share this program with our larger Philadelphia community. For more information about this program, please contact Megan Millman Lasiter at

Our book from workshop #1 is called "Claymates" and tells the story of two balls of clay as they transform into wonderful creatures. You can watch the story being read aloud here. Our art activity this week was a family exquisite corpse drawing. Check out one of the creations in the image on the left. This is a great activity for the whole family. You can also find some history on these drawings and see other samples from the MoMA here. We would love to see your family exquisite corpse drawings too!

Interested in bringing Claymobile to your school or organization?
Visit us at to fill out our partnership form.

Megan Millman Lasiter
Community Engagement Manager
215-925-3453 x15
The 2020 Claymobile Creations Exhibition was amazing!

The 26th annual Claymobile Creations Exhibition showcased student work from The Clay Studio's Claymobile program. Each year Claymobile students create imaginative wonders under the guidance of our talented teaching artists. The students' artwork for this years exhibition are inspired by Philadelphia art and artists. We had a number of different artists represented from ceramic artists like Roberto Lugo and Roberta Massuch, to musical artist Grover Washington Jr. and visual artist Amberella.  Check out some of the student work on our website!

Looking to experience art at home? The Clay Studio's exhibition page is perfect! Browse hundreds of unique pieces of art in our 15th annual Small Favors Exhibition. Each piece in the show must fit within a 4 x 4 inch cube and includes work from not only ceramic artists, but other media as well! Or, check out Stargazing by The Clay Studio's Residency Artist Joshua Hebbert. You can also view some pieces from Sara Parent Ramos' exhibition Praya Dubia and learn more about her work in her Emerging Artist talk from NCECA 2018.
Check out our work!
Artist Roberto Lugo (@robertolugowithoutwax) posing with student work from Southwest Leadership Academy in the Claymobile Creations exhibition!
Check out this work in progress from a student at Science Leadership Academy Middle School. This fossil lesson is part of a S.T.E.A.M.-themed residency in the school's mini-course offerings for 5th and 6th grade students.
YUM! This matching set of a pizza plate and bowl were created by students at St. Malachy School during a residency this winter!
Ever wonder how we process all of the work from Claymobile students? We have a team of staff, work exchange artists, and interns who help load and unload kilns, pug clay, glaze projects, and more, to keep our studio running. Check out work exchange artist Julie Lai glazing bowls from a Claymobile workshop.
Look at this adorable penguin made by a Claymobile student at Al Aqsa Islamic Academy.
At the Lenfest Center we celebrated the end of our residency by drinking hot chocolate out of our handmade mugs!
Thank you to all of our Claymobile sponsors

The William Penn Foundation • The Philadelphia Cultural Fund • The Connelly Foundation • The Zeldin Family Foundation 
Lincoln Financial Foundation • LMG NOL, LLC  • The Sheila Fortune Foundation • Rosenlund Family Foundation
RJ Foundation • Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation • Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial  • The Bronxville School
C. Eugene Ireland Foundation • Kistler Tiffany Benefits • Alston-Beech Foundation • Kinder Morgan Foundation 
• Fox and Roach Charities • Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition • Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. 
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Fall 2018 Claymobile Newsletter

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