FALL 2018
Claymobile teaching artist Emma Pilon with two students from Moffet Elementary School. 

In-school, after-school, and festivals, OH MY!
Claymobile was busier than ever this fall! We visited over 25 different sites for residencies, workshops, festivals, and more! Our schedule is jammed packed with many of our fall regulars like George Meade Elementary School and Science Leadership Academy Middle School, and many new sites too, like Mastery Prep Elementary School and James R. Ludlow School. We've had an eventful fall and don't plan to slow down anytime soon! We are ready to book your winter and spring programs now!

In addition to taking Claymobile on the road, we try to schedule a few moments throughout the year to bring the team together for professional development opportunities. This October we gathered at the University of the Arts with three staff from their Arts Education Department to learn more about classroom management and working with special populations. Our team collected new ideas for creating adaptive tools for working with clay, reviewed best practices for effective classroom management during our sessions, and learned about a variety of resources to help us be better teachers in the classroom. It’s always a pleasure to come together and learn new ways to improve our teaching practices.

Spotlight: Kensington CAPA Claymobile Residency
Sentiments from our Community Engagement Assistant, Nitza Rosario…
"I was excited when Kensington CAPA was selected as a site for Claymobile. I graduated from Kensington High School in 1986 (Nitza's graduation photo on the left) and although it is a new building, I wanted to return to my roots. This is the only Claymobile site that has 3 pottery wheels and a kiln. We also worked with this site for 12 weeks; each week after a hand-building demonstration the majority of the class created work, while 3 practiced on the wheel. For most students, after one attempt they were done, but not Edgar (featured throwing on the wheel below)!  Edgar is from San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, and came to the United States after Hurricane Maria hit the island 2 years ago. 

Edgar was the only student to attempt the wheel multiple times. The classroom teacher at Kensington allows the students to practice during their lunch periods. Edgar took advantage of this opportunity, and week to week proudly showed us his progress. Teaching Edgar was also a nice change of pace, because I was able to speak with him, and some of the other students, in Spanish.

This class was extra special for me, not only did I share my true love of pottery (throwing), but also practiced my Spanish with part of the class."

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Megan Millman
Community Engagement Manager
215-925-3453 x15
25 years of Claymobile!
Join us on First Friday in January to help us celebrate the 25th annual Claymobile Creations exhibition at The Clay Studio! This year's theme focuses on Earth Elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Students created pieces ranging from a giant group-sculpt dragon to hanging mobiles each representing a different element. The exhibition is on view from January 4th through January 27th, 2019.
Our 2019 Claymobile Creations Family Reception will take place on Sunday, January 13th from 1 pm to 3 pm. All families of the artists in the show are welcome to join us for an afternoon of food and fun! If you have any questions, please contact Megan Millman, Community Engagement Manager at or 215-925-3453 x15. We hope to see you there!
Check out our work!
Ever wonder what our kilns look like full of student work ready to be fired!? Here are some ice cream bowls and figurines created by Claymobile students.
Student work from our partnership with Women Against Abuse. Students are preparing fish and other sea creatures for their display in our annual Claymobile Creations exhibition.
6th grade students at E.M. Stanton School designed positive affirmations written in clay to share with fellow students, teachers, family, and friends.
Finished work from students at William Hunter School. This work is the culmination of a 12-week residency with their after-school program.
Calling all Teachers and OST-providers! The Clay Studio's Open House for Teachers
Join us on Sunday, January 13 from 10 am to 12 pm to learn more about The Clay Studio's programs. You will explore our Claymobile community engagement program, on-site tours and classroom workshops for students, and see curriculum examples to spark lesson ideas. During the open house you will have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of our studios and exhibitions, try the potter's wheel, and talk with staff about opportunities for your students. Teacher and community partners are welcome. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register.
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Where have we been?
Check out our Claymobile site map to see where we’ve been in the city from 2016-2018!
Thank you to all of our Claymobile sponsors

C. Eugene Ireland Foundation • Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation • Lincoln Financial Foundation • LMG NOL, LLC (Lenfest)
RJ Foundation • Rosenlund Family Foundation • The Christopher Ludwick Foundation • The Connelly Foundation
The McLean Contributionship • The Sheila Fortune Foundation • Zeldin Family Foundation
The William Penn Foundation • The Philadelphia Cultural Fund
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Fall 2018 Claymobile Newsletter

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