May Clay Giveaway

Starting DateMay 13, 2020

Ending DateJune 15, 2020

Ticket Pricesfree

Event Description

May Clay Giveaway, Curbside!


All clay has been claimed.




The one-pound bags of clay will be available for you to pick up, curbside, at the main front entrance of The Phipps, at the corner of 1st and Locust Streets, on the following days and times:


Thursday, May 14, 1 – 5 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. – 12 noon


Enter the front driveway from the Locust Street entrance and wait in your car in line, if there are cars in front of you. Remember to practice social distancing and remain in your vehicle until it is your turn to drive up to where the clay will be waiting. Take any bag – the numbers on them are not pre-assigned.






Before you start working with your clay, we ask that all participants watch the short video introduction above. This video will show you how to work with your clay to prevent air bubbles from forming, which can cause cracks and even explosions when being fired in the kiln. It will address how to dry your projects properly and includes other helpful tips for working with clay. 


We also encourage you to watch three additional videos made by Brittany Polzin, ceramic studio manager, demonstrating projects you can create using your clay.  In these videos, you will be shown hand-building techniques to create maracas, a succulent planter and whimsical animal sculptures. They will be available after March 12 also on The Phipps YouTube channel, via Facebook, and on The Phipps website. You should be able to make two of these projects using your one-pound bag.


In the first May Clay tutorial, Brittany is teaching a pinch pot technique for making a succulent planter!


For the next May Clay tutorial, we’re expanding on the pinch pot technique to make maracas!


The last May Clay tutorial is two tutorials in one- learn how to make a clay turtle and hedgehog!





Note: Be sure to scratch the 3 digit number written on your bag clearly into the bottom of your work, and remember that number. This will help us sort the projects to facilitate the pick-up and help you identify your final project(s).


Drop off your work to be fired on the following dates and times at the same place where you picked up your clay:


Thursday, May 28, 1 – 5 p.m.

Friday, May 29, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. – 12 noon


Note: When you deliver your work to be fired it will be in its most fragile state!  To prevent damage, we suggest you transport in a box and protect with bubble wrap or newspaper. Please unpack, set on the carts in front of The Phipps, and take the packaging with you.  You might want to save the packaging to use when picking up your final work.


Your work will be coated in clear glaze to make it food, microwave and dishwasher safe.




You will receive an e-mail with an update on the firing to confirm that finished work will be ready for pick up on the following dates and times:


Thursday, June 11, 1 – 5 p.m.

Friday, June 12, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. – 12 noon


Disclaimer: The Phipps cannot guarantee that projects will not be damaged during this project. All participants must understand that things can go wrong at any stage of this complex process, including damage caused during the kiln firing — if clay contains air bubbles it can cause them to explode.  The multiple times the pieces must be transported and moved by you and by us also adds to the possibility of damage.  While we hope this does not happen, we also hope you decide to participate for the experience of making and that you understand if your project does not turn out as planned.


Thank you again for your participation.  We would love to see your working process and what you create! Share a picture on Facebook or Instagram. If you tag Phipps Center for the Arts and use #MayClayGiveaway, we will share it to our story!


Participating in the May Clay Giveaway is free, but we encourage you to consider supporting The Phipps by becoming a member or making a donation. It’s easy to do, just follow this link —


If you have any questions, please contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at

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