Yay Clay is one of the newest and most deserving additions to the always-impressive Best of Philly list.
Owner Keith is an incredibly patient teacher, whose teaching style is clear, enthusiastic and inspires confidence in even the most neurotic student (um… yeah, that’s me. ) Not only did my mom and I go from zero-to-“you made a thing! a real thing!”, Keith explained every part of the process and materials in a way that was interesting and engaging, and set the precedent for us to begin to establish good technique, skills and practices.
Yay Clay is a gorgeous, well-lit, well-stocked, well-organized studio that could easily accommodate large or small groups and individuals. It would be a great place for a party (not just for kids– I’m looking at you, friends who still do birthdays at bars) date night, or, as I did, a rainy Saturday afternoon.
In terms of location, It might seem like you’re heading into the middle of nowhere Port Richmond but in reality, it was a 10 minute drive from my center city apartment and if I hadn’t been there with my mom, I would have been comfortable riding my bike (if it was daytime)
It’s also a totally appropriate workspace for a serious or amateur potter– there’s lockers, plenty of workspace, great hours, and a fridge, if you’re looking to clock a lot of time in the studio. As a printmaker, Yay Clay feels like home, as it reminds me of my favorite print studios in terms of cleanliness, organization and resources. There’s a great selection of glazes and tools and two kilns. I can imagine there are some very beautiful and interesting things made at Yay Clay and I’m hoping to make some of my own.
I’m so glad Keith & co. set up shop in Philly and I’m looking forward to spending more time there. Hooray for Yay Clay!
***UPDATE***: It’s been 3 days since my visit and I can’t stop thinking about throwing on the wheel. All I want to do is throw pots. Future potter, right here. Thanks Keith!