Chances are, If you can think it up, we can create it for you at YAY CLAY!
YAY CLAY! is honored to have worked with some of the nations top designers, restaurants, architects, artists and globally recognized organizations. We take pride in providing affordable and reliable results. Our vast knowledge of all things clay as well as access to cutting edge technology have allowed us to work with some incredibly talented groups.
We remember our humble beginnings, throwing pots on a kick wheel in our parent’s basement, so we understand what it means to want to grow an idea or business to the next level. We love working with small shops and independent artists to help bring all projects, small and large to fruition.
If you have the idea but not sure how to bring those two-dimensional forms on paper into the real world let us help you. Send us an email us or call us directly and we can discuss all the options available. Even if YAY CLAY! is not able take on your next project, we love to play nice with other artists and fabricators who can possibly help.
Listed are some of the clients who YAY CLAY! has had the pleasure of collaborating with.
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- Felt + Fat
Fired work for Felt and Fat
YAY CLAY! is proud to have helped fire pottery wares for the talented designers who created the Felt + Fat brand
- 11 Madison Park
Pottery wheel thrown creamers made for NYC restaurant, 11 Madison Park
Thrown forms that were thrown in the Montclair, NJ studio.
100 custom ceramic plates designed for Chopped Chef Einat Admony, owner of NYC middle eastern restaurant, Balaboosta.
Einat Admony approached YAY CLAY! with the need for colorful, functional plates that fit the restaurant's stylish decor. The salmon and turquoise colored plates pictured in use are what the YAY CLAY! team brought to the table.
- Philadelphia International Airport
YAY CLAY! collaborates on a permanent installation housed at the Philadelphia International Airport.
Currently on permanent display inside Philadelphia International Airport is work created by Keith Grabowsky and wife Christie Irizarry. The installation was designed by Mathew Price and the name of the installation is called The Philadelphia Story. Our contribution to the project was a hand printer ceramic tile.
- Montclair Art Museum
YAY CLAY! helps set up and teach classes at the Yard School located in Montclair, NJ.
Montclair native, Keith Grabowsky helped design the Montclair Art Museums Yard school ceramics facility. Keith also taught multiple advanced throwing pottery classes once the facility was successfully built.
- University of the Arts
YAY CLAY! and University of the Arts students team up and create a permenant art installation.
Over the course of a 6-hour intensive workshop, University of the Arts students worked with guidance from the YAY CLAY! team to collectively bring an idea from start to finish. The goal was to create a large-scale working fountain with ceramic pebbles in the base that would ultimately be installed on the campus.
- The Gap
YAY CLAY! hosts a private event with team members from The Gap
A night of learning, fun, and clay making culminated when The Gap group joined YAY CLAY!. As you can see from the pictures, the group was able to construct some pretty awesome food safe pottery that they can show off to their friends and family.
- Seth Wolfson
For more than a decade, photographer Seth Wolfson has been capturing on camera YAY CLAY's best moments in the ceramic field.
Seth's love and deep understanding of the camera allowed him to approach each ceramic piece in a truly elegant way. Throughout the years Seth has been able to skillfully capture workshops, installations and much of the YAY CLAY! brand.
- KB Toys
YAY CLAY! sculpted a ceramic planter in the style of a minion from Disney's motion picture Minions.
KB Toys commissioned YAY CLAY! to hand sculpt the Disney movie character from Minions in the style of a ceramic planter. Once completed KB Toys would use the finished design to make molds and duplicate the finished form for mass distribution.
- The Hink Building
Historic preservation and replication of terra cotta tiles inside the Hink building in Montclair, NJ
This project consisted of working with architect and design team to replicate broken and missing earthenware terracotta tiles. Each replicated tile showcased the design teams dedication to preserving the historic building's original interior.
- Pete Callas
Hand built and wheel thrown sections were utilized in sculptures for Peter Callas
During the span of 6 months YAY CLAY! helped construct large-scale sculptures with Peter Callas. Also during this time, YAY CLAY! assisted in prepping and maintaining multiple anagama firings (wood burning kiln).
- Paul Santoleri
Consulted with Mr. Santoleri and fired over 80 large scale hand painted tiles
After consulting with us, Mr. Santoleri he created over the span of 1 year a large-scale mural installed at the Philadelphia International Airport. Paul Santoleri hand painted over 80 tiles and fired the work at YAY CLAY!
- Jerry Bennett
Paper clay workshops held inside the YAY CLAY! space hosted by Jerry Bennett
YAY CLAY! and Jerry Bennett hosted a unique paper making workshop inside the space. Participants in the workshop learned how to make there own paper clay as well as many creative hand building techniques that Mr. Bennett has mastered throughout his career.
- Mary Beth McAllister
YAY CLAY! and designer Mary Beth McAllister team up and create an installation showcased at the mansion in May tour at Iconic Blairsden.
"Featured Sculptor of the Month" - YAY CLAY! worked with designer Mary Beth McAllister, Alex Kachenko, Gabriel Ortiz, within the studio to create the multiple pieces of the installation. In the NewJersey Hills newspaper article "McAllister said she spent the winter working on the ceramic garden sculptures at YAY CLAY! Studios in Philadelphia. She hand-crafted the heads, arms and hands and lead sculptor Alexander Kachenko crafted the support structures and bodies and helped McAllister assemble the final sculptures, she said". The show was entitled, The Garden Keepers.
- Mel Branco Bowman
Commissioned handmade ceramic backsplash created for Mel Branco Bowman
Blueprints and measurements provided to YAY CLAY! for the construction of a custom ceramic backsplash to be installed in the homeowner's kitchen. The homeowner provided images of colors she liked as well as exact measurements needed.
When we asked Mel to be included in this commissioned works page she responded, "I'm still loving my backsplash and it looks great! I wish we lived closer because my son would be in your shop every day making creations.
- Mathew Price
YAY CLAY! and fabricator Mathew Price invent a new pottery wheel bat that resistants warping and is flame retardant.
Matthew Price, owner and operator of Jonathan Alden Designs worked with YAY CLAY! constructing a unique design for the pottery throwing bat system. Using his CNC machines and a set of precise computer files, Matt cut out 10 aluminum circles with exact hole dimensions for placement on top of the pottery wheels. This new design replaced the alternative plastic material used on the market and will allow users to use flame on the bats and prevent warping permanently.
- Simon Rigg
Kiln firings as well as technical clay consulting spanning years of work with artist Simon Rigg.
Simon Rigg and YAY CLAY! have been working with one another for years. Simon has been firing work and consulting with YAY CLAY! on numerous art installations that have been featured in galleries all over the world and as far as Australia.
- The Crop Shop
YAY CLAY! consults with paint your own pottery studio in Hoboken, NJ.
YAY CLAY! guides business owner of The Crop Shop, Erika Jones in the right direction in order to get her paint your own pottery studio firing pottery.