The Ceramic Shop

★★★★★
  • 3245 Amber StSte 1

    Philadelphia, PA 19134

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  • 215-427-9665

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The Ceramic Shop might be one of Phillys best kept secrets. Nestled in the old Oliver Knitting Factory in Port Richmond, it is not just a wholesaler; they rent affordable studio space to clay artists ($160/mo. at present), conduct beginner and intermediate classes; and also carry a nice selection of tools, clay bodies, kilns, wheels, and glazes in their retail shop. My class experience is limited to working with Brooke Hine; she is a patient and proficient instructor. I've taken her "beginner" class 3 times. Regardless of my unusual ceramic experimentation -- from the wheel... to handbuilding... to making turtle spas or lizard condos... or throwing bird feeders... or making a clock...Brooke has always been supportive and her experience valuable. I've taken classes elsewhere and spent a month making nothing but vases . It is unusual to have a MFA instructor in a small community ceramics class and I'm sure all the students appreciate Brooke and the Ceramic Shop as much as I do. I've observed the interactions among some of the studio artists and the shop management and everyone seems to get along well and the owner actually meets with the studio artists periodically for their input and collaboration. While not exactly "World Class" this unique studio in Philly deserves your attention and 5 stars.

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The Ceramic Shop might be one of Phillys best kept secrets. Nestled in the old Oliver Knitting Factory in Port Richmond, it is not just a wholesaler; they rent affordable studio space to clay artists ($160/mo. at present), conduct beginner and intermediate classes; and also carry a nice selection of tools, clay bodies, kilns, wheels, and glazes in their retail shop. My class experience is limited to working with Brooke Hine; she is a patient and proficient instructor. I've taken her "beginner" class 3 times. Regardless of my unusual ceramic experimentation -- from the wheel... to handbuilding... to making turtle spas or lizard condos... or throwing bird feeders... or making a clock...Brooke has always been supportive and her experience valuable. I've taken classes elsewhere and spent a month making nothing but vases <yawn>. It is unusual to have a MFA instructor in a small community ceramics class and I'm sure all the students appreciate Brooke and the Ceramic Shop as much as I do. I've observed the interactions among some of the studio artists and the shop management and everyone seems to get along well and the owner actually meets with the studio artists periodically for their input and collaboration. While not exactly "World Class" this unique studio in Philly deserves your attention and 5 stars.

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