Setup a Home Studio

Many of us are spending more time at home these days and you may be thinking outside the box for something to do. How about a temporary clay studio at home? Check out the following video if you need some help getting it set up. MCP is continuing to sell bagged clay on a pickup basis and although our in-person wheel classes are cancelled, we will run an online handbuilding class with bi-weekly virtual meetings and demonstration videos. Sign up in our online store.

Setup a clay studio at home:
https://youtu.be/cy6y7PrlBoY

Safer At Home Emergency Order

As of 8am Wednesday, 3/25/20 Midwest Clay Project will close in compliance with Gov. Evers’ Safer At Home Emergency Order. Member access is included in this closure. Clay may be purchased on a pickup basis. All other studio business will cease until the Emergency Order is lifted.

Be well, be safe, and get creative with your time!

Changes in response to Coronavirus.

Community art bring people together. It’s one of the greatest things about MCP. Public response to the coronavirus is challenging this. MCP is working hard to find a thoughtful, generous and proactive path forward. However, it seems undeniable that the safest response to the Coronavirus for the next few weeks is to practice social distancing.

In consideration of this and local public policy, I have decided to:

Delay the Spring Session classes 3 weeks to 4/6/20 – 5/16/20.

Close Drop-In Open Studio until April 6th.

 Studio Members access remains open.

We will continue to monitor the best advice available from the Centers for Disease Control and update policy as needed.

Moving in at 78 N Bryan St.

The relocation to our new studio is underway. We are putting the finishing touches on things and plan to move out of our current location this weekend (Feb 21-23). Drop-In visits for children and adult OPEN STUDIO will be closed (winter students welcome) through the end of February as we re-organize, but the disruption will be well worth it! Our new space is 3x larger with a separate classroom space and the addition of private studios, plus a bit more elbow room for everybody. Come to our GRAND RE-OPENING event Saturday, March 7th 1-5pm.

Mural in progress in the classroom space.

New Year, New Location

Happy New Year!! I am ecstatic to finally make public the news that MCP has secured a lease for our new space! Some of you may be surprised that it is NOT in the former Oscar Mayer property as previously intended. Instead, Midwest Clay Project will move in March 2020 to:

78 NORTH BRYAN STREET

The Details:
-78 N Bryan Street (near intersection of Milwaukee St and Fair Oaks Ave.)
-4800 sq ft (3x our current studio!)
-classroom studio and common studio
-8 private studio spaces (roughly 10’x10′)
-space for up to 4 electric kilns
-glaze and clay mixing room
-keypad door access
-24/7 member access
-concrete floors
-close to the bike path and yummy restaurants

Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from Midwest Clay Project! We hope you enjoy some well-deserved time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family as 2019 comes to a close. Our hours for Kids’ Open Studio and Adult Open Studio over the next couple of weeks are listed below:

Monday 12/23 1-5 pm
Tuesday 12/24 CLOSED
Wednesday 12/25 CLOSED
Thursday 12/26 3-6 pm
Friday 12/27 3-6 pm
Saturday 12/28 12-5 pm
Monday 12/30 3-6 pm
Tuesday 12/31 10 am-3 pm
Wednesday 1/1 1-5 pm

Hours resume as normal for January.

Giving THANKS

Happy Thanksgiving!! We here at MCP are taking a break from preparing and firing pottery for our December 6th Holiday Sale to enjoy some time around the table with family and friends.

As a result we will be closed Wednesday 11/27 to Friday 11/29. Drop-In hours will resume on Small Business Saturday 11/30 1-5pm.

As I reflect upon what I have to be thankful for I can’t help but think of the amazing community of makers and friends that has developed over the past nine years at Midwest Clay Project. I am excited to see how MCP grows and develops as we embark on filling out our new studio space!