A non-profit clay arts studio providing a home for a growing clay arts community. We offer ceramics classes and host workshops by nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists.
ClaySpace NFP was conceived by a small group of people who formed a bond while taking continuing education ceramics classes. They envisioned a studio where one could study and work free of the constraints of the traditional college model. Their divergent backgrounds and educational disciplines came together in a shared desire to cultivate their learning in the ceramic arts. Pooling their talents and resources they created a studio that addressed their wishes, founding ClaySpace NFP in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Illinois corporation designed to provide a rich learning and working environment to its members, as well as offer ceramic classes to the public at large.
Originally located in Warrenville, along the West Branch of the DuPage River, ClaySpace has recently moved to a substantially larger facility in Lisle across from the Lisle Public Library.
The recent ClaySpace relocation affords the space required to expand the membership, class schedule, and gallery as all continue in production of clay and glass projects.
To develop, sustain and promote a nonprofit art-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts to its Resident Artists and to the general public.
There is great joy in creating a new work in glass or clay, starting with raw material headed towards a desired outcome. The process of building the new work teaches patience, eases anxiety, and can show us a new way of being. Each creation in glass or clay sets in motion the maker’s energy which is then made permanent through fire. The end result is a physical memory that can last for generations or break into pieces if dropped. Even broken, there is much to be learned. Children and adults build on life skills by working in the arts. Communication, problem solving, fine motor, social, and emotional skills are all honed as the person enters the world of creation, learning ay each step of the process lessons not taught in their daily routine. This is a process as opposed to a product, it is not necessary to create a masterpiece to have a meaningful experience. ClaySpace endeavors to provide this experience on multiple levels for all those involved in the mission.
Resident Artist Memberships
Our Resident Artists members receive full and unlimited access to the studio and equipment and are also responsible for active participation in running of the enterprise.
The internship program is designed as an extension of the educational experience for individuals seriously planning to pursue a career in the ceramic arts. Our intention is to provide a supportive, mentoring environment to assist the intern in developing the skills needed for the next level of their ceramic career. Click here for the online application.
Classes are taught by experienced educators and are available for all levels of ceramics knowledge. Customized classes can be designed for special subjects or to host events such as team building exercises, anniversary events, as well as kid friendly events such as birthday parties and scout events.
Our on-site gallery features work by our resident artists, interns and students.
Workshops and Events
ClaySpace regularly hosts workshops conducted by notable local artists as well as internationally celebrated artists.
Events and Community Outreach
Participating in the Naperville Women's Club Art Fair, ClaySpace added
approximately $3,000 to the Empty Bowls campaign. Empty Bowls is an
international effort by potters and other artists to raise money for local food
pantries. ClaySpace members and students produced work to sell at the fair, the
proceeds of which help to fight hunger.