In accordance with city guidelines, The Clay Studio is resuming fall term classes on January 16, and our winter term begins February 8. Check for general updates here. Meanwhile, explore our virtual classes, talks, and events, and help support our teachers and artists.

DATE NIGHTS are currently on hold due to the pandemic. You are welcome to purchase Gift Certificates for future workshops (Date Nights will be back!)

Scott Lykens

As a formally trained studio potter, I enjoy participating in the processes of ceramics. It is not simply the destination that grows me as an artist but rather the entire journey. I make my clay, slips and glazes, and paint my images all on forms I have made by hand. I fire these red earthenware pots a little hotter than traditional majolica potters and they ring like porcelain as opposed to dull expected from terra cotta flower pots. I prefer to use red earthenware clay because its working class roots appeal to me. My forms are references from my academic background and my images depict a story of events in my life. Typically these events have been a thorn in my side and I find painting the images a cathartic resolution. I have never enjoyed telling sad stories so the images I paint do not seem to reflect the thorns but rather appear to be a gathering of bright cheerful colors and images that raise a smile or eyebrow rather than make your shoulders sink. Often the titles create a scene or a prelude to the story each piece tells. I do try to keep utility in mind however as I still want to make pots that people enjoy using.

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