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Claymakers

4.8

451 S Driver St
Durham, NC 27703
Phone: (919) 530-8355
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Photo of Melvin Pena Melvin Pena
Dec 22, 2021 5

Claymakers in Old East Durham is a spacious, well-ventilated, and welcoming place to learn and practice ceramics. There are fun classes with patient teachers - a new session starts every 7 or so weeks - and reasonably-priced open studio hours if you just need a wheel or a place to work on and fire/glaze your clay. I have been taking classes since the Foster Street days and have massive respect for the management and how they have navigated the pandemic since the beginning. The focus is always on keeping the community safe, healthy, and happy. Can't speak more highly of the community center that new Claymakers has become since reopening at the Driver St location. It is an incredible place for pottery and pottery-adjacent activity and fellowship. Support your local ceramics non-profit; donate if you can to help keep them going!

Photo of Laura Webb Laura Webb
Nov 23, 2021 5

Love the new location. Plenty of parking and easier to get to.

Photo of Len Stanley Len Stanley
Oct 2, 2021 5

They have awesome salads, not ordinary lettuce, tomato.,etc...but LOTS OF GOODIES on each kind. Also plenty of things like pizza, regular burgers, meals, etc

Photo of Katie Arnold Katie Arnold
Sep 8, 2021 5

Welcoming community. One of my happy places.

Photo of Katie King Katie King
Feb 3, 2017 5

Taken so many classes here. Great teachers and facilities. Wonderful community

Photo of Jess Sandford Jess Sandford
Feb 18, 2018 5

Great classes, knowledgeable staff.

Photo of Julie Pitts Julie Pitts
Mar 6, 2019 5

Great place to work on clay and take classes. Staff is friendly

Photo of Blake Walker Blake Walker
Feb 25, 2020 5

A special thanks to Mack for the incredible management of the office, general community culture and helpful website. A very positive environment and encouraging group. Mack offers great coaching and instruction. Definitely a. Judgement free space. A beautiful gallery upfront with strong rotating collections on reasonable offer. A lot of talent showcased here. Durham needs a whole lot more of this energy and initiative in order to grow forward into the 21st Century.

Photo of Ingrid Morris Ingrid Morris
Feb 1, 2020 5

Lovely studio, friendly staff and a nice community

Photo of Chris Sherman Chris Sherman
Feb 9, 2020 5

I take classes here and have for many years. Claymakers has a very large selection of clay and glazes (reduction and oxidation). They have 3 electric kilns, a gas kiln, a soda kiln, and a couple of raku kilns. There is a store with a wide selection of tools and underglaze, and of course, pottery. And of course, a gallery which is constantly mixing things up. The classes teach from raw beginner to all kinds of advanced classes, thrown and hand-built. There is a lot of open studio time to practice what you’ve learned. The instructors are great and the students friendly and having fun. If you’re interested in clay arts at all, come by and have a look.

Photo of Brock Sliter Brock Sliter
Nov 25, 2019 5

Would recommend to people of any skill level. I'm terrible at pottery but have always had fun in their classes thanks to the instructors and fellow classmates.

Photo of Maria Justice Maria Justice
Jun 22, 2019 4

Great place to take classes. Some of the folks there can be rude to newcomers, in that regard, DAC clay studio has friendlier people.

Photo of Steven Wilson Steven Wilson
Mar 16, 2019 5

A wonderful community of artists and students.

Photo of M H M H
Apr 24, 2019 5

Interesting classes, friendly supportive community, knowledgeable staff

Photo of Sophie McMillian Sophie McMillian
Jan 26, 2019 5

Great studio! Wonderful working space, knowledgable and friendly teachers. They also have a small clay supplies section... reasonably priced and stocked pretty well!

Photo of Christine Dickerson Christine Dickerson
Apr 5, 2019 5

A great escape where one can practice or learn to make pottery. All the tools you need and teachers too. A wonderful experience for the newbie to the art of ceramics or a great studio space for the experienced.

Photo of Xixi Yi Xixi Yi
Apr 19, 2019 5

Cool community space for those interested in clay. Offers classes for all skill sets, in different methods of working with clay, and also offer open studio time for those who wants to do their own thing. Really supportive community.