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!
Nov 23, 2021
Love the new location. Plenty of parking and easier to get to.
Oct 2, 2021
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
Sep 8, 2021
Welcoming community. One of my happy places.
Feb 3, 2017
Taken so many classes here. Great teachers and facilities. Wonderful community
Feb 18, 2018
Great classes, knowledgeable staff.
Mar 6, 2019
Great place to work on clay and take classes. Staff is friendly
Feb 25, 2020
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.
Feb 1, 2020
Lovely studio, friendly staff and a nice community
Feb 9, 2020
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.
Nov 25, 2019
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.
Jun 22, 2019
Great place to take classes. Some of the folks there can be rude to newcomers, in that regard, DAC clay studio has friendlier people.
Great studio! Wonderful working space, knowledgable and friendly teachers. They also have a small clay supplies section... reasonably priced and stocked pretty well!
Apr 5, 2019
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.
Apr 19, 2019
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.