1239 16th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960 www.indianriverclay.org firstname.lastname@example.org (772) 202-8598
Indian River Clay is a clay studio of full and part-time members founded in 2018 to promote the learning and development of pottery skills. We foster a community that inspires curiosity and discovery around the art and craft of clay, drawing together students, artists, and an engaged public. We believe that every person is an artist and that clay is a perfect medium through which to explore our talents. Every day in our studio we strive to deepen the connection between people and clay with the highest quality programs because we believe that shared creativity, so fundamental to humanity, is a critical force for good. IRC is a non-profit, 501c organization.
2020 Soup Bowl
We are so happy to let you all know that we have partnered with the Samaritan Center to create the 2020 soup bowls, as the first, big event in our expanded, new location. This is the 28th year for this community-based fundraising event, which supports the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families. The annual Soup Bowl effort has always been a much-anticipated event by both the local potter community and the public. In years past, the soup bowl production was hosted by the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Volunteers from the community and from Samaritan Center helped the potters maximize production, dozens of restaurants donated soup and over 40 locations served soup and sold bowls on the first Thursday in November. Last year, Indian River clay participated, for the first time, in our original location, and we were able to produce 500 bowls, and served as a soup location.
With COVID-19, 2020 is a much different year. The Vero Beach Museum is unable to host the event, and the Samaritan Center considered canceling this year’s beloved Soup Bowl. But, as our studio manager Ginny Piech Street keeps reminding us, every set-back hides an opportunity, and potters are a resilient, resourceful lot. This year’s event will go forward with some significant modifications. The 2020 soup bowl has been renamed “Empty Bowls, Full hearts” to reflect the tone of the year. The Samaritan Center will highlight and thank the many restaurants, caterers and country clubs that have, over the years, donated hundreds of gallons of soup to the event, but, in recognition of the hardship to these soup suppliers, will not be asking for soup donations. Indian River Clay will oversee the soup bowl production, and on November 5th the Heritage Center, in downtown Vero Beach, will be this year’s soup bowl outlet. Indian River Clay studio will be available to all its members, to come in and create soup bowls, through the months of August and September. As in previous years, clay will be available, on premises, for potters with home studios, who would prefer to work at home. Summer membership to the studio is $95 per month, and assistance with membership dues is available, if needed.
We are proud and eager to be able to help the Samaritan Center with this worthwhile cause, but we are also very aware of the safety of our members. For this reason we have a robust safety protocol in place that includes limiting the number of potters at the studio at any one time, social distancing, masks to be worn at all times, touchless temperature recording, installation of an internal air-conditioning UV filter and more. Extending the soup bowl production time to two months and producing the soup bowls without volunteer help will result in significantly reduced numbers of people in the studio. We will miss the hustle and bustle of a full studio and the assistance of our volunteer helpers. We hope that next year, we will all be back for the full-fledged experience. In the meantime, we will use our resourcefulness and ingenuity to continue this 28-year long tradition. If you are interested in financially contributing to this effort, please go to our Donations page, where you can sponsor one of our volunteer potters, or help defray some of the other expenses associated with this effort. For more info, please call 772-202-8598 or email email@example.com
Indian River Clay is thrilled to be open to the public in our new studio at 1239 16th Street, Vero Beach. Members are welcome to use the studio and guidelines have been implemented in response to the community need for safety and well-being. Safety is our first priority so please be assured that we are closely monitoring our operations and will makes adjustments as needed. Please be in touch with us through email at Indianriverclay@gmail.com or by phone (772) 202-8598 if you have any questions about memberships or other questions. If you are interested in teaching in our studio we have information at the bottom of the Classes page. Please click here to fill out a class proposal. We hope you are able to find ways to nurture your creative ideas during this unprecedented time. If you don’t have access to clay at home, we have, as of October 1, started back with our class offerings. We have a few openings left with more classes as the season moves forward. Especially watch for pre-holiday classes to be listed soon. All of our class procedures will follow our COVID safety protocols.
For all of us who find joy in making things, remember Kiki Smith said, “I think a lot of making art is listening to yourself.” Let now be a time to listen and create!
Thank you for your continued support of Indian River Clay and thank you most of all for your understanding during these unprecedented times.
Manager's Hours Through September: CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR: Monday, Noon to 5 PM, Tuesday, 9 AM to Noon Wednesday, Noon to 5 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM (Resident Member) Thursday, 11 AM to 2 PM (Resident Member) Friday, 9 AM to 1 PM Saturday, 11 AM to 2 PM (Resident Member)
Indian River Clay is open to members, usual hours, masks required, temperature at the door and social distancing in place. Please contact us for more information.
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INDIAN RIVER CLAY 1239 16th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960