Nashville Art Center- Pottery - The Clay Lady Campus

Nurturing Creativity Through Life-Giving Community

Artist Studios

We provide opportunities in a mentoring, supporting and educational community for emerging and professional artists. We have grown from 8 to 30 artists in the Artist Co-op and 20 more artists in Studio B on our Campus. We’ve been fully rented for the last eight years with a wait list. Recently, we added 10 new apprentice spaces in order to support the growth of our artist community and to expand our mission, “Artists working together to provide a supportive, nurturing and educational environment for each artist to succeed individually.”

Co-op Events

The Co-op is committed to six community outreaches per year, bringing together artists and art enthusiasts.
Join us for an event this year and see what happens when artists create together!

Our Galleries

Our Gallery is a 10,000 square foot facility providing 25 emerging and professional artists gallery opportunities and private studio space. We are open to the public for you to shop as well as visit with the artists in their studios. We have the Main Gallery and a small Gift Gallery. Our Featured Artist Gallery showcases work from a different Co-op Artist each month, highlighting their unique style. Artists have more selections for sale in their studios.

Browse and shop the Gallery you as you visit with the artists in their studios, making their craft.

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 11:00am-3:00pm and Saturdays 10:00-2:00

Get involved!

Join us on The Clay Lady’s Campus for various events and activities throughout the year!

“Visit us and see what happens when artists create together!”

Our History

Danielle~The Clay Lady and Tami Archer purchased Mid-South Ceramic Supply Company in 2007. By 2010, the Pottery Studio expanded, growing from 25 students to 150 students. Due to the increase in these students’ skill level, Danielle wanted to offer them an even better opportunity for creative growth. These artists needed more than just a class but weren’t ready or able to setup an in-home studio. At this juncture, the building next door to Mid-South Ceramic Supply became available, and thus The Clay Lady’s Artist Co-op began.

The entire building was made ready by a core group of eight artists (all were students from the studio) and by Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The artists came in every day for five weeks to paint, scrape, scrub, demolish and build what was needed to create a home for artists’ private studios and galleries where they could sell their work.

With this spirit of giving and volunteerism which began at the birth of the Co-op, the tone was set for this community of artists. Every artist involved understands that giving is the beginning of receiving. The Co-op raised over $4,000 in its first four months for area art programs. The practice of crediting an amount off an artist’s studio fee for every hour that the artist gave The Co-op was created at this beginning and is still a substantial part of our community today. “The more involved you are, the less you pay”.

Campus Artists

Alexia Abegg

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I live in Nashville with my husband and our two dogs, Olive and Soda. I am a multi-disciplinary artist working in print-making, textiles, clay and paint.”

Alexie Smith

CAMPUS ARTIST

“My love of clay began when I was 11. Integrating typography and graphic design techniques that I studied in college into my ceramic art, I aim to speak to my generation with unique under-glaze designs. I now work at Mid-South Ceramic Supply and enjoy the opportunity to talk to and create with so many artists in the ceramic community.”

Alexis Colbert

CAMPUS ARTIST

“My work is primarily about story telling through visual art and written word. I think of myself as creator of magical characters rather then an artist committed to one medium. As an “outsider artist”, my mediums and techniques are not always classical and I am mostly self taught.”

Audra Ladd

CAMPUS ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“Making something of simple beauty that will become part of someone’s life is what inspires me to be an artist, especially a potter of functional work. I love to collaborate, to work with other artists or customers to make an idea literally take form. Dishes based on the wallpaper in your grandmothers kitchen? Love it! A set of cups for that super-secret eggnog recipe? Done!”

Becca Jane Koehler

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I use art to share my life. Adventuring into wild and new places gives me peace. The plants and wildlife I encounter are incorporated into my designs. I create abstract patterns inspired by the traditional and natural patterns I find along the way. My own garden provides plants to press into clay. When I’m working, the moment guides my hands, and I let go of life’s expectations. I find freedom. I make ceramics that people can use. In that way, my life is connected to the lives of others.”

Brenda Vehige

ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“I enjoy designing my own patterns and playing with color, shape, and texture while using an array of glass techniques. When I’m not creating unique pieces in my studio, I’m teaching stained and fused glass classes at The Clay Lady’s Campus.” 

Caroline Cercone

CAMPUS ARTIST

“Shaped by the prolific history of folk crafts, my pottery is thrown on a hand-crafted kick-powered treadle wheel utilizing a dark stoneware clay which is fired to cone 11 in a gas reduction kiln. I focus on making functional, everyday pottery for the home with a warm organic surface that invites a dialogue between user and maker, food and vessel.”

Catherine Moberg

CAMPUS ARTIST

“While working with Artist Sylvia Hyman, I became intrigued with trompe l’oeil sculpture. I became fascinated with the idea of telling stories through clay. For many years, I’ve described myself as a maker of things. This journey with clay is a continuation of my desire to make things.”

Cheryl Benus

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I have been working with clay for 30 years and have always taken a sculptural approach to the medium. Through hand-building and carving, I examine the expressive possibilities of line, texture, and form, while mask-making provides me a way to explore the concept of identity.”

Christine Roth

ARTIST

“Each piece has its own personality, a separate character. They won’t stack perfectly, but there is a story to each one; a different story for each person who holds it. My goal is to evoke memory, emotion and even passion.”

Claudette Tidwell

ARTIST

“As a little girl building castles in the sand, I was always making things with my hands. Pottery was something I wanted to try. After years of cake decorating with only pictures and memories left to show my work, I’m now enjoying clay. Hand-building unique and useful objects has become my creative outlet.”

Danielle McDaniel

CAMPUS ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“I spend most of my time teaching, mentoring and loving what I do. When I do get the chance to be in my studio, I make my simple bowls with birds lighting on the edge. I think of the security of home, the safety of family and the love it takes to build a nest for the next generation; the symbol of how I try to live my life every day.”

David Wilson

ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“Clay gives me such an amazing creative outlet. I work with Raku, electric, or gas firings to make unique pieces that can be functional or artistic. I know this will be a lifelong passion.”

Dona

CAMPUS ARTIST

“Creativity is what feeds us and frees us to step out into our own vision and passion for life; to maybe even test the boundaries that we may not be aware are so tightly imprisoning us. Be free! Nurture and give voice to your creative spirit.”

Ellen L. Zink

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I make jewelry and wall pieces. All are hand-crafted originals made with enamels; ground glass fired onto metal using a kiln. My background is in painting and collage. Each piece I create shows that fine art background married with my graphic design expertise. Whether sifting bold blocks of color or applying subtle washes of watercolor enamel, I hope my pieces will complement your wardrobe or walls.”

Gail Gazdag

CAMPUS ARTIST

“Make the most of life. It is too short not to have fun. I was trained as a scientist, so now I am exploring the art side of life. I particularly love to make pieces with texture.”
Heather Cuff

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I have enjoyed working with my hands my entire life. I’m in love with the idea of using something that I’ve made with my own hands, and I’m even happier knowing someone else appreciates the process as well.”

Jackie Schlicher

CAMPUS ARTIST

“Every creative life I’ve lived in this one life influences how I create my pots. And everything I’ve done creatively has influenced me. My singer’s life brings the presence of rhythm, tone, and harmony to my work. My actor’s life expresses emotion, drama, humor and play. My director’s life offers perspective, guidance and discovery. Making pots allows these creative aspects to appear as cups, bowls, plates and platters. And in the making, I appear.”
Jenni Kelly

ARTIST

“I am a clay artist who finds her home in clay. From throwing to sculpting, I love every inch of the creative process. To step into the 21st century, I became a clay bender.”
Jim Doramus

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I love the creative process of taking a natural material–mostly stone or clay–and cutting, nudging, chipping, pushing, cajoling, scraping, polishing, baking, and adding patina until I see something that makes me smile.”
John Mayers

CAMPUS ARTIST

“For half of the year, I work as a sailing charter captain on Lake Superior. But my new–well, for some years now–favorite half of the year is spent in Nashville in the world of clay in Studio B!”

John Sellberg

CAMPUS ARTIST

“Reflections of my childhood in the Midwest are ingrained in my sense of form and design. I am influenced by the simplicity of landscape and by nature’s textures. Everything from the farm structures and landscape that surrounded me as a child to my deeply-rooted appreciation of soft butter influences the work I make today. I strive to make honest work with lively personality that is accessible and appropriate to all people.”
Joseph McDaniel

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I am a potter, an artist, a ceramic chemist, and a ceramicist in general. I am just trying to make the ceramic world a better place by being a part of it!”

Joshua Simpson

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I am an eccentric chef, living my dreams in the biggest little city of Nashville; creating unique art with clay to display one-of-a- kind treats and amazing dishes.”
Joshua Wagner

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I have a passion for building community. For the past 14 years, I have taught pottery classes at local community centers through Metro Parks. I now serve as the Director of Centennial Art Center where I continue to help build community through the arts. Although my sculptural work is done primarily with clay, I often include ‘found objects’ in my sculptures. This element of ‘re-use/recycle’ in my artwork is a process that affects how I live and keeps me more mindful of the earth–it helps me be a better steward of what we have.”

K. Ed Andrews

CAMPUS ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“I love the idea of utilizing a traditional craft like pottery and adding modern design elements. This allows me to add a healthy dose of sci-fi and ‘geekery’ into my work.”
Kelly Carter

CAMPUS ARTIST

“Plants, people, and mugs. I like making planters FOR people. I like making mugs with people ON them. I like making mugs that can be used AS planters. But I don’t like making people OUT OF plants…”

Keavy Murphree

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I am inspired by modern culture through the lens of history and the people who came before us. I love to consider themes that have persisted in art throughout history and then re-interpret them with a modern sensibility.”
Keri Lawrence

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I began helping my father with beekeeping when I was just a young girl and I have since grown to respect and care deeply for these amazing creatures. Honeybees and their distinct behaviors–such as the captivating ‘waggle dance’–have been a recurring theme throughout my education in fine arts. My work centers around printmaking, paper casting, and sculpture. I strive to co-mingle these disciplines in a simple and symbiotic manner, much like the relationship between a beekeeper and the hive. This manifests in the incorporation of a variety of mediums along with visuals of bees, honeycombs, and indigenous wild flowers in my simple, aesthetically-pleasing pieces.”

Kerby Wilkes

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I draw my inspiration from geology and nature, and I like to blur the lines between functional and sculptural. I hope my pots leave you feeling peaceful but contemplative.”
Leland Brown

ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“I have been teaching and creating in clay my whole life! Although I live more than an hour away, I continue to be an active part of The Co-op. I love being part of this artist community.”

Lyndy Rutledge

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I want my work to bring people joy and to tell a story; that’s why I use texture. I use my great grandmother’s handmade doily or lace from a friend’s wedding dress to imprint on my clay, reminding me of them every time I use the piece; making each one unique and special.”
Mark Bailey

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I am grateful and joyful for the opportunity, the inspiration to abandon the familiar and discover what is coming forth through me.”

Mark Schlicher

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I’m a documentary filmmaker and visual artist. I have recently rekindled my interest in the sculptural possibilities of terracotta. I also enjoy painting and drawing.”
Mary Fallon

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I apparently set the bar too low. I dreamed of retiring and having time to paint. I would never have dreamed of having a studio, surrounding myself with awesome artists, and being a member of this wonderful artist community! Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

Max McWhorter

ARTIST

“My job titles have included everything from “Top Secret Control Officer” to “Sunday School Teacher” to “Semi-Competent Gofer”. Nowadays, some folks call me the “Weirdo Who Paints Like an Elephant”(abstract painting).”
Melodie Grace

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I love everything about pottery, but I’m most passionate about raku, an ancient Japanese pit-firing technique. Smoke and flame create unpredictable variation in the finished pieces, so there’s always an element of surprise. I’m interested in honoring quiet moments that evoke a memory or connection. I want each and every piece I make to be its own small celebration.” 

Merideth Holder

ARTIST

“I chose clay as my medium while in college at Union University, and after graduating in 2008, moved to Nashville to begin my life as a potter. I made my studio home at The Co-op when it was established in 2010, and currently work, teach pottery classes, and produce my own work at the Clay Lady’s Studio Co-op & Galleries. I have a large inventory in Gallery West, and I also offer custom work and wedding registry dinnerware sets. I love all things handmade and feel very fulfilled when working in and sharing the handmade tradition.”
Myra Cohen

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I love how pottery can be beautifully simple and functional or complex and detailed with textures and embellishments. Clay is a soulful medium that brings joy to the beholder!”
Myrna McWhorter

CAMPUS ARTIST

“The thing I love most about working with clay is its unpredictably. Each piece that I make has a different form and texture. The variations of each piece that I make keep me interested and happy to make more and more.”
Neda Sharifi

CAMPUS ARTIST

“I graduated in the graphic design field. My experience has helped me to transform my painting ideas, illustration and design ability into my pottery works. Mixing painting and illustration ideas with pottery techniques has shown me unlimited joy of art and has awakened new sides of my spirit.”
Nicky Smith

ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“My pottery does not yet show a mark of a distinct style since no two pieces are alike. Most are derived from nature, which is ever changing, yet somehow the same. Each piece is the sum of the mind envisioning and the hand performing. What might begin as a utilitarian piece may find its life as a sculpture that delights and surprises me.”
Nora Summar

ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“A love for animals and nature are a big influence in my creative process. Horses being a central theme I return to often, striving for whimsical expressions and gestures that give each piece a unique personality. Art is a very fulfilling and enjoyable necessity in my personal life and clay is the medium I tend to find most rewarding. My “happy place” is in the studio with good music playing, a bulldog at my feet and my hands covered with clay.” 

Olivia Romero

ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“Life is a journey we are all on. My dream to create and share the love of life in my pottery and paints with others is my wish. I am so blessed and thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given by The Clay Lady’s Studio Co-op and my amazing fellow artists.”
Paloma Wall

CAMPUS ARTIST

Rachel Deering

ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“Some people do yoga; others go for a run. I play with dirt. As a busy mom of three, it is hard to make time for a new endeavor. But every time I sit down at the wheel, my love grows for the art of pottery. I enjoy taking something raw and watching it become something beautiful beyond my imagination. Every new piece makes me smile.”
Sarah Longenecker

CAMPUS ARTIST

“You may know me for my ceramic tableware found at The Treehouse Restaurant and wall sculptures made by hand. Now with my studio on The Clay Lady’s Campus, I can bring together designing, making and selling to offer beautiful, high-quality ceramic products of all types that blur the line between everyday trinkets and detailed decor.”
Susan Lawless

ARTIST

“If I get to spend my day making something out of a piece of clay, it’s a good day!”
Tami Archer

CAMPUS ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“I love working with the customers of Mid-South Ceramics, the students of The Studio, the artists of The Co-op. But, most of all, I love working with power tools and making functional wood pieces!”

Tammy Gentuso

CAMPUS ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“As an artist, I’ve found that the world is all about stories, thus much of my work is about telling stories. Whimsy is the filter I use to view my world, and in clay, I’ve found I can create this sort of magic at every touch. Since I like stories with happy endings best, I am quite okay with the idea that my art doesn’t have a function beyond stirring the mind and soul, and coaxing out a smile in the beholder. In a nutshell, I’d say that my goal in the studio is to create work that brings to life that quiet joy which is seeded deep inside each of us.”
Trey Hall

CAMPUS ARTIST, LIFETIME MEMBER

“When I’m not out touring the planet on my motorcycle, I’m playing in my studio. I like to experiment with different raku glazing techniques and throwing multiple clay bodies together to make pots reminiscent of some of my favorite desert stops during my trips around the world. Overall, I’m just an enthused hobbyist. I’m just doing it because it makes me smile!”

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