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Celebrating 20 years of Ceramic Arts and the Carbondale Community:

Carbondale Clay Center 1997-2017

  • Opening Reception: First Friday,September 1st, 6-8pm
  • SETTINGS Anniversay Fete : Saturday, September 9th, 6-9pm

The Carbondale Clay Center opened it doors in 1997 with artist and educator Diane Kenney as founding Executive Director and Dan Trautman as Managing Director. With the help of community volunteers they transformed a 2,300 square foot cinder block building in a working ceramics studio and community center for the ceramic arts. 

In January of 1998 the first weekly clay classes began. In the months and years to follow the Carbondale Clay Center grew to offer a full program of services including artist workshops, educational outreach, public art, a residency program and community events. Today the CCC exists as a highly valued organization in both the local community and the national ceramics community.

This month our gallery will exhibit a visual history of the birth and growth of the CCC from pre-1997 to the present. This is an homage to the visionaries and volunteers who built, maintained, expanded the center and inspired creativity within its walls.  

The exhibition features work from the CCC's permanent collection including pieces by Diane Kenney, Peg Malloy, Sandi Gardner, Albion Stafford, Steven Colby, Doug Casebeer, Alleghany Meadows and many more.  

Poster /Image:  Dinner plates created by over 20 ceramic artists specifically for our upcoming SETTINGS fete. Each guest will receive the plate at their place setting as a gift.


Carbondale Clay Center

The Carbondale Clay Center has been an important part of the Roaring Fork Valley and the field of ceramics since the Center's inception in 1997. Over the last 20 years, the Clay Center has played a pivotal role in our local art scene by offering a positive and supportive place to build community through artistic expression and arts education. Generous community support has allowed us to successfully sponsor ceramic classes, kids clay camps, gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, outreach programming, special events, and community parties.



Check out our latest Adult and Kids class sessions. Sign up today!




Check out details of our monthly shows in our gallery!



We are always finding new ways to explore clay and its process through a variety of special events. They are usually free and open to the public. Check us out!


Studio Calendar


Click here to see our in studio calendar for our daily happenings.
Please check back regularly since daily events are subject to change.

Our programming is made possible in part thanks to the support of the Colorado Creative Industries!