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Annual Cup Auction

  • Opening Reception on Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 530-830 PM

Join the Carbondale Clay Center, in the future space of CoVenture at 201 Main St. for its 20th annual Cup Auction. The event serves as one of the Clay Center’s largest fundraisers and features hundreds of original, handmade ceramic cups for bid via silent auction. Bidding ends promptly at 8:30 p.m., and cups can be paid for and taken home that same night.

Each year, the Cup Auction gains more and more popularity, drawing collectors from across the Roaring Fork Valley to this one-night-only auction opportunity. The cups range from quirky mugs to elegant tumblers, from wild shot cups to refined tea bowls, and everything in-between. With artists from around the country represented, there truly is something for everyone.

The Clay Center continues to experience a large growth spurt, in classes, community outreach programs, and gallery happenings.  With studio space maxed out, support for the organization is crucial for continued growth in the coming years. Facilities upgrades, expanding the gallery and studio space, as well as providing housing for their artist-in-residence program are important long-term goals.  All sales from the Cup Auction go directly towards benefiting the Clay Center.

The Cup Auction is 530 to 830 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 7, at 201 Main St., (across from Fat Belly Burger) Carbondale, Colorado. Bidding closes promptly at 8:30 p.m. Music by DJ Luis Raul, libations provided by Roaring Fork Beer Company, Rhumba Girl Liquors and Elevated Elixirs

Special Holiday Hours

Effective November 19th - December 22nd 2018

Tuesday - Friday 930am - 6pm
Saturdays 11am - 4pm
Sunday & Mondays Closed

After Hours, Sundays and Monday by appointment only


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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.

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