Customers Make Their Own Pottery at Clayspace Gallery 831

Business Profiles — By on September 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

At Clayspace Gallery 831, customers are limited only by their imaginations. Clayspace sprung from the imagination of its owner Tami Knight, a former registered nurse who was ready to do something fun.

Open for seven years in a large, beautiful Brewery District location at 831 S. Front St., this fully equipped ceramic studio also houses a gallery to showcase local art and ceramics. In this comfortable and supportive environment, students are encouraged to explore their creative potential, share ideas and create personal works of art with clay.

Classes and workshops in hand-building and potter’s wheel are led by experienced artists and include informal discussion, demonstrations and hands-on instruction. Registration for multi-week classes includes clay, glazes, firing, open studio time and a student gallery show at the end of the session. Classes are kept small, ensuring students a high level of individual attention.

“Once you start working with clay, the possibilities are endless,” said Knight. “We get people throwing in two hours.”

In addition to multi-week sessions, there is a group lesson every Friday evening.

“Fridays are a lot of fun,” said Knight. “You can come with friends, bring a bottle of wine and learn something new in a festive atmosphere. It makes a great date night, girlfriends’ outing or family activity.”

Knight suggests that Clayspace is ideal for corporate team building because the environment encourages creativity.

“People open up when their hands are busy… and dirty. It creates a time and space to be social,” she said. The studio is also available by appointment for private parties.

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Clayspace joined Experience Columbus in May.

“It’s already been great for us,” said Knight. She enjoyed a new member orientation luncheon and came away with creative marketing ideas and new business contacts. And Clayspace already has benefited from the increased exposure Experience Columbus provides.

“When I ask people how they found out about us, they often say ‘Experience Columbus.’ And these are not just visitors, they are also people who live here and are looking for interesting things to do. It’s a great organization and I’m very excited to be a member. I think it could change my business.”

For more information about membership in Experience Columbus, contact Melissa DeGraw Metz at 614-222-6126 or go to experiencecolumbus.com/members.

For more information about classes and events at Clayspace, go to clayspace831.com.

Author Bio: Melissa DeGraw Metz:
Melissa DeGraw Metz is the Membership Director for Experience Columbus, the destination sales and marketing organization for the Greater Columbus area. Her responsibilities include recruiting and providing benefits and services to the more than 850 members of the organization, most of which are stakeholders in the local hospitality industry. Since joining Experience Columbus in 2007, Melissas focus has been to help members grow their business by marketing to the lucrative visitor market and through networking opportunities that lead to valuable business-to-business opportunities. A Columbus native, Melissa attended The Ohio State University where she majored in communications prior to working for the Columbus Blue Jackets managing their premium seating areas. Melissa can be contacted at mdegrawmetz@experiencecolumbus.com or 614-222-6126.

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