Easthampton Clay was founded in October 2018 by Liz Rodriguez, a former corporate executive turned full-time potter.
Liz knows first-hand the positive effects of clay. She has longed to host a pottery community where people could unplug, connect with one another through this beautiful craft, and get back to the earth.
Clay grounds us in a way that no other medium can. It soothes us, and demands a great deal of our presence simultaneously.
Who We Are
Easthampton Clay (EHC) is a community based pottery school and cooperative in the heart of Easthampton, Massachusetts. EHC has offered the Pioneer Valley a unique opportunity for clay work and play since October 2018. We offer a range of entry points for clay enthusiasts at all levels through classes, workshops, summer camps, outreach programming and events focusing on the ceramic arts. Our space is one where artists can be creative, receive a rich and varied educational experience, and participate in a large artistic community.
As a community of ceramic artists, we strive to cultivate a safe and inclusive space under our roof that fosters growth and development. At EHC we believe that clay can be a medium to promote connection, learning, healing, and creativity.
Easthampton Clay (EHC) aims to exude a spirit of connection, friendship, and joy. For some, the studio may provide respite from work, difficult parts of our lives, or a place to disconnect from technology. We value the sacredness of time spent in the studio, and strive to foster a culture of creativity and self-expression.
EHC is committed to maintaining a culture of inclusivity in all interactions with and amongst students, teachers, members, friends, and neighbors. We stand firmly in our commitment to fighting social inequalities, and strive to be a space of inclusion and diverse representation. We are dedicated to creating a community that is free of any kind of harassment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, or veteran status.
Easthampton Clay stands with Black communities, communities of color, and all those fighting to end racism in overt and covert forms. We strive to create a welcoming environment in our studio and are proud of the inclusive and warm community that exists at EHC. There is so much more that we must do to ensure we are truly living our values as an arts organization. We are committed to devoting the time, energy, and resources to examine our implicit biases, and to support racial justice and social equity.
To further these efforts, we founded a diversity, equity and inclusion committee to examine how the studio can increase access to the space and how we can provide advocacy and education opportunities for our students, members, and leadership. In 2021, we began fundraising for the Manny Rodriguez Scholarship that will support BIPOC individuals (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) in taking classes at EHC. We commit ourselves to broadening our audience through continued outreach and scholarship opportunities. We welcome your input and voice to work with us towards these goals.