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       Cara Jean Clay

Pottery with Controlled Abandon

Back home again in Indiana! I’m a former professional Dancer and grew up in Indianapolis while dreaming of pursuing a Broadway Musical Theater Life in New York City. While dancing in a regional ballet company, I earned an M.A., then moved to NYC... and loved every single moment of my Dancing Life, performing, choreographing, and teaching there!  

I discovered Clay Love at Greenwich House Pottery NYC in 2007 after my Dance career had ended and my beautiful daughter Heather had left home. My first classes were with Peter Lane, who nurtured my new language of clay, encouraged personal style, dynamic throwing and emphasized the discipline and importance of technical practice - so similar to the need for discipline, focus and practice in Dance. Working with clay became my new Dance - creating movement in porcelain stillness my motif.


My new clay home is The Fountain Square Clay Center in Indianapolis - an incredible studio and school in the heart of Fountain Square. 

And, my clay loves are available at the B3 Gallery in Nashville, Indiana, a beautiful and historic artistic community in Brown County - an area that is very dear to my Hoosier heart and childhood memories. The B3 Gallery can be reached at (812) 988-6675.  

My clay loves have been shown at and are now a part of the Permanent Collection of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design in Ann Arbor, MI. Other exhibitions have included the 2022 ETHOS Art Show in Franklin, IN, numerous Tokyo-NYC Friendship Association Ceramic Competitions in NYC, shows at The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Gallery, the Casa de Costa Gallery, and the Jane Hartsook Gallery of Greenwich House Pottery.  Most fun of all, my clay loves decorate the windows and tables of friends and family all over the globe.

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You can also follow my Clay Love on Instagram at www.instagram.com/carajeanclay/

​Rue de Lille

Stoneware Garden Pitcher


Angel Whispers

Porcelain Bowl and Pitcher

 

Champagne Gardens

Porcelain hand-coiled bowl