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Cara Jean Clay

Pottery with Controlled Abandon

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., analyzing the Vaganova Russian Syllabus and Method of Ballet Instruction, then moved to NYC and loved every single moment of my Dancing Life, performing, choreographing, and teaching!  

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 wheel classes were with Peter Lane who nurtured my new language of clay, encouraged personal style, dynamic throwing and shared 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 clay loves have been shown at and are now part of the Permanent Collections of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design and the Casa de Costa Gallery, NYC. Exhibitions include The Tokyo-NYC Friendship Association Shows, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Gallery Shows, the Jane Hartsook Gallery NYC, and they adorn windows and tables of friends and family all over the globe.

You can also follow my Clay Love on Instagram at

Rue de Lille

Stoneware Garden Pitcher

8 1/2" H, 5" W, 6 1/2" D

Angel Whispers

Porcelain Bowl and Pitcher

9 1/2" H x 10" W.  

Champagne Garden

Porcelain hand-coiled bowl

6 1/4" H x 15" W x 11 1/2" D.