Saturday, January 13, 2024

THURSDAY, January 18, 2024: Westchester Sketchers the Greenwich Historical Society

In the spring of 1957, Chinese-born ceramic artist Katherine Po-Yu Choy (1927-1958), a rising talent in the field of American studio art pottery, gathered a small group of passionate like-minded artists in the working class New York City suburb of Port Chester, New York.  Under Choy’s leadership this group founded the “Clay Art Center for Advanced Study in Ceramics and Sculpture”―known more familiarly then and now as simply Clay Art Center―a cooperative studio dedicated to creative ceramic art.

The Clay Art Center was one of the first studio spaces devoted solely to the study and practice of artistic ceramics in the United States.  Buoyed by Choy’s growing celebrity for her boundary-pushing sculptural clay vessels, Clay Art Center’s reputation quickly grew among American potters. Meanwhile its artists put down roots in the communities of Port Chester and neighboring Greenwich, Connecticut.

Featuring ceramic works and archival material drawn from Clay Art Center’s collections, Radical Pots & Cooperative Hands will feature a number of Katherine Choy’s dynamic, genre-defining ceramic pots presented alongside letters, photographs and archival material that tell the story of Clay Art Center’s remarkable presence in the mid-century artistic community of New York and southeastern Connecticut.


DATE: THURDAY January 18. 2024
Start time: 10:00 AM.

LOCATION: Greenwich Historical Society 
47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807 Phone: 203-869-6899

TRANSPORTATION from NYC: Greenwich Historical Society is within easy walking distance from the Metro-North Cos Cob train station (less than a mile). From the New York bound side, head east on Strickland Road.  From the New Haven bound side, walk under the tracks at the far end of the platform and turn right on to Strickland Road.  Greenwich Historical Society is on the left just past the I-95 overpass.

LUNCH: 1:00 PM.  Bring your own.  We will have lunch and Show and Tell in the cafe which will have complimentary coffee and tea.

SHOW and TELL: Following lunch, we will share our drawings and tell stories. This is the social part of our day and not to be missed.

- Bring a stool if you have one. It gives you more options.
Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors. Admission includes access to Museum Galleries, Special Exhibitions and guided tours of the Bush-Holley House.
Guided tours of the Bush-Holley House are offered at 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, and 3:00 PM.
- If you have any questions, please do not use "reply all."   It will not work. Instead, send a note to Cathy at the email address listed below.

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at 

Looking for us? 
Call/text: Cathy at (914) 625-0766 or Marianne at (914) 355-6507

There are no fees. All drawing skill levels are welcome.

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