Saturday, January 20, 2024

THURSDAY, January 25, 2024: Westchester Sketchers at Clay Art Center in Port Chester


A Place to Create, Connect, and Be Inspired

Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York, is a nationally recognized 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the advancement and practice of ceramic art.  Katherine Choy, a leader of the Newcomb pottery aesthetic, joined by master potter Henry Okamoto, founded the center as a communal studio in 1957.  With Choy's untimely death in 1958, Okamoto pursued her legacy for the rest of his life.  At one time a lone beacon of clay artistry on the east coast, CAC become a haven for clay artists, many of whom pursued significant careers in ceramics and influenced contemporary ceramic practice.

Today Clay Art Center is the largest and most active ceramic facility in the tri-state area.  Each year CAC serves over 12,000 people in-person and virtually with exhibitions, classes, workshops, volunteer opportunities, and exposure to the rich world of handmade ceramic art. 

As a follow-up to last week's visit to the Greenwich Historical Society's exhibition “Radical Pots & Cooperative Hands: Katherine Choy and Clay Art Center,” featuring archival items on loan from Clay Art Center.  At Clay Art Center, this week we will able to view the permanent Katherine Choy collection.

We can also sketch the current "Rising Stars" Annual Student Exhibition celebrating the accomplishments of the Center's adult, youth, and Community Arts students at various stages of their clay journey. The exhibition also presents the works of the Center's dedicated faculty and teachers.



DATE: THURDAY, January 25, 2023

Start time: 10:00 AM

LOCATION: Clay Art Center,  40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Phone: (914) 937-2047.

FROM Grand Central Terminal, NYC: Take the Metro-North New Haven Line to the Portchester station.  Clay Art Center is a 9 min. walk from the station.

The parking lot fills up very quickly.  Park in the spaces in the middle of the lot, and along the gallery side (same side as the blue door).  The parking spots along the wall where the mosaic tree is, and the spots along the street side are all permit-only spots.  There is parking on the street which is also often full.  If you don't mind a short walk, there is parking over at Stop n Shop / Petco and in that complex in general.

SHOW and Tell: 12:30 PM.  There is no place to eat lunch on site.  Lunch will be on your own OR you can join a group of us at a location to be determined.

  • Admission is FREE.
  • Drawing stools are permitted. 

Please RSVP to Cathy Gutterman at

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

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