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Maria Neal's Clay Studio at Assemble

The Assemble Clay Studio is outfitted with electric wheels, a kick wheel, a large handbuilding space, a slab roller, numerous tools, and a full complement of food-safe glazes. We work with a lovely buff stoneware clay body which is ideal for throwing and hand-building.

All firing is mid-fire electric and included along with glaze materials in the price of clay. For specific details regarding the clay studio feel free to direct questions to Maria at:

There are lots of ways to enjoy the clay studio!

  • Start by completing any clay class and glaze session (included with the price of a class) to familiarize yourself with the basics of working in clay and the guidelines of the studio. Classes start at just $40!

  • Join in for an open studio session. ($10/session) Clay may be purchased separately. $40 for a 25lb bag of clay includes all glaze materials and firing so you just need to worry about what projects you want to make!

  • Become a Maker Member. $60/month will give you full access Fri-Mon, including open studio sessions, to all Assemble studios after having been cleared for use. You will also have your own shelf in the clay studio to store your projects and personal items.

Open Studio Fridays @ Assemble

Assemble offers open studio time for students who have some experience via taking a class through us in the media studio they wish to use and can generally work independently. Materials may be purchased in clay and glass studios during this time. Community shelving is available for the storage of ongoing projects.

Keep in mind that Assemble is a shared artisan working space that can be all to yourself or full of quirky social creatives. The daily schedule for open studio time varies but can change based on scheduled workshops or holidays, check the event calendar before coming in.

-Every Friday 12-5:00pm

-Experience: Some previous class experience required.

-Fee: $20.00 per open studio session (materials not included)

-Included in Maker Key Holders & Assemble@Work Coworkers

*Previous class experience required.

Join Maria in the Assemble Clay Studio to work on your own personal projects. Though this is not a class, Maria will be present to answer your questions and assist in overcoming technical challenges.

In order to participate in an open studio, you must have first completed a class and a glaze session with Maria. If you are a maker member, Open Studio sessions are included in your membership.

Clay may also be purchased during this time. Children who have taken a clay class must be accompanied by an adult who has also completed a clay class/glaze session. All abilities welcome!

About Maria

Maria Neal worked for many years exploring wild places as a bird biologist before forming a love affair with clay and creates functional and sculptural ceramic pieces for the home.

Predominantly self-taught, Maria has studied clay at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft and at the University of Vermont. She currently teaches at the Littleton Studio School and is a co-founder at Assemble in Berlin.

She lives in Randolph, NH in an off-grid solar homestead with her sugar maker husband, intrepid toddler, and an assortment of furry and feathered friends.

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