100 Years 100 Women @ The Clay Studio

August 18th, 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women in the US the right to vote.

Who gained the right to vote when the 19th amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920? The amendment stated that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” It was a partial victory, but who was still excluded? Native Americans, most Asian Americans, and although African Americans were technically included, it was not until the 1965 Voting Rights Act that racial discrimination was prohibited. Even today, many BIPOC citizens still face disenfranchisement.

We are taking advantage of this anniversary to celebrate the work for women’s rights that has been done, while simultaneously acknowledging the work that remains. Statistics show that women earn only about 80% of what men earn, while women of color earn only 65% of what white men earn.[1] The US Congress is only 23% women,[2] and we still have not seen a woman president. The struggle of trans and woman identifying people is still in its infancy. These facts are the tip of the iceberg of remaining disparities that we must continue to dismantle.

Women have fought hard in so many ways, against extreme injustice, to gain a foothold for themselves and others, for their children, and for all children. This work, both public and private, is deserving of celebration and admiration.

We asked 50 artists to each choose two women they admire and honor them by making a modern-day commemorative plate. We welcome all perspectives on this topic, and we embrace a wide definition of women, transgender, and female identifying people. The people each artist chooses can be famous, anonymous, or their own private inspirations. The artists selected reflect the true wide range of cultures and gender identities of people making art in clay. By choosing artists across cultures and gender identities we welcome an illustration of women important to each artist within their varying experiences.

We are excited to present commemorative plates dedicated to women who these artists feel embody the spirit of female empowerment, and who deserve recognition for their contributions to society.

We look forward to walking into a gallery of heroes who will inspire us to keep fighting for justice and equality.

[1] “Racial, gender wage gaps persist in U.S. despite some progress”. Pew Research Center. July 1, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

[2] Women in the US Congress 2020, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

[1] “Racial, gender wage gaps persist in U.S. despite some progress”. Pew Research Center. July 1, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

[2] Women in the US Congress 2020, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University.

Cover Photo: Sue Tirrell


Art of the Pot – Final few days!!!



Like so many spring tours nationwide, Art of the Pot postponed this year’s annual studio tour plans until next year. So for 2020 we decided to shine a spotlight on some of our favorite past guests who are primarily working studio potters. This alternative online offering still fulfills our mission by bringing the newer works of cutting-edge ceramists to our local as well as a national audience.

Support our artists by welcoming into your home, some of the most beautiful functional pottery made today. During this time, our artists depend on online support to keep their wheels spinning and creativity advancing.


resisters: Women in Clay Invitational @ Workhouse Arts Center – now online

Concurrent with the NCECA 2020 conference theme of Multi(VA)lent: Clay, Mindfulness, Memory, resisters presents a dynamic presentation of contemporary ceramic artwork by women artists from the state of Virginia. The exhibition connects and addresses themes of memory by focusing on the works of women in alignment with an important historical marker of the Workhouse site – the women’s suffragists movement.

The group show includes 19 artists and 37 pieces and considers the methods in which artists use clay to explore ideas of potency, power and unity. The exhibition is on view March 14 – May 10, 2020 in the Vulcan and Vulcan Muse Galleries at Workhouse Arts Center.

Due to the statewide closures from the Coronavirus outbreak, we have put this exhibit online! Enjoy the virtual exhibit, artist studio talks and artist statements HERE.