New Harmony Clay Project/Clay Studio
New Harmony Clay Project (NHCP) is an artist residency and educational center located in historic New Harmony, IN. The Project fosters an environment that supports the investigation of new ideas and work in the ceramic arts. It was established in 2015 by Lenny Dowhie, an internationally known ceramic sculptor and Professor Emeritus at University of Southern Indiana. NHCP is supported by the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Greater Houston Community Foundation and Lenny and Anne Dowhie Trusts. Its goal is to encourage emerging and professional visual artists/educators in ceramics by giving them quiet space and the time to develop a new body of work. The Clay Project is located within the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Ceramic Studio in New Harmony, next to the Roofless Church.
The New Harmony Clay Project periodically hosts popular “Date Night Clay Night” events and other classes and workshops. These classes and workshops provide hands-on experiences for all skill levels, from those who are touching clay for the first time to experienced professionals looking to try new techniques in their studio practice. A two-day summer class for children ages 7-12 has also been offered, as well as a “Parents & Kids Clay” class that allows parents to join their children, ages 3-6, to learn the FUN-damentals of clay, while exploring color, shape, and texture. Information about the full range of classes is available on the NHCP website. E-gift certificates may be purchased for the classes.
An annual exhibit is held to showcase the resident artists from the New Harmony Clay Project.
Open Studio is an option for those with experience who want autonomous access to our classroom equipment and facilities. We require that you have some formal training or experience working in clay prior to your enrollment for these sessions. Individuals can pick and choose from 6 hour time slots on dates specified by NHCP.
Director, Lenny Dowhie; Program Manager, Mitzi Davis.