The ClayGround Studio & Gallery is celebrating a Grand Re-Opening and 5th Year Anniversary this weekend in Ellicott City. The celebration will begin on Thursday, September 23rd at 4:00 pm with a ribbon cutting and will run throughout the weekend with tours, demonstrations, give-a-ways, and more. The event follows a year-long renovation of the entire historic building that began during the initial Covid 19 shutdown. The studio, which offers a range of pottery, fused glass, and mosaic classes as well as an art gallery of pieces from local artists, updated the inside of the building to reflect the needs of the art studios, its students, and gallery customers. Facility updates include modernized studio equipment, open design with increased natural lighting, increased accessibility and flow throughout the building as well as a central HVAC system.
Thursday evening’s festivities will kick off with a ribbon cutting by local dignitaries at 4:00 pm followed by live music with the local band The High & Wides at 6:00pm accompanied by lite food and drink. Local artists and instructors will be available to share their art and stories. Friday will provide an opportunity for hotels, civic or social groups, home schools, employers and others interested in team building and group activities to tour the facilities. Saturday will be full of fun, face painting, balloons, give-a-ways, artist demonstrations, and classes culminating in a 5th Anniversary party with give-a-ways for class participants, along with lite fare and drink. Sunday is another fun-filled day of give-a-ways and entertaining challenge demonstrations with instructors.
“We believe providing a fun, inclusive, educational space is key to helping a community thrive together,” says Michael Koplow, one of the ClayGround owners. “The strength and resilience of Old Ellicott City continues to inspire us and, with this renovation, we are further committing our support to all it embodies along with our wonderful instructors and students with whom we are privileged to share our passion for art and community.”
Ellen, Michael. and Matt Koplow took over ownership of the ClayGround five years ago following the catastrophic flood in 2016. Matt was the mosaic instructor for the prior owner. Since reopening the ClayGround under their ownership, the Koplows have withstood their share of hurdles including a second flood of 2018, the Covid 19 shutdown in 2020, and a large oak tree falling on top of the building just prior to starting renovations. They smile in the face of all this adversity, reflecting their resilient attitude and strong commitment to Historic Ellicott City and the local art community.
As part of their continued support, the ClayGround is the title sponsor to EC250 celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Historic Ellicott City. Koplow said, “The ClayGround is excited to be part of the 250th Anniversary Celebration as we believe it represents the resiliency, commercial growth, and strong sense of community that makes both the ClayGround and Ellicott City such a special place.”
This dedication to keeping their small business in the Old Ellicott City area is just the latest in the Koplow family’s support of the community. While their young business didn’t have major damage in the second flood in 2018, they donated $10,000 to the Ellicott City Partnership to help their neighboring businesses to repair and reopen.
The Architect for the building design is Alexander Design Studio and the general contractor is Hencken and Gaines, Inc.
• Pottery, fused glass, and mosaic artists at work • Face-painting, festive celebrations • Ellicott City
• Local dignitaries and speakers • Local artwork and musicians
• Owners and instructors • Students and community members • Local dignitaries (as available)
ClayGround Studio & Gallery
The ClayGround Studio & Gallery is a community gem located in the heart of Old Ellicott City featuring pottery, fused glass and mosaic experiences. It is a place for fun and inspiration, calm and creativity, healing and community – it is a place to create artwork and create memories. The current owners, Ellen, Michael and Matt Koplow, took over the ClayGround following Ellicott City’s catastrophic flood of 2016. While their initial inspiration was to support their son Matt’s artist passions, the space quickly became a second home with an expanding family of thousands of students. With talented instructors and a warm, inclusive environment, the ClayGround provides experiences to help people find connection through art. Friends and families. First dates and fiancés. Coworkers and classmates. Everyone can be an artist and everyone can be themselves.
The ClayGround Studio & Gallery is what you make it…and where you make it.
Learn more at www.claygroundonline.com.