The New Harmony Clay Project
RLBLAFFER CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP
New Harmony Clay Project was founded at the invitation of RLB Foundation to make best use of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s Studio, site-built within the JBOSanctuary grounds. In 2015 USI Ceramics Professor Emeritus Lenny Dowhie developed a new program (with the support of the RLB Foundation, Erik Arneberg and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund and the Lenny and Anne Dowhie Trusts) that supports the investigation of new ideas and work in ceramic arts.
From September through April each year, the Clay Project hosts artists in residence. Young ceramic artists from all over the world live at the Barrett-Gate House and create and experiment in the Potter’s Studio. During summer months, Clay Project participants teach classes in the studio for students of all ages.
The distinctive Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s Studio was also the site of artist and instructor Les Smiley’s successful summer Ceramics Workshop in New Harmony from 1966 to 2009.