Ho, ho, ho! It's a SCCA Holiday Market!

Have you heard? SCCA is hosting a Holiday Market on Saturday, November 23 from 10 AM - 4 PM. The market will take place in SCCA’s studio located at 301 E. 11th Street in the basement of the ArtsBuild building in Chattanooga, TN. SCCA members will be selling their handmade, artisan pottery including mugs, platters, bowls, planters, and more! The studio Mug Shop will also be open so you can purchase member-made pottery through that avenue as well.

When you shop local through SCCA this holiday season, remember that you are supporting artists and the local economy. Bring a friend or two to the market with you! Our studio will be open for normal business hours so you’ll be able to observe members working on their clay projects while you shop.

After you shop with us, be sure to head upstairs to Townsend Atelier for their holiday art sale too!

SCCA partners with Mountain Arts Community Center for Fall Festival

On Saturday, October 5, SCCA hosted a Raku firing and bowl-making experience in conjunction with Mountain Arts Community Center’s Fall Festival.

Empty Bowls Project

The bowl-making activity, benefiting the Empty Bowls Initiative, was enjoyed by festival attendees of all ages - most of whom had never even touched clay before. Participants were able to decorate their slab of clay by adding texture with different stamps before molding the clay into a bowl shape. While the clay was drying into its shape, participants decorated their bowls with different colored slip-paints. Whether working with their family or friend group or working solo, it was inspiring to see so many people get excited about the clay arts and giving back through the Empty Bowl Initiative. Over 60 bowls were created at the Fall Festival event! All bowls will be glazed and fired through SCCA and Lolly Durant over the next few weeks. Then, the bowls will be sold at a special event on the first Friday of February at SCCA with proceeds benefiting Family Promise. More details on this event to come!

Raku Firing

In addition to the bowl-making activities at the Fall Festival, SCCA also hosted a special Raku firing that SCCA members, instructors, and students got to participate in. Raku refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. It was wonderful to see the team effort that was needed to complete multiple Raku firings, and we know the festival attendees were excited to see this alternate way of firing pottery. To view the Raku firing in action, take a look at the video!

Art 65+ classes start off with a bang

The first class of our Art65+ course series started on Tuesday, September 24 and from the looks of it, all of our participants had a blast! Throughout this course, students will be learning the basics of handbuilding including coil-building, pinch pots, slab-building, along with basic surface design techniques. Students will continue to work on clay projects including bowls, cylinders, and sculptural projects throughout the 4-week class.

Did you miss out on this class and want to participate in the future? We have another set of Art 65+ classes starting in January and again in March! Sign up online before the classes fill up:

Sign up for the January 2020 class here.

Sign up for the March 2020 class here.

This class is free of charge thanks to an Art65+ grant from ArtsBuild and Morning Pointe Senior Living designed to share arts programming with new audiences.


Double your impact! Donate to our Match Campaign today

We are excited to announce a new fundraising campaign we are beginning! Take a look at the video above to learn more. Video text is listed below:

As a nonprofit, we depend upon donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses in order to continue offering outreach programs for free or at discounted rates for our community. The Lyndhurst Foundation here in Chattanooga has generously donated a $15,000 operating grant to support our goals. In addition, they have awarded us a $10,000 matching grant. And this is where we need your help!

A matching grant means that for every dollar that you give to Scenic City from now until the end of this year, 2019, Lyndhurst will match that dollar up to $10,000. So when you donate $25, Lyndhurst will match that, and you are actually bringing $50 into the organization, thus doubling your impact.

To make this campaign more exciting for us here in the studio, we have created this banner. Whenever you give, in person or online, we will remove the corresponding dollar tag. We have $10 to $1,000 donation levels. When you remove the tag, you’ll reveal the surprise image behind. Once we hit our $10,000 goal, the entire banner will be revealed, and we’ll be able to keep this in honor of the impact made by our donors.

I hope you will consider donating to this campaign. You can give in person in the studio during open studio hours or you can give online at

Thank you for your support of Scenic City Clay Arts and we hope to see you in the studio!

Special thanks to the Lyndhurst Foundation for this amazing opportunity!


(Not just a) Mug Shop has successful Grand Opening event

Hosted in conjunction with First Fridays on Friday, September 6, SCCA had a great turnout for our Grand Opening shin-dig for our brand new Mug Shop retail space in the studio. The studio was packed with members enjoying a free open studio night and having a great night of community with their fellow SCCA members and guests. We had plenty of visitors who enjoyed entering our three giveaways, observing wheel-throwing demonstrations by SCCA instructors Paul and Loren, and utilizing discounts on classes during the event. Congrats to our three giveaway winners- Sharon Bandy, Cheryl Graham, and Donnelly Bontekoe! Read more about the Mug Shop in this article written by the Chattanooga Time Free Press.

Want to take a look at our pottery for sale in the studio? You can visit our Mug Shop anytime during our open studio hours, listed below. And we don’t just have mugs! We have everything from pitchers, platters, ring dishes, vases, and more. All of our pottery sold in the studio was created by a SCCA member, instructor, or staff. Remember as the holidays approach to shop local and support artists!

Open studio hours:

Tuesday - 10 AM - 9 PM
Wednesday - 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday - 10 AM - 9 PM
Friday - 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday - 10 AM - 4 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday

Want to check out more SCCA events? Take a look at our Events page by clicking on the button below!

Mad Hatter tickets on sale now!

Join us on Friday, November 15 from 6-10 PM for our 2nd Annual Mad Hatter’s High Tea fundraiser! The event will be held at the Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall located at 890 Riverfront Parkway.

There will be a silent auction, pottery "throwdown" competition, live music by Jeff Fordham, food from Dish T'Pass, and drinks provided by Chattanooga Whiskey!

Tickets are available for purchase for $65 on our website or at Scenic City Clay Arts. Tickets will be available at the door for $75. Be sure to wear your maddest hat!

This is SCCA’s primary fundraising event. All proceeds support the mission and outreach efforts of our studio and allow us to continue providing clay arts for all.