2022 Summer Clay Camp Registration is Live!

Clay Studio is thrilled to offer our Summer Clay Camp starting in July 2022!

Clay is the perfect artistic vehicle for children to explore the elements and foundations of art and design. These elements include color, line, shape, form, texture, space, and value. 

Highly trained art instructors with years of teaching children within the Santa Barbara community will share their insight and knowledge around art, design, and the importance of environmental respect. A multifaceted curriculum allows children to engage in hands-on art projects in an outdoor setting, with the opportunity to learn more about the studio and it’s offerings. We will be announcing our 2022 Summer Clay Camp Registration soon! Join our mailing list to be the first to know!


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Allison Grisham

Allison Grisham’s love affair with clay began in 2001 when her wheel class developed into a meditative practice. Her first years at the wheel were spent allowing the clay to tell her what it wants to be. Then the technical challenges of clay seduced her, and she developed her raku, handbuilding, and glazing techniques at the Spruill Arts Center in Atlanta. In 2007, she apprenticed with master potter Esias Bosch and his daughter Esra Bosch in their production
studio in White River, Mpumpalanga, South Africa. Inspired by the beauty of the lowveld, her work at Bosch Studio focused on nature paintings with oxides on complex wheel pottery. From 2009-2011, Allison taught handbuilding and wheel pottery to 3rd -8th graders at Temple Beth Sholom in in Miami Beach.

Allison also spent the last twenty years building educational programs at churches and nonprofits for children. Most recently she served as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at All Saints by-the-Sea in Montecito and as a Garden Educator for Explore Ecology in Goleta. She is delighted to combine her experiences with clay and educational programming in her work at Clay Studio.

In her free time, Allison likes gardening, spending time with her husband Deron, beating their children at board games, hiking with her dog Waffles, and reading a book with her cat Lavender purring beside her.

Clay Studio Safety Protocols

Clay Studio has implemented safety protocols recommended by the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health, and has been inspected and advised by a local infectious disease expert. Please note the following protocols we have put in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community:

  • All Clay Studio staff, members and students over the age of 5 are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • All children and teachers required to wear masks at all times.
  • All Clay Studio staff, members, and visitors are required to wear masks indoors and must sanitize and wash hands frequently.
  • Art Enrichment teachers have undergone safety and emergency training.
  • Clay Studio will have masks available as well as sanitizing gel, soap and a no-touch thermometer available at the studio.
  • All families registered will receive COVID and safety guidelines prior to the first day of their session, which they will read and sign.
  • We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 updates in our community on a daily basis. While we have been advised by the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health that we are permitted to open our doors, we understand that the situation may change.