On a recent Saturday afternoon, Yay Clay was the venue to host member Sharon Rosen’s birthday party. The large building was decorated with balloons and signs directing partygoers to the festivities. Once inside the Yay Clay studio, it was clear that this was the perfect place for a gathering.
Yay Clay, which started in 2013, has taken what owner Keith Grabowsky called “baby steps.”
Grabowsky went to school in Philadelphia to teach pottery and, upon graduation, opened up the Yay Clay brand. Since opening, the studio has gone from having four pottery wheels to eight, has gained 18 members, and has doubled the amount of kilns it has.
The proof that this unique studio is working is in social media. With more than 700 likes on Facebook and more than 800 followers on Instagram, it is clear that what they offer is working for people in the area.
“I’ve been coming here for about six months. Since then I’ve probably about twice a week,” said Phil Demoss, a member from Mount Laurel, New Jersey. “I’ve been here to see people taking part in BYOB on date nights and it makes it very relaxed, it makes it fun for everybody.”
With their student discounts and considerations of everyone’s budgets, Yay Clay is a place where anyone can gather their friends, bring their favorite beverage, and try their hand at the wheel.
– Text, photos and video by Sabrina Iglesias