YAY CLAY! STUDIO
3237 Amber Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134 (Port Richmond)
Contact: Keith@madebykeith.com / 201-953-0340
In addition to reporting on the new we also need to update our original favorites on the site. Last week we went back to YAY CLAY! STUDIO in Port Richmond. Clay and pottery classes for toddlers can be hard to find so I was so glad to learn that not only has YAY Clay! been thriving but they have expanded into a new and bigger space.
In our original review I called YAY CLAY! one of the citie’s best kept secrets. Even though it is no longer a secret (I hope we helped with that) it is still one of the best “out of the box” options for kids and families. YAY CLAY! is in the Port Richmond section of the city. Founded by Keith Grabowsky, YAY CLAY provides adult, children and parent / child classes for all ages in free form clay and on the wheel. Another thing I want to call out is if you have a child that is dealing with ADHD, ADD or autism Keith has done some really great work and specializes in working with children that are affected by these issues.
THEM. A lot of thing still hold true about YAY CLAY! Keith is still very kid centric. What I mean by that is he is high energy, uses silly words and makes kids feel comfortable right away. Kids are doing everything there from working on the wheel to working in free form clay. YAY CLAY! has its own kilns and they fire right on site. This is the only place that I have seen that will put toddlers on the pottery wheel. I didn’t get on one till high school and seeing Henry try it last year was a really cool experience. This was something completely new to him and he loved seeing a lump of “mud” turn into a plate. If you have never thrown a pot before it is hard and messy. Keith sits right down with the kids and helps to guide their hands and introduces different tools to form the clay.
YOU. YAY CLAY! is a little different from most things I tell you about because this space actually has adults and kids competing for studio time. Date night has also become kinda a thing at the studio. Book some time with Keith, bring in some wine and you can try something new by jumping on the wheel. There is nothing better than outing something fun, new and challenging in the mix with your significant other.
EVERYONE. The new larger space has also become a hot spot for birthday parties for ages 4 and up. YAY CLAY! let’s you be as DIY on hands off as you want. I always appreciate when a place let you bring in your own food to help off set the cost of a party. You can bring in some snacks, cupcakes and have some gourmet hipster pizza’s delivered from Pizza Brain and can call it a day and actually get to enjoy the party. Keeping with the current trend YAY CLAY! is BYOB knowing that the official “gift table” with presents piled high has given way to a morning mimosa section for the adults at most parties. Also there is a nice game room to keep the Dad’s happy- complete with vintage video game machines and fussball (pssst….the dart board is behind the studio door).
YAY CLAY is a ceramic studio that operates 7 days a week. The studio is open from morning until night and aims to work around parent and children’s schedules – so just let them know what days and times work best for you. You can keep track of what YAY CLAY! is up to on Facebook. If you need any additional information just call Keith directly (information above)!
For all our picture of our experience at YAY CLAY check out HipsterHenry Flickr
How to Get there:
Take 95 North to Allegheny Ave. Drive up Allegheny and make a right onto Amber Street. YAY Studio is in the second big brick warehouse space on the right. The building number is clearly marketed on the outside.