Garage Clay Shop Outside View

The Garage Clay Space

“Make it work with what you’ve got⁣”

From the very beginning, this has been the Garage Clay motto, and honestly the boiled down message of what we hope to bring to our community – you can make! Pottery is an accessible art form + creative practice, regardless of your background. The Garage Clay space is the biggest living example of this motto. ⁣

The current GC space is a renovated 1940’s calving barn [as in an actual old barn where calves were born]. The building came to us with dirt floor, dilapidated tin walls, + no windows or electricity. The structure + all the items inside were rebuilt by us, with *overwhelming* help from our family + friends, none of whom are actual carpenters 😂. ⁣

Every piece of our shop has a story + so much character. Like the concrete floor poured by Claire’s dad…..due to the entire building being structurally tilted it has a serious slanty ‘tude we have to take into account when placing shelves. Or the table that Claire + Colin (Claire’s partner) made from an old barn door…that ended up being five inches taller than originally planned because of their poor math + measuring. And the cash bar Luke (Elise’s husband / Claire’s brother) built with scrap wood he saved from the burn pile alongside the windows that Elise’s dad installed last summer on the hottest day of the year. ⁣

There have been minor cuts, bruises, bee stings, a handful of near miss catastrophes including an almost electrical fire + so much heart that went into this humble little space. It might not be glamorous, but it works just fine for us 💕✨⁣

Elise + Claire Surma

Elise + Claire Surma

The sister-in-law duo behind Garage Clay with a passion for clay, community, and customer care. When they aren’t carving mountains into pots, you can find them getting lost in them - hiking, camping, skiing, and fly fishing.

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