Clay Dreaming Pottery Studio is a communal atmosphere where students of all ages and skill levels come to create. The studio is located in the heart of Beverly, MA, in the historic RMV building.
Clay Dreaming is independently owned and operated by Tracie Koeplin. A native of Cape Ann, she has been working and teaching in clay for over 15 years. Tracie spent several years in Western Massachusetts earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts, as well as apprenticing under master potters, Michael Cohen and Angela Fina.
It was her one year spent in Aboriginal Australia however, where Tracie found her most significant inspiration, which can be easily detected in her works today. Working in a red stoneware body, minimalistic forms are painted onto large-scaled coiled and wheel thrown vessels. Simplistic geometric shapes and totemic images are reinterpreted in order to recognize and celebrate Indigenous Australian culture.
Tracie’s work is on display and for sale at her own studio, as well as other surrounding galleries, shops, and craft show events. All pieces are made from durable, high-fired stoneware which are food-friendly, microwave and dishwasher-safe.
The students of Clay Dreaming are of all ages and skill levels. The studio offers a base selection of adult clay classes that include open access for students. These classes are very well attended and have grown into a core group of students for whom the studio is an important part of their lives. In addition, there are a growing number of more experienced ceramists registered in the Independent Study program, enabling them to get out of their solitary studio, and into a communal atmosphere.
Classes for children are also very popular. Starting at age 5, the “Adult/Child Clay” classes are offered where parents or other close friends and relatives are able to share time together with their children in a unique environment. After school programs are also held for teenagers.
Clay Dreaming is pleased to provide Arts Outreach to schools, agencies and community groups for low cost programs supported through grant funding. Students benefit from the enrichment program that they otherwise would not have access to in their own school systems.
Most recently, the studio opened its doors to the North Shore Consortium in Beverly, MA, and the Carlton Elementary School in Salem, MA. In addition, Familyworks of Ipswich, MA has sponsored several of their clients-enabling a therapeutic and rewarding experience with clay and a social outlet.
Tracie’s Aboriginal-inspired pottery is a brightly-colored celebration of Indigenous Australian culture.
In June 2007, Clay Dreaming Pottery Studio acquired the ceramics studio at the Redbrick Arts Center. With the strong support of students and trade workers, Clay Dreaming quickly developed into a healthy and growing community of potters.
In March 2010, Clay Dreaming moved from the old Redbrick Arts building into a brand-new, state of the art facility in the heart of downtown Beverly. With Tracie's husband, Peter Koeplin, serving as General Contractor, Clay Dreaming revitalized the building that once housed the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Clay Dreaming Pottery Studio is continuously expanding, offering ongoing intimate class sessions, use of community ceramists’ tools, a vast high-fire glaze library, and considerable equipment--including 10 potter’s wheels, 3 electric kilns, slab roller, and extruders.
The studio provides classes for both adults and children alike for a range of techniques including hand building, wheel throwing, tile and mold making, as well as glaze instruction. Special workshops are held bringing craftsmen to demonstrate their work and style for shorter programs attractive to intermediate and advanced students.
For the wider community, the studio is available for hosting various occasions such as senior citizen field trips, birthday parties, and other special events. The public is also welcome into the studio to shop its impressive display area of works for sale.