Studio 550 - New Hampshire High Schools compete for the title of Clay Champion, May 17th

Studio 550 hosts the first ever “Clay Challenge” in NH

Manchester, NH – On the morning of May 17th, five teams, from four New Hampshire high schools, will compete for the title of “Clay Champions” at Studio 550. The competition will be composed of a series of feats of clay, such as centering on the potter's wheel without using your hands, throwing the tallest or smallest pot in a set time or with a set amount of clay, and other such challenges. Some events will be individual competitions and others will be team challenges; others will be strategy based, and other will be skill based. The event runs from 9am-12pm.

The participating schools will be from Manchester’s own Memorial and Central High Schools, as well as traveling teams from Goffstown and ConVal in Peterborough. ConVal is sending two teams. Each team is composed of 3-5 students, and the judges for the event will be NH potters.

Lori Sweeney of Memorial High School says, “This event has really made the students excited about pottery. The students have been coming in after school to practice, and some have stepped up to the plate to organize and rally the team. It’s really nice to see”

Community members are invited to visit and view the event, but viewing space is limited. There is no cost to view, but donations will be accepted to keep the event growing. There will be light refreshments and tea available for sale for visitors.

“The idea of a Clay Challenge really fits the mission behind Studio 550, ‘Build a dynamic arts-centered community by enriching lives with unique art experiences and giving people an excuse to play.’ The Clay Challenge is a community building event that is all about playing. We’re looking forward to see how this event grows in the future.” says event organizer, Monica Leap.

For more information, see, call 603.232.5597 or stop by the studio at 550 Elm St. in Manchester, NH.