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The 2022–2024 FAO Schwarz Fellowship at

The Clay Studio

As artists, advocates, and educators, The Clay Studio is committed to ensuring the space, support, and inspiration necessary for expression and mastery in the ceramic arts. We work in partnership with artists and the community to advance the ceramic arts as a force for good to build connections where all can flourish.

The FAO Schwarz Fellow at The Clay Studio will engage directly with students served through programs offered by The Clay Studio and will work on curriculum development. 

About the Fellowship Position

The FAO Schwarz Fellow will split their time between direct service and strategic  project work. In addition, the Fellow will spend about 10 percent of their time on professional development, cohort gatherings, and their Fellowship role.

The Clay Studio (TCS) is a cultural leader working in Philadelphia and a champion for the ceramics community, providing a welcoming place for 30,000 people annually to examine ceramic artists’ works and engage in making ceramic art. The Clay Studio has grown to a staff of seventeen (twelve of whom are ceramic artists) who continue in the belief that shared creativity, so fundamental to humanity, is a critical force for good.

In 1994, The Clay Studio launched its Claymobile Community Engagement Program, which brings a “pop-up” ceramics studio to schools, community centers, and summer camps throughout the Philadelphia region. Our professional teaching artists provide arts education opportunities that use the tactile medium of clay to nurture imagination, critical thinking, and persistence. Each year, TCS provides hands-on art instruction to over 4,200 underserved schoolchildren through the Claymobile program. Claymobile has served as a program model for ceramic art centers across the country, including Northern Clay, Watershed, and the Penland School for Crafts. With the COVID-19 pandemic’s challenges, Claymobile adapted its programming to be available virtually, so we could continue to get clay into kids’ hands.

Since its founding, TCS has led successful expansion efforts approximately once a decade, including the most recent – Clay Together. Construction is underway on our state-of-the-art ceramics facility located in South Kensington, scheduled to be completed in late Fall 2021. The building’s design reflects lessons learned by The Clay Studio’s interaction with the South Kensington neighborhood through Claymobile. The goal in Kensington is to become a more diverse neighborhood-focused organization. We want our resources to directly impact the community with dedicated spaces and programs for children and youth. A renewed focus on community programming will carry us into our next era on the platform of social awareness, engagement, and artistic achievement.

During the 2018-2019 school year, The Clay Studio worked with an outside evaluator to conduct a comprehensive research-based approach to assess and improve the Claymobile Program. 

  • Survey results showed that 96.7% of students said that the Claymobile made learning fun, and 95.4% of teachers observed that the Claymobile gave their students intellectual tools, such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

  • Program success is indicated by a rate of 95% of students performing at the “Good – Excellent” level in ceramic technique and terminology and academic improvements in subjects paired with Claymobile activities.


The Fellow will be required to show proof of vaccination and required to wear a mask indoors. In addition, all staff must abide by the City of Philadelphia regulations.


The Clay Studio is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that equal opportunity for all employees is important for our continued success. 

The Clay Studio will not discriminate against any employee because of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, non-job-related disability, and as otherwise prohibited by law, in employment, compensation, or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

Opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants based upon qualification and requirements of the job.




Location: Philadelphia
Website: theclaystudio.org
Year founded: 1974
Staff: 17 in Philadelphia

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“A commitment to community, learning, and social change is built into The Clay Studio’s DNA, so hosting a Fellow feels like a perfect fit. TCS was founded in 1974 by five artists, who envisioned it as a stepping-stone for students fresh out of art school; we hope this opportunity can be a similar stepping-stone for a recent graduate who is considering a nonprofit career.”
Carin Sankus
Carin Sankus
Education Manager, The Clay Studio

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How to Apply for the Fellowship

To apply, click the apply button to the right. You will be redirected to the application form where you will be asked to answer a few simple questions. We also request that you upload a résumé and cover letter (PDF). Please name your files as follows:


In your letter, please describe your interest in working at The Clay Studio and your responsed to the following questions:

  • How did you learn about the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, and why are you interested in being an FAO Schwarz Fellow? 

  • Why are you specifically interested in being the FAO Schwarz Fellow at The Clay Studio? Why does their mission engage you?

  • What background and experiences would you bring to the direct service and special project work at this organization?

Applicants must be college seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities at the time of application and be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the two-year Fellowship.


The Clay Studio will review each application carefully and select its Fellow by April 29th. Thanks for your interest.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jordan Cassway.