The McGraw Studio began life 78 years ago as a gas station on Route 28. In 2017, when the property came up for sale, Cotuit Center for the Arts was able to purchase the site to create a contiguous 7.5-acre campus, thanks to the generosity of its donors and supporters. After reaching out to its members and other constituents through a series of public meetings, the Center decided to convert the gas station into a community ceramics studio where people can learn and practice the clay arts.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS: The McGraw welcomes people of all ages and abilities and offers classes from a great faculty of experienced instructors, as well as nationally renowned guest teachers. Classes and workshops are available throughout the year and include wheel-throwing, hand-building, sculpting, mold-making, slipcasting, glazing, and alternate firing in our three purpose-built classrooms and outside raku area. Our list of offerings is always growing and can be found here.
OPEN STUDIO: Anyone who is taking a class can access our space and facilities during Open Studio time. This is an opportunity to practice what you have learned at your own pace and develop your own artistic style. Other clay art practitioners can purchase Open Studio passes that allow them to access the great facilities at the McGraw as well. To purchase Open Studio passes, browse the Open Studio schedule, and find more information, click here.
GREAT FACILITIES: Our pottery studio features ten wheels, a large clay extruder, a slab roller, a large array of tools and plenty of space for handbuilding. Our sculpture studio is equipped with a rotating model platform, plenty of sculpture stands, specialist tools and a large collection of reference casts and books. Our glaze room includes a spray booth and a large selection of glazes for both dipping and brushing, while our kiln room houses a sizable front-loading electric kiln that can fire large pieces and along with our other top-loading kilns ensures the speedy firing of work once it had dried. Outside the building, a dedicated area allows us to stage alternative firings such as raku.
AN OPEN SEAT ON EVERY CLASS AND WORKSHOP: The McGraw really is about offering every member of our community the opportunity to participate in the clay arts. To that end, each class and workshop includes a scholarship seat paid for by the generosity of our donors. To learn more about our Open Seat Program and to participate, click here.
The McGraw is about creating a welcoming community for clay artists to learn and practice their art. It is the newest addition to Cotuit Center for the Arts, a community art center that includes the Cape’s Best Gallery (as voted by the readers of the Cape Cod Times), a 180-seat Main Stage and 40-seat Black Box Theater, dedicated Art Studio, and numerous classroom spaces. The Center is known for its boundary-pushing and thought-provoking art exhibitions that attract thousands of visitors a year. Members and students will have the opportunity to present their work to an educated and enthusiastic audience throughout the year via our juried exhibitions and annual members’ show.
The Center’s education department offers over 250 classes in the arts and humanities throughout the year. All artists are lifelong students, and users of the McGraw will have access to classes in drawing, painting and other subjects that will inform, improve and inspire their artwork. Members will receive a 15% discount on any class they take at the Center.
Beginning January 13, the McGraw studio is open Mondays through Fridays, 10am to 5pm, for classes and Open Studio. Classes, workshops and Open Studio also take place in the evenings and on weekends (Open Studio Schedule TBA).