PAINT OUR POTTERY
|Located in the heart of Islamorada’s flourishing Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, Morada Way Clay is the place for pottery and ceramic art in the Florida Keys with classes, workshops, private instruction and studio access. Release your inner artist in our friendly, fun and creative environment!
Our Islamorada Florida Keys ceramics studio is fully equipped with two electric kilns and a gas-fired raku kiln plus slab roller, extruder and five wheels.
Studio manager Samantha Decker-Hoppen has been creating and selling ceramic art for nearly 20 years and teaching for more than 10. Frank Shaw is a former production potter and equipment specialist. They can help you get started or take you to the next level.
We offer multi-session classes, one-day workshops, individual instruction and open studio access, which lets you work with our equipment and resources while immersed in our creative atmosphere.
Artists of all ages and abilities welcome!
FINE ART GALLERY
Our Islamorada fine art gallery hosts some of the Upper Keys’ best pottery, sculpture and paintings, with exhibitions and guest artists throughout the year.
Let gallery director Erich Decker-Hoppen introduce you to some of the best artists creating art today in Islamorada and the Florida Keys, including potters Samantha Decker-Hoppen, Joan Purcell, Beth Kaminstein and Frank Shaw – plus legendary painter Dan Lawler.
Check out our GALLERY ARTISTS guide!
Third Thursday Art Walks
Islamorada’s monthly street fair and gallery crawl is quickly becoming the most happening art scene in the Florida Keys with live music, artist demos and incredible art!
Get your ART FIX the third Thursday of each month, 6-9 pm at Mile 81.5 Oceanside.
The best Islamorada art & Florida Keys fun are at Morada Way Clay!
Morada Way Clay was awarded Studio of the Year 2014 by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District during the Millard Wells Days’ Red Kerchief Reception at the Keys History & Discovery Center. We all know this is due to the tireless work and awesome talents of Samantha Decker-Hoppen, who has recruited …View full post
The last Friday in May saw our biggest and best yet Raku Friday event. We had a nice crowd, great music and the fire and smoke spectacle that is raku! The results were stellar works of art by our studio artists, including Mike McDonald’s shimmering fish plaque, a great white whale by Joan Purcell, a …View full post
Studio artists Judy & Skip Weiner recently brought grandsons Steven and Justin to play in clay. Steven tried his hand at the wheel and made an excellent bowl upon which he glazed a manatee. Justin hand-built wonderful panda and turtle figures. They looked a little like his grandfather’s “Smokin’ Buddies” — but without the …View full post
When I’m not working as the gallery director at Morada Way Clay, I am a freelance graphic artist, web designer and copywriter. I can help you market your art with the following services: professional art photography for print and Internet press releases affordable websites you can edit yourself (like this website) print advertising – postcards, …View full post
Immerse yourself in creative energy by becoming a Morada Way Clay studio artist. We offer a range of artistic opportunities to fit your style and schedule: Open Studio 1 visit $50 for up to 4 hours studio access, includes use of studio equipment, up to 5lbs of recycled clay, studio glazes and electric firings. Previous clay experience …View full post
Friday evenings 6 – 8 pm May 30 Join us for the hottest night in Islamorada! Choose one piece of pottery to glaze and have it raku-fired while you wait amongst friends and tropical breezes. Cost is based on chosen pottery piece and ranges from $35 – $75 with most pieces being $50. Everyone is invited …View full post
Open Studio: Figure Drawing Facilitator: Samantha Decker Most Wednesdays, 6 – 8pm April 16, 23. May 14, 28, June 11, 25 $20 each session, no instruction, bring your own materials Participants sketch, paint or sculpt as a live model poses either clothed or nude. The model will hold 4-6 poses in the first hour while …View full post
Check out Erich’s wicked new video Playing With Fire capturing the energy of Raku Friday at Morada Way Clay in Islamorada, Florida Keys. The three-minute documentary features Florida Keys ceramic artists Frank Shaw, Samantha Decker-Hoppen and Steve Bryant. The flaming skull plaque damaged in the firing but still smoking hot was made by Erich. Raku involves …View full post
Frank Shaw has been rebuilding a raku kiln and recently gave it a test firing. American raku is “a process in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and causes crazing in …View full post
Instructor: Frank Shaw Sundays, 11 am – 1 pm April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18, 25 Cost is $50 for 1 class or $160 for any 4 clay classes within a 3 month period and includes materials and firings. Expand your throwing skills and develop stronger smarter habits on the wheel. Participants …View full post
Instructor: Samantha Decker-Hoppen Saturdays, 11 am – 1 pm April 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3, 10, 24, 31 Learn the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students will learn how to center the clay and pull up the clay to various shapes. Students will be encouraged to proceed at their own pace …View full post
Instructor: Samantha Decker-Hoppen Fridays, 11 am – 1 pm April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 9, 23, 30 Cost is $50 for 1 class or $160 for any 4 clay classes within a 3-month period and includes materials and firings. Get creative hand building with clay. Students learn how to use the slab roller, …View full post
Don’t miss Morada Way Arts & Cultural District’s ArtWalks taking place every Third Thursday on Morada Way, Mile 81.5 Oceanside in beautiful Islamorada. They are evenings filled with live music, demonstrations, entertainment, kids’ activities, refreshments and – of course – talented artists and fantastic art. DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, MAY’S ARTWALK HAS BEEN CANCELED. The next …View full post
Morada Way Clay is ready for some serious firing with our newly refurbished raku kiln, which rapidly superheats pottery to create chemical reactions in the glaze. Check it out at Raku Friday, the first Friday of the month. We are also rewiring a massive, 64 cubic foot Olympic electric kiln, procured through a trade with Ceramic …View full post