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!
Kids & Clay: with Amanda Jorgensen Mondays 4pm to 6pm Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, & 10 Students learn the fundamentals of clay while creating unique hand-made objects to be treasured for years to come. Projects include making holiday ornaments, plates, mugs, vases and bowls. The first 3 …View full post
Wheel Throwing 101: with Amanda Jorgensen Friday evening 5:30pm to 7:30pm Session 1: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 Session 2 Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29 Experience the sensation of throwing on the potter’s wheel. Projects include cups, bowls, mugs, plates and vases. First 3 classes are making, last class is glazing. $160 for 4 classes or $50 for …View full post
Handbuilding for Raku: with Anne Gorden Vega Friday 10am – 12 noon Nov. 21 $60 for workshop & one Dec. raku Friday (to glaze fire pieces) Get creative with master raku artist Anne Gorden Vega. Students learn techniques for building beautiful hand-made objects specifically for the raku firing process. Specific techniques are demonstrated and …View full post
Accelerated learning on the wheel: with Frank Shaw Saturdays 10am – 12pm Session 1: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 Session 2: Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29 Expand your throwing skills and develop stronger smarter habits on the wheel. Students will build upon their skills to create more complicated forms. First 3 classes are making, last class …View full post
Porcelain Hand-building: with Jill Gerlach Wed. Nov 5 & Fri. Nov 7 12pm to 3pm Wed. Dec. 10 & Fri. Dec. 12 12pm to 3pm $125 for one 2 day workshop, students take home sculptures after firings. Using your imagination and the love of the ocean you will construct a one of a kind …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. The next Third Thursday ArtWalk is SEPTEMBER 18! …View full post
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
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 evening 5 – 8 pm Aug 29 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-Hoppen 305 900 9023 Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm Sept. 24, Oct.8, 22, Nov. 5, 19 and Dec. 3, 17 $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 6-10 poses. Call or …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