The shop and studio that make up The Clayworks are a small part of an organization called Disability Supports of the Great Plains. Created in 1996 by parents and children with special needs, Disability Supports provides innovative, individualized services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With live-in campuses, day services and in-home assistance in McPherson and Hutchinson, this one-of-a-kind organization uniquely serves the needs of clients, families and caregivers. The Clayworks experience adds to their overall lifetime enrichment.
The artists of The Clayworks decide when and what to create. Clay kilns, potter's wheels, glazes and other tools are at their disposal. Professional art educators from the area are on staff. Clay works artists aren't producing art simply to pass time. It is their work, a product worthy of value and an act of self expression. They receive 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their merchandise. The income provides a measure of independence and is an important part of a full and complete life.
When you visit The Clayworks, you will find a new way of looking at art and, perhaps, the talented individuals who create it. Let your journey continue to One Door North where you will discover other mediums created by Clayworks artists. The gallery is literally located one door north!