Thirteen years ago Tim Preston founded the Clay Center of Northern Colorado, offering pottery classes, individualized instructions, and studio space for Greeley artists. With more than 40 years of experience with ceramics, Preston has created a friendly and approachable environment for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to enjoy making art.
“This is both a refuge and a gathering place where people can help each other and interact in a meaningful way,” Preston said.
The Clay Center is embedded into the Greeley community through a variety of classes, demonstrations, and involvement in the arts and culture scene. Preston works with Envision, a nonprofit Community Center Board serving Weld County, providing creative support for people with developmental disabilities through weekly pottery classes. The Clay Center has also previously partnered with the Poudre Learning Center to assist with its science programming for students and helped District 6 teachers sculpt each bone of an entire tyrannosaurus rex skeleton out of clay to mimic a real archeological dig.