Pre-Conference Afternoon


It's all about the Heat!


Make a day of it!
Sign up for the Clay conference Pre-Conference afternoon.

You may be driving anyway, but surely you can get to Montgomery by 1:30 PM. When you do, you are in for a treat on the industrial side of town.

We are working on requesting early check-in for "pre-conferencers" at the hotel. That way you can unload your car, splash some water on your face, put on your sturdy closed-toe shoes, dress in your grubby clothes, and get ready for some exploring.

At 1:45 PM we will meet in the lobby of the hotel, where you will be handed a snack bag and water to take on the road.


Stop 1 - The Acme Brick Comany's Production plant

We will carpool in a caravan about 1.6 miles to the Acme Brick Company production plant, where we will tour their facility, and leave with our very own bricks to carve.

Acme Brick is kindly donating 500 greenware brick to the clay conference. 20% of those bricks will go home with the Pre-Conference attendees, who will get 3 bricks each.

This experience is connected to a community based project intended to culminate in the installation of a carved and painted brick wall installation at the Riverfront.

Learn more about the Acme Brick Company.


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Stop 2 - Phillips Metal works

After the brick factory, we will drive back about 1 mile to visit master metal worker, John Phillips, in his studio. John will demonstrate hand forged metal work. Those of you who are looking to combine materials in your work will surely be inspired.

As a special friend to the Clay conference, John has agreed to forge a set of custom Raku tongs to be auctioned before the firing on Saturday night.

Get ready: Visit Phillips Metal Works online.


Stop 3 - Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Drive on your own to one of the most beautiful sites and buildings in Alabama: the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Be sure to visit the hands-on ARTWORKS Gallery while you are there. Additionally, if you love works in porcelain, the Museum’s Decorative Arts Gallery, adjacent to the Museum’s lakeside terrace, houses two beautiful installations of historical porcelain.  It contains an outstanding survey of First Period Worcester porcelain, which has been collected and treasured since its first appearance in mid-18th century England. The Decorative Arts Gallery also features a display of Chinese Export Porcelain. You will also find installations of contemporary art and historical American painting.

 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive Montgomery, AL 36117  Open until 9 PM on Thursdays FREE Admission   

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
1 Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117

Open until 9 PM on Thursdays
FREE Admission