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Clay Festival 2023

Time: October 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre
Cost: Free

The Academy Center of the Arts proudly presents the Academy Clay Festival on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Potters, sculptors, wheel throwers, and hand builders from all across the Piedmont Region and Eastern shore will gather in Central Virginia along the James River to sell and showcase their work for this one-day show. Participating vendors will also be given the opportunity to showcase their talent through demonstration and/or lecture.

EVENT UPDATE: Due to potential inclement weather, this year’s Clay Festival will be INSIDE the Academy Warehouse Theatre.

This year’s event will include clay vendors in the Warehouse Theatre and Lobby, live music, art projects + clay demos in the Peggy Burrus Art Studio (located off the Warehouse Lobby), pumpkin painting, an ice cream truck and more!

This is a juried event for clay artists. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and best in show. Winners will be announced at 12:00 PM during the event!

Note that the event producer and Artist may change dates, times, and/or venues depending on the current COVID-19 environment. Ticket buyers will be updated by the Academy Center of the Arts staff, should any change to schedule or venue occurs. 

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Tickets: Free

For more information or to reserve tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

Sponsored By:

Academy Center of the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

Know before you go:

Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Parking & Directions

Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. Our parking map (linked below) shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.

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Ticketing Policies

Ticketing purchases are non-refundable. By purchasing a ticket to an event at The Academy Center of the Arts, you are agreeing to our ticketing policy. View our full ticketing policy.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.