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There’s a Ceramics Club in Jersey City’s Hamilton Park Neighborhood

by Stephanie Brown
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Creative hobbies are an opportunity to relax and focus on something outside of work or school. Ceramics can be a fun creative outlet for all ages + skill levels. Betty’s Ceramics Club, located at 224 9th Street in Jersey City’s Hamilton Park neighborhood, is a community space where kids and adults can take hand-building and wheel-throwing classes. Beginners + experienced ceramic artists are all welcome to take a class or sign up for a membership at Betty’s. Keep reading to learn more about this neighborhood ceramics studio.

All About Betty’s

Betty’s Ceramics Club is a neighborhood craft studio founded by Sam Spratt and McKendree Key. The duo met in Brooklyn six years ago and opened the Hamilton Park studio at 224 9th Street in 2023.

The studio is named after Sam’s grandmother, Betty, who taught him the importance of being a good neighbor. During the pandemic, Sam used ceramics to help raise money for community organizations + Covid relief.

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The beautiful Hamilton Park studio is a welcoming space with tons of natural light + plants. The space has everything artists need to create one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces.

Pottery enthusiasts of all ages can take classes or sign up for an event. Betty’s has memberships for more experienced artists who can use the space on their own. To apply for a studio membership, artists must first take Betty’s Beginner Wheel or Intro to Handbuilding courses – or an equivalent course.

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​Neighborhood Ceramics Studio Events

Betty’s Ceramics Club hosts one-time events for adults who want to try making pottery without committing to a multi-week class.

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Date nights are held on Friday and Saturday nights. Couples will create two ceramic pieces each on the pottery wheel. All materials, aprons, and supplies are provided, but attendees can make the class BYOB if they want. 

Try nights take place on Saturday nights. These one-time classes cover the basics of ceramics + wheel throwing. Participants will create a piece of pottery that will be fired + ready for pick-up in a few weeks.

Special events for holidays are scheduled throughout the year. Keep an eye out on Instagram or the website for upcoming one-off events. Previous events have included learning how to make Halloween lanterns + spring floral vases.

Anyone looking for a party venue can consider Betty’s. The ceramics studio has three party packages which include kid’s clay parties and handbuilding + wheel throwing parties for adults. The parties last two hours + party guests will learn how to create pottery pieces during the event.



Classes for All Ages

Bettys has multi-week classes in addition to date nights, try nights, + special events. Adult wheel throwing and handbuilding classes are available for everyone from beginners to advanced pottery artists.

Adults who want to try a class without committing to an 8-week program can join the Beginner Wheel Shorts Class. This is a 4-week class that covers all the basics of wheel throwing in a more condensed format.

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The Welcome to Hell Class is designed for intermediate potters with two or more years of experience who want to learn advanced moves + have conceptual conversations about designs.  

Kids ages 5 to 9 can join the afterschool clay club. This interactive program helps kids develop pottery skills in a fun environment. Older kids ages 10-14 can sign up for the 10-week intro to hand-building + wheel-throwing class. 

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Family classes are held on the weekends so kids and adults can learn a new skill together. Summer camps and holiday break camps are also held at Betty’s. These camps encourage kids to be creative and help them make new friends outside of school.

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