Beyond pottery, this is a place of pride.
Tucked into the historic buildings along McPherson, Kansas’ Main Street sits what may be the world’s most unique art gallery and shop.
It is called The Clayworks. As an entrepreneurial creation of Disability Supports of the Great Plains, this artists’ studio offers individuals with disabilities the chance to explore their own unique creativity and artistic expression — and to profit from their work.
Guided by professional art educators and staff, artists work with different media — clay, painting and drawing — and choose their level of contribution to the artistic process, from design, to production, finishing, and the marketing of their completed pieces.
Their work is for sale on the many shelves that fill The Clayworks retail store in McPherson. Clayworks 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% of the proceeds from the sale of their merchandise. The artists’ work is also displayed at Disability Supports’ sponsored gallery, One Door North.
Unlike any other shop or gallery, The Clayworks uses creativity as a way to help people find a sense of place as well as a livelihood — and a place to share their gifts with the world.
One Door North The Gallery at The Clayworks
Adjacent to The Clayworks is a decidedly different kind of art gallery. It is a gallery where artists of all ages and abilities are invited to create, display and promote art free of charge, for the benefit of both the artists and the community.
It is a space in which the spirit of art is fostered. Children explore the creative world. Professional artists display collections. Community groups gather to be inspired, to plan and connect. You’re invited to discover the textures, colors, beauty and spirit of this place and its people.
“One Door North is a beautiful, exciting place with an amazing mission. I feel truly inspired by both the surroundings and the artwork.” — Peggy Medina, Salina ceramic artist
Dale Cole, January–February 2017
Neil Ward, March–April 2017
Ed Pogue, May–June 2017
Daniel Gegen, July–August 2017
Joey Embers, September–October 2017
Group Invitational, November–December 2017
Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
First Thursdays, Open to 8:00 p.m.
Extended Hours During Holiday Season