The ability to express yourself, to push your boundaries, to learn who you are and what you’re capable of, to look at life in a way you never imagined, all of these are possible through art. We can feel it in all our senses and apply it to any situation. Art is something we all see differently, and celebrating that difference is what helps breed creativity. There’s a special place in the heart of Skippack that helps do just that. A shop where our residents, no matter what their age, can come create their own representation of art and life through clay. Black Sheep Pottery has been touching the minds and hearts of their students in our local community by offering them the opportunity to express themselves through pottery, ceramic tiles and fine art.
Since it’s opening in October, 2008, owner and master sculptor Nicole Dubrow has been teaching her students a hands on way to sculpt creative, beautiful pieces of self expression. In addition to hosting interactive classes at the Clay Art Studio, Nicole also creates and displays her custom work all across Montgomery County. Her latest works include hand crafted ceramic center pieces for Harleysville’s Mainland Inn.
As a 4th generation master artist, Nicole’s life has been intertwined with art from a very young age. Her mom was a seamstress, her father both a surgeon and a sculpture, and her grandfather a painter. With a family tree full of decorated artists, Nicole would soon find her own niche in a medium that she loved most, one that she used to mold and shape her creativity. The Philly born native and Germantown Academy graduate was able to use her intelligence and hard work to succeed in school. However, it was the voice of the artist inside her that put everything into motion, a voice too loud for her to ignore.
Even though she studied Biology, the young artist was awarded a grant scholarship for her artistic works while attending Penn State University. This soon led Nicole to the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to study abroad in Italy and learn from some of the world’s best sculptors, architects and ceramists. It’s safe to say the emerging artist jumped at the offer! After refining her skills abroad, Nicole returned to the states where she worked for a multitude of highly esteemed and respected artists. Throughout the process, Nicole was able to learn as much about art as she did about herself, and that is exactly the kind of knowledge that her now thriving clay studio in Skippack is able to provide its students.
Black Sheep Pottery is a school that offers educational programs, fine art and clay classes, workshops, a public art gallery, and local events which are always dedicated to giving back to the community. Her camp programs help enhance literacy and life skills in the students by asking them to complete projects where their creativity is the only solution. A lesson that is vitally important to learn both in art and in life.
Black Sheep Pottery offers classes to all Montgomery County residents no matter what their age or skill level. It is a place where the use of self expression through creative art is not only practiced, but encouraged! The studio truly enables its students the chance to be, and think free. At Black Sheep Pottery, the clay is an extension of each student, and throughout the pottery making process, they are able to transform a seemingly lifeless block of clay into an expression of life itself.
In addition to camps, programs and workshops, Black Sheep Pottery offers a wide variety of services and hand made pieces for your home or business. The shop itself is also a great place to host your next birthday party or event. Walk-ins are always welcome, and the studio offers ADA accessible classrooms. You will find that Nicole is not only one of the most talented teachers in our area, but that she is 100% committed to her students and their progression through the creative art process. Stop in to see what Nicole and the Black Sheep does next time you’re in the Village, and stay to see what you can do! Your creativity is waiting….
Mon: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tue: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wed-Thu: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fri: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat-Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm