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CIY Featured Member Artist

Claudia Ayala

Born and raised in Mexico City, I’ve always had a passion for working with raw materials, just like my ancestors did. I love the idea of taking raw materials that are perceived to have little value and shaping them into beautiful objects, made of my own thoughts. The process of working with clay is both simple and complex and gives me a deep connection to my history, clay has been used for centuries to create utilitarian objects, as well as tell the story of our ancestors. My inspiration comes from growing up around the black clay (Barro negro) from Oaxaca, the Talavera from Puebla, and the Brilliant trees of life from Metec. They awaken in me a desire to create and become a servant of the transformation.

I began my ceramic training in 2017 in Leesburg, VA where I met several wonderful potters. My creative style reflects the many influences I have had over the years and the love and passion I have for my Mexican roots and history. My work is primarily handmade stoneware clay, and the forms are spare and traditional, which gives it its distinctive lines.

I love making pottery! It is a constant source of joy and amusement. I’m grateful for the people who have taught and helped me learn the art of clay making and feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do something I am passionate about.

About Us

CIY is a creative hub located in Ashburn, VA, where individuals can explore the world of pottery and specialty arts. The acronym stands for “Create It Yourself,” reflecting the studio’s mission to foster a collaborative environment for both beginners and seasoned artists.

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  • Friday 10AM – 6PM
  • Saturday 10AM – 5PM
  • Closed Sunday


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