Life-long clay artist Jill Fishon-Kovachick founded Saratoga Clay Arts Center in 2011 to bring forth an exceptional facility for all those interested in working with clay.


Located in upstate New York just 8 miles from the resort city of Saratoga Springs, SCAC’s mission is to promote the ceramic arts, to provide a place for people to explore the medium of clay, hone and develop their skills, and create a community focused on collaboration with faculty, visiting clay artists, students and visitors.

The 13,000 square foot facility is home to 30 clay artists who enjoy private and shared studio space, a large classroom, glaze room, kiln room and the Schacht Gallery, which features the breadth and depth of contemporary ceramics by local, regional, national and international clay artists. Our classes in wheel throwing and handbuilding run year round for adults and children of all levels, and we offer private lessons, parties and events. Weekend and week-long workshops feature mid-career and established clay artists from across the country and are held on a regular basis, attracting participants from as far away as Hawaii, California and Florida.


We are proud to be able to offer the highest quality clay center in North Eastern New York State. Enjoy, thrive, and join us as we work together to find new ways of working and foster a community of artists dedicated to their work in clay.


We offer classes with experienced and recognized teaching artists, private and shared studio spaces, workshops, artists in residence, gallery space, and the latest equipment and technology to satisfy your every desire for exploration in clay, including:

  • a slab roller

  • an extruder

  • 12 Shimpo wheels

  • 2 pug mills

  • a spray booth

  • a grinder

  • large high-fire gas kiln

  • soda kiln

  • raku kiln

  • pit fire smoker

  • various electric kilns

  • photo booth


SCAC Faculty

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Jill Fishon-Kovachick

Jill received her MFA in ceramics from Vermont College and her B.S. at Skidmore College with a concentration in ceramics. She spent seventeen years teaching for Special Programs at Skidmore College. Jill exhibits her work both locally and regionally and is the Founder and Director of Saratoga Clay Arts Center.

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Daphne Allen

Daphne is originally from Maine and received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics from Hartwick College in 2017. Along with teaching classes, working in the studio, and creating her own work she enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks. In pursuit of a new body of work she will be staying another year in New York as an Artist in Residence.

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Erin Hogan

Erin received a BFA from Alfred University in 2003. From 2007-09 she apprenticed for potter Bill Knoble, owner of Red Truck Clayworks in Chestertown, NY. Erin has been renting studio space at SCAC since 2013, where she creates functional, hand carved pottery. You can find her at the Spa City Farmer’s market on Sundays in the summer selling her work.


Lesley Black-vogel

10 years ago, Lesley founded Art Effex, a decorative art company specializing in the design and application of hand painted murals and furniture for residential and commercial clients. Currently she is focused on more personal artistic pursuits and created an art program teaching senior citizens the art of mosaics. She has been associated with SCAC for the past 3 years and has immersed herself in mastering and creating ceramic art.


Candice Klipfel

Candice Klipfel is a ceramic artist from Fort Lauderdale, FL where she received her BFA in Ceramics at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She continued the following year at FAU as a Post Baccalaureate student while working as FAU’s Ceramic Studio Technician and also teaching a ceramics course at a local high school. She is SCAC’s 2018-19 Artist in Resident


Jean Fei

Clay artist Jean Fei has worked in the Saratoga area since taking her first pottery class in 1968. Specializing mostly in trying to make the perfect bowl, she has taught hand throwing and hand building techniques for many years. She enjoys working with youth, having once been one herself.

 SCAC Artists

SCAC is located in upstate New York just 8 miles from the resort city of Saratoga Springs in the rural town of Schuylerville, NY.

Visit us at 167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871

Call 518-581-2529 or email to schedule a private or group tour.

The Schacht Gallery is open daily from 11am – 4pm and by appointment.