Clay Encounters

About the place

  • Country : Qatar , Doha

  • Address : The Pearl, Qanat Quartier - Boardwalk, Unit 152, Doha, Qatar

  • Category : Educational Centers

Clay Encounters


Clay Encounters, located in Doha, Qatar, is a small independent design and ceramics studio.

It was founded in 2018 to have an impact on the local design, and art while also reviving a craft and building an appreciation for designed handmade objects.

The studio is in a quiet and hidden away space in The Pearl’s Qanat Quartier.

The studio was opened in 2018 with a single space and in 2020 the space next door was added to accommodate the demand for the studio.

Clay Encounters designs, crafts and collaborates on projects to contribute to the field of design.

Clay Encounters exhibit their design work at places such as The Venice Biennale in Italy, the Maison et Objet in Paris and the Salone del Mobile in Milan. Clay Encounters also receive design commissions locally by entities such as Qatar Museums and Qatar Airways.

The studio founder is an architect, designer and a professor in design at Virginia Commonwealth University, so a big aim of the studio is to conduct design research. Design research for them focuses on collaborations because they have found tremendous value in collaboration with designers, artists and institutions. This has led to many projects with the local design community.

Clay Encounters host ceramic workshops that are focused on craft, design, and pottery.

Classes are offered to all ages and are the focus of the studio. Through the classes they teach a craft and develop the community’s appreciation for design, craft and making.

Clay Encounters design custom made collections for cafes, restaurants, chefs, coffee enthusiasts, institutions, and anyone with a love for ceramics.

Clay Encounters also experiment and design small collections that are sold at their studio as well as places such as Qatar National Museum, The Hilton at the Pearl, Lusail and many more.


The official website of the studio







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