Scenic City Clay Arts recently moved from its location in Lookout Valley to a new spot on East 11th Street. (Photo: Staff)

A local nonprofit that teaches area residents about working with clay has recently changed locations.

Scenic City Clay Arts was originally located at the John A. Patten Recreational Center in Lookout Valley.

David Chambers, executive director of Scenic City Clay Arts, said that the space had become too small for the expansions he had in mind. 

Scenic City Clay Arts was recently able to get two new kilns for firing large quantities of clay. (Photo: Staff)

A grant from the Benwood and Lyndhurst foundations allowed Scenic City Clay Arts to make a deal to move into the basement of ArtsBuild rent-free for 18 months. 

At 3,500 square feet, the new space is double the size of the old location and allows Scenic City Clay Arts to expand its programming past the one to two classes the old space confined it to.

The new building also has better ventilation, which allows people to be in the building working at the same time as glazes are mixed. 

Chambers hopes to share the art form he’s used to help move past his personal problems with his community and create an organization that can be passed down to another generation.

"It’s a healing art," he said. "Outreach is very important. It helped me with my disability, and I want to be able to share that and give back to the community."

Chambers wants to begin working with several nearby neighborhoods, communities and organizations within Chattanooga such as the Martin Luther King Boulevard neighborhood and Chattanooga CARES.

For more information about Scenic City Clay Arts, click here. To visit the nonprofit’s Facebook page, click here.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She is also currently attending UTC, where she is the news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo.