AKAR Art, Architecture & Design. Building blocks for a richer life. ClayAKAR is located in downtown Iowa City and focuses on all things Clay.


Americano Invitational Opens Tomorrow at 10:00 am CST, ONLINE ONLY

Pictured: Hiromi Iyoda, Jade Lewis, Senta Achee, David Swenson, Cybele Pilon, Dawn Candy, S. C. Rolf, Justin Donofrio, Lakyn Bowman.

Senta Achée, Clarice Allgood, Chris Alveshere, Mindy Andrews, Sasha Barrett, Bekah Bliss, Karl Borgeson, Lakyn Bowman, Kyle Carpenter, Dawn Candy, Billy Cho, Bede Clarke, Josh DeWeese, Susan Dewsnap, Ruth Easterbrook, Sanam Emami, Paul Eshelman, Katie Fee, Marty Fielding, Tuile-Fionnuala, Bianka Groves, Noelle Hoover, Samantha Hostert, Hiromi Iyoda, Shikha Joshi, Kelly Justice, Simon Levin, Jade Lewis, Brenda Lichman, Keok B. Lim, Lily Lund, Kirk Lyttle, Marita Manson, Heidi McKay-Casto, Adam Meistrell, Didem Mert, Ernest Miller, Ryan Myers, NOM Ceramics, Lisa Orr, Joe Page, Yesha Penchal, Amanda Pennington, Ron Philbeck, Cybèle B. Pilon, Tilla Rodemann, S. C. Rolf, Masa Sasaki, Kate Schroeder, Chad Steve, David Swenson, Zach Wollert, Shumpei Yamaki, Minsoo Yuh.


ClayAKAR and the small business owners (the artists) that we represent thank you for your continued support.
Please enjoy 20% off the entire website on behalf of the ClayAKAR team to express our gratitude.
Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.
Now through Sunday, November 27th


Upcoming Show: Americano Invitational, Online Only.

Opens Friday, December 3, 10:00 am CST

Photos from Clay AKAR's post 11/06/2022

Help us showing identifying these two pieces. We just have not been able to figure it out !


Thanksgiving Table: The Butter Dish

Opens Tomorrow, Friday, November 4th, 9:30 am CSTin gallery, 10:00 am CST online.

Participating: Chris Alveshere, Lesley Bevan, Dawn Candy, Ruth Easterbrook, Paul Eshelman, Martha Grover, Noelle Hoover, Samantha Hostert, Shikha Joshi, Renee LoPresti, Ryan Myers, Tilla Rodemann, S. C. Rolf, Masa Sasaki, Liz Zlot, Summerfield, David Swenson.


Yunomi Special : Now trough October 24TH, Purchase 2 or more Yunomi and receive 20% off your order.
Plan ahead for the holidays!
With so many to choose from, you will surely find a perfect one for all your loved ones.



Finally, it’s here!
Solo Show: Beth Lo
Opens tomorrow, Friday October 21st, 9:30 am CST in gallery and 10:00 am CST Online.


Solo Show: Jenny MENDES

Friday, October 7th, 9:30 am CST in gallery, 10:00 am CST Online.


Can you help us identify this mark?


Can anyone recognize this mark?


Tomorrow we feature resale pieces from Nate Collins collection. Nate was part of the ClayAkar team a couple years ago and now he is now focusing on nursing school.


New Work by Annabelle Smith & Kay Wheeler.

Available Friday, September 9th, 9:30 am CST in gallery and 10:00 am CST Online .

Kat Wheeler grew up in Tennessee and moved to England to work at the Leach Pottery in St
Ives, Cornwall. She worked in the Leach production studio from 2009-2019 and met
Annabelle Smith when she began her apprenticeship in 2017. Annabelle completed her
apprenticeship in 2020 and continues to work in the studio today. They both came to
Minnesota to participate in the 2022 St Croix Valley Pottery Tour as guests of Jeff Oestriech.
The work you see here is a selection of Annabelle’s thrown and textured work that was
shipped over from the Leach Studios in St Ives and Kat’s slip decorated work that was made
last spring in Jeff’s studio.


Upcoming Solo Show: AL HOLEN

Available this Friday, 9:30 am in gallery and 10:00 am Online.


New Work: Marty Fielding

Photos from Clay AKAR's post 08/04/2022

Tomorrow we will feature these new collaborative jars by Rickie Barnett + Lynne Hobaica. Also included in the show will be mugs, flower bottles and masks.

Work will be available Friday, August 5th, 10:00 am CST

Photos from Clay AKAR's post 07/08/2022

New Work: Brad Schwieger

Architectural and Altered Cut Vases.


Tomorrow we will feature works by Brad Schwieger and Randy Schutt. Be sure to log in at 10:00 am CST to view it all.


Amanda Bury’s New Work is now available in the gallery and our online store at

Photos from Clay AKAR's post 06/30/2022

Fun new decorated work from Didem Mert using a mixture of techniques.


Tom Bartel sent these heads with his Yunomi. We just added them to our online shop. Check them all out.


Loving all the available Yunomi in our window . Come check them outside!

Photos from Clay AKAR's post 06/23/2022

Loving the gold luster on these!

Photos from Clay AKAR's post 06/18/2022

This Molly Bishop Yunomi is a good reminder for us as we spend the weekend organizing all the orders to start shipping tomorrow!

Thank you for all the incredible support towards us and the participants in the Yunomi Show.

If you missed the show opening yesterday, do visit the website to see the show and more Yunomi like this that are still available.


One last stack featuring a few yunomi with pattern and texture play.

Pictured: Doug Peltzman, Mary Barringer, Ani Kasten, Matt Hyleck, S.C.Rolf, Joe Singewald, Shikha Joshi, Alleghany Meadows, John Neely, Mariana Baquero, Jeff Oestreich, Sarah Pike, Sunshine Cobb, Candice Methe


Iowa Ties….

Heidi McKay Casto, Billy Chi, Josh Van Stippen, Matt Kelleher,
Keok-Pong “Bobby” Tso, Benj Upchurch, Matt Rude, Reiko Uchytil.

Yunomi Invitational opens Friday, June 17th, 10:00 am CST, Online Only.


They are not orange dots but we still love the play of dots on these Yunomi that will be featured tomorrow in the 16th Yunomi show.

Show open tomorrow, Friday, June 17th, 10:00 am CST.

Pictured: Chris Alveshere, Samantha Henneke, Heidi Kreitchet, Sandra Torres, Eric Van Eimeren, Naomi Clement, Aaron Becker, Sang Joon Park, Mike Cinelli, Nom Ceramics, Jan Gerdin


Photos from Clay AKAR's post 06/15/2022

Here is a collection of some of the new artists for this years Yunomi show. There’s a mix of faces, food, flowers for you to take a close look at.

Show opens this Friday, June 17th, 10:00 am CST, Online Only.

Pictured : Randy Schutt, Taylor Robenalt, Jessica Wilson, Anna Valenti, Bri Larson, Joseph Delphia, David Roswell, ChengOu Yu, Sean Kunz, Nicole Rene Woodard.

# eramucs


A special shout out to the youngest maker in the Yunomi show. Tuile is just 12 years old and this is her third year participating in the show.

See more of her work this Friday, June 17th, 10:00 am CST.


Atmospheric Firing Sneak Peek….

Show Opens June 17th, 10:00 am CST Online Only. 187 artists, 1115 Yunomi and 207 Donations to The Studio Potter.

Pictured: Tara Wilson, Ted Neal, Stuart Gair, Ian Bassett, Simon Levin, Cathi Jefferson, Bandana Pottery, Casey Beck, Shane Mickey, Bruce Cochrane, Jil Franke, Lesley Bevan, Jason Hess, E. J. Balistreri


Our yearly Yunomi exhibit is also a fundraiser for the journal “Studio Potter”. This year 117 artists have chosen to donate sale of atleast one of their Yunomi to benefit Studio Potter.

Mark your calendar for June 17th, 10:00 am CST, purchase a Yunomi and support Studio Potter.

Pictured: Nick Devries, Rebecca Zweibel, Amanda Bury, Steven Hill, Josh DeWeese, Posey Bacopoulos, Tom Bartel, Lisa Orr, Lana Wilson, Hayne Bayless, Andrew Clark, Samantha Hostert, Cynthia Bringle, Mark Chuck, Nathan Willever, Chase Gamblin, Noelle Hoover, Paul Maloney, Erica Iman, Tom Coleman and Kyle Scott Lee.


There is just something about the color black!

Sneak peek of few of tfe Yunomi in the upcoming show opening on June 17th, 10:00 am CST

Pictured: Aaron Becker, David Crane, Joe Kraft, Eric Van Eimeren, Wes Brown, Delores Fortuna, Branum Mercer, Kyle Carpenter, Michelle Mendlowitz


The stories they tell….

One week from today on June 17th, 10:00 am CST, you will be able to see all 189 artists interpretations of the Yunomi.

Pictured: Keok Lim, Masa Sasaki, Yensoo Kim, Grace Sheese, Lesley Mcinally, Carrie Day, Kurt Brian Webb, Jessica Brandl and Molly Anne Bishop


The stories they tell….

One week from today on June 17th, 10:00 am CST, you will be able to see all 189 artists interpretations of the Yunomi.

Pictured: Keok Lim, Masa Sasaki, Yensoo Kim, Grace Sheese, Lesley Mcinally, Carrie Day, Kurt Brian Webb, Jessica Brandl and Molly Anne Bishop


Animalia ❤️ represented in the upcoming Yunomi Invitational.

Opens June 17th, 10:00 am CST, Online Only.

Pictured: Kirk Lyttle, Yoko Sekino Bove, Sarah Anderson, Carolanne Currier, Ashley Bevington, Audra Doughty, Gabrielle Schaffner, Alexandra Fitzgerald, Renee LoPresti.


A 🌈of possibilities!

Mark you calendars for the 16th Yunomi Invitational . 189 makers, 1115 Yunomi. Opens June 17th, 10:00 an CST, Online Only.

Pictured: Chanakarn Semachai, Sarah Chenoweth Davis, Justin Rothshank, Kristen Van Patten, Sam Hoffman, Samantha Momeyer and Joe Page


We have a wide variety of pattern rich Yunomi this year! They come in all ways of construction: wheel thrown, slip-cast, press molded and hand built. Something for everyone!

Brett Freund, Paul Donnelly, Andrea Denniston, Mark Arnold, Hannah Thompsett, Adriane Eliades, Lorna Meaden and Kelly Justice.


We picked flowers for you today.

Yunomi Invitational 2022 coming soon. Opens June 17, 10:00 am CST online only.

Pictured: Kristen Pavelka, Dawn Candy, Ruth Easterbrooke, Jenn Cole, Amy Smith, Lakyn Bowman, Taylor Sijan, Tanya Everard and Brenda Quinn.

Photos from Clay AKAR's post 06/02/2022

Solo Show: Minsoo Yuh

Opens Friday, June 3, 10:00 am CST


A Yunomi grouping where lines are making patterns .

The Yunomi show opens 17 days from today on June 17th, 10:00 am CST

Pictured: Kat Wheeler, Guillermo Cuellar, Paul Briggs, Didem Mert, Kate Fisher, Linda Christianson, Rachel Donner, Delores Fortuna


You know me(we) love Orange !

Yunomi show is come up On June 17th, 10:00 am CST

Pictured: Wayne Branum, Rickie Barnett, Stacy Snyder, Kurt Brian Webb, Justin Rothshank, Sarah Chenoweth Davis, Ryan Myers.


Videos (show all)

Amanda Bury’s New Work is now available in the gallery and our online store at
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