- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2002

Location: Clay Cafe Studios is located at 101 N. Maple Ave., Falls Church.

Directions and parking: From the Beltway, take Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) east. Continue on Route 7 (called West Broad Street in Falls Church). Turn left onto North Maple Avenue. Turn left into the first parking lot. Parking is plentiful and free.

Hours: Clay Cafe Studios is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The studio capacity is 56 chairs. Reservations are necessary only with groups of 10 or more.

Pricing: A $6-per-hour studio fee includes all paints, materials and decoration tools, instruction, glazing and firing. Each ceramic piece is individually priced; prices range from $1.50 to $40. The all-inclusive fees for the mosaic center buy a wooden base, all the glass you can use, grout and adhesive.

Information: Call 703/534-7600. The Web site is www.claywire.com.

Other options: Contemporary ceramics studios in Northern Virginia also include Clay Cafe Studios, Chantilly, 703/817-1051; Claytime Cafe, Warrenton, 540/349-5106; Creations From Home, Arlington, 703/249-8327; and Made by You, Arlington, 703/841-3533. In Maryland, visit Clay-Z Daze, Annapolis, 410/266-5020; I Made This, Frederick, 301/624-4030; and Made by You, Bethesda, 301/654-3206, and Rockville, 301/610-5496. Made by You has two locations in the District, on Connecticut Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue.

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