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Old City Pottery Studio ‘Mugs’ Passersby With 40th Anniversary Gifts

(Justin trades in his disposable coffee cup for a handmade ceramic mug, compliments of the Clay Studio.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Justin trades in his disposable coffee cup for a handmade ceramic mug, compliments of the Clay Studio. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

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By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Clay Studio celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend with some creative programming.

Volunteers from the Clay Studio, on North Second Street near Race, in Old City, hit the streets today.  They were on a mission to “mug” people.

Justin (top photo) was one of their victims.  He was targeted because he was carrying a disposable coffee cup.

“Yeah, the asked me to trade my paper cup that I had just purchased coffee in for a genuine, king-size, handmade mug, and it seems like a really good deal to me.”

 

(Volunteers from The Clay Studio give away handmade coffee mugs outside a coffee shop in Old City.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(Volunteers from The Clay Studio give away handmade coffee mugs outside a coffee shop in Old City. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

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Clay Studio president Chris Taylor says the guerrilla mug assaults are part of the studio’s 40th birthday celebration, during which they are providing 40 continuous hours of community programming this weekend.

“There’s classes and workshops so you have a hands-on opportunity,” Taylor tells KYW Newsradio.  “People were doing clay animations, so there’s a clay film festival moment. They’re really in tune with our community and who we serve and who we want to serve.”

The Clay Studio opened with five artists in 1974.  Taylor says today it serves more than 35,000 per year.

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