The Clay Queen Pottery

The Clay Queen Pottery is located in Alexandria, Virginia's historic DelRay neighborhood.  It is a magical place where potter Renee Altman and her students create masterpieces in clay.

The gallery area features Renee's high-fired functional stoneware.  She paints cheery decorations on many of her pots, while others are glazed in vibrant colors.  Either way they are a joy to use or to give as gifts.  Many of her pots are one of a kind.
 All Renee's pieces are lead-free and safe in your oven, microwave, and dishwasher.
 
The Clay Queen Pottery usually has an Annual Holiday Show the first weekend in December.  There are an enormous number of pots for sale, plenty of choices for every gift need.   As a special feature every year there is a different guest artist invited to show his or her artwork along with Renee's pottery.
 
An Annual Student Pottery Sale usually happens in April.  It is organized and run by the students and they sell pots they have made during the year.  They also always bring in great refreshments.
 
The store also carries unique jewelry made by Abdul Momin, an Afghani refuge who lives in Peshawar, Pakistan.  He makes most of the semi-precious beads from the original rock and then strings his beads into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  He and his father, Hajji, demonstrated traditional beadmaking at the Smithsonian Institution's 2002 Folklife Festival.  The theme that year was the Silk Road and his jewelry is a perfect example of the trade of goods along these ancient routes.  The coral comes from Yemen, the lapis and serpentine are from Afghanistan, and the agate and carnelian from India. 
 
The store/studio is located at 2303 Mount Vernon Avenue, DelRay's main shopping area.   The "Avenue" as it is called,  is populated by small businesses many of which are owned and operated by women.   It is a real neighborhood built up mainly in the 1920's to 1940's and gentrified from the 1990's to the present .  Historically, it was primarily  populated by workers from the nearby former railroad transfer yard, the largest on the East Coast at one time. DelRay is just over the Potomac River from Washington, DC. and has been honored by twice by visits from President Obama. 
 
 
The Clay Queen Pottery
2303 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
 
703-549-7775