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CCSA History and Mission
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The Mission of the CCSA is to promote our industry and be a resource for our members


CCSA History

Ceramic shops have been around for as long as anyone can remember.  In the beginning they were dusty little shops tucked away in just about every neighborhood.  Most of the shops you had to pick your mold, mix your slip, and pour your own piece.  You’d come back a few days later and remove the mold, clean up the bisque, and begin to paint.  They would glaze and fire the piece and you’d have a completed piece a few days after that.  These are what we call Traditional Ceramic Studios.  They had quite different look and feel from the evolved Contemporary Paint Your Own Pottery (PYOP) studios today.  Although similar in many ways, the PYOP’s today operate a bit differently and many include other craft offerings like fused glass, clay, mosaics, wood crafts, and canvas. 

The change from Traditional to Contemporary started in the 90’s.  And with an increase of so many small, locally owned Mom and Pop PYOP’s popping up all over the world, the idea to create the CCSA began to hatch.  It started with a small group of people with a lot of experience in the ceramics industry. Suppliers like Duncan, Total Mosaics, Skutt and Mayco discussing how they could put together and connect all these shops.  They brought in studio owners to the discussion and before too long their idea began to grow.  The founding members wanted to connect suppliers with studio owners, studio owners with other studio owners and create a place they could share ideas, launch products, find inspiration, and network – all under one roof.  They achieved these goals by creating the CCSA.

Although it has evolved greatly over the years to meet ever changing needs, the founding principles of these forward thinking individuals are still the cornerstones of our association.  The current CCSA has over 700 studio and supplier members located all over the world.  For our studio members we provide an abundance of benefits including savings with participating suppliers, quarterly project guides, monthly webinars, networking, ideas, and inspiration.  For our supplier members we provide a direct contact with studios, a place to launch new products, and grow their business.  (You can learn more about the benefits of being a CCSA Member by clicking here)

The CCSA also holds an annual convention where suppliers can exhibit and attendees can attend valuable classes and gain insight for their business.  This educational experience is one of the most talked about events of the year in this industry. 

The CCSA has two full time employees and a volunteer Board of Directors made up of studio owners and supplier members.  We also publish a quarterly magazine - The CCSA Today.  Our Members Only website houses years of archives including photos, projects, and other important documents that are invaluable to studio owners.  Being a member of the CCSA has many benefits but by far the willingness to share ideas and information with each other so openly is one of the greatest. 

The CCSA revels in the process of helping so many business owners by providing time and energy saving items at their fingertips.  It’s our honor and privilege to be a part the evolution and growth of this industry.




Great Shapes Auction

The leading event at the annual CCSA Convention is the Great Shapes Auction. Studios from all over the country and now the world create and donate amazing creations in ceramics and glass to be bought in a silent auction, and the works deemed the most outstanding are sold in an exciting live auction segment.

2009-2013 Raised $140,000 for Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer
2014-2015 Raised over $50,000 for St. Jude Research Children's Hospital 
2016 Raised over $35,000 for Special Olympics South Carolina  

2017 Raised over $28,000 for Believe Big

2018 Raised over $16,000 for Believe Big

Tiles for America

After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, ceramic studios around the world joined together to offer a creative outlet to the people of our nation. Thousands of tiles, reflecting patriotism, heroes, courage, unity, poetry, and other positive themes arrived in New York City. Contributions came from all over the world, from families, children, schools, churches, scouts, and senior groups. Each tile reflects the artists’ thoughts of sadness and hope in the face of this American tragedy, demonstrating that the American people will pull together in times of national disaster.The first New York memorial is located on a chain-link fence at the corner of 7th Avenue and 11th Street. This unique memorial has been shown on television and in music videos, and is regularly visited by busloads of tourists. A second memorial is now found at the Tribute WTC Center on the south side of Ground Zero. Click here to visit


Updated 12/11/2018

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy and Use of Cookies

At The Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association (CCSA) we are committed to protecting your privacy. We do not rent or resell your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes. The information we collect is used to provide services to our clients and this statement of privacy explains data collection and use in those situations. Please read this complete privacy statement.

The Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association (CCSA) is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of non-CCSA websites to which this Site or any other CCSA website may link. Also, CCSA is not responsible for the privacy practices of its Clients or users of its Client websites. You should review any additional privacy policy and terms of use agreements of the entity from whose website you clicked-through before using the site.

Please note that the practices of The Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association (CCSA), its affiliates, and agents ("CCSA"), with respect to data collected and used by CCSA in connection with this website and all other CCSA affiliated websites, and its affiliates with links to this policy (collectively, the "Site") and CCSA services available or enabled via the Site ("Services"), are governed by this online privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") as amended from time to time, and not the privacy policy in effect at the time the data was collected. Please regularly review our Privacy Policy. If you have objections to the Privacy Policy, you should immediately discontinue use of the Site and the Services enabled by the Site and follow the procedure described in the section entitled "Updating your personal information and privacy preferences". This Privacy Policy does not govern privacy practices associated with offline activities, websites other than the Site, or any products or services not available or enabled via the Site. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent that any terms of the Privacy Policy conflict with the terms of an existing written (including electronic) agreement between you and the website from which this Policy is linked, this Policy shall take precedence as it relates to the practices of CCSA.

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CCSA complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. CCSA has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view CCSA's certification, please visit

CCSA has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the US-EU [and EU-Swiss] Safe Harbor Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed by CCSA, please visit the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR web site at for more information and to file a complaint.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact:


Attn: Executive Director

PO Box 811351

Boca Raton, FL 33481


If you do not receive acknowledgment of your compliant or your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed by CCSA, you should then contact:

Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22203



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Please note that CCSA is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of non-CCSA websites to which this site or any other CCSA website may link. Also, CCSA is not responsible for the privacy practices of its Clients or users of its Client websites. You should review the additional privacy policy of the Client site before using the site and contact the organization should you have questions regarding their policies.