In the late 1800’s, the Orange Belt Railway was the first railroad to come into St. Petersburg. In 1914, Seaboard applied to the City of St. Petersburg to bring their railway into town but was met with heavy opposition by the existing railroad. The City put the measure to a referendum, which the voters of St. Petersburg unanimously passed. The Seaboard Coastline Freight Depot opened on Sept. 13, 1926 and served as a freight depot until 1967.
Upon closing, the Freight Depot was used for a variety of businesses, such as offices, a flea market, feed store, an import and antique business and a warehouse. In 1993, the City of St. Petersburg placed the Depot on the Local Historic Register. The Depot was built in the Masonry Vernacular style of architecture and is one of the last remaining examples of railroad architecture in Pinellas County.
In 2000, the Seaboard Partners LC was formed and purchased the Depot with the purpose of transforming it into the new home of St. Petersburg Clay Company, Inc. Renovations took two years and cost a little over $1,000,000.
In more recent years more up-to-date equipment has been introduced throughout the building. All the time we are thinking about different ways to improve the workshop. At the moment we are looking at different air and water purification systems, such as the Sweetwater water purification systems.
From Left to Right:
Stan Cowen (Co-founder/Owner)
Sean Manning (Owner)
Charlie Parker (Co-founder/Owner)
General Manager/Director of
Assistant Manager/Glaze Technician
Marketing CoordinatorHeather Tinnaro
Kiln TechnicianValerie Scott Knaust
Special Programs Coordinator
2005 Artist-In-Residence Staff
Jason Lachtara, Michael Payne, Bonnie Hughson, Ian Meares, Chloe Rothwell, Jason Snelson
How Does Pottery Complete Its Journey From Earth to Art?
You can find the answer to this question and more while your group tours the St. Petersburg Clay Company, housed in the Historic Seaboard Train Station.
Tour the historic Seaboard Train Station
Learn about the 7 different styles of kilns and how the different firing methods affect the finished artwork
Experience a throwing demonstration by one of our resident artists
Only $1.00 per person
(minimum $10 per group)
This affordable excursion is a great way to introduce your class or group to both the science and art of creating functional pottery and sculptures from clay.
These tours are great for individuals of all ages!
Call now to book a tour for your class or group.