Youth Clay Classes
We love working with kids and clay. Our after-school sessions during the academic year and Summer Clay Camp during school vacation are full of innovative pottery projects designed to interest children and youth ages 8 to 16.
Read the class descriptions below, and then see our Calendar for upcoming class offerings. You can register for class online, in person or by mail. Please call 683-2529 to make sure a spot is available before registering and paying online.
After School Enrichment Program — Open to ages 9-13
Perfect for children, tweens and young teens, whether they are new to pottery or are more experienced young clay artists. Projects are tailored to the attending group and involve unique functional and sculptural works designed to exercise a child's imagination. Independent thinking and problem solving is encouraged every step of the way!
The six-week session price of $150 includes:
- Six weeks of instructor-led classes, one 1 1/2-hour class per week.
- Clay, tools, glazes and firings.
Class size is limited to 12 children. Students should wear play or work clothes that can handle getting dirty. Working with clay can get messy.
The session fee is due in full before the program starts. We reserve the right to cancel an upcoming after-school session if fewer than six students register for the course. If we do have to cancel an offered session, we will fully refund your session fee, or you can transfer your enrollment into another available class.
After classes start, the session fee is not refundable for any reason except documented medical emergencies. Please understand that we reserve a wheel or table space for your child during the course’s particular time slot and that spot will remain unfilled even if your child can’t make that class.
Summer Clay Camp — Open to ages 8 and up
Give your kids a summer camp experience they won’t forget. Each of our one-week Clay Camps runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, and is built around a creative theme:
- Week 1, June 4 - 8—Pirates and Princesses (ages 7+)
9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Instructor: Bonnie McNett.
This art camp will delight children with projects based on fantasy, magic and adventure. Projects will encourage your child’s imagination and creativity. Campers will focus on increasing their hand building skills and can have a try at one of the potter’s wheels. Campers will make at least 8 projects and have the opportunity to paint and glaze many of them. Projects will be high fired and ready for pick up approximately two weeks after the end of camp. A Limit of 8 campers.
- Week 2, July 9 - 13—Wheel Throwing (ages 10 - 15)
9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Instructor: Heloise Besse.
During this focused camp on wheel throwing, campers will learn about form and function. They will learn how to create bowls, cylinders and plates on the pottery wheel. We will alter pieces, attach handles and trim them. Foot rings will be discussed and investigated. Campers will have the opportunity to glaze select projects. The items will be fired and available for pickup about two weeks after the conclusion of camp. A Limit of 8 campers.
- Week 3, August 6 - 10—Wheel Throwing (ages 10 - 15)
9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Instructor: Joy France.
Same description as our Week 2 camp.
Each one-week Clay Camp tuition of $195 includes:
- Five days of instructor-led classes, one 3-hour class per day.
- Clay, tools, glazes and firings.
Check our Calendar for specific class dates and times. Class size for each camp is a minimum of six and a maximum of eight students. Please give us your first and alternate choices for camps of interest in case your first choice fills up or is canceled because of insufficient enrollment.
We allow 15 minutes each day for students to have a snack during camp. Please provide a snack for your child. We will have juice boxes, water and fruit available.
Create a Kids Clay Event
Want to hold a birthday party, a "Kids Night Out" or other special program or event? Please contact us. We can help you arrange it. We enjoy meeting the needs of families and young artists in our area!