Clay Kids is an opportunity for kids and teenagers to experiment with the tactility of clay and engage in projects to create small items to take home. Over a four week period participants, from 6 years old and up will have the opportunity to try throwing clay on the potter’s wheel, make and decorate a small plate and hand build sculptural or functional pieces through coiling and pinching.
Throwing on the potters wheel
Guided by our experienced tutor, children will get a feel for how the wheel works, learn how to centre clay and how to create their own masterpiece! The wheel throwing process will be demonstrated and each child will be given individual assistance to help them along the way.
Make a Plate
Participants will learn how to create their own unique plate learning how to roll out a sheet of clay using a rolling pin and how to press this sheet into a mould, to create a plate form. Students will then have the opportunity to decorate their plates using a range of coloured slips and textured elements. This is an opportunity for both children and teenagers to explore and play with clay, developing their skills to match their imagination.
Using age old techniques such as coiling and pinching participants will be taught the basics to create their own masterpieces! Techniques can be applied to sculptural works or to make a humble pot. Students will have the opportunity to make a small piece, decorating in Week 4.
Using the decorative techniques provided in the Make a Plate process, students will paint with a range of coloured slips and have the opportunity to add textured elements to their handbuilt item from the previous week.
Work created during the class will be glazed and fired by NPS staff and ready for collection within 2-3 weeks.
Children are to bring along an apron and towel and to wear covered shoes.
This class is designed for children to work independently under the guidance of a teacher, without parental supervision. If a parent or guardian would like to be present please contact Northcote Pottery Supplies via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9387 3911.
Claire Johnson Tutor Profile
Claire Johnson has worked in the ceramic industry for the past 14 years. Having studied ceramics at Chisholm TAFE she went on to become a facilitator of children’s clay activities for Clayplay Inc as well as tutoring VCE students and groups with acquired brain injuries. She has worked for commercial manufacturers including Robert Gordon and Clayworks and has undertaken commissions from companies such as TXU and Heatmaster. Currently Claire is working in her own studio at the foot of Mt Dandenong creating a range of wheel thrown graphic pots.