KIDS : Camp Clay July 26-30, 10 am - 3:30pm
Give the your kids the gift of clay this summer and perhaps send them on a lifetime adventure! During this one week camp, your kids will learn each of the fundamental techniques for making beautiful ware from clay. From wheel throwing to coil building, from pinch pots to slab built ware, from glazing to decorating techniques, each day will be an exploration into a new type of ceramic construction.
Each day will include a short hike, weather permitting, looking at shapes in the natural environment and possible decorative themes for their ware.
Ages 10 - 16. Fees include instruction, clay, glazes, tools and bisque and clay firing. Snacks provided; each child should bring a bag lunch. Maximum of ten students in this clay intensive. Ware can be picked up three weeks after the class ends. Taught by Jenny Beech.
Day 1 - We will spend some time in the morning getting to know each other, going over safety in the studio, and getting acquainted with clay and the processes we will be learning throughout the week. We'll then learn how to construct and decorate pinch-pots, making small bowls and cups. We will use fans to hurry drying and allow addition of handles.
In the afternoon, after a lunch break and short walk, we will begin learning how to use the potter's wheel. Students will learn to make small bowls and cups, with lots of assistance from the instructor.
Day 2 - in the morning we will learn how to coil-build a lidded jar, and students will sketch ideas for their own pieces. The instructor will present reference images and facilitate a conversation about the history of coil built pottery.
In the afternoon, students will continue learning to use the potter's wheel
Day 3 - first pots go into bisque kiln. In the morning, students will continue to make coil pots.
In the afternoon, students will learn to trim thrown pieces
Day 4 - in the morning, students will be introduced to soft-slab construction, slab building tiles and small plates. Students will be encouraged to decorate with underglazes on greenware.
In the afternoon students will finish their last wheel thrown pieces and add any additional aspects (handles, holes for a planter, etc.)
Day 5 - in the morning students will play clay games, and have time to enjoy 'free clay' (pieces for fun that they won't keep)
In the afternoon, students will paint and decorate bisque pots, to be picked up at a later date.
Jenny fell in love with clay as a high school student in Silver Spring, MD, and as a teenager decided that she wanted to pursue ceramics as a career. She went on to graduate from Towson University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Ceramics concentration. While at Towson, she exhibited her work twice in the annual juried student show, winning awards for her pottery on both occasions. Her work has appeared in shows at Baltimore Clayworks, Mugi Studio, Supermud Pottery, and Clay Arts Las Vegas.
Since her graduation from Towson, Jenny has worked at several studios and after-school programs, teaching ceramics to both children and adults. In 2019, she moved to NYC to pursue her career in clay, and started teaching at three studios around Manhattan.
During that time, Jenny discovered a passion for teaching the potter's wheel, and grew profoundly as an artist and an educator. Connecting with students over clay is one of her joys in life, and she is so excited to be teaching at District Clay!