4 Weeks of Children’s Pottery Classes

When my children were offered the opportunity to take pottery lessons, we jumped at the chance. Not only would they get to explore creating with clay, glazing and firing their creations, but the potter’s studio, located about 40 minutes west of our home, was only minutes away from my sister’s family and her three children would be taking part in the lessons as well, followed by an afternoon of visiting at her house. What a great way to spend a month of Mondays!

It was remarkable how many items the kids were able to make each week. We used three different types of clay through the course of the class, and learned how to sculpt our clay and attach pieces together, how to create using flat “slabs” of clay, how to coil clay to create shapes, and how we could use tools to shape, press and cut clay.


Here my oldest is using two colours of clay to create a little lamb sculpture.

My eight-year-old got creative with her coil pot and created a heart shaped base to build upon.

While our classes were 90 minutes long, usually after an hour or so, the six-year-olds were ready to escape. Having a set of car stamps to impress into his clay helped focus my boy for a few more minutes. I can’t wait to see how the stamped clay takes the glaze!

Checking out last week’s projects. They dry, and then are “bisque-fired” in the small kiln.

Using white clay to make patterns in brown/orange clay. These will be left unglazed to show the natural clay colour.

In a week or two we’ll be meeting for one last class to glaze and fire all the finished pieces from our four weeks of creating. It’s been a great class and we’re sorry it’s over. (And after seeing a demonstration of pottery using a potter’s wheel, I’m determined to sign up for my own classes! It looks so rhythmic and mesmerizingly relaxing.)

1 Comment

  1. Brenda J. Moore · October 29, 2012 Reply

    What a great opportunity for all these kids to get a feel for an historical art and necessity that pottery was and is. How often is an ancient civilization determined, by the quality of its pottery bits, found at some archeological site; seems to be the one thing that lasts throughout time.
    You may have planted the seed of their future in their developing minds. Lucky group of children !

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