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.
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.
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.)