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Community Clay Studio

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The Community Clay Studio is located next to the Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices (200 Plant Road), behind Community Center Park (120 S. Estes Drive).  With an abundance of natural light, eight pottery wheels, three kilns and 1,500 square feet of well-equipped studio space, this arts studio is unmatched in our community.  Pottery and other clay classes are offered for adults and children year-round, and a clay arts camp is held for children every summer.  Our programs and instructors foster self-expression and inspire the artistic sensibilities of participants of all ages.  Inclusion assistance inquiries welcome.  Please call 968-2749 for more information.


Inclement Weather Policy: The Community Clay Studio follows the Town of Chapel Hill’s schedule and announcements rather than those of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School system.  Studio classes, camps and open studios will only be cancelled if the Town of Chapel Hill cancels its programming and operations (which are announced through local television and radio stations, and at www.townofchapelhill.org).


Fall Classes Overview

Registration is open for Fall Session 2 classes which begin the week of December 1st and run through February 7th, 2015 (see below).  Please note no classes or open studio will be held December 22- January 4.  Classes for children and pre-teens are listed immediately below; scroll down further for adult class listings.


Fall Session 2 Youth Classes

Big Pot, Little Pot   NEW CLASS!
Ages 4 – 6 and caregiver
$111 R, $133 NR

Children and their caregivers will enjoy learning together as they craft pots, toys and small sculptures. We will explore the basics of handbuilding with clay including the use of colored slips and stamps for decoration. Fee covers one child and one caregiver, but please register the child not the adult. Community Clay Studio. Instructor: James Ward

Thursday Session 2: Dec. 4 – Feb. 5,  9 – 10 a.m. #130002B  >>register now


Clay For Kids (Preschool & Kindergarten)
Ages 4 – 5
Monday (7 weeks) $97 R, $116 NR
Thursday (8 weeks) $111 R, $133 NR

Finger puppets, cereal bowls, lounging lizards! Students will learn how to build various animals, household items, gifts, and objects of pure fantasy: a creative and fun introduction to clay and pottery. Community Clay Studio. Instructors: James Ward for Monday class; Carmen Elliott for Thursday class. No class January 19.

Monday Session 2: Dec. 1 – Feb. 2,  3 – 4 p.m. #130004B  >>register now

Thursday Session 2: Dec. 4 – Feb. 5,  3 – 4 p.m. #130001B   >>register now


Clay For Kids
Ages 6 - 9
$111 R, $133 NR

Gargoyles, face plates, leaping frogs! Students will learn how to build various creatures, household items, gifts, and objects of pure fantasy: a creative and fun introduction to clay and pottery. Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Carmen Elliott

Tuesday Session 2: Dec. 2 – Feb. 3,  3:30 – 5 p.m. #130015B  >>register now

Wednesday Session 2: Dec. 3 – Feb. 4,  3:30 – 5 p.m. #130016B  CLASS FULL

Friday Session 2: Dec. 5 – Feb. 6,  3:30 – 5 p.m. #130017B  >>register now


Pre-teen Pottery
Ages 9 – 15
$111 R, $133 NR

Wind bells, bird houses, fish platters! Students will learn how to build various creatures, household items, gifts, and objects of pure fantasy: a creative and fun introduction to clay and pottery. Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Carmen Elliott

youth wheelThursday Session 2: Dec. 4 – Feb. 5,  4:15 – 5:45 p.m. #130020B   CLASS FULL


Wheel Throwing for Youth
Ages 9 – 15
Monday (7 weeks) $97 R, $116 NR
Saturday (8 weeks) $111 R, $133 NR

Students will learn and practice the basic steps involved in making wheel-thrown vessels. We will develop the ability to make basic cylinders and extend this knowledge to making other wheel-thrown forms. We will attach handles and learn some basic decorating and glazing techniques. Community Clay Studio. Instructor: James Ward. No class January 19.

Monday Session 2: Dec. 1 – Feb. 2,  4 – 5:30 p.m. #130021B 
CLASS FULL

Saturday Session 2: Dec. 6 – Feb. 7,  12:30 – 2 pm #130022B  >>register now



Fall Session 2 Adult Classes
Participants in adult classes may also attend Open Studio sessions free of charge. Open Studios are usually held Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.  Instructors will notify participants of precise times.

Garden Totems
Ages 14 and older
$154 R, $185 NR

Using handbuilding techniques (pinch, coil, slab and modeling), we will create a one-of-a-kind totem for your garden. This class will emphasize playfulness and experimentation. We will finish our pieces with stains, oxides, slips and glazes. Come prepared to have fun! Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Carmen Elliott

Tuesday Session 2: Dec. 2 – Feb. 3,  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. #130043A  CLASS FULL

pottery_vertFun, Funky and Fantastical Ceramic Sculpture
Ages 14 and older
$154 R, $185 NR

We will focus on handbuilding techniques, modeling and carving to create animal and human figures, reliefs, and imaginary portraits and heads. We will explore various decorating methods – slip trailing, sgraffito, sponging, wax resist and oxides and stains to finish our work. Be ready to play! Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Carmen Elliott

Wednesday Session 2: Dec. 3 – Feb. 4,  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. #130035A
CLASS FULL  

Wheel Throwing  NEW THURSDAY MORNING CLASS
Ages 14 and older
Session 2 Mondays (7 weeks): $135 R, $162 NR 
Session 2 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (each 8 weeks): $154 R, $185 NR

Throw pots, plates, bowls, and cups on the wheel. Pull handles and form lids for jars, then apply colorful slips and glazes to finish our creations. Beginners and more advanced participants welcome. No class Monday Jan. 19. Community Clay Studio. Instructor: James Ward

Monday Session 2: Dec. 1 – Feb. 2,  6:30 - 9 p.m. #130025B   >>register now

Wednesday Session 2: Dec. 3 – Feb. 4,  6:30 - 9 p.m. #130026B  >>register now

Thursday Session 2: Dec. 4 – Feb. 5,  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. #130027B  CLASS FULL

Saturday Session 2: Dec. 6 – Feb. 7,  9:30 a.m. – 12 noon #130036B  CLASS FULL

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