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Community Clay Studio

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


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).

Production Policy: The Community Clay Studio fires clay pieces created at the Studio during its classes and open studios, at the size and specifications recommended by Studio instructors.  Pieces developed outside of the Studio premises and instructor recommendations will not be fired.  Participants may be asked to limit the quantity or size of their work if they make unusually large pieces, if they make an unusually large amount of work, and/or if the kilns are running at maximum capacity.


Summer Camps

Registration for the Community Clay Studio Arts Camp, for ages 6-13, is now open.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for camp registration information.


HandbuildingSummer Classes Overview


Registration for summer adult classes is ongoing for Orange County Residents.  Registrations begins 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 25 for Non-Residents.  Summer classes begin the week of June 15 and end by the first week of August.

Wheel Throwing Monday
Ages 14 and older.  $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. 8 week class.  Instructor: James Ward.

June 15 - August 3, Mondays, 6:30 - 9 p.m., #330025A  CLASS FULL

Wheel Throwing Wednesday

Ages 14 and older.  $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. 8 week class.  Instructor: James Ward.

June 17 - August 5, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9 p.m., #330026A  >>register now


Handbuilding:  Making a Personal Shrine
Ages 14 and older.  $135 R, $162 NR

To laughter, to peace, to the trees, to tenderness, to the sea!  Bring your heartfelt ideas and we will handbuild containers to hold flowers, earth or water, small-scale ceramic sculpture, mandalas, and special memoria to celebrate your rich life, both heart and spirit.  7 week class.  Instructor:  Carmen Elliott.

June 18 – July 30, Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m., #330033A  >>register now



Community Clay Studio Arts Camp Community Clay Studio Arts Camp

Ages 6 – 13
$180 R, $216 NR (10 days, Sessions A,C,D & E)
$162 R, $198 NR (9 days, Session B – no camp July 3)

This unique half-day camp offers a fun and immersive experience with clay, from handbuilding to glazing (the 9 – 13 year old age group will also use the potter’s wheel), led by our studio instructors.  Art projects in other media will be offered while the clay is firing.  Each camp session is two weeks of daily three hour (1/2 day) classes, Monday – Friday, for a total of ten days (except Session B which is nine days due to July 4 holiday observed on July 3).  A snack and drink will be provided daily.  No Session A for ages 9-13.

Days:  Monday – Friday for a two week session

Ages 6-9:
Session A:  June 15 – 26, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  #230510A  SESSION FULL
Session B:  June 29 – July 10, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  #230510B  >>register now
Session C:  July 13 – 24, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  #230510C  SESSION FULL
Session D:  July 27 – Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  #230510D  SESSION FULL
Session E:  Aug. 10 – 21, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  #230510E  SESSION FULL

Ages 9-13:
Session B:  June 29 – July 10, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  #230511B  SESSION FULL
Session C:  July 13 – 24, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  #230511C  SESSION FULL
Session D:  July 27 – Aug. 7, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  #230511D  SESSION FULL
Session E:  Aug. 10 – 21, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  #230511  SESSION FULL

 

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