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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.


Spring Classes Overview


The last week of Spring Session A classes is April 6 - 11.  Session B classes begin Monday, April 13 and registration is ongoing.  Classes for children and pre-teens are listed immediately below; scroll down further for adult class listings. Please note:  no classes or open studios are held March 30 - April 5.


Spring Youth Classes


Clay For Kids (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Ages 4 – 5
Session B Mondays (7 weeks - no class May 25) $97 R, $116 NR
Session B Thursdays (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 May 25.

Monday Session B:  April 13 – June 1, 3–4 p.m. #230004B  >>register now
Thursday Session B:  April 16 – June 4, 3–4 p.m. #230001B  >>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 B:  April 14 – June 2, 3:30–5 p.m. #230015B  >>register now
Wednesday Session B:  April 15 – June 3, 3:30–5 p.m. #230016B  >>register now
Friday Session B:  April 17 – June 5, 3:30–5 p.m. #230017B  >>register now


Pre-teen Pottery

Ages 9 – 15 Preteen_Pottery
$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

Thursday Session B:  April 16 – June 4, 4:15–5:45 p.m. #230020B  >>register now


Wheel Throwing for Youth

Ages 9 – 13
Session B Mon. (7 weeks - no class May 25) $97 R, $116 NR
Session B Sat. (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 May 25.

Monday Session B:  April 13 – June 1, 4 – 5:30 p.m. #230021B  >>register now
Saturday Session B:  April 18 – June 6, 12:30 – 2 p.m. #230022B  >>register now


Spring 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.


Introduction to Clay: The Clay Studio Sampler – New Class!
Ages 14 and older
$135 R, $162 NR (7 classes - no class May 25)

A perfect class for beginners! Come play in clay and sample a new technique each week. This class will introduce you to the traditional methods of pinching and coiling and construction with slabs, as well as working on the electric potter’s wheel. Come join us for an adventure in clay!  By the end of our time together, you will have sampled a variety of clay techniques, and perhaps found a new favorite hobby to explore more. The class includes group instruction, presentation, and one-on-one instruction. No experience required. Beginners welcome. Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Karen Fisher.

Monday Session B:  April 13 – June 1, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. #230045B  >>register now


Creating Flower Vessels in Clay –
New Class!
Ages 14 and older
$154 R, $185 NR

Explore a wide variety of techniques for shaping and creating flower vessels. We will learn about unexpected forms to hold flowers and create our own vessels to take home. We will use hand-building techniques (coils, slabs, pinch pots) and we will explore combining wheel-thrown pieces and hand-built pieces. Learn about different decorative techniques such as carving, wax resist, slips and glazes. The class includes group instruction, presentation, and one-on-one instruction. Beginning and intermediate students are welcome.  Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Karen Fisher

Friday Session B:  April 17 – June 5, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. #230046B  >>register now


Garden Arts for the Birds and Beasts
Ages 14 and older
$154 R, $185 NR

We will work with the pinch, coil and slab methods of handbuilding to create art for the garden – bird and butterfly baths, toad and lizard houses, birdfeeders, and one-of-a-kind planters and pots for herbs and flowers. We will finish our pieces with colored slips, oxides, stains and glazes. For beginning and intermediate students.  Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Carmen Elliott

Tuesday Session B:  April 14 – June 2, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. #230028B  >>register now


pottery_vertHoly Smoke! Handbuilding, Raku and Pit Firing
Ages 14 and older
$154 R, $185 NR

This class will focus on handbuilding techniques to create ceremonial bowls and lidded vessels, small animals and figures, masks and imaginative “guardians” for hearth and home. We will fire some of our pieces in a sawdust-filled pit and some in a gas-fired Raku kiln. These ancient methods of firing are unpredictable with lots of possibilities for “happy accidents.” Come and be amazed! Includes one special Sunday firing.  Community Clay Studio. Instructor: Carmen Elliott

Wednesday Session B:  April 15 – June 3, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. #230040B  >>register now


Wheel Throwing
Ages 14 and older
Session B Mon. (7 weeks - no class May 25): $135 R, $162 NR
Session B Wed., Thurs. and Sat. (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. Community Clay Studio. Instructor: James Ward

Monday Session B:  April 13 – June 1, 6:30–9 p.m. #230025B  >>register now
Wednesday Session B:  April 15 – June 3, 6:30–9 p.m. #230026B  >>register now
Thursday Session B:  April 16 – June 4, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. #230027B  >>register now
Saturday Session B:  April 18 – June 6, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon #230036B  >>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 4)

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).  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  >>register now
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  >>register now
Session D:  July 27 – Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  #230510D  >>register now
Session E:  Aug. 10 – 21, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  #230510E  >>register now

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

 

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