Kids Clay

kids, teaching

My spring session of Kids Clay included mostly repeat students.  This allowed me to introduce more difficult projects and let the kids make more creative choices.  We focused on three main projects that were multifaceted. We reviewed basic techniques, such as pinching, coiling, texture, slab and attaching to build the final work.  Students enjoyed the “play” factor: moving the pieces around to create their own stories.  It was a joy to see their creative solutions.

Project One: Turtles in their environment

Project Two: It’s my Birthday


Project Three: Pretend you are a scientist and you discovered a new species of animal. Create that new animal.


The pottery was created using low fire clay and glazing the bisque fired ware with low fire glazes. Kids create amazing pottery!

Clay Class for Kids ~ Thanksgiving


Clay Class for Kids ~ Thanksgiving

On November 4th, I hosted a clay class for kids at the Dedham Community House. The class was an hour long workshop designed to give kids, 1st through 5th grade, exposure to clay. They learn techniques and create a piece of pottery. There is always a literary or art component to my classes so kids can take away an art history lesson as well as a hands on experience.


Having a theme is always fun and “Thanksgiving” is a great one! There is food, foliage, and many stories the kids want to share about their own Thanksgiving traditions. The kids start with a slab of clay to practice with. We talk about rolling coils for a frame. We talk about making impressions with objects such as leaves and stamps. We talk about attaching clay images to the tile by using the slip and score technique. We talk about carving into the clay.

clay tile

Once they have had time to play and try out the different techniques, I give them a fresh clay tile. We stop for a minute to talk about Thanksgiving. I teach them about Norman Rockwell and show them pictures of his famous holiday meal painting. We talk about the students’ holiday traditions and then they begin their project.


Some of the students decide to make wall pockets with their tile, so we add holes. We let the clay dry a little and then the kids add color with paint.

clay tiles

After class, I take the tiles home to my studio where they have ample time to dry.

I paint them with a clear glaze fire them in a kiln at Potters Place. Once finished, I added a couple of items for the students … an easel for display or a pretty ribbon for hanging before packaging them up for the students.

clay class for kids

I will be offering my next Clay Class for Kids on Monday, December 2nd. The theme will be “Animals”. The class takes place at the Dedham Community House from 3:15-4:15pm. The deadline to sign up is Friday, November 29th. Click here to register.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dedham Square Artist Guild Artists Offer Classes


Dedham Square Artist Guild Artists Offer Classes

Here are options for clay classes offered by me:

If your child is interested in learning the basics of pottery, this class
is a great way to try it out. Each student will create a hand built item from about a pound of clay. Different dates will have different themes and teach new techniques.
The finished work will be left with the instructor to apply clear glaze and
fire it in a kiln. Families will be contacted when art is ready for pick

Monday, October 7th 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Halloween
Monday, November 4th 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Thanksgiving
Monday, December 2nd 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Animals

Clay Class ~ Commemorative Tile
Grades 5 – 8
7:00-8:00 PM

This class will explore self expression in the form of a commemorative
tile. Students will design their project, create a 3 dimensional sculptural
tile, add details with colorful underglaze paints, coat the tile with a
clear glaze and learn about the kiln firing process (instructor will kiln
fire the completed work and contact students when ready for pick up)

Thursday, October 17
Thursday, October 24
Thursday, October 31 (no class – it’s halloween!)
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, November 14

Registration for classes … follow the link to Dedham Community House