At the Potter’s Wheel

Claim a seat in the Potter’s workshop where you are the artist, busy discovering the potential that lives in a lump of clay. Craft your imagination as you test the limits of your creativity, designing and shaping works of art that can be both useful and whimsical at the same time. Work alongside a seasoned art professional, and soak in the energy of a room full of creatives all striving to be their best.

Program Summary

Participants in Potter’s Wheel programs will have exclusive access to the Cary Academy Pottery Studio, which has all of the tools and wheels needed to successfully support creating with clay. Each group will spend their week with an accomplished and skilled artist who loves sharing her passion for working with clay and has many years of experience working in our studio space. Art pieces are fired onsite with our own studio kiln, which allows for the unique experience of all creations going home with participants on Friday. Some summer learners will have guest expert visits and will venture out into the world of pottery with field trips specially planned to enhance their artistic experience.

Create, design and shape works of art.

Hand Building/Hand Throwing

July 9 – 13 | 8:30am to 4pM

July 23 – 27 | 8:30am to 4pm

Who’s ready to try their hands at the mesmerizing art of working with clay? Shaping earth into art isn’t as difficult or mysterious as you might think . Given the right tools, the right Program Expert, and plenty of time for practice, anyone can learn how to make beautiful and useful pieces out of clay. During this week at the wheel, summer learners will explore all the basics of throwing on a potter’s wheel including preparation, wheel speed, and throwing posture along with centering, shaping and trimming. Using a hands-in skill building method, young potters will work toward creating items that may include bowls, mugs and plates. While pieces are firing in the kiln, summer learners will also learn how to hand build using the slab, coil and pinch methods. Once everyone is comfortable with the basics, we will have the unique opportunity to design and create a bowl that will be donated to Urban Ministries for their annual empty bowls event held each November.

July 9 – 13

For Rising Grades 4 to 6

Program Fee: $425

Meet Our Expert
Kay Parks


July 23 – 27

For Rising Grades 7 to 9

Program Fee: $425

Meet Our Expert
Kay Parks


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso

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