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.
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.
Garden Art with Clay
July 16 – 20 | 8:30am to 4pm
We’re taking pottery outside! Inspired by our own backyards and the beautiful gardens in our area, we will be working with clay to create decorative and useful elements that are specifically designed to be installed in the great outdoors. Keeping animals and elements in mind, summer learners will practice and apply basic clay working methods to shape birdhouses, birdbaths, birdfeeders and stepping stones. We will also take the time to study the needs, habits, and characteristics of the creatures and naturescapes that they are designing. This program will focus on the principles of selecting, shaping and finishing clay that can be easily transferred into making items for indoor use as well. Ready, set, shape. The outdoors are calling.
Creatures in Clay
July 30 – August 3 | 8:30am to 4pm
Have you ever tried to make animals out of clay, but had your vision and end product not match up? You can do it. You CAN create creatures out of clay just as you envisioned. All it takes is mastering a collection of basic shapes and techniques to open up a world of shaping to life a menagerie of critters both real and imagined. This week in the Art Studio, summer learners will practice and use basic shaping principles as they design and build animals that are perfect for accenting the functional items. Summer learners will also hand shape using the slab, coil and pinch methods. By combining useful handmade pieces with decorative animal elements, we will take the clay art to the next level and produce one of a kind pieces that are sure to wow. The group will also have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of decorative finishes using slips and glazes, perhaps even finding their signature statement method in the process. Whatever the end result, learners are certain to discover that this unique combination is a fun way to express themselves with clay.