Sat Ages 7 to 14 Create in Clay with the Pottery Wheel (Trial Class) 10:00 – 12:00

From: £25.00


This is a one-off trial class for the Create in Clay with the Pottery Wheel course running in the Spring Term 2020.  This course is for children aged 7 to 14 years.

Times and Duration

This is a one-off, two hour long class. This Create in Clay course runs on Saturdays from 10am till 12noon during term time, for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. There is a one week break at half term. The schedule can be found on our term timetable (please see Term Time & Holidays link above).

Try one class

This trial class is an opportunity for each learner to try one class to help decide if he or she would like to join us for the rest of the term. Please note that there is only one trial class allocated per learner per term in this course.

The trial class can be seen as an introduction to the activities that will be covered in the course. You are welcome to book a trial class at any point in the term, except in the final week of the course, when we have our show and share event. Please note that it is not possible to attend this course on a drop-in basis.

What we do

The Create in Clay course is at the core of the Kite Studios’ ethos and perfectly encapsulates our belief that creativity and confidence are sustained and moulded greatly through the sense of touch. The Create in Clay course has been designed to teach and explore all things clay. Starting from learning about design, colour and form to the very nature of clay; the way it is sculpted, the different techniques that can be used to do so, forming clay at the potter’s wheel and even giving the students a chance to put their very own work into the kiln to be fired.

While the outcome of finished pieces helps motivate students, our focus is on engaging everyone in the process while having fun in a relaxed, informal and inspirational environment. Students are encouraged to select pieces for further development. This approach removes the pressure to succeed that children and young people may sometimes experience, which can lead to a sense of preciousness or impact their self esteem. We also encourage good studio practice so that students become aware of risk assessing and maintaining best practice, including tidying up and taking responsibility for their work.

This course presents a great opportunity for students to build a sense of character while exploring their creativity and allowing free rein to give physical form to their imaginations. All of this is facilitated through a contemporary thematic curriculum which teaches observational skills and hones young inquisitive minds, while using the fun, hands-on and engaging medium of clay and all of the awesome creative outlets that it inspires.

Included in the price

The price for one-off trial classes includes the cost of all materials, use of shared tools, towels and aprons during the class. Paper and shared drawing materials are also provided. Firing fees are not included (please see below for options). Work made during the trial class can be taken away as is at the end of the class. Once the clay dries it will be very brittle. We suggest you paint it with PVA glue if you would like to stop it from creating dust in your home. If you choose sign up for the rest of the course, the firing fees will be included.

Not included in the price

If you cannot commit to the rest of the course, but would like to have the work made in the trial class fired, we have a range of options for you to choose from:

£5 for up to two pots / pieces

Have the bases of thrown pots tidied, and the artist’s name inscribed. The work is bisqued (fired once), so that it will become ceramic ie no longer liable to crumbling away or turning back into mushy clay if splashed with water. Bisqued work can be painted at home with acrylic paints or bake-on-in-the-oven ceramic paints. Or if you like, it is also ready for glazing.

£10 for up to two pots / pieces

Have the bases of thrown pots tidied, and your child’s name inscribed. The work is bisqued (first firing) and then dipped in transparent glaze and glaze fired (second firing). It will be waterproof and shiny, with a glassy coating.

IMPORTANT: These fees need to be paid at the end of the class, by cash or card, before you and your child/ children / young person leave our premises. We will not store raw work if the firing fees are unpaid. Please note that these prices are per two pieces/ pots and it is not £2.50 per pot.

£15 per person per hour

Purchase the £5 bisque firing option and then book online for a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session for one month after the trial class. This option will allow you to come back with your child at any time convenient to you, to glaze the work. We will provide a colourful selection of brush on glazes. All children must be accompanied, as this is not a formal class. Includes the price of having up to two pots/ pieces glaze fired, so they come out shiny, glassy and waterproof. Space in the kiln for extra pots/ pieces can be purchased at £5 per two pots/pieces.

When will work made in the Trial Class be ready?

If you have paid for firing, the work will be ready to collect one month after the trial class, and will be stored in our studio for no longer than two months after the class date.

You will be issued with an ID number. Please be sure to contact us when one month has elapsed and quote your ID number. Unfortunately due to the administrative load of this task we are unable to contact everyone individually when the work is ready to collect or when the storage period has elapsed.

Please also put your ID number in the notes field when booking the Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session online.

Who teaches the course

The course is taught by Akiko Matsuda and Davide Gevonese.