Ages

The Create in Clay with the Pottery Wheel courses are for children aged from 4 to 14 years. There are Create in Clay courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays aimed at specific age groups within that range.

Times and Duration

Create in Clay courses are taught during term time, for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. Classes vary in length from one to two hours. The schedule can be found on our term timetable (please see Term Time & Holidays link above) which features information on class duration, times, pricing, as well as the age group each course is suitable for.

Try it

We offer the opportunity for your child to try one class in any course before deciding if they would like to commit to the rest of the term. A trial class can be seen as an introduction to the activities that will be covered in the course. Trial classes can be booked at any point in the term, except in the final week, when we hold a parent/ guardian and child / children show and share event.

Please note that the Create in Clay with the Pottery Wheel courses cannot be attended on a drop in basis. A maximum of one trial class in each course is allocated per child per term.

What We Do

The Create in Clay courses are at the core of the Kite Studios’ ethos and perfectly encapsulate our belief that creativity and confidence are sustained and moulded greatly through the sense of touch. The Create in Clay courses have 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.

Pottery for Homeschoolers

Pottery for Homeschoolers is a very inclusive course, led with sensitivity and understanding, specifically designed to meet the needs of home schooled children. The course is centered on task based learning, allowing children the opportunity to develop hand building and throwing projects based around their interests.

The course aims include fostering an understanding of all the skills of working with clay, not only the actual making and glazing processes, but also the importance of good studio practice, learning about risk assessing and maintaining best practice, including tidying up and taking responsibility for their work. Children will learn and help with technical processes such as recycling and wedging clay as well as firing their work to foster an understanding of the entire discipline. Depending on the group and their interests, we can work within the framework of the Trinity College Arts Awards.

Included in the Course price

Course prices are all inclusive. All material and firing costs are included. We have shared drawing materials, clay, slips, glazes and pottery tools. Aprons and towels for use during each class are provided.

Included in the Trial Class price

The price for one-off trial classes include the cost of all materials, use of shared tools, towels and aprons during each class. The work your child makes during their trial class can be taken away as is at the end of the class. The trial class price does not include firing (please see below).

Not included in the Trial Class price

If your child/ children cannot commit to attending the rest of the course, and would like to have the work they made in the trial class fired, the costs are as follows:

£5 for up to two pots / pieces

Have the bases of thrown pots tidied, and your child’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.

£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. It will be waterproof and shiny, with a glassy coating.

These fees need to be paid at the end of the class, by cash or card, before you and your child/ children leave. We will not store unfinished 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 an Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session for one month after the trial class. This option will allow you to come back with your child/ children at any time convenient to you, to glaze the work. We will give you a short introduction to glazing and 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 my Trial Class be ready?

If you have paid for firing, your child’s work will be ready to collect one month after the trial class, and will be stored in our studio for no longer than three 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 if booking the Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session online.

Who Teaches the Courses

The Create in Clay with the Pottery Wheel courses are taught by Akiko Matsuda and Davide Genovese.