K - 12th
Thursday 10:10 am - 11:40 am
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Course Description

 This class will meet in-person and will also be live-streamed upon request. These options are provided so that your student can learn from home if you are not yet comfortable with meeting in-person, and you are welcome to alternate between options every week. Please let me know if you need clay to work from home.
    The focus of this class is on hand-building and sculpting with clay, but the student will also get to experience “throwing” on the potter's wheel every 4 - 5 weeks. The first hour of class is instructional with a different project every week, and the last 30 minutes is reserved for two students on the wheel while the others work on individual projects. 

     The student will learn to sculpt projects like fish, dolphins, whales, dogs, and elephants. They will also learn to hand-build projects like mugs, roses, cereal bowls, flower vases, pencil holders, jewelry dishes, and birdhouses. The student will learn techniques on the wheel like “raising and lowering” to center the clay, attaching clay embellishments, and adding texture with stamped designs.  I use stoneware clay which is more durable than earthenware, and all projects are microwavable and dishwasher safe. 
     The student will be actively working with clay, glazes, buckets of water, sharp tools, and a motorized pottery wheel. Since every child has a different maturity level, I have included younger students, but if your child has difficulty with self-control, then this class may not be a good fit for them until they are older. Thank you for understanding.
      Due to the smaller class size and the high cost of equipment, glazes, and firings, the cost is $400 per semester for the 1.5-hour class. The handmade treasures your student will create are priceless, and they will be enjoyed for a lifetime!  
     This is a year-long class, and students will be automatically enrolled in the second semester unless other arrangements are made. Since there are limited spaces in the class and it fills up quickly, please release your saved spot if your plans change in order to keep from taking the place of another student. Thank you for your consideration! 
 Charter funds accepted: Yes. (See a list of approved schools below)
All charter schools, please request a monthly PO of:
1st semester
$100/mo for 4 months ($400) for Sep - Jan 
2nd semester
$100/mo for 4 months ($400) for Feb - June
 Private pay: Please make a check payable to Robin Young and contact robinyoungpottery@gmail.com for the mailing address. Venmo is also accepted @robinyoungpottery.  Venmo may ask for the last 4 digits of my phone number (6338).   
List of Approved Charter Schools (I will apply to others upon request):
Cabrillo Point Academy
Citrus Springs
Community Collaborative
Dehesa / Dimensions
Element Education
Elite Academy
Empire Springs
Excel Academy
Granite Mountain
Method Schools
Mission Vista Academy 
Pacific Coast Academy 
River Springs
Sage Oak
Scale Leadership Academy
Sky Mountain
Suncoast Preparatory Academy

For more information along with photos of class projects, please visit www.robinyoungpottery.com.
Thank you!

Sample of Pottery Lesson Plans

Pottery Terms and Definitions: Click here.

Lesson 1: Wedging the clay / Creating a pinch pot
The student will learn to prepare the clay by “wedging” before learning the technique to create a pinch pot. Wedging the clay removes air bubbles and creates an even level of moisture to prevent cracking.
Video of wedging: Click here.
Video of pinch pot lesson: Click here

Steps to making a pinch pot:
  1. Use a wire to slice a block of clay into a cube shape (equal sides) about the size of an orange.
  2. Pass the clay from hand to hand, pounding the corners only with your palm to create a rounded shape (sphere).
  3. Press your thumb into the center of the sphere almost all the way through. If you accidentally push a hole through the bottom, then “patch” it with extra clay.
  4. Reach both thumbs into the deepest part of the hole, and slowly “pinch and turn” with light pressure. 
  5. “Walk” your fingers around the pot with your thumbs on the inside and fingers on the outside using “small steps”. (Don’t pinch toward the top since this tends to become too thin).
  6. Keep pinching and turning until the pot is about ¼ “ thick. It should be an even thickness with no lumps.
  7. Turn the pot upside down and tap the rim lightly on the table to compress the clay particles. 
  8. Don’t spray the pot with water since it will cause the clay particles to separate and become weak (similar to spraying water on a sandcastle). Instead, dip your finger in water or slip to smooth any lumps or cracks. 
  9. Sign your name on the bottom of the pot using a rounded stylus or old writing pen. Don’t use anything too sharp or it will cut the clay which could cause a crack.

Lesson 2: Coil pot with swirls

 The student will create a small pinch pot, roll coils to create swirls, and attach coils to the pot using the score and slip method. The pot may be built up to any height with coils.

Lesson 3: Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus
The student will form geometric shapes from the clay representing separate parts of the sculpture, and then they will score and slip the pieces together before sculpting details into the shape. 


Lesson 5: Centering the clay and “throwing” a pot on the wheel

Video lesson for centering and throwing a bowl on the wheel: Click here.


Lesson 6: Coffee/hot chocolate mug on the wheel

Lesson 8: Cat Sculpture
The student will form geometric shapes from the clay representing separate parts of the cat, and then they will score and slip the pieces together before sculpting details into the shape. 

Lesson 9: Large Coil Pot
The student will roll long coils of clay and form them into various shapes. They will score and slip to attach the coils together to form a cup, vase, or bowl.
     Video lesson for creating large coil pots: Click here

Lesson 12: Roses

Lesson 13: Flowerpot 
 Press designs into flat disks of clay about the size of a ping pong ball. Using a terracotta pot as a mold for support, add the disks of clay to the inside of the pot facing outward. Fill in the seams between disks by blending in small pieces of soft clay. Create a “tent” with a plastic bag so the clay can dry slowly to prevent cracking.

Lesson 14: Elephant
The student will form geometric shapes from the clay representing separate parts of the cat, and then they will score and slip the pieces together before sculpting details into the shape. The clay should also be blended at the joins to keep the pieces from separating during the drying and firing process.


Lesson 19: Dog sculpture
Make separate geometric shapes representing each part of the dog. Score and slip the pieces together before joining them to create the general shape of a dog. Use your fingers or sculpting tools to blend the joins together, and also to begin to add detail and define the shape.

Lesson plans for use only by paid students of Robin Young 



Class Type
10:10 am - 11:40 am
Carlsbad Campus
K - 12th
Tuition Amount
$ 400.00 USD /term
Material Fee
$ 0.00 USD /term
Accepts Charters
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