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 email@example.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
Dehesa / Dimensions
Mission Vista Academy
Pacific Coast Academy
Scale Leadership Academy
Suncoast Preparatory Academy
For more information along with photos of class projects, please visit www.robinyoungpottery.com.
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.
Use a wire to slice a block of clay into a cube shape (equal sides) about the size of an orange.
Pass the clay from hand to hand, pounding the corners only with your palm to create a rounded shape (sphere).
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.
Reach both thumbs into the deepest part of the hole, and slowly “pinch and turn” with light pressure.
“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).
Keep pinching and turning until the pot is about ¼ “ thick. It should be an even thickness with no lumps.
Turn the pot upside down and tap the rim lightly on the table to compress the clay particles.
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.
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.