Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts

Youth Clay Classes


Young Adult Summer Intensive Ages 12-18

Kelsey Sickmeyer

6-week class

Saturdays 3-6pm
June 22- August 3
*No class July 6

We kept hearing that teens want more time to dive deeper in the world of clay, and that one week of the summer just isn’t enough! This class will meet Saturday afternoons, while offering additional open studio time for self-directed practice. We will be working with each student on their own personal interests, be it sculpting, wheel-throwing, or a bit of both! We’re excited to bring more opportunities for our next generation to really push themselves in this exciting medium!

Tuition $225 + $35 Lab Fee

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Summer Clay Camp 2019

We are offering 10 weeks of Clay Camp this summer!  Camps meet Monday- Friday, 9am-12pm and 2-5pm. $225 each camp. $25 discount for a sibling in the same camp, use discount code claycamp25 when registering on Eventbrite. See below for Clay Camp. descriptions.

Wheel Throwing 101 Clay Camp Ages 6-10- This camp is full

Laurie Caffery Harris

July 8-12, 9am-12pm 

You’ll learn how to work on the potter’s wheel in this fun-packed creative camp! We will be learning all sorts of hand-building and wheel-throwing skills to create amazing works of art that you can use! Bring all of your creative and interesting ideas and we will turn them into reality.

Clay Characters Clay Camp Ages 8-12

Sara Ballek

July 8-12, 2-5pm

Have you ever seen a fox turn into a coffee mug? Or used a unicorn horn for a handle? What if you could make your own with clay? This camp will focus on getting students comfortable on using the wheel while having the creative freedom to turn their pots into fun characters along the way! We will be learning how to make several types of functional objects and incorporate sculpture techniques to give them a personality!

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Pottery With A Purpose Clay Camp Ages 6-10- This camp is full

Kristen Easters

July 15-19, 9am-12pm

In this beginner wheel class, students will learn the ropes of throwing and will make their own pottery to take home and cherish for years to come. They will have the opportunity to experiment with different decoration techniques, work on a large group sculpture, and show their work in our gallery!

Dream Big! Clay Camp Ages 8-14

Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 15-19, 2-5pm

This week we will focus on HANDBUILDING strategies to make BIG pots and sculptures that you actually get to KEEP!  We are aiming for 1-2 foot sculptures and vessels.  We’ll warm up to proper construction methods on the first day with 1-2 smaller pieces that we will raku on the last day, and then spend the rest of the time focusing on just 2-3 larger pieces- constructing them well so they can survive the firing, while bringing those dreams to life!  Come with BIG ideas 🙂

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Here We Throw! Clay Camp Ages 8-12- This camp is full

Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 22-26, 9am-12pm

Wheel 101- Come dressed to make a mess! We are going to go learn how to use a pottery wheel to make cups, bowls, vases and plates!  Students will learn different ways to decorate these vessels, and once finished, they will be food safe treasures for the whole family!


Fantastic Folklores and Fairytales Clay Camp Ages 4-8- This camp is full

Paige Janeri

July 22-26, 2-5pm

Once upon a time, fairytales and folklores were used to explain great mysteries, tell epic stories, and learn awesome lessons. In this clay camp, we will revisit some old favorites and create our very own stories using clay! No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy working on our projects together. We will hand build and use the pottery wheel in this clay camp to create functional and decorative items that tell our stories.

Advanced Wheel Clay Camp Ages 7-14- This camp is full

Kelsey Sickmeyer

July 29- August 2, 9am-12pm

This is the camp for students who have taken at LEAST one wheel camp at Odyssey in the last year or two, and want to hone their skills further, making bigger and better vessels on the wheel! We will move faster and have more freedom, so start sketching some ideas now and we will make them come alive!

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Dining in Style Clay Camp Ages 6-10

Kristen Easters

July 29- August 2, 2-5pm

Get ready to set the table! A great class for beginners, students will learn basic pottery techniques like wheel throwing and hand building to make beautiful ceramic pieces that they can use every day. Join in on the fun of creating your new favorite mug, bowl or plate!

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