Ceramists know something very important. It’s that clay, any way you slice it, is fun. And while for many adults, thinking of pottery making still recalls the famous scene from the movie Ghost (could be worse, right?), there’s an entire world of history, ecology, and craft that goes into making things out of clay. Baltimore Clayworks has been the local hub for Baltimore ceramics enthusiasts for the past 36 years. Through their Mt. Washington campus and community sites in under-resourced neighborhoods across the region, Baltimore Clayworks has brought the joy of clay to adults and children alike through innumerable classes, workshops, events and exhibitions. This summer, Baltimore Clayworks will be offering ten 1-week long summer camps for kids and teens, each with a different theme. They’re open to kids ages 6-15, and believe us, they’re all awesome.
Each week long camp takes a specific topic and explores it through clay– meaning that kids will be making their own ceramics work while learning about history, ecology, and even literature. And if you’re worried about your child spending too much of their summertime indoors, fear not. Baltimore Clayworks gets kids outside for awesome activities, so they get plenty of fresh air along with plenty of time at the potter’s wheel.
You can choose among the many offerings, or sign your (super lucky) child up for all of them. They can participate in “Ancient Days: Treasures of Mesoamerica” (August 15-19) to learn about the cultural traditions and art work of the native peoples of Mesoamerica. They will explore the techniques used in Pre-Colombian sculptures and pottery and find inspiration in the vessels of the Capacha civilization. They’ll look at Mesoamerican ceramics and then form, sculpt and carve their very own versions of these works out of clay. All materials and firing is included in the cost of camp, and of course, the campers will be bringing their masterpieces home.
There’s much more where that came from, too. Themes include, “Ecosystems and Environmentalism,” “Oceans and Waterways in Clay,” “Monsters and Mythos,” and more. For 6-11 year-olds, camp runs from 9am-4:30pm. For teens, it’s just 2-4:30pm each day, mimicking what Baltimore Clayworks offers for adults, and focusing on more advanced techniques. Our only word of warning: if you sign your kid up, get ready to be jealous.
Baltimore Clayworks’ summer camp program run through August 26th. For more information, or to register your child, visit their website.
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