Clay Hand-Building at AFU!

Clay can seem intimating to some, trust me I know. But it is basically permanent playdough (with a few more rules)! It is super fun and easy to work with for children and children at heart. The possibilities are endless. We are so excited to start offering clay hand-building as another walk-in option at our studio (we also have paint your own pottery, of course and board art). So how does it work? What can you make? Well I'm sure you can guess that the answers to these questions can be found below.

How it works

Like the rest of our walk-in options, you don't need an appointment, you can come in any time we are open (Sunday-Thursday 12-7pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-8pm). It is $25 per person, and that includes 1.5 lbs of clay, carving and sculpting tools, stamps, instructions, and the glazing and firing of one or two pieces. So that means that you can make one large piece or two smaller! If you are over 10 years old, you will get your own kit. If you are under 10, you'll need to share with mom or dad. You will be able to read and learn the basics of making a pinch pot, coil pot, or slab building. Our instructions also tell you how to fuse two pieces together properly, and how to make sure your pieces don't explode in the kiln! And if you are unsure about any of it, our staff can help you with any questions. You'll make your piece, then you have a couple of options. Your first option is to leave it to dry and come back after the first firing in about a week and a half to paint it! The clay starts off grey but fires white, so you can paint it just like you would the pottery on our shelves. Your second option is to paint your creation that day - it will have a more water colored look when fired. The final option is to ask us to paint it for you in a solid color for no extra cost. You can pick from our regular glazes, or we have specialty glazes that come out multi-colored with just three coats of paint!

What to make

Like I said earlier, the possibilities truly are endless. You can make plates, dishes, mugs, bowls, and all of them will be food safe and useable once fired the second time. Personally, my favorite things to make are little animals and figures! Pinch pot animals are super easy, just make a pinch pot and add on features. We have an example of a slab mug in the studio - we just rolled the clay out and assembled it. We have more samples in the studio for you to check out, but another great option is to look on Pinterest! We have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to clay ideas.

There is something extremely therapeutic about getting your hands dirty working with clay. With everything that is going on in the world right now, it is incredibly peaceful to sit down (at a clean table in a clean studio with staff members that are wearing masks) and just making whatever your heart desires. And who cares if it isn't perfect or it's a little messy - it is yours. You created a project from start to finish. And that is definitely an accomplishment.


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