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This summer we’re looking forward to having fun both inside and outside of our studio! Each session will include wheel throwing, hand building and sculpting in clay, plus basic metalsmithing projects in the jewelry room. Specific projects will be inspired by different themes, as described above. If you’re interested in making a ring for your best friend or a mask to hang in your home, you’ll find all the tools, supplies, and assistance you need right here!

Camp meets from 9-3pm each day from Monday to Friday (unless otherwise noted).
Ages 6 and up please, unless otherwise noted.

 SUMMER CAMP 2017 DATES JUNE 19-AUGUST 25

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2016 Session Descriptions: Summer at Portland Pottery is fun both in and outside our studios! Our days run from 9am until 3 pm. Each day, we have four blocks of creative activity, a long, leisurely lunch break with outdoor activities and games and a terrific end of the week show for our campers and their families. Some weeks feature visiting artists, field trips, and lunch at the Eastern Prom Park.

SUMMER CAMP 2017 SCHEDULE

Session Descriptions: Summer at Portland Pottery is fun both inside and outside our studios! Our days run from 9am until 3 pm. Each day, we have four blocks of creative activity, a long, leisurely lunch break with outdoor activities and games and a terrific end of the week art show for our campers and their families. Some weeks feature visiting artists, field trips, and lunch at the Eastern Prom park.

SESSION 1 • June 19-23 • Studio Sampler Our new Studio Sampler Camp is the way to start the summer off right. This camp will give you a chance to try out several different mediums to see what you like. We will be working in metal, glass, clay, raku and paint. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what exciting camps we have to offer the rest of the summer and throughout the year.

SESSION 2 • June 26-30 • Pottery Wheel Camper explore what it’s like to be a potter and focus
on learning to use the potter’s wheel to throw and trim pots. Campers will make bowls, cups, and plates as they learn the basic techniques of pottery. They will also learn how to decorate and glaze their pots.

SESSION 3 • June 26-30 • Metals and Glass In these one-week intensive sessions, we will work in copper, nickel, silver, beads, clay and glass, to create beautiful pieces of jewelry and sculpture. Campers will learn the ways of the metalsmithing studio, including hot and cold soldering techniques, polishing, wire wrapping and more. Glass will be introduced for embellishment of metal projects, or in addition to our metals curriculum.(Ages 8-14)

SESSION 4 • July 10-21 • Focus on Clay (2 weeks) This special 2-week session allows us more time to work on the potter’s wheel and develop our wheel throwing skills.  Throwing, trimming, glazing, embellishing and firing will be covered.  We will even “Raku Fire”!  Other activities will include sculpting, coiling, and handbuilding.  Throughout the 2-weeks, campers will meet several visiting potters. These artists will demonstrate their techniques and talk about their work.  This is a great session for those looking for an intensive clay experience!

SESSION 5 • July 17-21 • Sculpture Join us for this adventure into the world of sculpture.  We will use clay, metal, paper mache and other materials to create a menagerie of creatures both real and abstract.  We will also be  making things like animal masks, jewelry and free-standing sculptures.

SESSION 6 • July 24-28 • Animals, Pets, Creatures This week we will be focusing on the wide variety of animals on earth. We will be making things for our pets, such as pet bowls, collars and aquarium sculptures. However, we will be leaving plenty of room for the imagination. We will work with metal and glass to create bugs, as well as learning to transform our thrown pots into animal sculptures.

SESSION 7 • Aug 1-5 • Metals and Glass *See description in Session 3

SESSION 8 • July 31-4 • Jewelry and Accessories Jewelry galore! If you like to accessorize then this is the class for you! Earrings, pendants, rings, beading – we will do it all! Campers will learn the ways of the Metalsmithing studio, including hot and cold soldering techniques, polishing, wire wrapping, and more! We will also be including some fiber projects to create bags, headbands, and other accessories.  (Ages 8-14)

SESSION 9 • July 31-Aug 4 • Raku Raku is a Japanese technique of firing that is quick, interactive and fun!  Campers will spend the beginning of the week making a variety of pots and sculptures.  On Thursday & Friday they will glaze and immediately fire the pieces outside using our raku kiln.  Once the kiln reaches temperature, we open the door and pull the glowing pots out, tossing them into piles of sawdust!  When the pots are cool, students will clean the pieces revealing unique raku glazes.

SESSION 10 • Aug 7-11 • Pottery and Painting This week is going to be a blast! We will be taking this opportunity to learn some basic painting techniques on canvas and wood using acrylic and watercolor. We will then be taking those techniques and exploring surface design on our pottery.

SESSION 11 • Aug 14-18 • Metalsmithing In these one-week intensive sessions, we will work in copper, nickel, silver, beads, clay and glass, to create beautiful pieces of jewelry and sculpture. Campers will learn the ways of the metalsmithing studio, including hot and cold soldering techniques, polishing, wire wrapping and more!

SESSION 6 • July 25-29 • Pottery Wheel Camper explore what it’s like to be a potter and focus on learning to use the potter’s wheel to throw and trim pots.  Campers will make bowls, cups, and plates as they learn the basic techniques of pottery. They will also learn how to decorate and glaze their pots.

SESSION 12 • Aug 21-25 • Pottery Wheel *See description for Session 2

TEENS (AGES 12-15)

SESSION 1-T • July 10-14 • Metals and Glass In these one-week intensive sessions, we will work in copper, nickel, silver, beads, clay and glass, to create beautiful pieces of jewelry and sculpture. Students will learn the ways of the metalsmithing studio, including hot and cold soldering techniques, polishing, wire wrapping and more.Glass will be introduced for embellishment of metal projects, or in addition to our metals curriculum.

SESSION 2-T • Aug 7-11 • Sculpture Join us for this adventure into the world of sculpture.  We will use clay, metal, paper mache and other materials to create a menagerie of creatures both real and abstract.  We will also be  making things like animal masks, jewelry and free-standing sculptures.

SESSION 3-T • Aug 14-18 • Pottery Wheel  This special class for teens has been created in response to the rising interest in teen art classes. This will be a valuable opportunity for our older students to have a week to focus on the potter’s wheels and explore the possibilities of clay. This camp will include some more complex techniques involving throwing and glazing. The students will explore what it’s like to be a potter and focus on learning to use the potter’s wheel to throw and trim pots.  The students will make bowls, cups, plates and more. The teens will have the chance to be involve in a Raku firing, which is a Japanese technique that involves pulling the pots out while they are still glowing red and tossing them into piles of sawdust! When the pots are cool, students will clean the pieces revealing unique raku glazes. We will also discuss building art portfolios for those interested in art school.

SESSION 4-T • Aug 21-25 • Installations and MuralsInstallation/Mural camp is a brand new camp theme designed to teach the campers the art of collaboration. The campers will be doing some group projects, as well as individual projects using clay, glass, metal, and fiber. We will have on mystery group projects that will be turned into a permanent installation right here at Portland Pottery!