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Brantford Potters Guild Children’s Classes

Spring classes begin April 26/27, 2019

*REGISTRATION for classes and camp begins April 1, 2019*


Children’s Hand-building (instructor: Rose Risi)

$120.  8 weeks, 1 1/2 hour classes

Fridays: April 26 - June 14, 2019

Our children's classes offer kids (ages 7-13) the opportunity to use their imaginations to create fantastic works in clay they will be proud to share.  We'll get our hands dirty while learning the principles of working with clay using primarily hand-building techniques. Each week there will be a new and varied project for everyone to work on.  We'll explore a few methods of glazing, and you'll get to bring home some unique functional and creative treasures all your own! There is no charge for clay, and no tools to purchase for these classes.



Youth Wheel-throwing (instructor: Rose Risi)
$140.  8 weeks, 1 1/2 hour classes

Fridays: April 26 - June 14, 2019

An wheel throwing course for beginners ages 11 to 15. Instructors are trained school teacher(s) and experienced potters
Projects will be offered based on interest and skill levels achieved.

Tools can be purchased during registration for $20. Clay can be purchased from the instructor on the first night for $20 (payment in cash). 1-2 bags of clay will be plenty for the 8 week course.

"Get Muddy!" Summer Camps 
Ages 7 to 13; $135/week, half days. 
Registration is open.

session 1: July 8-12, 2019

session 2; August 12-16, 2019

Each session runs for 5 consecutive mornings. Campers' imaginations will be challenged and stimulated as they learn clayworking techniques to create fantastic, varied projects. Their work will be dried, fired, and decorated with underglazes and glazes so that they can take home unique functional and decorative treasures (made entirely by them from start to finish).

The week culminates in group construction of a collaborative group project. (Be sure to bring your cameras to photograph the finished work as it will not be fired.)


Who can register?

  • Children’s hand-building and Clayworks Mud Camps are open to children from 7-13 years of age.
  • Youth between 11 & 15 can join the Wheel-throwing class.

When can I register my child(ren)/youth?

  • Registration opens several weeks before the term starts. Keep an eye on this page or subscribe to our mailing list to be kept in the loop.
  • Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis, and spaces cannot be held. Classes that are undersubscribed 1 week before the first class will be cancelled. Waiting lists will be started for classes that fill up.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • You may cancel your registration 15 days or more before the first class and receive a full refund.
  • No refund for cancellation 14 days or fewer before the first class, but you will receive a credit for the next session.
  • Please cancel as much in advance as possible, as classes often have waiting lists.
  • Classes have minimum enrollment requirements, and it is possible that an undersubscribed class will not run. Should this happen, you will be contacted (by email) one week in advance of the class and offered a space in an alternate class (if available), or a full refund of all fees paid.

What should they bring to class?

  • a towel or an apron and wear old clothes and flat shoes, because you’re going to get a bit dirty! Long hair should be tied back.
  • For wheel-throwing students: a basic toolkit, which can be purchased during registration.
  • cash to purchase clay ($20 per bag, which includes glazing and firing. Important: ONLY clay purchased at the studio can be fired at the studio.)
  • Please note that Clayworks is a fragrance-free studio.

Not sure? Come to a try-out!


How do we get there?

  • Clayworks studio is located at 111 Sherwood Drive, Unit 3, in the east-most building of the Brantford Artisan's Village complex.
  • Click here for a map.

For information about classes & camps for children and youthclick here.

For information and registration for Monday Night Mini-Sessions and other special events and workshopsclick here.

Still have questions? Email us!


1. Children's Handbuilding

Open to children 7-13.
Classes are 1.5 hours in length,
and clay and tools are included.
Registration for classes is closed until Septmeber 1. Camp registration is open.


2. Youth Wheel-Throwing

Open to youth 11-15. Class is 1.5 hours in length.
You will need to purchase tools (see the next item over).
Clay is extra an must be purchased ($20/10kg bag) from instructor during class.

Registration for classes is closed until September 1. Camp registration is open.


3. Toolkit

Purchasing tools is OPTIONAL for youth wheel-throwing participants. Loaner tool sets will be available. 

If you choose to purchase tools, please pre-order them so that they're available for you in the first class. Tools can be returned at the end of term for a $15 refund. (Please note: refund will be issued by the same method with which it was paid (e.g., PayPal).)


Clayworks Summer Day Camp

Half-day summer camp sessions for potters 7-13 years old.

July camp session is FULL. August session is cancelled due to low enrolment. We apologize for the inconvenience.



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