Young Adult Summer Intensive
June 22- August 3
*No class July 5
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 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
A Bug’s Life
June 3-7, 9am-12pm
What do you think of bugs? Are they eww gross? Or way cool?! One thing is for certain, they are super important for our environment and ecosystem. We can learn a lot from these little critters and in this camp, we will do just that! We will dig into the mud like worms and get wiggling away with our ideas. In this camp, we will focus on hand building techniques and use our imaginations to create unlikely bugs and their homes!
June 3-7, 2-5pm
Learning about foods and objects in your kitchen can be exciting and fun to explore, but what if you had the chance to make some of your own? In this class students will develop work relating to items they use or find in their kitchen while learning a variety of techniques on how to make functional and sculptural objects. We will be focusing on using the wheel and a variety of hand building techniques to create fun, functional objects for everyday use or play!
June 10-14, 9am-12pm
This week at camp we are going to explore different ways to construct objects using clay and explore patterns through color and shape. This week will be filled with activities that will encourage campers to think about colors and shapes and how to put them together in different ways to create unique designs that reflect your unique personality. Each piece will be a one of a kind work of art, just like you!
You Gotta Wheely Want It!
June 10-14, 2-5pm
The perfect intermediate class for students who have worked with clay before and are ready for more! We’ll spend plenty of time on the potter’s wheel, learn how to sculpt and build with coils, and spend time decorating our work with sweet patterns and designs.
Do you catch yourself daydreaming of a magical world full of dragons and fairies and centaurs? In this camp, we are going to sculpt all of the mystical creatures from our imaginations out of clay. Get ready for a fun week of handbuilding, working on the wheel and creating a fantastic and whimsical world!
June 17-21, 2-5pm
Your dreams of becoming a Clay DJ will come true in this week full of wheel throwing! Not only will students learn how to throw, but they will also create a variety of objects for daily use! In this course students will start with the very beginning steps of how to use the potter’s wheel and successfully develop various forms throughout the week. They will have the opportunity to explore decorating and hand building techniques to add final touches to their masterpieces!
Pedal To The Metal
June 24-28, 9am-12pm
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! This is a super fun exploration of the clay studio.
Clay In The Wild
June 24-28, 2-5pm
Let nature be our inspiration as we create beautiful works of art! A great class for young beginners, we’ll learn different hand building techniques and use them to create your favorite animals, plants, and ecosystems. Experience the joys of nature and the fun of clay all mixed into one class!
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.
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!
Pottery With A Purpose
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!
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 :)
Here We Throw!
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
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.
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!
Dining In Style Ages 6-10 Eliana Rodriguez
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!
Fairy Houses and Clay Critters
Laurie Caffery Harris
August 5-9, 9am-12pm
Do you love to explore the outdoors? Do you daydream about the little fairies and critters that live there? In this class, we will be creating dwellings for all of these fantastical and magical creatures to live called Clay Worlds! For everything from fairies to garden gnomes, from porgs to pollywogs – we will create a place for everyone to live. We will exercise our imagination and creativity in this hands-on class!
It’s Wheely Fun! Ages 8-12 Halima Flynt
August 5-9, 2-5pm
Learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel during this wheelie fun camp! We will learn how to make, and decorate, functional mugs, bowls, and more! Join Halima for a fun camp with an upbeat atmosphere.
Sculptures From Scratch
August 12-16, 9am-12pm
In this class, students will follow their imagination to create small scale figurative sculptures of animals, people, or whatever their little heart’s desire. I will demonstrate a series of different projects for students to customize to reflect their unique worldview. All pieces will be glazed so you can take them home and use them every day.
Finding Your Spirit Animal
August 12-16, 2-5pm
We can learn a lot from nature when we observe animals in the wild. We can see their characteristics of strengths and weaknesses. In this week of camp, we will dig into some clay and explore our spirit animals; determining how they uniquely relate to us. No experience or prior knowledge of clay is necessary to enjoy creating hand-built wall hanging tiles and sculptures of our spirit animals. Sculpture techniques will be taught in this camp and kids will gain a deeper understanding of themselves, animals, and ceramic art.
Tuition: $225. $25 discount for a sibling in the same camp. Use discount code claycamp25.
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at email@example.com for more info.