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Blue Starfish Creative Art Studio

2024 Summer Camp Week 1: June 24-June 28 - PM: Ceramics/Pottery/Coils


Week 1: June 24-June 28 - PM: Ceramics/Pottery/Coils

PM Session: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Join us as we learn the basics of Hand-building, Coil pots, pinch pots, and slab projects. As we master that half of ceramics and pottery, we will then continue onto learning how to use the pottery wheel.

During pottery camp, students create two projects to practice different skills: a hand-building project and a pottery wheel project. In ceramics, hand building refers to a piece made by hand, without the use of a pottery wheel. Each week campers create a new project that focuses on one of the essential hand building techniques: coils, slabs, or pinch pots. Each technique has it’s own specific structure and function, and each technique can have a TON of variations, while still practicing the same skills.​

​Coils​, or long rolled pieces of clay, work well when stacked together. One of the best demonstrations of this technique is a coil pot. Students can also utilize coils for adding details, such as hair on a face sculpture.

​Slabs, or long flat rolled pieces of clay, have many applications. In many cases, slabs can be used as walls for constructing some sort of vessel, or can be used as the base for a tile or relief. In our previous camps, we’ve used slabs to create mini-house sculptures, slab boxes, as well as adorable tiles - from under the sea theme to Picasso.

Pinch Pots are small vessels created by rolling a ball of clay, and then using the thumb to make an indent in the center. 


  • Jun 24 - 28th, 2024
    for 1 week from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

    Will run

Blue Starfish Creative Art Studio

(908) 255-0020

24 West Oak Street
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 Get directions

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