It’s important for our wellbeing and sanity to spend some time with our friends to cheer us up, make us laugh and sometimes comfort us when we are down.
But taking a break from the relentless demands of life often requires a bit of artful planning!
You will need to find a day, invite your friends over, organize the drinks and treats but we’ll take care of everything else!
We’ll provide the clay and everything you will need for CLAYTIVITY, walk you through the process of making a complete project out of clay step by step, within 1 – 2 hours.
We’ll also bring a portable pottery wheel and give a throwing demonstration and if you like you can try it out for yourselves.
And afterwards, we’ll take the projects away, fire them in our Kiln and return to you within 3 weeks.
Then you can invite your friends round again to paint and take them home!
Be creative with your baby or toddler with CLAYTIVITY! Invite CLAYTIVITY to join your group and we will guide you through the fun process of making a complete project with step by step instructions working side by side with your little one/s.
Also, we will include a demonstration of pottery throwing on a potter’s wheel.
Either help your child or let them help you. It is not unusual for young children to have short attention spans (!) and not every little one takes to clay like goslings to water. But that’s OK, there is no pressure to make anyone get more involved than they feel comfortable with. Whether it’s handling little bits of clay, making small decorations or having their hand or foot pressed into the clay, it’s all about enjoying the moment with family and friends and making our first experience of working with clay a good one.
Let your toddler help you (or help them) flatten the clay or roll a piece of clay into a coil to make one of these projects, handle some small pieces of clay to make a few small decorations and ‘glue’ them on to the project by making them all shiny and wet with a finger of water.
“It was a massive two-headed serpent that once roamed through the Squamish territory, its horrible shrieks frightening the people in the village of Stá7mes, Squamish. Xwechtáal, a young warrior, was tasked with killing the serpent. He pursued it up Siyám Smánit where it left a striking black streak, now known as the Black Dyke. For four years, Xwechtáal pursued the serpent until he was able to slay it as it rested in a lake.”
Author: Rebecca Duncan
There are many project ideas to choose from or ask about a custom project related to a particular idea.
Here are three project ideas for first time experience of working with clay and also suitable for young students. For more ideas, contact us.
Rosemary is the first to admit that she has an unusual background for an artist – a first degree in Biochemistry and Masters in medical research but artists come from a diversity of backgrounds and Rosemary hopes that her skills will help to access subjects from both art and science.
During the years Rosemary was raising a family of three children she was quite involved in schools. Over the years following her own children’s progression, she was a pre-school assistant in Sheffield, UK, then after she moved to California with her young family, an eleven week old baby, a two year old toddler and a four year old, she became a volunteer kindergarten teacher’s assistant and a ‘room mum’.
Five years later, when Rosemary’s family moved back to Sheffield, she became a part-time classroom assistant and a lunch time supervisor at her children’s elementary school. During these years, Rosemary also became very involved with running the Parent Teachers Association. The school had its own kiln but it had been unused and was in a sad state of disrepair for many years. As the Queens Golden Jubilee was approaching, the PTA decided to use their funds to repair the kiln and proposed an ambitious ceramic tile display to mark this royal occasion. This was the spark that initiated Rosemary’s enthusiasm for ceramics and working with clay. She attended a course in ceramics with the intention of working with children and handbuilding with clay.
Rosemary’s family first came to live in Calgary, Canada in 2006. A company, ‘Clay for Kids’, gave her the perfect opportunity to teach hand-building with clay, showing children how to make projects out of clay in many different schools and communities in Calgary. Some were special language schools, some were small rural schools in towns outside Calgary, one was a First Nation School on the Tsu Tina Reserve, one was a Hudderite colony school, another a special school for gifted children and an ESL school for adults new to Canada, another for profoundly disabled children. Rosemary taught over 900 classes and fired over 30,000 projects in a small 3 cubic foot electric kiln in her basement!
When Rosemary’s husband started his own engineering, teaching ‘clay’ took on a back stage as Rosemary took on a new role as her husband’s ‘office wife’. Rosemary moved to Squamish in 2016 with her husband and his new job. Finding some spare time to begin a new ‘hardwired adventure’ in Squamish and build a company of her own, Rosemary founded CLAYTIVITY in 2018.”
CLAYTIVITY classes are excellent value starting at $150 per class, and project ideas fit in well with any current curriculum area, subject areas, big ideas or learning theme a teacher may wish to support.
What happens in a CLAYTIVITY class?
Classes begin with a 10 – 15 minute presentation
- Project idea introduced
- Talk about a few facts about clay
- Demonstration of the magic of throwing on a potter’s wheel
Each student makes their own project during a 60 – 90 minute class
- Instructor gives 2-3 detailed easy to follow step by step instructions
- Students work on their own project after each step
- Clay and all materials supplied by %1\$s
After the class
- Projects taken away, dried out and bisque fired by CLAYTIVITY
- Projects returned to the classroom within three weeks
- Students can paint their bisque fired projects with their teacher