Pockets from Pottery Camp

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Each kid at camp made a wall pocket using the slab roller, templates and tons of stamps for decoration.

Traditionally wall pockets are used for mail, keys, pens and pencils, maybe even a plant. However, I mentioned I use my pottery pockets at home as charging stations.  I can’t stand all the wires! It keeps all the devices off my counters.

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The kids thought that was an awesome idea.  Every household has a device or two.  They were so clever, they actually put small holes at the bottom so the wires could go into the pockets and hide even more mess.camp9camp10_2017-09-05 12.45.38

Sometimes I forget who’s the teacher and who’s the student!

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Remember when I figured out I could use craft foam to create my own pottery stamps?

Each camper made one too. I just love how the glaze breaks on their pieces.

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They also had the opportunity to throw some bowls and mugs using the pottery wheel.

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I just adore watching what kids come up with :)

For Kicks

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Thank you Lord for the shoes I’ve just received!

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Nothing like new shoes. Nothing like the rainbow!

I spent my morning teaching another generation how to make Gods-eyes.

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25 kids and you could have heard a pin drop.

So many parents and teachers forget this one… I think the kids enjoy the rhythm as soon as they find it. Their concentration is unbelievable.

The group ranged from 5 yrs-14 yrs.  That is a large disparity and yet it interested all of them.

You should have seen me out in the woods hunting for all those sticks!

yeah. way better than popsicle sticks.

Way better!

KID POTTERY LESSONS AT CLAY HEAD BEACH

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Block Island sports 0ver 190 acres of clay infested shoreline.

From a distance they look like muddy cliffs, but on closer inspection, you’ll find tons of beautiful grey clay.

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Careful not to disturb the preservation of the cliffs, I took the kids clay hunting on the beach.  I gave each kid a gallon Ziploc, showed them what the clay chunks look like, instructed them to remove as much sand from the clay as possible and sent them on their way.  I’d say that kept them busy for at least two hours in itself!

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 I am vacationing with seven kids by the way, ages 4 to 11 years old.

When we got home from the beach I showed them how to add tablespoons of water, close the bag up, massage the water into the dry clay, and continue repeating the process until they got a classic clay consistency.  Too much water and you then have to leave the clay out for a day or two to dry out.

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The results were amazing!  The clay was perfect.  No stones, no sand, simply pure earthen clay.  The kids were able to create coils, pinch pots, and figurines.

We have been baking them in the sun.

Now all we need is a killer beach bon fire to act as our kiln!