Mini-Series – Weekly Clay Projects for Children and Young Adults with Sharon Virtue

Eight Wednesdays: September 16 through November 4, 2–3:30pm

These mini-classes are suitable for children from ages five and older and can be adjusted in complexity according to the imagination of the child. They are all designed to teach basic hand-building skills using coils, slabs and pinch pots and require minimal tools and supplies. Children will learn various techniques in each project, and each week the projects will build upon the skills learned in the previous class. The projects are designed to encourage imagination but also have basic follow-along instructions for those just starting out. Each project can be created in a single session so you can pick and choose which project you would like to work on. The first three projects are suitable for complete beginners. The following projects are a little more complex for more experienced artists or older children. Sign up for one mini-class or all eight!

Week One: Snail in the Garden Scene
Week Two:
Flower Bowls
Week Three:
Coiled Pot
Week Four:

Week Five: Clay Birdhouse or Fairy House
Week Six:
Peacock Candle Holder
Week Seven:
Clay Car
Week Eight:
Mythological Creature

Sharon has worked with clay for over 30 years in unconventional ways. She began during her BA program at Sheffield Poly in UK, where she studied film and painting and sculpture. She began teaching ceramics in 1998 at Ruby’s Clay Studio in San Francisco, where she developed the Mud Bus project, a community outreach program bringing ceramics to under-served communities. In 2006 she was the Artist in Residence at the De Young Museum and built a mud hut in the galleries with visitors. In 2010 she was awarded the International Residency Award from NCECA and worked with women in northern Ghana on coil-building techniques. In 2013 she completed her MA in Community Arts from Goldsmiths University in London. She has been teaching ceramics at The Potters’ Studio since 2019. The functional work that she makes combines throwing, altering and hand-building techniques and reflects her love of color and surface pattern inspired by international travel.