Winter Youth Pottery

Arriving early to a COMO Pottery class on the bus? Does class get out before you can pick up your child? We get it. Schedules are hard and we can help fill the gaps! If your middle school student needs to arrive a little early or stay a little late we have adult supervision available until class starts or until pick up. Middle school students can join our IMPACT program before or after their specialty programs for just $10 an hour! Those interested only need to call our front office at 860.535.2476 for details. 

 

Meet the Instructors

Victoria Schmidlapp, a ceramic artist from Old Lyme, Connecticut, is the COMO pottery studio manager. Schmidlapp has more than 17-years of ceramics experience. Allowing the clay to tell its story, her works have a fresh sophistication and modern aesthetic which exhibit a textural fluidity with notes from nature and societal surroundings. Schmidlapp received her B.F.A in ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). During her time there, she was appointed teaching assistant for Adelaide Paul, and grew to love teaching ceramics. Shortly after graduation she continued to make pieces as a studio potter and showed at the 92Y Tribeca in New York City. After moving from Long Island four years ago she became a full-time studio potter working and teaching at a small studio in Old Lyme, before coming to the COMO.

Instructor Amanda Oakes earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Skidmore College. Her concentration was in ceramics and for her senior show, she created a mural painting out of clay! Oakes enjoys the technique of hand building and the inspiration she gets from working with children. She previously taught at many places including Pine Point and St. Michael's School. Oakes has been teaching at the COMO for 18 years.


Family Clay Play

Come explore and have fun with clay in this preschool and parent class!  Alongside their instructor and parents, students will learn basic hand building techniques and paint with non-toxic glaze to add a pop of color to their creations at the end.  Clay is a tactile medium that teaches us about structure, shape and form while allowing expression through creativity.  A great learning experience for kids and adults alike! Taught by Rebecca Hnatiuk.

Fridays | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Winter : November 10- December 8 (Skip November 24)


Winter Youth Pottery (Ages 5-12)

Make a box, make a ball, make it short, or make it tall! Sculpt animals, flowers, faces and more. With hands in clay, students can create anything they imagine. Tuesday or Thursday sessions available. Taught by Amanda Oakes. Ages 5-12.

Youth Pottery A: 
Tuesdays, January 9th - February 13th
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Member Fee: $70
Non-Member Fee: $100 

Youth Pottery B: 
Thursdays, January 11th- February 15th
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Member Fee: $70
Non-Member Fee: $100


Pre-Teen Wheel Pottery

Ages 9-12

Learn the essentials of throwing on the potter’s wheel, from centering to pulling to trimming.  Students will learn how to glaze their work at the end of the session.  No previous experience needed, but be prepared to have fun and get messy! Short nails and long hair pulled back required. Taught by Rebecca Hnatiuk.

Wednesdays, November 29-January 10 (skipping 12/27) | 3:30-5:30 PM

Member Price: $85

Non-member Price: $115

 

Teen Wheel Pottery

Ages 13-18

Learn the essentials of throwing on the potter’s wheel, from centering to pulling to trimming. Students will learn how to finish and glaze their pieces at the end of the session.  No previous experience needed, but be prepared to have fun and get messy! Short nails and long hair pulled back required. Taught by Rebecca Hnatiuk.

Fridays, December 1- January 12 | 3:00-5:00 PM (No class on December 29)

Member Price: $85

Non-member Price: $115

Studio Fee: $30.00

 

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