Youth Ceramics

Jan 4, 2016

IMG_7336Growing up in Fairfield County, Connecticut one of the places to which I returned happily time and time again was what I knew only as Silvermine.

Sitting in the passenger seat, trying not to get car sick as my mother drove down windy roads crowded with ancient trees and an endless canopy of greenery overhead, Silvermine Arts Center was a place I was taken to as a child to dig into clay (and hopefully find a mood other than sullen). I was dismissive of the drawing classes and the painting of landscapes. All I wanted was the slime of water-moistened clay between my fingers and the itch of it as it began to dry. Whether hand rolling snakes for pots—one of which turned into a dragon dish and still sits on the parental “telephone” table—or trying to stretch walls upward as I kicked the manual potter’s wheel, the dirty part of making ceramics was a large part of the allure.


hands dirty with clay



Thanks to the City of Pasadena’s Recreation Department, kids who show a curiosity about clay can learn the basic, “fundamental” ceramic construction techniques at Villa Parke Community Center in Pasadena on January 9.

Along with instruction, kids will learn about different kinds of clay, slip, and glazes. All while creating…and getting dirty. Who knows, maybe they’ll become hooked and be another fabulous Southern California ceramicist like Beatrice Wood…


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Youth Ceramics: Ages 6-9 & 10-12
Every Saturday, Jan. 9th, 9-11 a.m. or 10 a.m.-noon
Villa Parke Comm. Ctr., 363 E. Villa St., Pasadena 91101
Cost: $35-$70
To reserve a spot, click here
For more info, call 1.626.744.6530
Or visit


A gift we treasure from artist Elizabeth Garat

A gift we treasure from artist Elizabeth Garat




Photo, below, by Runjiv (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.









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