Summer Clay Camps

Join Northern Clay Center for a fabulous and fun summertime clay adventure!

REGISTER HERE after 10 am on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Click the image below to view the 2017 schedule.

Each year, over 400 kids participate in our week-long camps, designed for all ability levels, for ages 6 and up. Campers will expand their imaginations, while accomplishing lasting feats of clay. Whether working with sculpture, tiles, or wheel-thrown pottery, students will learn to work independently and collaboratively in a small class setting with plenty of individual instruction. Camps are offered in a variety of themes (from teapots and dog bowls to spaceships and garden gnomes) and they incorporate instruction 
for a variety of clay techniques — leaving plenty of room for exploration and 

Half-day camps meet for three hours each day (from 9 am – 12 noon or 1 – 4 pm) and include a short break for a snack. Full-day camps meet for 7 hours each day (from 9 am – 4 pm, unless otherwise noted) and include an hour-long supervised break for lunch. Parents should provide snacks and lunches. One teaching artist and one teaching assistant lead each camp. New camps begin each week, 
June 12 through August 18.
We are now accepting applications for summer 2017 interns and assistants!
Northern Clay Center seeks college students and recent graduates, ages 18 and up, for our summer camp positions. Each summer, we provide opportunities for over 15 assistants to help run our camp programs and to gain classroom experience.  We are offering one paid internship; the recipient will learn the ins-and-outs of our educational programs. Click here for full position descriptions and details about how to apply.
Northern Clay Center has a limited number of partial scholarships available for youth clay camps in 2017. Please download the application form or contact NCC’s education department, at 612.339.8007, if you would like to apply for a scholarship for your child.
Important Information

Age and Ability Restrictions

We work closely with instructors to develop optimal age ranges and ability levels for each class. Children must have reached the minimum age and ability level indicated at the time their camp begins. In order to ensure the success of our classes, we ask that you observe these restrictions when registering your children for camps. NCC makes NO exceptions to the ages or ability levels indicated in the descriptions.
When registering online, if you register your child for the wrong age group, the registration will be canceled and we will contact you via phone to secure your 
second choice. If you have questions regarding the age ranges for a camp, please call Northern Clay Center at 612.339.8007 to register.

Drop off / Pick up

Caregivers should drop off and pick up their children at the northwest entrance to the Clay Center. Please do not drop your child off too early (no more than 5 minutes before class time); pick up your child promptly at the end of class. NCC does not provide day care or supervision before or after camps. There is free parking on the west side of our building. Caregivers must provide supervision from noon to 1 pm to children registered for separate morning & afternoon classes during the same week; NCC will provide supervision during lunch for full-day classes.

Snack Break

Campers take a short break every day, so please pack a snack for your child and label the bag with his/her name. Caregivers need to supply lunches and 2 snacks for children in full-day classes. Please note: NCC’s facility is NOT peanut free. Please notify us 3 weeks in advance if your child has special dietary issues that would affect the other campers and we will do our best to notify other parents of the issue.

What to Wear and Bring

Kids may get messy, so make sure your child wears appropriate clothing and footwear (sneakers are best; no open-toed shoes.) For all camps, kids must bring a reusable tote to hold finished projects. We recommend canvas or nylon, roughly the size of a grocery bag. For wheel classes, we suggest, but do not require: a 
one-quart bucket (such as a yogurt container) and an old towel.

Completed Projects

Completed projects may be picked up one week after your camp ends; we will NOT call you when they are ready. We strongly recommend that you bring your child with you to help identify what s/he made. Projects left more than 4 weeks after the camp ends will be discarded. If you cannot pick up your child’s projects by this date, please make arrangements for someone else to pick them up. PLEASE NOTE: Completed means the work has been fired at least once. Objects made by Wednesday, will be glazed. Objects made on Thursday will have a dry surface, but will have color and will have been fired for stability.


Instructors and Class Content

All instructor listings are subject to change. Students can expect to make new work Monday through Thursday and spend Friday glazing. Class periods will include time for clean-up, an integral part of the process. Class descriptions are subject to change depending on ability levels of participating students.

Other Information

Your children will be encouraged to create several pieces of clay art during class. You can anticipate your child having at least 5 completed works. Please Note: Due to the very nature of clay and the firing process, NCC cannot be responsible for any damage to work caused by poor construction or the firing or glazing processes.


NCC has a small number of partial scholarships for children, awarded on a need basis. Please call 612.339.8007 or download an application.

Special Needs

Signed interpretation is available for any camp. Please call the Center to request a signer at least three weeks in advance. NCC’s building is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with a wheelchair accessible potter’s wheel. The information in this brochure is available in large-print format upon request. To contact us via the 
Minnesota Relay Service, please call 1.800.627.3529.

NCC Confirmation and Cancelation

NCC will send email confirmation of registration as your order is processed. More information will be sent by mail approximately 2 weeks before the start of camp.  If there is insufficient enrollment, we will cancel the camp, notify registered students and refund all payments. This cancelation may occur at the very last minute.
Registration information
Tuition Must Be Paid in Full to Hold Your Reservation.
NCC Will Make Absolutely No Exceptions to Age Ranges Indicated In Descriptions.

To Register:

Registration begins Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 10 am.

Register online.

Visit NCC during business hours:
TWFSa: 10 am – 6 pm | Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm | Sunday: noon – 4 pm

or CALL: 612.339.8007

Payment may be made by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. You may also print 
the online registration form and send it with your check, or VISA/MasterCard/
Discover number and expiration date, for the full fee to: Northern Clay Center | 2424 Franklin Avenue East | Minneapolis, MN 55406. Make checks payable to 
Northern Clay Center.

NCC will send email confirmation of registration as your order is processed. More information will be sent by mail approximately 2 weeks before the start of camp. At that time you will also receive an emergency contact form and other pertinent information.  If there is insufficient enrollment, we will cancel the camp, notify registered students and refund all payments. This cancellation may occur at the very last minute.​ 

Tuition, Fees, and Refunds:

Unless noted on specific class listings, fees are as follows:

  • Fee for half-day camps:  $170 (NCC members $160)*
  • Fee for full-day camps:  $305 (NCC members $285)*

*Unless otherwise noted, member rate applies only to children registered as members.

Refund Policy:

NCC charges a cancellation/transfer fee for all changes to existing 
registrations. If a student cancels for any reason up to one week (7 days) before the camp begins, a $15 cancellation fee will be subtracted from the refund. If a 
student transfers from one class to another, a $15 transfer fee will be charged. 
No refunds or transfers will be issued with less than a one-week (7 days) notice. Tuition is not pro-rated. There are no make-up sessions. 
Camps usually fill quickly, so please register early!

Tax Information:

Northern Clay Center’s tax ID number is 41-1616650.