Summer Clay Camps
Join Northern Clay Center for a fabulous and fun summertime clay adventure!
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 decoration.
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.
Age and Ability Restrictions
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Registration begins Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 10 am.
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.
Northern Clay Center’s tax ID number is 41-1616650.