Camp Registration Policies
Fee for half-day camps: $175 (NCC members $165)*
Fee for full-day camps: $315 (NCC members $295)*
*Unless otherwise noted, member rate applies only to children registered as members.
Register online or by phone (612.339.8007) beginning at 10 am on February 6.
Age and Ability Restrictions
We work closely with instructors to develop optimal age ranges and ability levels for each class. At the time their camp begins, children must have reached the minimum age and ability level indicated. 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.
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 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.
Product Output Expectations
Your children will be encouraged to create several pieces of clay art during class. You can anticipate your child having at least 4 completed works. Please make note: not all camps result in the same number of objects for campers to take home. Several camps are focused on ideas of production, while others are more experiential in nature, or require a longer investment of time and energy into more complicated wares and objects. Regardless of output, ALL of our camps aim to create a positive and memorable experience for your camper.
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. By the very nature of the material and the short tenure of these camps, some projects will not be glaze fired, but “once-fired” instead, rendering them decorative in nature and not for use to consume food or beverages. Class periods will include time for cleanup, an integral part of the process. Class descriptions are subject to change depending on ability levels of participating students.
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. Application forms can be downloaded here or call 612.339.8007.
Signed interpretation is available for any camp. Please call the Center to request an interpreter 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.
Tuition must be paid in full to hold your reservation. NCC will make absolutely no exceptions to age ranges indicated in camp descriptions.
To register: Register for your child’s class online; visit NCC during business hours, TWFSa, 10 am – 6 pm; Th, 10 am – 7 pm; Su, 12 – 4 pm; or call 612.339.8007. Payment may be made by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. You may also download and print the registration form, and then send it with your check or VISA/MasterCard/Discover number and expiration date for the full fee to: Northern Clay Center, ATTN: Clay Camp, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55406. Make checks payable to Northern Clay Center.
NCC will send confirmation of registration two weeks prior to the start of camp. 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.
REFUNDS: 100% of tuition (less a $15 processing fee) will be refunded if a student elects to drop or transfer a class no later than one week (7 days) before the day of the first camp meeting. A $15 processing fee will be charged if a student transfers from one camp to another. No refunds or transfers will be given with less than one week’s notice. Tuition is not pro-rated. There are no make-up sessions.
Camps usually fill quickly, so please register early!