Pottery Camp

July 20-31
(two-week session)

9:00 am-3:30 pm
Boys and girls ages 12-16

Tuition: $700 
Deposit required: $700

Tools, clay, firing, slip  and glazes included.
Space is limited to 10.
Minimum of five required.

Pottery Camp is open both to kids who have no experience on the wheel as well as to more advanced potters. Kids will learn to wedge clay, center it and throw a basic cylinder. From there, the possibilities are endless. We will learn to pull and attach handles, and we will cover various surface treatments: slips, textures, carving and ultimately glazing. 

Program Highlights
The finished stoneware pots will be fully functional, microwavable and food/dishwasher safe.  We will talk about objects that we use. What is it about an object that makes it a favorite? Is it the size, the weight, the color, the memories it invokes, or the fact that it functions efficiently? How does our interaction with these objects affect our lives?

We will concentrate on proficiency on the wheel during the first week.  The second week will involve glazing and some more focused wheel-throwing projects.

Camp Staff
Liz Kinder has been a professional potter for her entire adult life. She studied art at Amherst College and received her master’s from the Royal College of Art in London.  She has three children at Penn Charter. Color and texture are her passion. She’s shown her work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the GFS craft show, the PA Guild’s Rittenhouse Craft show and many others. She makes sinks and tile for local award-winning developer Onion Flats, and tableware for renowned chefs, including Michael Salomonov and Marc Vetri.  

She sees pottery as a perfect antidote to our kids’ screen-saturated worlds. The potter’s wheel is messy, fun, and takes grit and tenacity. For more information, visit Liz Kinder’s website.

2020 Enrollment Information for Pottery Camp

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Nonrefundable full payment is due at time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child. We accept credit card, money order, cash or check payable to William Penn Charter School. There is also a nonrefundable $25 registration fee for each applicant (whether attending one or multiple camps). If registering after June 1, full payment is due in the form of a credit card, money order or cash. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for any changes made to the application after it has been submitted, including transportation changes.

The camp fee covers all regularly scheduled activities, instructions and materials, including a camp T-shirt. Campers who do not choose the lunch option must provide their own lunch, including a beverage.

All campers must have a physical examination prior to camp. Print and complete this physical exam form for each camper and returned to the summer camp office before the first day of camp.
Pottery Camp welcome letter is also available on our registration site.

Contact Information
If you have questions, contact:

Charles Kaesshaefer, Director
Penn Charter Summer Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 364