Good Dirt Clay Studio

Located in Athens, Georgia, Good Dirt is a community clay studio with year-round pottery classes for adults and children and a gallery with a fine selection of work by professional artists.  If you have ever been interested in how pottery and ceramics are made, we hope you'll drop in and see us.  Our focus on community = something for everyone!

Summer Camps

Registration is now open for 2015 Summer Camps.  Camps begin the week of May 26th and run for 12 consecutive weeks.  Good Dirt serves three age groups each week:  4-6 year olds, 7-10 year olds, and 11+.  Kids will create a variety of clay projects throughout the week of camp and their pieces will be fired in Good Dirt's kilns to create lasting keepsakes of their experience.  Please be sure to book well in advance since camps often fill up.  Please read the following policy statements -- these policies help us ensure that we can continue to bring you consistent, high-quality ceramic arts instruction.  Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: CAMP DESCRIPTIONS AND REGISTRATION IS BELOW THE FOLLOWING POLICY INFORMATION; SCROLL DOWN TO ENROLL.

Payment 

When registering on-line please make sure the payment is complete.  If payment is not finalized, the registration does not go through and your child will not be on our class list.  After registration and payment is complete you will receive 2 emails- one from paypal and one for the booking.  If you are ever unsure if payment was finalized, please email us and we can verify it for you.

Wait List  

If a camp is full and you would like to be on the wait list please email us.  Occasionally there are cancellations. 

Camp Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be allowed up to two weeks prior to the start date of the camp.  Fees may be refunded, minus a $35 cancellation fee, or campers may receive credit for a camp later that summer (subject to availability).  Within two weeks of the camp start date, no refunds or credits will be issued.

Summer Camp / Youth Participation and Safety Policy
Good Dirt is an active and fully functional ceramics studio with hot kilns, pottery wheels, and electrical equipment in constant operation.  Because of the inherent hazards of working in the studio environment, I also understand that if my child cannot remain in the designated teaching areas and follow the verbal instructions of camp staff, he/she will not be invited to return for the remainder of camp, and no refund will be given.  NOTE: I am aware that my child’s registration is not assured until payment is received, and that spaces are allocated by date of receipt of payment.  
(Offline Registration Form If Paying By Check/Cash)

Pre-School   Camps:    Ages 4 – 6
9 am- 1 pm

All Preschool Camps -- $140 Tuition + $15 Material Fee (unless otherwise noted)

May 26 – May 29  Little Chia   Kids will make sculptures that grow hair, sprout leaves, and come to life once they’re fired, soaked, and coated with chia seeds.  Each day will feature a different creature or chia scene.  (4 DAY CAMP - Tuition:  $112 + Materials:  $15 = $127)

June 1 - 5    Functional Pots for Tots   This is the week for budding potters to get their hands in the clay.  The week will include a variety of functional pottery projects.  Campers will create one-of-a-kind clay pieces and decorate them with colored clay slips.  We’ll even see how clay spins on the wheel for some hands-on gooey fun.

June 8 - 12    Silly Monkey  Calling all animals cute and zany to inspire masks, mugs and fun bowls with faces!

June 15 - 19    Locomotion  Little transportation buffs will enjoy making trains, cars, boats, submarines and other things that go zoom in this week of creative, locomotion-themed sculpture.

June 22 – June 26    Dinosaurs   Set your time machine for the Cretaceous and get ready for some dino-themed clay fun.  We’ll sculpt our favorite prehistoric pals, make dinosaur trackways, and even make hatching dinosaur eggs.

June 29- July 3  Volcanoes   Kids will make clay models of volcanoes, geysers, and other geological wonders that really erupt for a week of art and science exploration.

July 6 - 10    Medieval Times   Clay projects this week will draw inspiration from medieval fairy tales.  Kids will make castles, princesses, knights in shining armor, dragons, and even their own coat of arms. 

July 13 - 17    Out of this World   Outer space, both real and fictional, will be the theme for this week’s projects.  Campers will create clay spaceships, planets and meteors, aliens and even the man (or rabbit) in the moon.

July 20 – 24   Fossil Hunters   Campers this week will blend the science of fossil formation with some very accessible clay forming techniques.  From duck-billed dinosaur eggs to fossil fish, plants and dino tracks, campers can satisfy their natural fascination with paleontology while getting their hands dirty in the clay studio.

July 27 – 31   Funky Folk Art   The freshness of a child’s perspective lends itself beautifully to the folk art style.  Projects this week will include dot-painting, clay masks, and the decoration of a real clay face-jug.

August 3- 7   Little Critters   What’s cuter than a baby animal?  A baby animal made out of clay by a young child.  Just imagine guinea-piggy banks, puppy masks, and little personalized food bowls for family pets.

August 10 - 14   Rainforest Adventure   The plants, animals and people of the rainforest will inspire this week’s art projects.  Animal masks, hot cocoa mugs, and ceremonial bowls are just some of the projects in store.  

Youth Camps:  Ages 7 – 10 
9 am- 1 pm

All Youth Camps -- $140 Tuition + Materials Fee (unless otherwise noted)

May 26 – May 29  Wheel Throwing and Slab Building   Students will combine simple wheel-thrown forms with clay slabs to create projects of increasing complexity throughout the week.  (4 DAY CAMP - Tuition:  $112 + Materials:  $25 = $137)

June 1 - 5    From Turning to Burning  This ceramic survey class will include handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing, as well as outdoor Raku firing. ($25 material fee)

June 8 - 12    Mythological Beasts   This week will draw on the wonderful hybrid creatures that populate so many myths and legends.  Centaurs, chimaeras, and harpies will inspire both paintings and clay sculptures, and we’ll finish the week by creating our own mixed-up characters and the legends behind them.

June 15 - 19   Ch-ch-ch-chia!  Campers will create hollow sculptures with unglazed, textured areas for sprouting chia seeds.  We’ll make animals and trees, and even a self-portrait with chia hair.  Campers will learn how to apply a slurry of chia seeds to their sculptures so that they can start a chia garden when they pick up their finished projects.

June 22 – June 26   Art for the Garden   We will use ceramic and other sculptural materials to make gargoyles, garden gnomes, bird houses and funky planters.

June 29- July 3  Training Your Clay Dragon   Using project ideas inspired by the popular book series, we will create clay heraldry, functional pieces and dragon sculptures.  Kids will gain an understanding of how to construct larger scale clay sculptures and have a lot of fun in the process.

July 6 - 10   Aliens and Robots on the Wheel   Kids will quickly learn how to create basic shapes and pieces on the potter’s wheel and then start fitting them together into fanciful robots and alien organisms.  This week will provide a nice balance of learning new skills on the wheel and playful, creative assembly of parts into a sculptural whole. 

 July 13 – 17    Drawing on Clay   Moist clay makes a very interesting medium for drawing and painting that has both exciting possibilities and peculiar challenges.  We’ll tackle drawing on the curved interior of a bowl, splitting up a drawing over multiple tiles, and the sgraffito technique in which general areas of color are applied with a brush and then details are etched through to the underlying clay.

July 20 – 24    Ninja Clay   Dragon sculptures, ninja masks, teabowls and talismans…kids will spend the week making art projects inspired by fantasy.

July 27 – 31    Clay Lairs and Action Heroes  If you have trouble dragging them out of their virtual world, this might be the camp topic to inspire their artistic side.  We’ll make clay projects based on popular video game characters and the worlds they inhabit.  Think Minecraft and Mario meet pinch and coil!

August 3 - 7   Asian Pottery on the Wheel   The ceramic history of China, Korea and Japan will inspire this week of pot-making exploration.  A variety of hand building, wheel throwing, firing and decorating techniques will be covered. We will learn about stoneware glazing and fire up the Raku kiln on Friday for some crackled and iridescent results.

 August 10 - 14   Turn and Burn  This ceramic survey class will include handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing, as well as outdoor Raku firing.

Teen Camps: Ages 11 – 18
9 am- 1 pm

All Teen Camps -- $140 Tuition + $25 Material Fee (unless otherwise noted)

May 26 – May 29  Totem Pole  After a little background exploration of the symbology and significance of totems in Northwest Coast First Peoples’ culture, we will embark on the creation of our own personal totems.  We will create a new sculpture each day so that by Friday, each camper will have four pieces designed to thread onto a rebar stake.  We will high-fire the pieces to make them durable enough for outdoor display year-round(4 DAY CAMP - Tuition:  $112 + Materials:  $25 = $137)

June 1 - 5   Pottery Around the World: Americas   The amazing diversity of handbuilt ceramic traditions from both North and South America will inspire our creations this week.   We will pinch, coil, paddle, stamp, and apply colored slips to create polychrome designs.  We will even try our hands at traditional pit-firing methods on our last day to produce blackware and pieces with ‘fire clouds’ on their surfaces.   

June 8 - 12   Pottery on the Wheel   Students will learn the basic techniques for making a variety of pottery forms on the potter’s wheel.  The last class will feature a firing extravaganza in our Raku kiln.  

June 15 – 19  Revolutionary Pottery   The potter’s wheel will be center stage this week, but we’ll push the clay creations to new heights by stacking, combining, and altering the thrown forms.  A variety of surface decoration and firing options will be available.

June 22 – June 26   Monster Mash-up: On and Off the Wheel   We’ll take characters from myth and legend and put our own modern twist on them to create witty narrative sculptures.  The class will cover techniques for successful sculpting in clay, surface embellishment, and how to work from quick models to more intricate finished pieces.  For some projects, we will create parts for sculptures using the potter’s wheel. 

June 29- July 3  Training Your Clay Dragon   Using project ideas inspired by the popular book series, we will create clay heraldry, functional pieces and dragon sculptures.  Kids will gain an understanding of how to construct larger scale clay sculptures and have a lot of fun in the process.

July 6 - 10   Old Time String Band  NEW! Music Camp  This week is designed for budding musicians of all ability levels to learn about traditional old time music.  We will learn a new tune each day by ear, explore both rhythm and melody playing, and learn how each instrument adds its own unique flavor to the mix.  Guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, mandolin, and others welcome.  Campers need to provide their own instrument, and please let us know your instrument and ability level when registering.  An optional jam with outside members of the community will be held on Friday evening so that campers can meet new musical friends and apply what they’ve learned to a real live jam session. 

July 13 – 17    All Fired Up   We will spend the entire week making wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces designed to take advantage of the exciting crackled and iridescent glazes of the Raku kiln.  Students will take part in the exciting firing process that involves transferring hot pots to a smoky post-firing reduction vessel.  What kid wouldn’t love this camp?

July 20 – 24    Seussian Pottery   By slowing down the wheels, throwing more loosely, and stacking/assembling pieces, we will create hybrid sculptural vessel forms with the sensibilities of a Dr. Seuss illustration, the surreal qualities of a Dali painting, or the macabre character of a Tim Burton animation.  Our pieces will be experimental and creative, and the emphasis of the class will be on freeing ourselves from expectations of symmetry and “perfection”. 

July 27 – 31    Raku Pottery    American Raku is a firing process that creates exciting crackled and iridescent glaze surfaces by actively manipulating the cooling rate and atmosphere to which the pots are exposed.  In practical terms, that means that we get to pull red hot pots out of the kiln and place them in contact with leaves, sawdust, and other combustibles and then quench them rapidly in water.  We will make pieces both on and off the wheel that are designed to take advantage of the exciting surface qualities Raku firing can impart.

August 3 - 7   Asian Pottery on the Wheel   The ceramic history of China, Korea and Japan will inspire this week of pot-making exploration.  A variety of hand building, wheel throwing, firing and decorating techniques will be covered. We will learn about stoneware glazing and fire up the Raku kiln on Friday for some crackled and iridescent results.

August 10 - 14   Turn and Burn  This ceramic survey class will include handbuilding techniques and wheel throwing, as well as outdoor Raku and stoneware firings.  This camp is ages 7 and up.