Play with Clay

Keely Dakin
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If you've ever wanted to sink your fingers into the smooth coolness of 50 pounds of clay and mould it to your will, this fall you can realize that urge.
"Pottery is endless, totally endless," Linda Erhardt says.

Linda Erhardt, who works as the pottery room technician at the Prince Albert Arts Centre, will also be teaching two classes in hand-building pottery this fall. Making masks is part of the course for both child and adult classes. The above masks have yet to be glazed by their creators.

Erhardt works as the pottery room technician at the Prince Albert Arts Centre and has been teaching clay work for more than 10 years.

This fall she will be instructing two classes, one course for seven to 10 year olds, called Curious About Clay as well as another for adults called, Pottery-Happy Handbuilding.

Erhardt says the last class she taught had a great time, and she expects some of the youth will be coming back for a second session. 

“They were totally excited about clay,” she says. 

Both the adult and children’s course are a mix of project-based classes, where the students can learn specific techniques and skills, such as coiling, hard slab, soft slab and hand-moulding. 

One project which she enjoys teaching is the creation of a mask, as it allows for both skills building and lots of creative experimentation.

“Pottery is endless, totally endless,” Linda Erhardt

“What I think is really important is that they find their own creativity.”

Erhardt’s classes will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 25 for both adult and children’s classes. Registration fees are $100 for adults, plus the cost of clay and $65 for kids with no cost for clay. Each course includes 18 hours of instruction as well as access to the studio outside of class times.  

A total of 13 courses in potter or clay are being offered at the Arts Centre this fall, from hand-building to pottery to glazing and sculpture, as well as special themes for Halloween and Christmas. 

Registration has begun and may be done in person at the Arts Centre.

More than 60 different programs, from painting to theatre, photography and much more, are currently being offered as well.

Organizations: Prince Albert Arts Centre

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