Clay To Go
ClayToGo and the ClayMobile
The ClayMobile is a mobile clay studio, to take the experience and delight of working with clay out on the road. The colorful 15-foot truck carries all the basic materials and tools needed for the following ClayToGo activities, all at your facility. All activities are taught by professional artists.
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- An engaging and immediate way to convey the rewards of clay as an art medium, as an artist turns wet lumps of clay into beautiful pots
- Designed as a short introduction to the raw materials and firing methods needed to make clay pots, that fits easily into limited time periods
- Short (2- to 3-hour) hands-on introduction to the rewards of making art
- Learn basic handbuilding and glazing techniques
- Make mugs, bowls, plates, vases, treasure boxes, whistles, animal sculptures, or birdhouses – or objects not yet dreamed of. (Projects take into consideration age, ability, and interest.)
- Long-term, multi-week (from 3 to 6 weeks) residencies in schools and other organizations with up to 300 students or other participants; each residency designed in cooperation with the residency site to meet its particular needs.
- May be multi-disciplinary, linking clay classes to curricula in other subject areas (math, science, social studies, etc.), and can supplement existing art classes
- Usually include in-service training sessions for teachers to learn how clay can be used to teach academic ideas, and a tour of the Clay Center during the residency (if within time and budget constraints)
- Provide opportunities for children to learn an accessible and rewarding art form; successful residency experiences can have a positive effect on children’s performance in other areas
Scheduling and PricesFor more information about scheduling and prices for various activities, please call 612.339.8007.
A Typical School Outreach Residency(assumes up to 200 students or 8 classes of 25)
- 5 contact hours per class over a 4 – 6-week period, in which students create one to two small projects and learn basic handbuilding and glazing techniques
- 2 – 3-hour in-service training session for participating faculty and parent volunteers
- Student and faculty tour of the Clay Center, to see the exhibition and sales galleries, artists’ studios, kiln and classroom areas, and a potter’s wheel demonstration
PartnersTypically, a parent volunteer or school representative contacts the Clay Center about our ClayToGo program. If the outreach schedule and availability of funding permit, the residency begins to take shape.
The school is responsible for providing the following:
- A minimum of 2 contact people at the school; a faculty member, principal or maintenance person are all recommended
- A residency schedule for each of the participating classes
- Assistance with the specific design of the project
- Parent volunteers and faculty to be present for each hour of the residency
- Scheduling of field trip and busses to the Clay Center
- A central location for the residency
- Tables or flat surface and seating for each student
- Access to water for clean-up
- Storage for in-progress projects (typically 200); the ClayMobile carts measure 32"x62" and 25"x65"x41"
- Handicap access to both the building and central location
- All clay, glazes, tools, and firing facilities
- Assistance with project development and scheduling
- Transportation of all materials, equipment and projects to and from the school
- A qualified instructor who is also a professional artist
FeesResidency fees depend on the type of project selected, the number of student participants, and the length and location of the residency.
- Total cost of a typical school outreach residency is $4,000
- The cost of a typical residency to the participating school is between $100 to $2,000
- The Clay Center will work with schools to raise funds to help subsidize costs
Thanks To ClayToGo Funders
Arts in Education, Minnesota State Arts Board
Arts and Learning, Minnesota State Arts Board
COMPAS School Arts Fund
Travelers' Arts & Diversity Employee Committee
Walter McCarthy and Clara Ueland through the Greystone Foundation
Ken Olson Memorial Fund
RBC Foundation USA
The Wallace Foundation
This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. In addition, this activity is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.