Auburn residents will have the chance to get their hands dirty and create their own work of art on Saturday when the Dean Road Ceramics Studio hosts Day in Clay, an open house that will feature demonstrations and offer workshops for both beginners and the experienced.
“We’re going to pull out our wheels; we’re going to have demonstrations in the gym; we’re going to have the opportunity to put your hands on the wheel and try it yourself,” said Emillie Dombrowski, arts education specialist for the city of Auburn.
Day in Clay will include workshops for both adults and children from 1 to 3 p.m., with a new workshop for both groups starting at the top of each hour. The adult project is a wall hanging ceramic planter, while the children will work on either a cat or dog sculpture.
The event will allow residents to take in what the Ceramics Studio has to offer and to gauge whether they’re interested in attending classes during the fall.
“Some people are curious about it. They don’t know if they’re really going to like it,” said Dombrowski. “They don’t want to sign up for a six-week course; they just want to come and try one project and kind of get their hands wet and see if they enjoy it. It’s a way to try it before you commit or invest in an art like ceramics.”
Dombrowski said she enjoys working with the wheel, but prefers hand-building when dealing with clay.
“Hand building is where I’m comfortable and I can really relax,” she said. “That’s just rolling out a slab of clay and forming it around objects and some sculpture and building it just with your hands and with tools. But you don’t have that wheel in front of you.
“It’s really relaxing to sit and work on one piece, and you can take your time on the details, and that part for me is really relaxing.”
Day in Clay will feature both the wheel and hand-building demonstrations.
“This is new this year: You’ll actually have the opportunity to put your hands on the wheel and see how it feels,” she said. “I will be the first person to tell you it looks really easy, and it’s not.”
The workshops for children will allow them to take home a memento of the experience.
“It’s so funny how we all have something out of ceramic or something out of clay that we made as a kid,” Dombrowski said. “And we all still have it somewhere.”
The cost for either the adult or kid’s project is $10, and pre-registration is preferred as there are a limited number of walk-in spots available.
Those wishing to attend may pre-register in person at the Harris Center before the end of the day Thursday. All of the money raised will go toward the Ceramics Studio. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dean Road Recreation Center.