Day in Clay

Day in Clay will feature opportunities for children to make hand-crafted items

This weekend, Auburn residents have the chance to mold new artistic skills at the Dean Road Ceramics Studio, which is opening its doors for the 13th annual Day in Clay event.

Both children and adults are welcome to try their hands (and wheels) at ceramics at the studio’s open house.

Starting at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, the event will host three 75-minute sessions, including both a children’s and adult session during each time slot to allow for families to participate simultaneously. All kids ages 5 and up are welcome to participate.

There will be beverages and snacks as well as demonstrations by experienced studio members. 

The adults will be making and glazing a mug. The kids will be making a fish wall pocket that can hold trinkets or a small plant. Participants will be able to pick up their masterpieces between July 30 and August 3. 

At only $10 per ticket, this event is a fun, inexpensive way for community members to visit the full ceramics studio and explore their artistic side. 

As the Art Education Specialist for the city of Auburn, Emillie Dombrowski often sees how many people assume they have no artistic skills without ever trying. This event is perfect for those looking to take a first step toward unveiling their creative side.

“So many people say I’m not crafty or I don’t have a crafty bone in my body,” she said. “I just want to prove them wrong."

Seeing the participants come into the workshop and be proud of their art is Dombrowski’s ultimate hope. It’s the reason this event has been going on for so many years. Participants love watching experienced artists demonstrate skills and then attempting to replicate them on their own. 

Often, the participants are surprised by their own ability. 

Aside from just personal growth, this event reaches further as it gives exposure to the ceramics studio and all that it provides the community throughout the year. 

Dombrowski personally likes this event because it is a chance to showcase a little known spot of Auburn Parks and Recreation. There is something here to do for everyone. She explained how much this studio has to offer in the form of classes and camps throughout the year, calling this center a “hidden gem.”

During the fall, the ceramics studio will offer a number of hands-on classes, including hand building, wheel throwing, and even a dinnerware set class. At $160, these classes include all equipment and materials for the whole eight weeks.

Before dedicating yourself to eight weeks of ceramics, the Day in Clay event is a great way for adults and kids to get a feel for clay work.

No artistic skill is needed for this event, but Dombrowski offers a word of advice

“Know that your clothes are going to get kind of dirty so don’t wear your best outfit,” she said.

Online registration is open at auburnal.myrec.com. There will be no walk-ins on Saturday; however, patrons are welcome to come enjoy the refreshments and observe the artists in work. 

The Dean Road Ceramics Studio, located at 307 S. Dean Road, is excited for another year of this beloved community event and hopes to see many eager faces.  

“Just come get your hands in some clay and we can’t wait to share the studio with you," said Dombrowski.

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