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Earthen Pottery  ​-  Summer Day Camp

Days:  Monday - Friday


  • Flexible Drop-off  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
  • Camp hours  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Flexible Pick-up 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • After Camp 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.​​ (pre-registration required, available at check-out, learn more HERE)

Drop-off & Pick-up Location:  Haw Creek Commons, next to Haw Creek Elementary (Google Maps link)

  • Campers will be shuttled via passenger van to our forested camp location at Shope Creek Wilderness.  Vans depart the drop-off area at 9am and return at 3pm.

Tuition:  $295 per child

  • Discounts available and are listed on the main Summer Camp page.
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at registration to secure a spot in camp
  • Campers must arrive each day with a backpack containing lunch, snack, a full water bottle, and outdoor gear appropriate for the weather.
  • Limited partial scholarships available, contact us for more info at

Earthen Pottery

Grades 4-7     July 20-24, 2020

Human beings have been making pottery for over 20,000 years, even longer than we have been farming.  Before anyone used a modern kiln or a pottery wheel, we harvested wild clay from nearby creeks, tempered it with sand, fibers and shells, and formed it into beautiful, functional containers.  Then gathering as a community, we fired those pots under the stars, in an open pit. 

Today, experimental archaeologists study the material culture of our ancestors by making the tools and containers they used on a daily basis.  We can better understand their ancient lives, and in a way a deep part of ourselves, through making vessels like theirs in the manner in which they made them.  In this tactile, experiential week of camp, we'll be getting our hands in the mud and making a number of earthen pottery pieces, including beads, pots and figurines.  On our final day of camp, we'll gather together and fire our pottery the old way - in a wood-fired pit!

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