Pottery Lessons In Manila!

Clay Ave in Manila is a pottery studio located in 27 Riverview Drive, Blue Ridge B, Quezon City. This year has been busy welcoming new students to the world of pottery.

All students start with The Basics of Hand Building Pottery: Kneading the clay, Pinching, Coiling, Slab Making, and Centering the clay. The Basic course is not ending without letting the students try the potter’s wheel!

I always tell my students to relax their whole body as they take control over the lump of clay. Some get intimidated by the spinning wheel. But once I tell them that they are the ones in control, they start the whole process with so much confidence.

“It looks so easy when you do it!”, “I don’t think I can do this!”, ” I’m scared!” etc. These are just some of the words that I hear at the pottery studio. I always say the same thing whenever I hear comments like these: “Relax, let go, and take control over your clay. We are just playing here. Get your hands dirty with clay first before saying that you can’t do it!” In a second, I can see their hands centering their clay with great confidence and joy.

To those who are working with the potter’s wheel for the very first time, bring extra clothes : ) You will not only get your hands dirty. Your clothes, hair, and face might get dirty with the earthy material too! To those with long hair, make sure that you bring something to tie your hair with.

Make sure to come to the pottery studio with short nails. Feel free to bring your bottled water and a hand towel too! If you are not going home yet after your pottery session, please make sure to bring extra clothes. Sometimes having so much fun in doing pottery means getting really messy!

You can be as young as eight years old or in your senior years. The kick wheel is used by those who are adventurous. Clay Ave also has an electric wheel for kids and adults too!

September is almost over. Slots for October are now open! To reserve a slot, please send an e-mail to clay.ave@gmail.com or contact +632 9665168 or +639178071978. Visit http://clayave.weebly.com to see more details about the muddy workshop!

Clay Ave Private Pottery Party!

Learning Pottery is not confined within the walls of a pottery studio. You can create your own works right in your very own home.

Clay Ave is a pottery studio located in Quezon City. I have a group of students who come on Saturdays. One of them, Sofia,  just turned ten years old. Her mom, Jenifer,  suggests that she throws a private pottery party at their home in Makati City. A first for Clay Ave! All you need is a very sturdy table and chairs! Meterials and pottery tools will all be ready. Just sit back and stay excited as you get your hands dirty with clay! Make pots with friends, relatives, and neighbors!

Mobile Potter, Mia Casal, leaves the pottery studio to teach pottery for the first time. I prepared the kids’ clay a few days earlier. Made sure that pottery tools are ready to come with me. As expected, I arrived an hour earlier. Just enough time to relax and set up the table for the kids.

The first batch had a great time working with clay for the first time. The birthday girl (in red) is definitely having a “Happy Birthday”. Since she’s been coming to Clay Ave for several Saturdays now, she teaches her friends how to pinch their clay. Thanks for the help, Sofia!

Pinching pots is the most basic in Hand Building Pottery. All of the kids’ works look all the same in the beginning. And as soon as I say, “Get creative!” , they all started turning their simple pinched pots into different creative pieces.

Some of them made fruit bowls, flower pots, and animals.

The second batch of kids are eight and nine year olds. Lolita’s friends (Sofia’s sister). They were patiently waiting for their turn and made sure that they have fun like the first batch.

A Birthday celebration isn’t complete without singing “Happy Birthday” and blowing candles. Thank You, Jenifer, for inviting Clay Ave to your home. Sofia and Lolita, thanks for helping me during the demo. I surely had so much fun with you all!

Clay Ave is a pottery destination in Quezon City, for those who are willing to pass through C5, Katipunan, Libis, and other roads that lead to the pottery studio. But Clay Ave is now going mobile! Private Pottery Parties are not only for kids. Adults can have a great time learning pottery with friends and family too!

All pieces are brought back to the pottery on the same day. Glazing will be done at the pottery studio in Quezon City, and the pots will be returned to the host, glazed and ready to be used!

Plan for a unique birthday present for your loved ones. Come to Clay Ave in QC or Clay Ave will come to your home! You can have fun and learn something at the same time. You can be as young as eight years old, or about to celebrate your senior years. Add a unique twist as you celebrate your birthday and as you bring life to a lump of clay!

For more inquiries, please visit http://clayave.weebly.com or send an e-mail to clay.ave@gmail.com