Clayworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of ceramic arts, advancement of artists and students and enrichment of the communities it serves.


  4506 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205




Pinch Pot Animal Sculptures

Program description

Through observation, investigation and discipline, students will create a pinch pot animal demonstrating the use of the materials and principles of design. Students will be able to apply three-dimensional media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas and solve challenging visual art problems. Students will learn the basic ceramic vocabulary when referring to the process of shaping clay objects, use their hands to mold, manipulate and shape the clay into their own unique creation with control. Students will learn how to attach clay together and add colored slip to bring ‘life’ to their animals. The teacher will deliver the project in a way that matches the grade level.  Older students have the skills to create more detailed animals.  Residencies will have the opportunity to use 2 pinch pots to create a closed form for a more sculptural piece.

Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be fired before being returned to the school. The process takes about 3 weeks.

Booking / scheduling contact

Susan Hughes


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Residency, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Flexible dates, contact Clayworks to schedule a session.

Available times:

Flexible – before school program, afterschool and during school hours



Length of program: We will work the the class schedule. Minimum length of time is 45 min and up to 90 minutes.
Space / technical requirements:

Art classroom with tables chairs and water source.




Fees / Ticketing:

Workshop: $300

Residency:  3 days for $800

Price includes all materials needed, firings and delivery of projects


NC Standard Course of Study:

Students will learn mathematical concepts of precision when creating a face jug piece, 21st century skills of reasoning and problem-solving when creating their piece. 21st century content specific skills of global awareness while learning the process; Students will strengthen their speaking and listening skills such as SL1, SL2 and SL3.

NC Essential Standards:

V.2: Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. (B.V.2.1: Understand the role of planning in solving artistic problems, B.V.2.2: Understand the relationships between sensory awareness and artistic expression, B.V.2.3: Create personal, symbolic expression as a means of communication (original, visual language)

V.3: Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately (B.V.3.1: Understand the appropriate and safe use of tools, media, and equipment).

CX.2: Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts (B.CX.2.1: Analyze the contribution of art to the design of consumable goods, products, and services, both historical and contemporary, B.CX.2.3: Analyze the collaborative process in the creation of art, I.CX.2.3: Apply collaborative skills to create art, and P.CX.2.3: Understand the value of collaboration with peers to arrive at effective solutions to artistic problems specifically.)


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

$100 cancellation fee within two weeks of the program (paid for by the school…ASC will not cover this cost)
With written agreement from Clayworks program coordinator (Susan Hughes) and ASC program coordinator (Erin Elliot) program dates and times can be rescheduled after the initial contract is submitted.
Any changes outside of the contract that are not approved by Ms. Hughes and Ms. Elliot (including spontaneous changes of times and length of program) will result in a $50 fee. (paid by the school/teacher…ASC will not cover this cost.) Even if the program still happens.