Archaeologists examine ancient pottery to identify a culture’s preferred cooking methods and to determine which of its members was the World’s Greatest Dad. Make timeless memories with today’s Groupon to KC Clay Guild. Choose between the following options:
- For $75, you get a four-week adult class (a $170 value).
- For $125, you get an adult clay party for up to 10 (a $250 value).<p>
A volunteer-run ceramic cooperative, KC Clay Guild invites intrepid earth molders to partake in an enthusiastic clay-working environment. During four sessions, the adult class encourages beginner or intermediate mudslingers to practice the crafts of hand-building or throwing on potting wheels, culminating in practical creations such as tableware or bicycle helmets. Twenty-five pounds of provided clay accompany fledgling potters in the instructional three-hour classes, and students are invited to return for individual studio time to prepare pieces for firing.
A group of up to 10 brown thumbs comes together for the clay party, and soaks up instruction in the earthen craft from one of KC Clay Guild’s member-artists. Groups share a 25-pound bag of clay and choose from more than 20 glazes to accent the fruits of their hand-building or throwing labors (hand-building is recommended to ensure a finished piece by the end of the class). Afterwards, newly made pots are whisked away to be bisqued, and can be picked up in approximately two weeks’ time. Party people are encouraged to bring food and drink to fuel late-night sessions of speed-potting as they mold malleable mud into chalices or experiment with the centrifugal forces of a throwing wheel.
KC Clay Guild
In 1988, potter Michael Smith invited a small group of peers to his home to share ideas and further explore the art of clay manipulation. After just a few meetings, the group quickly grew to include around 70 craftspeople, who started meeting at the Kansas City Art Institute instead of inside Smith's giant conch shell. These regular get-togethers laid the groundwork for the initial incarnation of KC Clay Guild, a place where artists could socialize, buy materials in bulk, and learn from one another.
Now, the volunteer-run co-op is even larger. It occupies its own facility and has vastly expanded the number of services it provides. Amidst the changes, KC Clay Guild has remained true to its initial goals, guided by a mission statement to support the clay community. Artists of all skill levels enroll in classes that cover an array of techniques, such as wheel throwing, hand building, and slip casting. Members take part in regular meetings, open-studio time, and monthly shows, and visiting artists stop by to lead workshops and repair their ceramic automobiles. The guild even offers a scholarship to high-school seniors and hosts birthday parties, team-building exercises, and family-fun nights for casual potters.
200 W 74th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64114