What you'll do
Working with clay is mesmerizing - and challenging. After a tour of the studio guests will don aprons and sit down at their own wheels to "throw" a vase or bowl. We work "hands-on," with each person to insure that you come away with at least on beautiful vessel. You may take the piece home, as is, or (for a small charge) have us to bisque, glaze and high-fire it for you. You may visit the gallery and explore surface decoration; then select your own glaze from more than 40 finishes. Or you may come back for a 2nd (glazing) workshop. Finished pieces can be picked up a few weeks later, or shipped if you prefer. SCULPTING. Some guests (especially children) prefer sculpting or "handbuilding," rather than "throwing on the wheel." In this case, we'll conduct your workshop, in the handbuilding room, and your piece may be finished weeks sooner. Children under 12 may not have the strength or coordination to throw on the wheel. But they LOVE hand-building! Clay IS a Magical Material. Every student is different, and everyone receives individual instruction. You may want to think, in advance, about what you'd like to make. Your only limitation is your imagination!
CLAY IS A MAGICAL MATERIAL, and host, Robin Nahin has been "playing with clay" for more than 40 years. In 2017 she sold her legal business in LA an purchased a home in Ojai with a pottery studio. She now pursues her passion: making hand-made ceramics. She has opened the studio, Firestick Pottery, to other Ojai artists, many of whom show in galleries nationwide. For Air B&B guests, Robin provides 2-hour workshops, a tour of the studio (including a demo by one of the master potters) and the hands-on activity making YOUR OWN clay creation.
chip& dip, nuts or cookie We'll also serve fresh juice or fruit (oranges, peaches, plums, nectarines, pomegranates) when…
clay, wheels, and tools
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Where you'll be
Ojai is a mecca for "seekers," with a history of alternative philosophy, respect for the environment, celebration of the arts. especially ceramics. We have a gallery, a sculpting room, 8 potters wheels, and 4 kilns. Guests are welcome to watch potters as they work, and might even be present for a "kiln opening." The Studio is surrounded by farms and fruit trees. You'll be able to pick oranges, peaches or pomegranates, when they're in season
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 8 guests ages 4 and up can attend.
Children are welcome, but kids under 12 should plan on "handbuilding," rather than throwing on the wheel. They'll be able to sculpt an animal, make a soap dish -- or build a castle!
Play With Clay at a Pottery Studio