Thanks to the preponderance of electronic devices, any child born in the last two decades has an inherent talent for creativity and aptitude for working with their hands. If you would like them to apply this talent to something that does not involve some manner of smartphone or tablet, Orange County has a significant and wide variety of artistic options. Find any of these private pottery studios, instructional painting parties and specialized ceramics classes in your area.
2610 S. Halladay St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Master the fun and creative process of creating ceramic art at “Orange County’s Premiere Ceramic Studio.” Learn design, throwing, shaping, glazing, techniques and styles with the help of talented artists. Thursday and Friday After-School sessions are available, as well as Saturday kids classes. Classes are exceptional, thus popular. It is recommended that you call or preregister online to save your little one a space. You are also welcome to drop in to the 5,400-square-foot studio anytime to explore and shape your own creative ideas.
The Ceramics Studio
31878 Del Obispo St., Suite 106
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Come “Play with Clay” is this studio’s mantra. The Ceramics Studio classes really are like playtime. You and the kids will have so much fun throwing, sculpting and painting that you’ll hardly realize you’re learning. There are wholly original and creative class activities for families with toddlers. Studio instructors read popular and entertaining stories to the class and then work with you and the kids to recreate one of the characters. You then learn how to glaze your own figure, and get to keep it once it’s fired.
Color Me Mine
260 W. Birch St., Suite 5
Brea, CA 92821
Select from over 400 different ceramic items, from plates, to picture frames, to piggy banks and cookie jars. Create your own original keepsake. You pick it and paint it however you like: individually, with family and friends or as part of a special group. Color Me Mine classes are tailored to your child’s and group’s particular needs. Learn how to paint a masterpiece, or simply draw straight lines. Want to turn a hump of clay into a working fountain? Color Me Mine has a class for it.
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Hidden Talents Ceramic Studio
16917 Algonquin St., Suite E
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Creative fun for all ages, organize your own ceramic design party or stop in and craft anytime. Bring your friends and enthusiasm and Hidden Talents will provide the rest: paint, guidance, firing and studio time. Want to host a ceramics class or designing event? Hidden Talents will bring its creativity to you. Dedicated instructors will travel to your classroom, Temple, church, park-side party or even your private residence. Ceramic camps run all summer long. You will want to sign your little artist up now to ensure a spot. Studio staff is also available to host private parties or assist you for a creative fundraiser.
Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604
Say your child would like to glaze a ceramic pot while also learning a little about the artistic process, and perhaps even a little about themselves. Place your budding artist’s talents into the capable hands of the professionals of the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Studio classes are available in a variety of media, for children of any age. From early childhood, to teen and whole family programs, learn and grow in a wholly creative environment designed to produce more than a few brightly colored mementos.
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