Little Creatives with Big Ideas: A pottery class for children with karoArt

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What better way to spend a school holiday afternoon with the wind blustering outside than in the warm, calm and colourfully creative haven of the karoArt studio in Harold's Cross Dublin?

On a recent Friday afternoon my son joined karoArt founder Karolina Grudniewska (the Karo in karoArt) for a two hour pottery class where the children were given the skills, tips and, crucially, the artistic freedom to create some some unique works of clay art.

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When we visited her workshop (which is located at the back of her shop) there were children there of varying ages and skill levels. For my son it was his first time to use clay for firing although he has used air dough and air-drying clay in the past.

The clay's tactile nature and malleability, as well as Karo's calm and easy-to-understand approach to instruction, meant that he picked up the process quickly while choosing to complete a simple plate design and opting to use a painting technique to create two decorative plates as gifts in a two hour period.

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Karo showed him how to place the clay on paper to prevent it sticking, how to smoothen the clay before cutting the desired shape and then smoothing the edges. She then explained the process of painting on clay using liquid slips (essentially watery, coloured clay) and how the colours would change in the firing process - a new and interesting idea for my son.

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Leaving those with the confidence to proceed of their own accord, Karo was always on hand to offer suggestions and tips as well as design ideas or solutions, while at the same time allowing the children to explore their own creativity without undue interruption or influence.

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"I liked how I could do whatever I wanted and design my plate the way I wanted it to be," said Rohan (7). "Karo was very nice and is very calm when something goes wrong. She explained things easily and she told us about how the colours will change when our things are fired."

Elliot Conran Jones was also in attendance with his brother Harvey - the siblings' third visit to the karoArt studio. A creative pair, they often engage in drawing, painting and other creative pursuits at home according to their Mum.

"The clay makes your hands feel dry," said Elliot who managed to make four bowls decorated with a lively splash technique in the two hour period. "But it's easy to use and fun to do. I prefer it to playing computer games as you feel you have more control over what you are doing."

Elliot's brother Harvey had created an impressive jug design complete with dragon embellishment and mark making techniques during the two hour class and said he loved learning new skills and the active nature of making with clay.

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Karolina runs workshops for both adults and children on a regular basis - from short two hour kids' classes during the school holidays to full weekend workshops and weekly classes for adults. For more information go to the Experiences section of this website for updates.

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