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Create with Clay

The Create with Clay ceramics program was established at Lietz in 2004. Ceramics fosters a myriad of
skills including ingenuity, innovation, planning, problem-solving, coordination, creativity and critical
thinking. Students in all grades learn the basic skills of forming and glazing clay to create two or three
projects annually. Projects are showcased during the annual Art Show. Create With Clay is generously
funded by the Home and School Club.
Create with Clay is run entirely by volunteers.  Each classroom needs helpers to assist and supervise,
and at least 1 trained lead volunteer, known as the Docent, who chooses projects, sets dates, and
demonstrates for the class. Each project takes 2 class periods of about an hour each, plus preparation
and clean up. The Create with Clay committee stocks all of the necessary supplies and does all of the
firing of the clay for the program.  The Clay Committee is also recruiting volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, you don’t have to be experienced in clay or an artist! The Clay
Committee leads interactive trainings every Fall to train new and returning Docents, Helpers, and even
Teachers. Once trained, participants are able to be Docents from that year on. Please contact your
child's teacher if you are interested in volunteering for this program. Check the Lietz Event Calendar for
training dates, or contact the Clay Committee for more information at

The Clay Program is always in need of newspaper and clean, small plastic (yogurt size) cups for glazing
(painting) projects. There are marked bins for each back by the kilns, and periodically a collection box in
the office. We can also use gently-used paint brushes and round biscuit or cookie cutters. Email the
Committee if you’d like to arrange a pick-up.

The Fall 2018 Clay Trainings for adult volunteers will be at 6:00 pm in the Lietz Cafeteria on:

Friday, October 5 (covering general guidelines and forming) AND

Friday, October 26th (covering glazing).

Both trainings are required to be a class Docent.

Questions?  Please contact  Thank you.