DESIGN MUSEUM ACADEMY Young people workshop

Design Camp: Create in Clay for 11 to 14 year olds

After a visit to our Ai Weiwei: Making Sense exhibition, this workshop will take you to an immersive pottery experience to try various techniques and enjoy a day of hands-on exploration of clay, from creating pinch pots to wheel throwing and crafting tools.

Suitable for young people aged 11– 14.

What to expect

This workshop will introduce young people to the concept of repetition and make and break in the clay design process. They will also gain an insight into the clay making process and learn to understand the creative process of collaboration

Starting with the physical process of preparing clay to making pinch pots into functional whistles and having a go on a potter’s wheel, participants will discover the powerful creative experience of making without fear or failure.

What they will learn:

  • Hand building techniques

  • Slip decorating

  • Toll making

  • How to centre on the potter’s wheel

Please note that all equipment, materials and light refreshments will be provided for the duration of the session, but you must bring a packed lunch.


Auriol Herford

Herford created Kite Studios in 2005 with a vision – to offer a creative oasis for all. She teaches adults and children, highly trained artists and people with special needs, at school and in the studio. The process of making is what fascinates Herford, who is driven by finding new ways to enable people of all ages, needs and abilities to come on board and engage in that process with her.

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Booking information

Young person: £70
Young person early bird: £64
Members: £50
Members early bird: £51

This workshop is suitable for young people aged 11– 14 who are at a beginner level.

Early bird tickets are available until 14 May.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

Related exhibition

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

The artist's first exhibition focusing on design will mix recent works with commissioned pieces inviting us into a meditation on value and humanity, art and activism.

What's On

Other Design Camps

Learn more about our programme of activities designed for young people to get creative.

Images by Tomas Daugirdas.