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Sunday Studio Visit – birthday parties and beads

It has been freezing here over the past week… we even had snow a couple of days ago!

ClayMotion - snow Ballarat

Though there was no snow today it was still bitterly cold, and I had a birthday party booked into the studio for 2pm this afternoon – it was 5.1C at this time, so luckily I had loaded the up fireplace a few hours earlier to get the studio nice and warm for the party.

The party was for an 8yr old, and are a great healthy and creative alternative to fast food party venues, and saves parents the clean up if the party was at home! We made treasure boxes using the hollowing out method and then the children painted them with coloured slips. The treasure boxes then dry at the studio and I fire them with a clear glaze to make them shiny. The kids had a great time, as did the adults!

More information on parties – for adults and children – can be found on my ClayMotion website.

Making treasure boxes

Making treasure boxes

Finished treasure boxes waiting for painting

Finished treasure boxes waiting for painting

Painting the treasure boxes

Painting the treasure boxes

Birthday Cake!

Birthday Cake!

The party went from 2-4 pm, and once over I let the fire die own and retreated inside my house…. it was way too cold to remain working in the studio, and I didn’t want to keep the fire going when I had one one roaring away in the lounge room.

I then spent the afternoon making some paper beads, again keeping the winter theme! I live on the outskirts of Ballarat, a regional town in central Victoria, Australia, and for the second winter the council has organised a festival called Winterlude and one of the activities includes ice skating in the middle of the CBD. Advertising for this event includes full page spreads in the local paper and it is this advertisement I have used to make my beads.

Winterlude Ballarat

I used a guillotine to slice my paper, some skewers and PVA – yes, it is that simple and the effects are great. I have some paper bead jewellery currently in my ETSY shop and plan to add some more with these beads.

Dawn Whitehand paper beads

I really love the colours achieved with this paper ūüôā

Dawn Whitehand Paper Beads

Well, that’s about it for today…. I hope to catch up again mid week ūüôā

Sunday Studio Visit – Renovations and Birthday Parties

Today in the studio I am putting finishing touches to the new renovations in the studio, and having a kids 11th birthday party!!

I had to extend the studio due to increasing class numbers, and so my partner & I did this over the Easter school holidays. The extension is 99% finished, now it is a matter of re-organising my space, which is also about 99% done. The studio feels so different now, and is such a functional space for both classes and myself.

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We built the extension using mostly recycled materials, which is great, not only for the pocket, but also for the environment – there is so much waste in the world – I love to re-purpose things in my everyday life as much as possible. More pics of the finished studio to come ūüôā

The other happening in the studio today was a birthday party. As well as offering classes and workshops, I also offer birthday parties, corporate teambuilding, school holiday programs and pretty much anything to do with clay!

Birthday parties are always successful and a great alternative to some other sugar filled options. This party was for an 11 year old, and included twelve kids – it was pretty busy and noisy!! We made treasure boxes by hollowing out blocks of clay and painting them with coloured slips.

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And after such a busy day I am now relaxing with a wine!! Oops. but I’m writing a blog post – is that relaxing!?

Dawn Whitehand ClayMotion

Oh well, have a great Sunday evening everyone ūüôā

Children’s Pottery Birthday Parties at ClayMotion

The latest birthday party to be celebrated at ClayMotion studios was for a 7yr old and a group of friends. The girls made ceramic treasure boxes by hollowing out a block of clay and painting them in coloured slips. Balloons, cakes and presents are all part of the fun.

If you live in the Ballarat area or surrounds this is a great alternative to McDonalds parties and other venues that offer junk food and not much else.

The kids have a wonderful time, and have something lasting they can take away with them and feel proud about.

You can check out the details about children’s parties via the ClayMotion website, as well as booking and contact information.

ClayMotion also offer adults and children’s ceramic classes, creative teambuilding workshops, professional development workshops and Mums and Bubs sessions. All details can be found on the website.

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Term One 2012 Ceramics Classes

Term One of the¬†Victorian¬†school year is fast approaching, and I am once¬†again¬†offering adults and children’s ceramic classes.

Classes are held at my studio in Dunnstown, 10 minutes from Ballarat, in a¬†beautiful¬†tranquil country¬†environment. Classes are available for both adults and children’s, and all levels are catered for: everyone working at their own pace.

Handbuilding and wheelthrowing instruction are offered, and advanced interests such as glaze technology or private classes are available.

Information regarding times and costs can be viewed on the ClayMotion website.

Childrens Birthday parties, private tuition and mothers groups also available.

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