What is it?

An opportunity to provide your child with a unique summer experience exploring what it's like to work with clay and build lifelong treasures.

Inclusions

  • 9 am - 4 pm programming
  • Many stoneware pottery pieces! 
  • All clay, glaze, and kiln firings 
  • Outdoor activities
  • Pizza lunch on Friday 
  • A burgundy ZEAL apron!
  • Pottery showcase for parents and family on Saturday, October 5 from 10 – 11 am
  • Extended hours available for additional fee
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Weeks & daily themes

Monday: Seaside
Tuesday: Wildlife
Wednesday: Fairy
Thursday: Space
Friday: Carnival

  • Dates & times

    Week one: August 12 – 16
    Week two:
    August 19 – 23

    Time: 9 AM – 4 PM
    For an additional fee, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Your creations

    • Seahorse wall hanging
    • Sea monster figurine
    • Turtle cup 
    • Snake ramekin
    • Fairy house 
    • Butterfly magnet
    • Solar system plate 
    • Robot planter
    • Clown pants mug 
    • Circus vase
  • What to bring

    • Refillable water bottle
    • Nut-free lunch and two snacks per day
      (except Friday we'll order pizza for lunch)
    • Active footwear
    • Clothing that can get messy
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug spray
    • Rain jacket
    • Extra clothing / layers
    • Hat
  • Pottery showcase

    ZEAL will display all camp work from both groups during a special pottery showcase for parents and family members on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Afterwards, you can take your pieces home!

Example programming: Seaside day

8:30 AM Early drop off*

9:00 AM Drop-off & activity 
Start the day with an exhilarating treasure hunt that will spark your curiosity and sense of adventure!

9:30 AM Hand-building: Seahorse wall hanging - Part I
Unleash your artistic talents by creating a beautiful sea horse wall hanging using slab-rolling techniques.

10:30 AM Morning snack
No need to get hangry at this camp!

10:45 AM Outdoor game
Make like you’re seaweed and try out ocean-limbo! 

11:00 AM Hand-building: Seahorse wall hanging - Part II
Complete glaze layers 

11:30 AM Outdoor game
Octopus tag is perfect for some fun under the sun!

12:00 PM Packed lunch
Enjoy your packed lunch to refuel and recharge for the afternoon activities.

1:00 PM Hand-building: Sea monster figurine - Part I
Channel your inner artist again as you coil and sculpt a majestic sea dragon figurine.

2:30 PM Afternoon snack 
Munch munch

3:00 PM Hand-building: Sea monster figurine - Part II
Complete glaze layers 

3:30 PM Team cleanup
Work together with your campmates to tidy up and learn the importance of teamwork and responsibility.

4:00 PM Pick-up
End the day with fond memories and new friends, ready to share your amazing creations and adventures with your family!

4:30 PM Late pick-up*

*Additional fees apply

Example piece in the making

  • Courtney Symons on professionalism

    Kate is a dream to work with in any professional capacity. Her dedication to detail, non-stop creativity, and general zeal for life sets her leagues apart from her peers. She is reliable, hard-working, and so much fun. If you get the chance to be in her orbit, take it! You'll be glad you did.

  • Erin Gagné on pottery lessons

    My teenage daughter and I have taken several semi and private lessons with Kate at ZEAL. Kate is an excellent teacher and kind human. She took the time to explain the process, and answer questions. She has the patience of a goddess. I highly recommend ZEAL!

  • Emma Jackson on community

    I can’t think of anyone better suited to run a kid’s camp than Kate, who has somehow managed to retain that magical and enviable enthusiasm of youth. Time and again I’ve witnessed our kids gravitate to Kate’s unwavering optimism and energy. She clearly delights in meeting and working with people of all ages, lifting up her peers and giving back to the community. You’ll never regret working with Kate, and you may even come away with a bit more zeal yourself.

  • Kendra Begley on working together

    Working with Kate at the kids' Karate camp she ran was an absolute pleasure. Her organization skills ensured smooth operations daily, while her creativity brought fun and engaging activities to the campers. Kate's reliability and trustworthiness made her a standout leader, creating a positive and safe environment for everyone involved.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of attending a pottery camp?

Pottery camps teach artistic skills and foster creativity, patience, and fine motor skills. They provide a hands-on learning experience that encourages self-expression and boosts confidence in children.

What will my child learn at this pottery camp?

Children will learn the basics of pottery, including hand-building techniques (coil, slab, pinch) and glazing techniques.

Do children need any prior experience with pottery?

No prior experience is usually required. Pottery camps are designed to cater to beginners and those with some experience who want to improve their skills.

Are pottery camps safe for children?

Pottery camps prioritize safety, and instructors teach children how to safely handle clay and pottery tools.

Why are there no daily sign-up options? 

For a couple of reasons! The first is that there are many skills to build upon when learning hand-building techniques, and with attendance changing daily, there would be a lot of repeat information. The second is that I’d like a cohort of kids to get to know each other so that by the end of the week, they feel like it’s been worthwhile making new friends!

Do you charge taxes on top of the $400 weekly rate? 

Not for this year.  

What if my child has a food allergy? 

Parents are being asked to pack nut-free lunches from Monday to Thursday. If your child has other allergies that may be a concern, please email kate@zealcreativestudios.com and we can work together on a solution so everyone stays safe! On Friday, ZEAL will be providing lunch with cheese and pepperoni pizza. 

Can parents observe or participate in pottery camps?

Due to space limitations, parents cannot observe or participate in the camp.

ZEAL will display the children’s work from both cohorts during a special pottery showcase for parents and family members on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. Afterwards, you can take your pieces home!

Do you offer refunds if my child cannot attend a camp day?

No. There are no refunds available. The week of camp is paid for in full to secure your spot, purchase materials, hire staff, etc. If your child cannot attend a particular day (e.g., family emergency, illness, etc.), a ZEAL staff member will fill in and make them their pottery creations! 

Can I transfer a week of camp to another child?

Yes. Up to 48 hours before the start of a camp week, you can transfer your spot to another child if something comes up and you cannot attend. Please note: ZEAL is not responsible for facilitating the transfer. 

What are your facilities like?

Our property is on 2.2 acres just outside of Kemptville. There is a barn, which the children will not be able to go into. The pottery studio is newly in our out-building. This building has no running water; we use a hose and buckets for all pottery-related activities. The space isn't insulated yet, so bringing extra layers is key. Washroom facilities will be rented for the duration of camp. There is a trampoline with a safety enclosure, which may be incorporated into outdoor activities, pending parent/guardian permission.

Where are you located?

10055 French Settlement Road, Kemptville, ON, K0G 1J0

Will parents/guardians need to sign a waiver?

Yes. This will be sent out separately from your purchase.

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It would be so kind if you could print one of these posters and put it up at your place of work or a community board that you frequently see around Kemptville or neighbouring towns.

With zeal,
Kate

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