Learn to clay with Kaye Poulton

By Spencer Fowler Steen

Well known Mooroopna ceramic artist Kaye Poulton will be running mug-making classes for children at Shepparton Art Museum next Tuesday.

Mrs Poulton said the youngsters would be making little cups they could take home and use, learning practical skills such as how to pinch, coil and shape clay. She said they would be able decorate their cups using items such as stones, shells and old boat bolts and screws.

“I can see when kids work with clay, they really enjoy using their fingers and hands as equipment,” she said.

“That tactile sense is a very down-to-earth experience that isn’t too technical.

“They can all do something.''

Ceramic art classes: Local artist Kaye Poulton at Shepparton Art Museum.

Mrs Poulton has been working with clay for close to 40 years and is best known for her raku firing process, which produces specific colours in her works.

She said she had played a lot with clay as a child growing up in Eaglehawk, Bendigo, but it wasn’t until she took ceramic classes as an adult that she realised it was her favourite thing to do.

Morning Milos with Kaye Poulton will run on Tuesday, January 21 from 10.30 am to noon at SAM, for kids aged 6 to 12 years.

Visit the Shepparton Art Museum website for more information and tickets.