Clay Classes and Field Trips for Kids

Danielle McDaniel~The Clay Lady® is best known since 1982 for a clay teaching program in the schools of Middle Tennessee. She has dedicated her life to the transformative power of art by teaching clay to hundreds of thousands of children and ensuring clay would be taught in the classroom by educating art teachers The Clay Lady Way, a teaching modality for art teachers nationally.

Our Clay Classes are a perfect treat for kids of all ages. Our potter’s wheel classes are for kids eight years old and up! Children five years old and under should bring their adult. Families are welcome!

Field Trips on The Clay Lady’s Campus

Field Trips include a hands-on workshop with The Clay Lady in The Studio to make, paint, and finish a clay project as well as a pottery wheel demo, a tour of Mid-South Ceramics and The Artist Co-op & Galleries.
We have schedules and accommodations for groups of 25-130 seeking an educational and creative experience. Fee includes all instruction, supplies, glazing and firing. $8 per artist (25 artists/$200 minimum…no maximum). We book 12 months in advance. Projects are fired and ready for pick-up two weeks after the field trip.

Call (615) 242-0346 to book a field trip. 


Clay Days with The Clay Lady

“Take what you think. Take what you feel. Mix it all up, and make something real.” Danielle~The Clay Lady

Since 1982, this motto has been repeated by The Clay Lady and her students in every class and workshop. Spend time in The Studio with The Clay Lady and make a clay project this summer:

  • Saturday, March 21, 10:00am-12:00pm, Pottery Wheel (8 and up)…$50
  • Thursday, June 11, 10:00-11:30am, Fruit Bowl…$10 each
  • Thursday, June 11, 12:30-2:30pm, Pottery Wheel (8 and up)…$50 each
  • Thursday, June 18, 10:00-11:30am, Cat Birdfeeder…$10 each
  • Thursday, July 9, 10:00-11:30am, Flower Pot…$10 each
  • Thursday, July 9, 12:30-2:30pm, Pottery Wheel (8 and up)…$50 each
  • Thursday, July 16, 10:00-11:30am, Turtle…$10 each
  • Thursday, July 16, 12:30-2:30pm, Pottery Wheel…$50 each

“I would like to thank all of our new friends at The Clay Lady’s Campus. My five-year-old daughter and I had a very memorable and wonderful visit today. As soon as we walked in the door, we were flooded with a warm welcome and a heightened inspiration for all the beauty in the world hidden in this majestic place.” – Randi


Family Clay Classes

Mom & Me Pottery Wheel Workshop for Families with Danielle~The Clay Lady, Saturday, May 9, 2:00-4:00…$45 per person. Enjoy a family-filled day learning how to throw on the pottery wheel with Danielle~The Clay Lady. No experience needed. This class is for ages 5-95, for mothers and children young and old.

Dad and Me Making Clay Monsters with Danielle~The Clay Lady, Saturday, June 20, 9:00-11:00…$15 each. Fathers and their kids work together to make a collaborative clay monster. Ages 5 and up.