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Scout Workshops

Girl-Scout-TroopThank you so much for your interest in having a Scouting Pottery workshop at AMOCA! Scouting workshops are handled by AMOCA’s education coordinator, Angie Reyes. To schedule a workshop for your troop, please email her at

The cost for each scout is $10 for a three hour workshop and includes the following:

  • Museum admission with a field guide and docent led tour
  • Collection Manager Talk about historical pottery. Scouts will get a chance to see pottery up close
  • A chance to make a hand-built pot or a sculpture
  • Glazing and Firing
  • Artist demonstration on the wheel

At the end of the day, the scouts should have their worksheets completed and be able to receive their merit badge. If your troop or organization has specific merit badge requirements beyond those covered here, we will work with you to create a workshop that meets them.

One of the great advantages to earning your badge in our studio is that you’ll be able to see how we handle our pottery and sculpture. We’ll take a tour and discuss how moist clay is stored, how used clay is reclaimed, how wedging improves the clay, and how work in progress is stored at different stages of the drying process. Stages such as leather hard, bone dry, bisque and glaze ware will be discussed.

Another great thing about visiting the studio is the opportunity for students to learn about different firing methods available at this location. Scouts will have the opportunity to see the insides of the kilns, discuss how they work, and probably see one in action. Scouts can also learn what glazes are made from, and what happens to them in the kiln.

Then we’ll demonstrate or discuss most of the major glazing techniques: dipping, pouring, spraying, painting and sponging.

Please be advised that you must sign up at least two weeks in advance and pay before the workshop in order to have supplies purchased. Glazing will take place in another session.

Badges are not sold at the museum.

Girl-ScoutAvailable Projects:

  • Piggy Banks – All Ages
  • Fish – All Ages
  • Teapot – Ages 8-9
  • Lantern – Ages 10-12
  • Sasumi Tray – Ages 5-7
  • Greek Vase – Ages 8-9
  • Persian Tile – All Ages
  • Jar – Ages 10-12
  • Jewelry Box – Ages 8-9

Open Scouting Days – Next Scouting Day: December 7, 2013

girl-scout-workshopWe offer periodic “Open” scouting days for individual scouts or smaller troops to work on their Ceramics badges. We will begin in the museum discussion the current exhibit.

Afterwards we will move down into the studio and discuss clay: how it was formed and its unique characteristics and historical uses.

Pinch pots will be demonstrated and each scout will be able to make one, stretching the clay and discovering limits of form and texture. The traditional coil method will be demonstrated, and then each scout will experiment with this forming technique. Slab construction will be demonstrated, rolling out the slabs with a rolling pin and discussing how our slab roller works.

Throwing on the potter’s wheel will be demonstrated and discussed with the group.

Scouting Day Instructors

GracePretoriusGrace Pretorius, BA Art History

Grace Pretorius received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from UC Riverside, and has been working in the ceramic arts for six years. Originally trained at San Bernardino Valley College, she works in mixed medias, both utilizing wheel-throwing and hand building techniques. Grace believes that art should be accessible to everyone and works to make every class interesting and enriching.

higaErina Higa, MA Education, BA Art

Erina Higa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master’s degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She holds teaching credentials in both Elementary Education and Art. She has worked in public education since 1997 and has been working in the ceramic arts for 10 years. Erina received her first experiences in clay in 1995 at Chaffey College and studied under Crispin Gonzalez and Karen Sullivan. Her first exhibition was titled “Manos en Tierra” in the Arts Colony in downtown Pomona in 1997. She currently teaches ceramics at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, CA.