Summer clay camp to help shape young artists

Hesston College ceramics instructor Hanna Eastin (right) and a student work on a raku firing of ceramics pieces.

Middle school and high school-aged students can expand their creativity and learning with Hesston College’s week-long summer clay camp June 16 to 20 on the Hesston College campus. Hesston College ceramics instructor and local artist Hanna Eastin will lead the camp.

The camp will be a beginner’s level introduction into handbuiling ceramics and raku firing. The projects are designed to begin and advance vocabulary for talking about and understanding ideas in art and finding tools in self-expression.

“Art is an important part of life, a tool for learning how we all relate to each other and a way of seeing the world differently,” said Eastin. “This camp will be an opportunity for local kids to explore and advance clay skills, no matter their current knowledge base.”

Eastin, a local artist known for her clay tile pieces, teaches ceramics classes at Hesston College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Principia College (Elash, Ill.) and did graduate studies in ceramics at Fort Hays (Kan.) State University.

The daily workshops will run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Registration cost is $100 and includes necessary tools, clay, glaze, kiln firings and lunch on Friday.

The camp is limited to 12 participants and registration is due by May 16. To register, contact Hanna Eastin at 316-284-4817 or