Kids get creative with clay at Mattapoisett’s Art Lab

Feb 7, 2019

MATTAPOISETT — Here by popular request: a new clay class at the Children’s Art Lab.

Art Lab Director Benares Angeley said the class was inspired because “I have lots of parents that have asked for clay classes.”

She added that she had hired the class’ instructor Niki Winning originally as a drawing instructor.

“I mentioned I was looking for someone to teach clay, in an ‘if you know anyone’ way and she was like ‘I’m actually a ceramics instructor,’” Angeley recounted.

Winning is currently in graduate school for ceramics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The enrollment in the first session of the class has been small, but enthusiastic. 

“The students love it. This first one is kind of a small class, with only three kids, but I’ve been hearing great things from the parents and the kids,” Angeley said.

The class, which is for students 7 to 12 years old, will run for five weeks. This session focuses on places that the young artists have travelled, and making “Adventure” boxes to store travel keepsakes.

At the conclusion of this session, Winning will start up another five week session.

Students will exhibit their work at an art show in New Bedford on the second Thursday of May as part of its AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) night. The art show will feature works from various Art Lab classes.

Parents who are interested in enrolling their children in the next session of the ceramics class can register on the Art Lab’s website: