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Science of Pottery and Glass

The unique minerals of the Black Hills region provide the perfect ingredients to form colorful pottery and glasses. This summer day camp provides high school students with a novel experience to learn about the science behind the creation of pottery (ceramics) and glasses through hands-on laboratory activities using Black Hills minerals. The experiences in this camp will inspire students to better understand mineral resources and how utilize them to create functional materials. Topics covered in the camp will include:

  • Color Theory (learn the science and art of using color)
  • Clay-body Formation (create your own clay recipe)
  • Clay-body Processing (learn pottery techniques such as pinch pots, coil pots, throwing pottery)
  • Glaze Creation (learn glaze recipe chemistry)
  • Glass Forming (conduct glass fusing and torch-work)
  • Characterization (conduct scanning electron microscopy)

    All prospective campers must complete the following items before their summer camp application will be complete.

    1. Submit the online registration
    2. Complete student statement
    3. Submit waivers

    Please note that this camp requires acceptance through a faculty review process. The review will take place in April and students will be notified of their admission decision on April 17, 2023.

    Cancellation Policy:

    This is a free camp – For the benefit of other students that may be on the waitlist, please notify Brittani Webb at Brittani.Webb@sdsmt.edu or 605-394-6144of camper cancellation.

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    2022-2023 Grades: 9th -12th
    July 10 -13, 2023

    • Day Camp 9 AM - 3 PM
    • Lunch is provided
    • Registration 8:30 AM Monday July 10
    • Parent Reception Thursday 1 PM
    • For more information

      Contact Admissions
      (605) 394-6144 

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