Ah, New York. So full of creative types — including, it turns out, your kid! If you’ve got a little one more interested in sewing than soccer, pumped for origami not overnights, or way into weaving instead of water sports, check out these summer camps for all kinds of artisans. With the right planning, June, July and August will each offer their own handmade project experience and by the time September rolls around, you’ll have a school year’s worth of unique birthday presents in your closet! Click on through to see our carefully-crafted picks!

For Those Who Like to Throw: La Mano

At La Mano’s Summer Pottery Course in Chelsea, experienced potters teach kids the basics of throwing on the wheel (like Demi Moore in Ghost) and hand building techniques (like pinching, coiling, and slabs). Project ideas are left up to the students and pieces will be fired and ready for pick up 4 weeks later. La Mano is a full service adult pottery studio, too, so by the time camp ends you might be ready to throw a few pots of your own.

What: Summer Pottery Course
Where: La Mano, 110 West 26th St, Chelsea
When: Two-week sessions begin June 22nd, 10a.m.–12p.m.
Ages: 11+
Cost: $300 for each 2 week session, plus $30 Materials Fee (per each session)
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