This introduction to throwing on the potter’s wheel for adults is a great chance to try something new, and maybe even ignite a new passion. In this single-session workshop, an instructor will teach the basics of wheel-throwing with no pressure: we’ll learn to centre the clay, open it up and pull walls. Then we’ll learn some decorations and trim excess from the bottom for a finished look. So come unwind with the wheel and let your hands play. Please see bottom of page for questions and answers and use the calendar below to select  time and date for your class.

Learn about pottery wheel throwing

Classes are held:

Wednesday and Friday 5 pm and 7 pm – $113 including tax for two people

Saturday 1 pm, 3 pm – $113 including tax for two people

Saturday 5 pm and 7 pm – $169.50 including tax for two people

Duration 1 hour and 45 minutes. Four wheels are available, and each booking secures two spots.

Payment is due immediately after registering through Interac eTransfer. 

The payment is non-refundable, but can be converted to store credit if you call at least 24 hours before the class to let us know you’re unable to make the appointment. If cancelled with less than 24 hour notice only half the payment can be converted to store credit. If you reschedule and cancel, nothing is converted.

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What’s included in the class?

You’ll make three projects during the 1 hour 45 minute class; the instructor will guide you through the process step by step with the first project, and you’ll work supervised on your own with the second and make something that you’ll love with the third.

When the class is over, each person can choose one item from the three they made to be baked at no charge. Additional items can be baked for $10 each. The baking process makes the items all white and solid and takes one to two weeks.

When the items are baked you can come in to paint them for $15 each for a fun and inexpensive second visit or enjoy them as they are at no charge.

Can children join the class?

We’ll be happy to do an all-children pottery class, but generally this class is intended for adults. Children needs to be taught differently than adults so it’s not optimal to mix. If you’d like to enroll children, please book all four slots.

 

I have long finger nails, can I do wheel throwing?

Kinda, but it will be significantly more difficult as you have to use the knuckles more than the fingertips. It’s kinda possible, but we do not recommend it. We can’t do refunds or compensation if it doesn’t work out for you, sorry. 

Will you fire clay items that I’ve thrown with my own clay on my own wheel?

In some cases, yes. It depends on the circumstances at the time, like what kilns are available, how busy we are etc. There is no refund or compensation if the items break during the firing. If they broke in our kiln, they’d have broken if you’d fired them in your own.

We only do cone 04 clay firings so the clay must be “low fire cone 04” clay. If it is “high fire” clay see below for full kiln pricing. You will need to bring a clear picture of the box the clay came in so we can check the type

For the firing you pay for the space you need. Minimum space is the room taken up by four standard mugs next to each other, which will cost $35. Each additional “mug space” is $10. Tall items may come with extra charges.

A full cone 04 kiln load is $100 so if you have many items, it’ll be most efficient to get a full load. You will load the kiln yourself under supervision. Full kiln firings to higher temperatures is possible with a $50 extra charge. Painting of the fired items is not included the price.

Can I store unfinished clay projects in the studio?

Sorry, it’s not possible for us to store work-in-progress in the studio. If your project is not finished, we’ll wrap it up safely in a box and you take it home where you can finish it before bringing it back for firing.

A clay project dries over the course of a day or so under cover, and if left too long it becomes too dry to work on, so it’s best to take it home to do detail carving etc.