Classes Offered by the Guild

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*CLASS FULL* Introduction to Clay – Mondays | April 22 – June 3 | 6:30-9:30 pm | $235

Handbuilding with a “taste” of throwing

  • 7 weeks of pottery classes for adults
  • Mondays: 6:30 – 9:30 pm at our studio in the Tett Centre
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Includes everything you need – clay, tools, glaze and firing
  • No access to the studio outside of class time
  • No make-up classes
  • cost – $235.00 includes HST

This introduction to pottery focuses first on handbuilding techniques that are used by expert potters and are relatively easy to master. Handbuilding techniques enable you to have fun and make some good quality pots in a short time. Your projects will vary depending on who is teaching the class.

You will also get a chance to throw and trim pots on the wheel. Your first pot may be a bit “wonky” but you can just have fun with it: don’t set your expectations too high at first. Throwing well requires practice, whereas handbuilding can lead to success more quickly.

Introductory classes include all tools and materials that you will need during class. Introductory students do not have access to the studio outside of class.

Everyone takes this class first at the Kingston Potters’ Guild, unless they have worked with clay before. It is a prerequisite for our other courses.

You can expect to:

  • Learn about the process of going from wet clay to a fired and glazed pot.
  • Learn handbuilding techniques such as pinching, coiling, soft or hard slab construction.
  • Get an introduction to throwing with two classes on the potter’s wheel.
  • Glaze the pots you have made. The teacher will fire them and arrange for you to return after the end of your class to pick them up.
  • Bring home a few small to medium sized glazed and fired pieces after the end of the classes.
  • Have fun and become enthusiastic about working in clay.
  • Develop an appreciation of pots that others make.
  • Class cost includes clay, glaze, firing, and the use of KPG class tools.

As an introductory student, you don’t have access to the studio outside of class time. There are no make-up classes.

After the Introductory Class:

  • some students will go on to our Throwing I class.
  • some students have so much fun with handbuilding that they take the Introductory class a second time.
  • students may also become studio members to continue handbuilding.

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*CLASS FULL* Throwing I and II – Thursdays | May 2 – June 20 | 7 – 10 pm | $250

Prerequisite: Introduction to Clay or equivalent experience with pottery.

  • 8 Week class includes Levels I and II on Thursdays from 7-10 pm
  • access to our studio outside of class time is included, you become a guild member while you take this class
  • glaze and firings are included
  • cost – $250 includes HST : additional costs for clay and tools
  • reduced rate for studio members and glaze and kiln members (contact class coordinator)

These classes are structured around progressing through the cylinder, bowl and plate forms. Repetition of forms is important so that your body will gain the muscle memory needed to make good strong forms that you will find pleasing. it is anything but boring because the basic forms can be altered in many ways to make different functional vessels. Once you have a solid start at throwing basic forms you can progress to more complex forms in our intermediate/advanced courses.

  • In our classes, your teacher will demonstrate and you will practice with coaching; outside of class time you can practise as much as you like in our studio
  • Glaze materials and a limited number of firings are included
  • Our classes are limited to 11 students
  • You will be a student member of the guild with all its benefits while your class is running. This includes having access to the guild studio outside of class time, attendance at Guild meetings and workshops (at member’s rates for workshops), receiving the newsletter and buying your supplies at cost
  • Additional costs:
    • clay purchased from the guild supply room (~$18.00 per 10 kg bag + HST)
    • for your first throwing class you need to buy a basic tool kit from the guild supply room (~$17.00 + HST) or bring your own tools
  • More clay can be purchased from our supply room as needed.
  • Your teacher will fire a limited number of average-sized pieces made during class time only.
  • You can arrange with other Guild members (who are qualified to fire the kilns) to fire pieces you make over and above those made in class time at a small additional cost.

Throwing I – cylinders

  • Cylinders are used to make cups, mugs, pitchers, vases, flower pots, etc.
  • You need to have taken Introduction to Clay or an equivalent class
  • The intention is that you will take this level once, then progress to….. 

Throwing II – bowls and plates

  • You need to have taken Introduction to Clay or an equivalent class
  • It is usually best to take Throwing I first
  • The intention is that you will take this level once, then progress to advanced classes

Note that Throwing I and II are usually offered during the same evening session, with the teacher giving separate demonstrations and individual attention depending on your level.

Proposed classes 2018-19

This is a proposed schedule that may change slightly. You can only register for classes that show on the registration form.

Spring 2019

  • *CLASS FULL* Introduction to Clay – Mondays, April 22 - June 3; 6:30-9:30 pm
  • *CLASS FULL* Throwing I and II – Thursdays, May 2 - June 20: 7 – 10 pm

Fall 2019 (Registration opens in July)

  • Introduction to Clay - Mondays, September 9 - October 21: 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Introduction to Clay - Tuesdays, September 10 - October 22: 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Throwing I and II - Thursdays, September 5 - October October 24: 7-10 pm 

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