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Classes Offered by the Guild

Below you'll see a list of the classes currently being offered - the registration button takes you to a form where you can sign up for the class you choose. We now accept etransfers - you'll find details in the registration form. If you have a question about a class or the procedure, please contact Lindsay at 613-544-5772 or by email at

KPG studio members may receive a discount for classes, please get in touch prior to submitting payment for cost (current studio members only).

Introduction to Clay – Mondays | May 4 – June 29 | 6:30-9:30 pm | $250
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Handbuilding and Throwing on the Wheel

  • 8 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 – $250.00 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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Summer Drop-in – Tuesdays | July 7 – August 25 | 7-9 pm | $250
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Summer in the studio

Keep up your skills over the summer, or maybe you’re waiting for a studio membership? Join the “drop-in” this summer and enjoy 8 weeks of studio use plus coaching from our fantastic teachers once a week to help you improve your technique.  Every Tuesday from 7 to 9 you’ll be able to ask questions and show the teacher what you’ve been working on. Otherwise, the studio is available for you to work on your own (there is an arts camp in the third week of August so access to the studio will be limited during the day).

Your cost includes a bisque and a glaze firing. You’ll bring your own clay or buy a bag from the studio. Everyone in the group will get equal space in the firing, so be warned that if you make a dozen bowls you won’t get them all in the kiln. 

  • 8 weeks of access to the studio (limited daytime access in the week of August 13-17)
  • Use your own clay and our class glazes
  • Coaching on Tuesdays: 7-9 pm with three different teachers
  • Previous experience in our studio necessary - Intro or Throwing class
  • Includes one bisque and one glaze firing
  • Cost – $250.00 includes HST

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Advanced Throwing with Patty – Fridays | April 24 – June 12 | 9 am – noon | $250
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Prerequisite: Throwing 1 or equivalent experience.

  • 8 Week class includes Levels 2-3 (small mixed class) on Friday from 9am to noon.
  • 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)

Prepare to take your skills to the next level! Based on class interest, you can expect to make large wheel thrown pieces including platters and casseroles. Teapots are Patty's specialty so you will receive in-depth instruction on creating functional and whimsical teapots. 

  • In our classes, your teacher will demonstrate and you will practice with coaching; outside of class time you can practice 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 (~$20.00 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, up to 2 bags.
  • Your teacher will fire a limited number of average-sized pieces made during class time only.



Throwing I and II with Dan – Thursdays | Apr 30 – Jun 18 | 7 – 10 pm | $250
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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.

Throwing I with Hyla – Tuesdays | May 5 – Jun 23 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm | $250
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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.

Beginner Glaze-making Workshop: Tuesday April 7 | 6:30 - 9:30 pm | $45
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In one three-hour workshop, we'll introduce you mixing up your own glazes. This is a very basic primer to give you the confidence to go beyond commercial glazes. With a focus on safety and simplicity you'll learn how to order supplies, mix test glazes and analyze results. Students must bring an N95 respirator or equivalent (available at most hardware stores).

Proposed classes 2020

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

Spring/Summer 2020

  • Beginner Glaze-making Workshop, Tuesday April 7: 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Introduction to Clay - Mondays, May 4 - June 29: 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Throwing with Hyla - Tuesdays, May 5 - June 23: 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Throwing with Dan - Thursdays, April 30 - June 18: 7-10 pm 
  • Advanced Throwing - Fridays, April 24 - June 12: 9am-noon
  • Summer Drop-In - Tuesdays, July 7 - August 25: 7-9 pm

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