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Classes Offered by the Guild

SPRING/SUMMER 2021 CLASSES ARE FULL.  IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST FOR ANY CLASS PLEASE USE THE REGISTRATION FORM. DO NOT SEND PAYMENT, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED IF A SPACE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

 

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).

Throwing I – Mondays | April 12 – June 7 | 6:30-9:30 pm | $250
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Clay or equivalent experience with pottery.

  • 8 week class
  • 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 Throwing II.

  • 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 during COVID-19
  • 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)
    • for your first throwing class you need to buy a basic tool kit from the guild supply room ($18.00) 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
Introduction to Clay – Tuesdays | Apr 13 – June 1 | 6:30-9:30 pm | $250
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Handbuilding with a “taste” of throwing

  • 8 weeks of introductory pottery classes for adults
  • 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
  • all materials and firing included

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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Throwing II – Thursdays | April 15 – June 3 | 6:30-9:30 pm | $250
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Prerequisite: Throwing 1 or equivalent experience, ability to centre clay.

  • 8 Week class
  • 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 perfecting the the cylinder and progressing to larger pieces, including lidded vessels and slightly more complicated forms. Prerequisite of Throwing 1 and the ability to centre clay is mandatory. 

  • 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 during COVID-19
  • 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)
    • for your first throwing class you need to buy a basic tool kit from the guild supply room ($18.00 + 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.
Introduction to Clay – Fridays | April 23 – June 11 | 9:30am - 12:30pm | $250
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Handbuilding with a “taste” of throwing

  • 8 weeks of pottery classes for adults
  • 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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ONLINE Introduction to Hand-building with Clay – Tuesdays | April 13 – June 1 | 7-8:30 pm | $150
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Handbuilding at Home

  • 5 weeks of pottery classes for adults
  • Tuesdays: 7-8:30 pm over Zoom
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Includes everything you need – clay, tools, glaze and firing
  • You'll pick up your kit including clay and tool set prior to classes and drop your completed pieces (and tools) off for glazing and firing
  • cost – $150.00 includes HST

This introduction to pottery focuses on handbuilding techniques that are used by expert potters and are relatively easy to master. We'll provide information on setting up your workspace at home and using common household items to create with. You'll have fun and make some good quality pots in a short time. Your projects will vary depending on who is teaching the class.

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.
  • Your teacher will glaze and fire the pots you have made. There will be a limited slection of glazes to choose from which can be selected for each piece. We will then arrange for you to return after the end of your class to pick them up.
  • Bring home five 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.

 

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Summer Drop-In | Thursdays | July 8 – August 26 | 7-9 pm | $250
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Prerequisite: KPG Throwing I or II

  • 8 week class with a drop-in format on Thursday evenings.
  • Instructors will vary and offer guidance to projects you are working on, various surface decoration techniques and more
  • 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 less structured than our throwing classes, allowing students to use the studio during the 8 weeks of the course and recieve instruction from a variety of teachers over the 8 weeks. Students must have taken a prior Throwing class at the Guild. 

  • 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 during COVID-19
  • 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, up to 2 bags)
  • 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.

Register Now

ONLINE Beginner Glaze-making Workshop: Friday April 9 | 6:30 - 9:30 pm | $45
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Are you ready to make the leap to making 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. Join Hyla Nemy of Root Cellar Studios for this three-hour online workshop. Hyla will be in the KPG studio and you'll be comfortable at home with a front-row seat. PDF handouts will be provided to all participants and we will have live Q&A throughout the workshop.

Proposed classes 2021

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

Please email with the subject line of 'Notification List' if you would like to be alerted when we are opening registration for upcoming classes. We are currently running half-size classes to maintain distance in the studio and therefore are filling quickly. We will offer additional classes when possible. We appreciate your patience.

 

Winter 2021

  • Throwing - Mondays: 6:30-9:30 pm / April 12 
  • Introduction to Clay - Tuesdays: 6:30-9:30 pm / April 13 
  • Throwing  - Thursdays: 6:30-9:30 pm / April 15 

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