Introduction to Clay

Handbuilding with a “taste” of throwing

  • 6 weeks of pottery classes for adults
  • Mondays: 7 – 10 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 – $195.00 + HST 

I want to register for Introduction to Clay!

DSC_0189This 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 a pot 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.

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 by throwing a small bowl or cylinder 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.

Register now!