We are currently accepting pottery classes by appointment only. Please send us an inquiry for class availability. Our class sizes are intentionally small with only 3 people max perfect for a relaxed environment.
Hand building classes is an overview of the fundamental steps involving the basic hand building pottery technique including pinch, slab or coil. A variety of these techniques maybe combined in the one off class.
Classes include do along demonstrations with plenty of hands on experience.
Hand building pottery class for beginners will have more immediate results and a higher level of success than pottery wheel throwing in terms of what every a student want to produce.
Class location: 3 Arawa Street, Shirley.
Includes: All materials
What to bring: Apron, bottle of water and a container to bring your creations home. Wear comfortable clothes, trim your nails, tie your hair up if it’s long, and remove jewelry.
Please note to wash your apron separately after being clayed.
1. Do you have parking? Yes we do have lots of off street parking stress free!
2. Do you offer private class? Yes we do. Please check our website or send us an email.
3. Do you offer wheel one on one class? At the moment, we don't.
4. Do you have pottery wheels to rent? Yes we do. Please check our website for more information
5. How long before I can be able to paint my creations? Please make sure to paint it once its really dry approx after 3-7 days
Please make sure not to touch your creations after painting it. You need to wait for at least 3-5 days otherwise paint can come off.
6. What happens when there is class cancellation due to COVID? In an event of a lock down and we are not able to meet you in person, we will endeavor to continue lessons online. This will be via Google Meet.
7. Will you be offering firing clay during class? We can do. Please send us an email for inquiries.
8. Do you make own sessions for those who have learned basic skills but do not own equipment but want to come for 2-4 hours and play with clay? We are happy to offer this option on a Sunday only. You must work independently, clean up the studio after use and must bring home your creations. We currently do not have storage. Tools are provided or can be purchased. Clay must be purchased in house. We do stock a number of different clays. firing and glazing fee is not inclusive.
9. What is the average class size? 2-5 so we can give focused instruction and feedback.
10. What precautions are you taking for Covid-19 prevention? We will send you a COVID screening test prior to your class and you are required to fill it in. Masks are required, hands sanitized upon entering, and maximum number of people is 3. We are operating with our studio/garage door open for a full air flow. We ask you dress warmly for your comfort. We will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID 19.
11. Do you offer rebooking if we are unable to attend our pottery class? This class is non refundable. Due to the impact of Covid-19 on small businesses, we will be unable to provide refunds or credits if you are unable to attend your pottery class - in person and online-, even though online classes may not provide the same instruction than in person instruction. Please make sure you only register if you are comfortable with this policy. You can however transfer your slot to a friend. Please let us know.
TYPES OF POTTERY HAND BUILDING TECHNIQUES
Hand building pottery is the oldest use of medium. In fact the oldest known ceramic artifact was hand built and is dated as early as 28,000 BCE. This was the medium used prior to the creation of wheel. There are 3 different kinds of pottery hand building techniques which are pinching, coiling and slab rolling. These are the 3 basic fundamental steps in order to help you create your own personal functional ware.
Pinching technique - is the first hand building technique to learn when you first begin to work with clay. Start off with a single ball of clay (usually 350g) and press your thumb into the center while you spin and press the inner and outer walls using your thumb.
Coiling technique - these are created by rolling out long individual coils of clay and joining them together to create a larger piece. It can take on any forms, sizes and can range from small to large.
Slab rolling technique -after a clay have been processed through a slab roller, the clays are formed by joining the slabs together. A slab roller is an industrial-sized rolling pins that allows for quick and efficient production of clay slabs used. Two slabs together are joined using a process called “score and slip.” Scoring your clay is scratching marks on the two sides that will be joined together. After scoring your clay, use brush slip on each side as if you are gluing them together.