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Classes, Workshops & Covid

Wayne Cardinalli discussing calipers

The January lockdown has pushed our class starting dates back yet again and further post-poned any in house workshops.  If there is a workshop that interests you, please contact our Administrator, Donna with any suggestions you may have and we will work on bringing these to you as soon as we are able.  With regards to our classes, please keep our main or classes page bookmarked.  We will update with further details as soon as we know more.  

Teresa Dunlop Demonstration Workshop

Teresa Dunlop posing with one of her pieces

We are very pleased to welcome Teresa Dunlop to the KPG on Sunday, May 24th for a demonstration workshop.  Teresa may be best known for her very colourful functional work, but she also enjoys manipulating thrown work and wood firing the results.  This will be a fun day full of useful information and inspiration for participants to take back to their own studios.  Teresa will demonstrate throwing, manipulation of thrown work and how to put multiple pieces together.  The workshop runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a break for lunch, and is open to 15 participants.  Registration is available here.  Please visit Teresa’s website for more information about her and her work.  

Wood fired thrown and manipulated basket - Teresa DunlopWood fired bowl with applied decoration - Teresa Dunlop







Bright, multi-coloured lidded jar - Teresa Dunlop

KPG Throwing & Trimming Skills Improvement Week!

Blue & yellow painted plate - Darlene Malcolm-Moran

We are very pleased to be offering another workshop with Darlene Malcolm-Moran.  This workshop will take place the week of July 27 – 31, 2020, and is open to all potters who can centre and throw a 6 inch bowl, cylinder and plate.  The goals for this week are to improve your throwing skills to create well-balanced consistent pottery and learn to finish your pottery with good design, function, and craftsmanship.  Maximum : 8 students, $340.00 plus H.S.T. 

For further information, or to register, please visit here.

3 mugs in blue & brown and gold & brown - Darlene Malcolm-MoranCeledon green covered jar with applied leaves - Darlene Malcolm-Moran

Wayne Cardinalli Workshop

We had a really fantastic workshop with Wayne Cardinalli on October 20th.  Wayne brought tools, tricks, tips and pots for us to discuss, and admire.  He is a very effective speaker leaving many of us with much to think about with regards to where our pottery goes from here.  There were experienced and fairly new potters in attendance and everyone enjoyed themselves and got something from the day.  Wayne talked about wheel throwing, hand building, surface decoration, tools, the ergonomics of throwing and wedging and the passion needed to make great pots.  You can see more of Wayne’s work here

Wayne Cardinalli discussing calipers
Wayne Cardinalli discussing tools of the trade
Wayne Cardinalli demonstrating throwing
Wayne demonstrating throwing and decorating a bowl
Wayne Cardinalli demonstrating hand building
Wayne demonstrated several types of hand built plates
Wayne Cardinalli's thrown teapot
Wayne demonstrated throwing this teapot in 7 minutes!
Wayne Cardinalli discussing finished pots
Wayne took time to discuss the finished pieces he’d brought, including form and glazes.

Wayne Cardinalli Demo Workshop!

We are extremely excited to announce that Wayne Cardinalli, a Trent graduate, and a founding member of Artspace, will be coming back to Peterborough, to the KPG to give a day-long demonstration workshop.  Wayne is well known in the Canadian world of ceramics, as he has been potting for over 40 years.  He is much in demand as a teacher and demonstrator, and we are so lucky to have him visit! 

He will be showing us his tips and tricks on Sunday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  If you are a member, we ask that you register in the Pottery Shop.  Non-members can register here.

A picture of Wayne Cardinelli in his studio

Wax & Glaze Application Workshop

Picture of Glaze tongs

Learn how to apply clean wax lines and to use glazing methods that will enhance your bisque pottery. Improve your understanding on how different types of cone 6 glazes appear on different types of cone 6 clay bodies.

This workshop will run over 2 days, on Saturday October 5 & Sunday October 6 from 1-4 p.m. each day.  The cost for this workshop is $152.55 (inc. HST) for non-members and $135.60 (inc. HST) for members.  Online registration is found here.  Members please register for this workshop in the Gallery or contact Clara at for more details.  Space is limited, so don’t delay.  Please note that if you wish your work fired at the Guild, there may be a separate charge for this.

Darlene Malcolm-Moran is our teacher for this really informative workshop.  We run this workshop periodically to assist potters with glaze application issues.  Darlene is one of our popular teachers here at KPG and you will find her attention to detail very useful in this workshop. 

picture of Darlene
Darlene conducting a class

Throwing & Trimming Workshop

Black & white vase

Our very own Darlene Malcolm-Moran will be conducting this week-long throwing workshop at the end of August.  A popular teacher at KPG, Darlene’s work is governed by the tenants of beauty, functionality & form, as well as fine craftsmanship.  We know this class will push your skills to the next level.  This workshop is not intended for beginners, but for those already able to throw a 6″ cylinder, equivalent bowl and plate.  Improve your throwing skills to create well balanced consistent pottery. Learn how to trim and finish clay additions to your thrown pottery so all is well crafted.

Darlene conducting a class

This workshop runs the week of August 26 – 30, 2019, (Mon – Fri) from 10:00am – 4:00pm  each day ( Break: 12:30 – 1:30pm for Lunch ).  Please bring your own pottery tools and a lunch.  This workshop costs $372.90 (inc HST) for non-members and $327.70 (inc HST) for members.  Members please apply for this class in the gallery or contact Clara at for more details.  This class has a limited attendance, so don’t delay.  Online registration is here.

The itinerary for this week-long workshop:

Monday & Tuesday : Throw, throw & throw. Bigger, taller, & thinner. Bowls, cylinders, & plates.
The clay will be provided for the Monday & Tuesday classes. All pots will be cut in half to assess what steps are needed for your throwing improvements.
Wednesday : You may purchase clay from the Guild and we will be throwing pots that will be trimmed.
Thursday: Trimming your pottery. Smooth bottoms are important.
Friday: Finishing with clay additions, handles and decorating our trimmed leather hard pottery.
Discussing how to glaze these pieces.

marbled red, white & black clay tall thrown vase
One of Darlene’s vases selected for the 2018 Inspired Mud juried show.

Tea pot with matching mugs, creamer & sugar containers

Richard Mund Maijolica workshop date change!

Maijolica oval platter

Due to circumstances, we have been forced to change the date for this inspiring workshop.  Please note the new date is now Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Price is $110.00 for non-members and $100.00 for members.  Members please sign up in the Gallery, with your membership card, to receive your discount.

white mugs painted with grey and yellow flowers and bees
Richard Mund mugs

Richard began working full time with clay in 1994 as a potter’s apprentice in Des Moines, Iowa and has a B.FA from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. We welcome him to the Kawartha Potters Guild!

Please note that this workshop will be directed to those with previous pottery experience.

For those who do not know, the practice of majolica has existed since the renaissance and involves painting, with glaze, on top of a previously applied white, tin based glaze. 

This workshop will include an introduction to the medium, safety concerns, a wax resist demonstration, a glaze application demonstration, an introduction to glaze colourants and how to make them, decorating and brushwork demonstrations.  If time allows, Richard may have some extra tricks and tips to offer.  There will be time for participants to work on pieces with his input and supervision.  Don’t miss this information packed workshop!  Our online registration can be found here.

stacked mugs and bowls in blues, yellows,greens and a pop of red
Colourful mugs & bowls!
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