To Teach, To Learn, To Share

Classes

We are pleased to be offering a wide range of classes. Check out our Class Calendar, below. Clicking any event title with a cart icon () will open an event page where you can register and pay.  Or you can visit us at 993 Talwood during our Pottery Shop opening hours and pay in person.

Class Protocols and Payments

If you have questions regarding our classes please contact our Administrator, Donna.  We do also offer private class and team building opportunities.  Please check this page for details.

Please note that classes scheduled on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays may be interrupted by holidays.  This is taken into account in the listed start and end dates of these particular classes.

Online we accept PayPal which allows you to pay with Visa and MasterCard without the need for a PayPal account.  New: We have now have the ability for you to register online and pay via etransfer.  Instructions are included at checkout.  Please note that your space cannot be reserved if we do not receive your etransfer within 12 hours.  Once that has been processed, you will receive confirmation that your order has been completed.   You can also always pay with cash, cheque, debit or credit card in person.

Members please note that you can only receive your membership discount on classes by registering directly with Donna (link above) or by paying in the shop with cash or debit.  

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List of Classes

Summer Flex Clay

Our popular summer flexible wheel classes are back.  They take place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m and for the month of July we are trying out an afternoon session from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m.  You can register for a minimum of 3 classes right up to, and including the full summer of 13 weeks.  Taught by a variety of our newer and experienced teachers, this is a great way to keep your hands in clay until the fall session, and maybe try out different teachers at the same time.  Please note that due to the specific booking of dates for these classes, mixing and matching across days as well as make up classes are not possible.

Please note for the Tuesday evening class, there is currently only one space left in August.  Should you wish to add to a current registration, please contact Donna.

Fall 2024 Session

Fall Classes will be available for online registration by August 1, 2024.  

You are no longer required to wear a mask within the Guild.  However, we remain mask friendly and ask that you wear a mask when working within 6 feet of another person.

Members please note that you can again register for class with a 10% discount off a full 6 week class.  To do so, please contact our Administrator (link above) to enquire about paying by etransfer.

Beginner Wheel 

Ideal for those who have never worked on the wheel before.  Our 6 week sessions give you enough time to learn the basics of working on the wheel, trimming and glazing.  All prices include materials and firing.  

  • Saturday afternoons – 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  (Brenda Barron) FULL

Beginner/Intermediate Wheel 

For beginners and those looking for more practice.  Our 6 week sessions give you enough time to learn the basics of working on the wheel, trimming and glazing or to concentrate on improving your skills.  All prices include materials and firing.  

Intermediate Wheel 

Prerequisite:  For those who have taken at least two beginner session or equivalent and can centre clay confidently on their own and throw a cylinder.  This class is intended for those wishing to move into larger and more complex forms. You will explore different forms and improve your finishing skills.  All prices include materials and firing.  

Intermediate/Advanced Wheel

Prerequisite:  For those who have taken at least two beginner session or equivalent, can centre 1 kilo (2 lbs) of clay confidently, and throw a good cylinder. These classes are intended for those wishing to further their wheel throwing, design, and finishing skills. You will explore complex/composite forms, different surface decoration techniques and how to apply complementary glazes.  All prices include 1 bag of clay per student (must be used within current session – non transferable).

Advanced Wheel

Prerequisite:  For those who have taken at least two beginner session or equivalent, can centre 1.3 kilos (3 lbs) of clay confidently, and throw a good cylinder. These classes are intended for those wishing to further their wheel throwing, design, and finishing skills. You will explore complex/composite forms, different surface decoration techniques and how to apply complementary glazes.  All prices include 1 bag of clay per student (must be used within current session – non transferable).

  • Not offered this session.

Hand Building

Hand building is an excellent introduction to working with clay in general, and can allow for many different forms of expression than wheel throwing.  Come and discover how through an amazing connection between the brain and hands, how a mass of clay can be taken and an idea be given life. This class is suitable for beginners or those wishing to brush up on new skills.  

Altered Forms Class

This class blends both wheel throwing and hand building skills to create unique ceramic forms.  Please note this class is 3 hours long and runs for 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: Must be able to centre comfortably and throw a cylinder independently.  No prior hand building experience is required.

Kawartha Potter Kids (ages 7-13)

This class is for the younger set wanting to learn all about working with clay.  Opportunity is provided for exploration into many different hand building techniques during the course of this session and the children also get to learn how to finish and glaze their work.  All prices include materials and firing fees.  

  • Not offered this Session

Teen Wheel Throwing (ages 12-17)

All stages of throwing and finishing on the wheel will be explored.  All prices include materials and firing fees. For those interested, the Monday afternoon Beginner/Intermediate throwing class with Priya is a good alternative option.

  • Not offered this Session

Due to Covid-19, the Guild reserves the right to postpone the beginning of this session of classes in consultation with the Board of Health.  Should this occur, and you are registered, you will be informed immediately of this change and we will post information on this page.

You are no longer required to wear a mask within the Guild.  However, we remain mask friendly and ask that you wear a mask when working within 6 feet of another person.

Members please note that you can again register for class with a 10% discount off a full 6 week class.  To do so, please contact our Administration (below) to enquire about paying by etransfer.

Intro to Hand Building Individual Classes

All of our one class sessions are hand building only.  These are as great for those who have never tried working with clay before, up to more experienced potters just looking for a casual evening out with friends or afternoon with family members.  

Our newly reorganized hand building one off classes are divided into three class types depending on what projects you and your friends may wish to try.  Prices have changed from previous years, but we think you’ll agree that you are getting good value for your money (especially if you compare purchasing similar finished products from our store).  These classes are now 2 hours long and your work will be professional finished at no extra cost.

We are currently working on a new set of one off classes.  Please stay tuned.

Bursaries

We have a bursary application!

“To encourage and develop an interest in ceramic arts in those who may not have the resources to participate in our programs.”

So anyone who is interested in our programs, may apply for a bursary. Of course, not everyone will qualify and we have limited funds to distribute.  To apply, you can download the application form.

Established in 2016, the Kawartha Potters Guild Bursary encourages students to develop an appreciation for the ceramic arts. The Kawartha Potters Guild is committed to making quality ceramic arts education accessible to all; regardless of age, culture, gender, ability, or financial circumstances.

If you qualify as a low or middle income family (based on CRA standards), you may be eligible for full or partial bursaries.

Policies & Forms

Refund Policy: No refund will be given for a course, class, program or workshop if notice of withdrawal is not received at least 10 days in advance of commencement. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of 20%. Any refund can be transferred to another class or towards the purchase of items in the Gallery.

Paypal:  A $20 fee will be charged for any charge backs on PayPal due to customer’s error.

Prepayment with Registration is required for all classes and workshops. If cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or for other unforeseen circumstances, the registered participant’s payment will be returned. Participants may choose to transfer their payment to another class or items in the Gallery.

Class Evaluation Forms: Instructors will hand out these Evaluation forms during the course session. It is very helpful for us if you fill them in and hand them in to the front desk or to the instructor at the end of the class or session (if you are taking a course of lessons). This helps us improve our teaching and the content of the courses.

A Note to Members

If possible, members are asked to pay in person with cash or cheque in order to reduce administrative fees.  The membership discount cannot be applied when registering via the website.

To avoid disappointment, we ask that you register early for a class to guarantee your spot. Please note that no reservation is secured unless accompanied by a payment. This is to ensure fairness in class availability as all of our classes are becoming very popular and are filling up quickly.  Payment can be made in person or online.

We are a non-profit organization. All fees from classes, workshops, and pottery sales are used for the operation of the guild and we strive to keep the costs as low as possible. 

Kawartha Potters' Guild