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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.

Covid-19 Protocols and Classes – Update – August 13, 2022

All students and visitors to the guild must wear a mask at all times within our building.

Class sizes for both wheel and hand building have been reduced to meet distance requirements.  This means every class is a bit more intimate than our previous sessions in the before times, but there may not be space in your favourite day or time.   

We have expanded our regular as well as new sessions below and are prepared to offer other days and times if there is enough demand.  If you have questions in this regard or have a specific day of the week or time in mind (morning, aft, evening) to request, 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 –  and you can 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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2022 Fall Session (Sept/Oct)

Sessions are 6 weeks long unless otherwise noted.  If the start date has already passed, you can pay for a pro-rated number of remaining weeks, but you must do so either in our Pottery Shop or by contacting our Administrator Donna, below.

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.

In keeping with COVID-19 Protocols, anyone entering KPG will be required to wear a full face mask and sanitize hands upon entry. 

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.

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. Please note there has been a time and teacher change for the Saturday late afternoon class.

Intermediate Wheel 

Prerequisite:  For those who have taken at least two beginner session or equivalent and can centre 1 kilo (2.2 lbs)  of 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 surface decorating techniques and improve your finishing skills.  All prices include materials and firing.  

Not offered this session.

Intermediate/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.

Hand Building ClassesA group of ladies enjoying our hand building class safely distanced

We are very pleased to be able to offer hand building again.  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.  

Sculpture/Surface Decoration painted and carved tile showing flowers as an example of surface decoration class

This class will be looking at techniques for decorating on/with clay.  Beyond glazing, there are a number of surface decoration techniques full of colour, texture, and infinite possibilities. Join us to expand your repertoire of choices. Some of the techniques we will explore include painting, drawing, underglaze, overglaze, slip trailing, and sgraffito.

As well this class will explore the art of sculpture for thosesculpture of two outstretched hands holding a sea shell interested.  Creating with clay is different from drawing or painting because you have something you can mould into different three dimensional shapes. As well as being visual, it’s sensual. Clay is a substance you can hold and feel, and that inherently has a character of its own.  The forms one can create with clay are endless and only limited by our imagination.

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.  Please note the new day.

Teen Wheel Throwing (ages 12-17)

Spaced safely, this wheel class allows for 5 students and one teacher.  All stages of throwing and finishing on the wheel will be explored.  All prices include materials and firing fees. 

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