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11:00 am - 1:30 pm: 8 Week Sculpture/Mural class – Guest Artist Aitak Sorahitalab – Feb/Mar

February 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm


This class is a pilot project funded, in part, by the Canada Council for the Arts.  The purpose of this class is to determine the effectiveness of learning in a studio location but with a remote (online) teacher.  The benefit of this class for the student, is the opportunity to learn directly and interactively with a ceramic artist you may not be familiar with or be otherwise able to learn from.

In each class, students will practice a specific technique in hand building based on their level of experience and knowledge of clay, decorating, finishing materials and tools. While we aim for creating one piece in each class, processing and conceptualizing is an important aspect of this course specifically when we need more than one day to complete an artefact. Making tiles and ceramic murals are also one of the instructor’s expertise and can be discussed and practiced upon submission.  This session is appropriate for those new to hand building or sculpture as well as those with experience.

The details of this session follow: 

  • Creating sculptural pieces with intriguing color, form, and concept by conceptualizing, sketching and analyzing them.
  • Having interactive conversations about pottery and sculpture’s history in the ancient world and/or different cultures.
  • Discussing the finishing options based on the work body, such as glaze, stain, slip, etc. and allocating one session to the preferred method according to the guild’s equipment and preferences.

The session will be delivered via zoom to our studio at 993 Talwood every Friday morning from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. running from February 10 – March 31, 2023.  The class costs $406.80 (inc HST), however, please note that all students are eligible for a $100 rebate. In order to qualify the student must complete all 8 classes and answer several short survey questions.  Due to the unique nature of this class, makeup classes won’t be an option for this session.  There will be a Guild member present during each class and all work will be glazed and fired in our facility.  Cost of the class includes all materials, tools, glaze and firing.  Students are welcome to bring their own tools if desired, for use during the classes.

About the Instructor

Aitak Sorahitalab is a contemporary ceramic and mural artist, an art educator, also a public art researcher. Her sculptures and installations narrate societal and political challenges drawn from personal and collective incidents and observations. Using background knowledge, Aitak incorporates elements of Iranian and Mesopotamian epics, artifacts and motifs as part of her practice through creating surrealist figurines and compositions. In her work, aesthetic discourse is in equal importance with methods and the process undergoing.

Aitak has more than two decades of experience in art education, specifically ceramic, working with art organizations and institutes such as Gardiner Museum, Good Sheppard Creative Studio, ArtStarts, and Etc.

As a doctoral candidate at York University’s Environmental and Urban Change, Aitak is investigating the position of public art in contemporary culture and its connection to the right to freedom of expression.

humanistic sculpture of a woman in blue and brown with arms reaching to the skyphotos of external building mural installation  








Covid Policy:

All students must wear a mask while in our building at all times.

We request that if you feel sick to any degree, that you do not come to class, and to notify the Guild or your teacher.  Arrangements for make up classes, in this circumstance can be made through your teacher, where possible.  Please note that the Peterborough County Health Unit does require that masks be worn indoors in public spaces. 

Refund Policy:

No refund will be given if notice of withdrawal is not received at least 10 days in advance of the start date. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of 20%. Any refund can be transferred to another class or purchase of items in the Pottery Shop (via a gift certificate) at full value.




February 10
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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