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8 WEEK HANDBUILDING APR 30- JUN 18 @ 1pm

TUESDAYS @ 1PM

  • Starts Apr 30
  • 395 Canadian dollars
  • Drouillard Road

Available spots


Service Description

8-Week Handbuilding With Clay By the end of this lively and fun 8-week class, students can expect to know how to build sturdy clay structures using several different techniques: slab, coil and pinching. They will complete the class with several glazed pieces they’ve handcrafted, with a solid foundation upon which to build their own independent studio practice. Week One Pinch Pots Learn the art of pinching clay into forms, the foundation of your creative journey with clay. From making useful bowls to cool animals to singular art pieces, we’ll start by getting a feel for the clay and learning how to make anything we want with our very own hands. Week Two Creating Pots with Coils Introduction to the coil building technique, and building pots of various sizes and shapes by stacking well-made coils. When you learn to make an even coil, anything is possible, especially with an emphasis on structural integrity and design. Week Three Painting and Carving with Underglaze and Slip Introduction to underglaze and slip designs, exploring painting and carving techniques (sgraffito) on students’ bisqueware and leather dry wares. Week Four The Art of Glazing Comprehensive overview of glazing techniques with hands-on experience glazing all of the students’ own work created in the first three weeks. Week Five Slab building Introduction to slab building technique, scoring and slipping, including flat pieces and constructing three-dimensional forms into functional or decorative pieces. Week Six Independent Project Part 1 The fun part! Students combine all the knowledge so far and begin working on their own projects with guidance and assistance from the instructor as needed. Week Seven Independent Project Part 2 Continued work on your independent projects, with an emphasis on refining skills and exploring personal styles and techniques, with the help and guidance from the instructor. Week Eight Final Glazing and a Wheel Intro (optional) Final glazing session for remaining projects. Optional introduction to wheel throwing for interested students


Upcoming Sessions


Cancellation Policy

Studio Policies Students are not permitted to load, unload, or operate pottery kilns. Keep hair tied back for safety. Avoid wearing loose articles of clothing or jewelry that could pose hazards. Closed-toe and closed-heel footwear must be worn in the pottery studio. Do not operate any equipment without the presence of an instructor. All completed work must be collected from Ford City Potters within 6 weeks after the final class, once you're notified by email. Work will not be stored after 6 weeks. Students are expected to arrive on time for each class to ensure the smooth running of the session. Late arrivals cannot make up for lost time. For whatever reason, if Ford City Potters must cancel a session or class, students will be notified via email, and a full refund will be issued. Classes must be paid in full upon registering on the website (credit card or PayPal accepted). Classes are non-refundable. Makeup days are only possible only for glazing days, and only if a space is open in another class. Students are expected to maintain a respectful and inclusive environment in the classroom, treating the instructor and fellow participants with courtesy and consideration. Zero tolerance for disruptive or disrespectful behaviour. In other words, be kind at all times.


Contact Details

  • 994 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON, Canada


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