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Pottery Lessons - Hand Building Series for Beginners or Refresher

Learn the fundamentals of creating hand built pottery in this comprehensive 5-week pottery class

About this experience

Handbuilding Series Lesson Plan

Week 1: Introduction
A brief description of the ceramic process and the different stages of clay.
Exercise: Make a pinch pot small bowl/cup (3/4lb)
Project 1: a small coil vessel
Skills: meeting the clay bag, wiring off and weighing, pinching, rolling coils, making a small slab, thinking about function/end product, scoring and slipping - when?, blending, finishing/refining work, maker’s marks.

Week 2: Slab Bowl
Checking last week’s work, finishing and getting ready for the bisque. Safety talk - sanding and dust dangers, slump/hump molds, slab bowls.
Project 2: a slab bowl
Skills: Slab roller used to create slabs for bowls, smoothing and ribbing, decoration with texture, use of templates, joining with bevelled edges, reinforcing seams.

Week 3: Mug
Check last week’s work, get it ready for the kiln. If first items were bisqued, check those over.
Project 3: a slab mug
Skills: review slab roller, smoothing and ribbing, decoration with texture, use of templates, NEW: handles! What kind? How to apply? Finishing and refining.
ROLL OUT SLABS FOR NEXT WEEK to start stiffening up (textured rolling pin? Use it now)

Week 4: Box With Lid
Check over last week’s work and get it ready for the kiln. Check any bisqued pieces.
Project 4: leather hard slab box with lid
Skills: making a paper template, cutting out all sides/top/bottom, carving to decorate or more stamps if desired, underglaze/underglaze transfers, assembly, reinforcing seams, creating a flange on the lid, feet if desired. Finish this work as much as possible as it will go into the bisque without another once-over.

Week 5: Glazing
Check over all bisqued pieces. Wax pros and cons, resist tape, glaze combos, texture enhancement, brush vs dip, thick vs thin application, kiln cookies

About this event

Handbuilding For Beginners is a five-week course open to anyone interested.

During each two-hour class you will be taught the fundamentals of hand built pottery. Every week will build your skills with slabs, coils, molds, templates, amongst other techniques. Four different projects (at least) will be completed, one per week. In the last class you will learn how to glaze your masterpieces (we have hundreds of colours to choose from). They then go into the kiln again for the last time. We will notify you when your work is ready for pick up.


Fee: $189 (Cost of clay is not included. You will be required to purchase a 20 lb bag of stoneware for $17.)
Duration: 5 Classes, 2 hours per class
Includes: Use of all necessary pottery tools, sponges, texture design elements
Minimum Age: Adult (16+)

- Proof of vaccination and identification are required before entering the space for your first class. No entry will be granted without such proof.
- Masks (or Alternative mouth/nose covering) are 100% mandatory in our facility 100% of the time while inside.

What to bring:
-Masks (or Alternative mouth/nose covering) are 100% mandatory in our facility 100% of the time
-Proof of vaccination and I.D.
-A fun and playful, can do attitude!!! :D

*Please arrive 10 mins early to the first class to allow for intros, getting oriented and ready so we can begin class on time. Subsequent classes, please use your judgement on how early you need to come in order to be ready. We all want to maximize the experience for everyone!

What to wear: comfortable, practical clothing and footwear that you are ok with getting dusty. We provide the aprons.

Max 6 students/ class with properly socially distanced work stations.

Any class interrupted by government issued COVID measures will be postponed and reinstated after restrictions are lifted.

Your Host

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Jennifer Huss
My name is Jennifer Huss and I’ve been a self-taught hobby potter for 5 years. I love hand-building, making sculptural and functional art, doing wheel work, and everything about ceramics. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and spreading the joy that pottery brings. Get to know my work by visiting my Facebook page