Our Classes

Open Studio Mondays

$30 +tax

For previous Zenfire students

Monday evenings, 6-9pm

This is your time. A time to focus on improvements, practice at the wheel and be part of our clay community. You are all a wealth of tips and tricks, this is a great opportunity to feed off each other’s knowledge and encouragement.

No instruction will be provided. There will be a studio lead to help with any questions about the studio logistics (e.g., which clay to use, when to start cleaning up etc.)

There are spaces available for both wheel and table work. As we only have 6 wheels, please be mindful of which space you book for. Table time would include any decorating time, glazing, handbuilding, etc.

Your weekly fee will include a limited number of pots fired per month, with the option to pay for additional materials and firing.

After your first time signing up, you will receive a welcome email with more details on studio guidelines and open studio expectations.

4-week Teen Pottery Class

$250 +tax 

Start Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 10am-12pm

Instructor: Mary Cameron

Minimum age: 13+

Do you have a creative teen interested in trying pottery? This class is the perfect opportunity for them to learn various pottery techniques including: the potter’s wheel, handbuilding with slabs of clay, coiled pots and pinch pots. Everyone will also have plenty of time to decorate their pieces using slips, underglazes and our food safe glazes.

Participants are encouraged to bring in ideas and inspirations, as our instructor will work with each teen to accomplish their clay goals.

Join us for 4 Saturdays of creativity with clay!

Combo Class: Beginner Wheel & Handbuilding

6 Weeks  |  $350 +tax (7 Person Limit)

Instructors: Amanda Hickey (potter’s wheel)
                     Amy Klinkhamer (habduilding)

2 options beginning: Tuesday, March 19 at 1-4pm OR 6-9pm

Take advantage of the entire Zenfire Pottery studio with this NEW beginner combo class. Each week participants will explore the following pottery techniques: 

– 2 days on the potter’s wheel learning to centre, throw bowls & cylinders, and trim 
– learn to attach pieces together to create a: vase, incense burner, citrus juicer, mug, etc.
– 1 handbuilt slab project creating a serving bowl or tray by weaving clay, using coils and playing with texture
– various decorating techniques
– glazing all your pieces making them food safe

By the end of the 6 weeks, students will create 10-12 pieces which will be ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the last class. 

All work will be food safe, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. 

Pieces will be ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the last class. 

Beginner Wheel Class

6 Weeks  |  $350 +tax (6 Person Limit)

Instructor: Angela Patterson

Afternoons beginning: Wednesday, March 20 from 1pm-4pm

Instructor: Teri Prince

Evenings beginning:
Thursday, March 21 from 6pm-9pm
Friday, March 22 from 6pm-9pm

You will learn the art of “throwing” on the wheel, starting with centring your clay and creating a basic cylinder which can then be altered into many different shapes. We will also cover how to make small bowls and shallow dishes. In your third and fourth weeks, students will learn to trim your pieces, attach handles and practice some decorating techniques. Finally, participants will spend time choosing their favourite glaze colours to finish their pieces, making them food safe, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. A total of 10-15 pieces will be created in this class.

No experience necessary, all levels welcome.

Minimum Age 16.

Pieces will be ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the last class.

Level Up: Next Steps in Throwing

6 Weeks  |  $350 +tax (7 Person Limit)

Instructor: Angela Patterson

Evenings beginning: Wednesday, March 20, 6-9pm

Have you taken a beginner wheel class (or two!), and want to take your throwing to the next level? This is the perfect class for you! This 6-week course will be tailored to each participants’ pottery goals, building on what they’ve previously learned. Students will be encouraged to take their next steps in creating beautiful pots by:

– learning to get more out of each ball of clay,
– throwing with larger amounts of clay,
– experimenting with new pottery forms
– learning to make sets and/or multiples 

Participants will also spend time trimming, attaching handles, decorating and glazing, making their work food safe, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. A total of 10-12 pieces will be created in this class.

Minimum Requirements: Have taken 1 beginner class & feel comfortable centring clay. 

Minimum Age: 16 

Pieces will be ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the last class.

“This class was so much fun!! It blew my expectations out of the water. Definitely want to attend another in the future. Would recommend anyone try!!”

“The handbuilding course far exceeded my expectations! We created far more than a basic pinch pot and were inspired by a wide variety of projects. Best of all… it was so much fun!”

Zenfire Pottery St Marys

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