Our Workshops

One Time Potters Wheel Workshops

$75 +tax (7 person limit)

Upcoming dates:

Sunday, July 21: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday, July 21: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Saturday, August 17: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, August 18: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Saturday, September 21: 4:00pm – 6:00pm 

Sunday, September 22: 11:00am – 1:00pm


Try your hand at the potter’s wheel in this one- time workshop!

A great opportunity to see if this is your next hobby! or simply cross off your bucket list!

You will be guided through making 2 cups or bowls. You will get the full experience of centering the clay, building the foundation of your pot to then stretch the sides and see how high you can get it!

The workshop is approximately 2 hours. Your pots will be finished and fired for you, in the colour of your choice. Ready to be picked up within 4-6 weeks.

They will be food safe, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Book your spot today!

 

4-day Beginner Wheel Workshop

$750 +tax (7 Person Limit)

Dates: July 29, 30, 31 & Aug 1

Time: 10am – 4:30pm (each day)

Cost: $750+ tax

Includes: lunch each day, tools, materials & firings (keep 6 of your favourite pieces)

Ages: 16+

Instructor: Teri Prince 

We are offering an adult summer camp for all aspiring potters!

This is the perfect way to dive into the pottery world, or brush up on your skills. You will be provided with support as you learn a new skill. There are only 7 spots in this workshop, so there will be plenty of time to ask questions and watch instructor demos.

Over 4 days you will learn to:

  • prepare your clay
  • use the potter’s wheel
  • trim to create balanced pieces
  • add handles
  • decorate

We will arrange for you to come in at a later date to glaze your pots, or you can choose to have us do it for you. If you live out of town, we can ship your pieces to you for an additional cost.

 

4-day Level Up Wheel Workshop

$1050 +tax (7 Person Limit)

Dates: August 19 – 22

Time: 10am – 4:30pm (each day)

Cost: $1050+ tax

Includes: lunch each day, tools, materials, firings (keep 6 of your favourite pieces), & special guest artist workshop with Beth Turnbull-Morrish of Turningbull Pottery

Ages: 16+

Instructor: Angela Patterson 

Challenge yourself in this 4-day Level Up Workshop. Zenfire Pottery owner, Angela Patterson, will be demonstrating various pottery techniques & forms each day. She will also be supporting you as you practice, play and expand your pottery skills.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from a surface decorating great, Beth Turnbull-Morrish of Turningbull Pottery. Beth will share her decorating secrets through various demonstrations and one on one time for participants to try these techniques and ask process questions. 

We will arrange for you to come in at a later date to glaze your pots, or you can choose to have us do it for you. If you live out of town, we can ship your pieces to you for an additional cost.

Workshop highlights:

  • using larger amounts of clay: 2+ pounds
  • getting more out of your clay: cutting pieces in half to inspect & learn
  • learning new forms: larger and more complex pieces
  • creating multiples: nesting bowls & same size pieces
  • special guest workshop with Beth Turningbull-Morrish of Turningbull Pottery 
  • and so much more

Workshop prerequisites:

  • taken 2+ classes at Zenfire Pottery or elsewhere
  • can comfortably centre 1 pound of clay

Creative Day Out 

$90 +tax

Date: Saturday, July 20
Time: 10am – 3pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Minimum age: 16

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Registrants will participate in 2 amazing workshops at 2 local businesses.

Workshop details:

1) At Zenfire Pottery: Participants will be guided through Handbuilding their own, one of a kind ceramic wall flower. All materials are provided.

2) At Stone Home Creatives: Learn how to properly melt soy wax, the importance of correct wicking and the fun of mixing fragrances. You will make an 8oz candle that will burn for 40 hrs.

The workshops are beginner friendly. There is no previous experience needed, and all your materials will be provided. Let’s celebrate the warmer months ahead, and create beautiful things together.

Register here: https://stonehomecreatives.ca/collections/candle-classes/products/creative-day-out-candle-and-pottery-july-20th

Kids Summer Pottery Workshop 
$120 +tax (7 person limit)

Dates:
Tuesday, July 16 OR
Thursday, August 15

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm 
Includes a supervised break for lunch.

Minimum age: 8+ 
(We also offer a teen workshop, if this better suits the age of your child)

Explore clay, creativity and self expression with this full day summer pottery workshop. Throughout the day your child will have the opportunity to try the potter’s wheel and alter their thrown pieces to create creatures, characters, animals…or whatever amazing idea they may have. They will also experiment creating work using clay slabs, coils & making pinch pots. Finishing touches will be added using our “paints” to add colour and their one of a kind details. We can’t wait to see what your child creates in a supportive and encouraging space. 

Hello Summer! Teen Clay Workshop

$120 +tax (7 person limit)

Dates:
Thursday, July 18 OR
Tuesday, August 13

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm 
Includes a supervised break for lunch.

Minimum age: 12+
(We also offer a teen workshop, if this better suits the age of your child)

Fill your teen’s summer break with creativity and exploration. We have 2 full days available this July and August, and we cannot wait to see what your teen makes in the studio. 

Participants will have full access to the studio with step-by-step instruction. They will have a chance to use the potter’s wheel, handbuilding with clay slabs and coils, and . Everyone will also have plenty of time to decorate their pieces using slips, underglazes and our food safe glazes.

There will be plenty of inspiration provided, but participants are encouraged to bring in ideas. Our instructor will work with each teen to accomplish their clay goals. 

Ceramic Travel Cup Workshop

$75 +tax 

Dates: Saturday, August 17

Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm 

Cost: $75

Includes: instruction, tools, materials, firings, glaze & one reusable bamboo straw / person

Instructor: Amanda Hickey

Take your favourite beverage on the go with your very own, handmade ceramic travel cup. Participants will be guided through using slabs of clay, templates, textures and “paints” to create a cup uniquely theirs. Makers will then choose their favourite glaze colour and the Zenfire Team will carefully finish their pieces for them. Finished pieces and be packed up and ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the workshop date. 

There is no experience needed to attend this workshop. We welcome beginners and experts alike! 

Handbuilt Wall Flower Workshop

$75 +tax 

Date: Sunday, August 18

Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm

Instructor: Amanda Hickey

This workshop is approximately 2 hours in length. Using slabs of clay, templates, textures and colours participants will build their hanging wall flower. 

This is a beginner friendly workshop, with no previous experience needed. You will be guided through each step of the making process. So just bring yourself (or a buddy!) and enjoy the creative process.

Your piece will be fired for you, in your colour of choice. It will be ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the workshop date.

Book your spot today!

Handbuilt Herb Stripper & Garlic Grater Workshop

$75 +tax 

Date: Sunday, September 22

Time: 1:30 – 3:30pm

Instructor: Amanda Hickey

Create the most delicious marinades, salad dressings & more in this 2hour handbuilding workshop. Participants will create their own herb stripper and garlic / ginger grater using clay, texture tools and “paints”. 
If cooking is not your thing, no problem because these pieces work perfectly to clean makeup brushes & watercolour/acrylic paint brushes. 
We’ve got everyone covered in this workshop! So join us at Zenfire and dive into a fun and beginner friendly workshop. 
Please note: makers will choose their favourite glaze colour and the Zenfire Team will carefully fire and finish their pieces. All work will be packed up and ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the workshop date. 

Private bookings for 2-hour workshops 

$75+ tax / person

Grab a group of friends, family and/or colleagues and create something beautiful. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with your group, or cross something off your bucket lists!
Workshop details: 
  • minimum 6 people
  • maximum 14 (special arrangements may be made for over 12 people, just ask!)
  • 2-hours includes instruction and all materials
  • 2 types of workshops include:
1) Potter’s wheel: have your “Ghost” moment, see if this is your next hobby, or simply cross it off your bucket list! Participants will create 2 bowls or cups.
2) Handbuilding: Build an object with slabs of clay, texture and coloured slips. Project examples include: mugs, beer steins, small platters, small serving bowls, citrus juicer, Christmas trees, holiday ornaments, etc.
  • All pieces will be finished and fired for you, in the colour of your choice
  • Pieces will be ready for pickup within 4-6 weeks of the workshop date
Book your spot by emailing: zenfirepotteryprograms@gmail.com

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