Our Classes

Registration for Winter 2023 Classes Now Open!


Beginner Wheel Class

6 Weeks  |  (6 Person Limit / class)

Instructor: Angela Patterson

Tuesday Afternoons Jan 24 – Feb 28, 1pm-4pm

Tuesday Evenings Jan 24 – Feb 28, 6pm-9pm

Instructor: Teri Prince

Wednesday evenings  Jan 25 – Mar 1, 6pm-9pm

Friday Evenings Jan 27 – Mar 3, 6pm-9pm


You will learn the art of “throwing” on the wheel, starting with a basic cylinder.  That cylinder can then be altered into many different shapes. We will also cover how to make small bowls.  You will learn to trim your pieces and finish them with beautiful glazes. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.  By the end you will have a minimum of 10-15 pieces to take home.

Intermediate Wheel Class

6 Weeks  |  (6 Person Limit / class)

Instructor: Angela Patterson

Starting in March 2023, stay tuned for registration

Prerequisite: you must be able to center at least 2-3 lbs of clay easily

Our first night we will go over your dreams and ambitions.  The course layout is something we will form together to choose the top 3 skills that you want to learn or improve on.

Some of the techniques we could cover:

Throwing bigger:

  • How to center 4-5 lbs of clay
  • How to get more out of the clay that you are using
  • Tips & tricks on bigger bowls

Thrown and altered forms
Decoration techniques e.g. making your own sprigs, using the right tools etc.
Lidded Forms
Flat plates, chip & dip plates
Closed forms
More conversations on design and function of the pots you are making
Making matching sets
Your ideas!  Bring them on!
You will get comfortable cutting your pots in half to identify improvement spots. By the end of the 6 weeks, you will have learned nuances and honed your skills to make intentional pots!

Please email me to reserve your spot!

Beginner Hand Building Class

6 Weeks  |  $297 +tax (6 Person Limit)

Instructor: Laila Brandt

Jan 26 – Mar 2

Afternoons 2-4:30pm
Evenings 6-8:30pm

Explore the possibilities beyond the wheel.  Learn how to hand build from slabs of clay. How to manipulate, mold and shape the clay into mugs, bowls, plates or other forms.   You will be able to easily add texture and design to your pieces. If you have a found item that would make a great texture, bring it along to try!  You will decorate and finish them with beautiful glazes. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. By the end you will have a minimum of 10-15 pieces to take home.

Monday Night Open Studio


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. 

If you have not been a Zenfire student but have past clay experience, please message me directly to chat about possibilities. 

Kid Classes

4 Weeks  |  $197 +tax (6 Person Limit)

Instructor: Mary Cameron

Starting after March Break 2023


No experience required: this introductory pottery class is for ages 8-14. Students will learn how to turn their ‘play in clay’ into sculptural and functional objects.
They will spend part of their time learning the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel.  It’s harder than it looks,  but super fun and addictive! The creation outcome is unknown,  but the wheel promises to be the messiest and most fun of all the pottery adventures!
Over the course of the class they will also explore the various handbuilding techniques: including pinching,  coiling and slab building.  Students will learn how to add texture to clay and have the option to embellish their creations – limited only by their imaginations!
All student pottery will be cared for as we fire them in our kilns and add food safe glaze to them.   We will contact you approx 4 weeks after class ends to let you know when it’s ready to be picked up.
“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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