Types of Pottery Classes

Types of Pottery Classes

John Tabari

Generally, pottery classes can be categorised as either hand built or wheel thrown. Some classes will focus on one of these techniques and other classes may teach both. Courses that cover both methods will require a longer time commitment as hand built pottery encompasses several different methods.

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We’ll dive into the different types of pottery classes and techniques, and even suggest some novelty ideas for learning about pottery. Even if you don’t become a ceramics expert, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun!

 

Class Formats

All levels of pottery class are available from total beginner to intermediate to expert. You can choose to take part in a group class or a private, one-on-one session. Group classes can be fun for experience gifts and family days out.

Most institutions offer long-term commitments, short courses and day classes. Long term classes, over 12 weeks for example, can be great for someone starting out, who wishes to become an expert.

One-off classes can be fun for people who want to try out pottery before committing to a longer period of lessons. They also make the perfect gift for a friend who is into into crafts. Not only that, but they are great for families as a lot of classes cater for little ones too. Speaking of kids, you will likely find schools that offer short or long courses specifically for children.

 

Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

Exactly as you would imagine, wheel-thrown pottery involves the use of a rotating pottery wheel to achieve your desired shape. You will learn how to treat the clay, work the wheel and the best posture and gestures to optimise your experience. The name ‘throwing’ comes from the most fun part - throwing the clay mix onto the wheel!

 

Hand Building Classes

  • Press molding

This technique is ideal for creating shapes that might not be so easy on a wheel. Press molding refers to pressing your clay into a mold so that it takes on that shape. There are two main materials for molds, namely, the Bisque mold and Plaster of Paris. Clay can be molded into a convex or concave structure, depending on the desired result. The clay must be pressed into the mold so that it fills every crevice and doesn’t crack. In these classes, you will learn how to manipulate the clay and fill up the mold.

  • Slab Building

Likely the method you used if you made a clay mug at school, slabbing is a traditional way to make pottery. This technique involves rolling out slabs of clay in any shape and building your creations with them. These classes are perfect for complete beginners. They familiarise you with the materials and techniques that make the basis for ceramic production. Like press molding, it allows you to make shapes that you wouldn’t necessarily achieve using a wheel.

  • Coiling

This specific technique involves starting out by rolling out your material into long, thin strips. Then, you choose how to use the long rolls to build up your creation. Sometimes the long rolls are stacked on top of one another in a ring shape. They can be smoothed down or left for a textured effect. Another way to use the coiling method is to make the rolls into circular, coil shapes. Which can be stacked atop of one another or flattened into the structure.

  • Decorating

Some may say that the most fun part is decorating! This can be included as part of the other types of classes, but can be a class in itself. In the latter case, the school may provide pre-made pots or encourage you to bring your own unfinished ones. There are special techniques to decorating ceramics; ones that are best taught by the professionals.

 

Novelty Classes

  • Couples Pottery or pottery for two

Most people are familiar with the famous scene from the movie Ghost, even if they haven’t seen it. The one where Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze get hands-on with a throwing wheel and some clay. If you’ve ever wanted to recreate that moment, there are classes for that! There are pottery classes out there for instance called ‘Romancing the clay’, you and your partner use the same throwing wheel to make a bowl, into which you carve your initials.

 

  • Destination classes

Sure, you could search online for pottery classes that are close to home. But why not make a vacation out of it? Certain regions in Italy, France, Morocco, Mexico, Bali and the States have a strong tradition of local pottery. If you’re inspired by a certain style of ceramics, chances are you can head to the origin country and learn from the masters. The locals have such a strong heritage that learning about the history and tradition can be fascinating.

You can also make your very own teapot transformed from a block of clay where you learn techniques such as pinching and coiling. Make your own with your own style and colour and re-energise your mind with your own wonderful creativity.

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It’s good to note that in most pottery classes, your teacher will likely fire your finished creation for you. The process takes a long time, so be prepared to return to the class to pick up your finished piece.




Pottery workshops

Make Your Own Teapot Workshop

label $129 - $149

1 to 10

4.9 (35)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Throwing Class

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1 to 6

4.9 (31)

Introduction to Pottery Class

label $170 - $220

1 to 2

5.0 (23)

Beginners Pottery Classes

label $180

1 to 30

4.9 (19)

2k

Beginner's Pottery Class

label $130

4 to 10

2k

Beginner's Pottery Class

label $130

4 to 10

2k

Mindful Gold Pottery Restoration Kintsugi Workshop

label $95 - $120

1 to 6

5.0 (2)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop

label $120

1 to 6

5.0 (22)

Learn Wheel Throwing for Beginners

label $130

1 to 2

5.0 (1)

1k

Beginners Clay Hand Building

label $100

10 to 20

Adult Pottery Class

label $140 - $175

1 to 15

Ceramic Molding Class

label $50

1 to 15

Ceramics Mark Making Workshop

label $145

6 to 10

2k

Ceramic Painting Class

label $40

1 to 6

5.0 (1)

5.0 (39+)

Beginner's Pottery Class

label $99

1 to 5

5.0 (39+)

Clay Hand Building Class

label $69

1 to 6

5.0 (39+)

Kids Clay Hand Building Class

label $59

1 to 6

5.0 (39+)

Weekend Intensive Traditional Kintsugi Course

label $385

1 to 6

5.0 (1)

Kids Pottery Class

label $180

10 to 15

Mindful Ceramic Workshop

label $249

6 to 10

23k

Beginners' and Intermediate Ceramics Courses

label $300

1 to 4

5.0 (1)

Ceramic Slip Casting Workshop

label $270

1 to 7

25k

Pottery Handbuilding Workshop

label $175

1 to 10

Beginner's Pottery Class

label $130

4 to 10

2k

Clay Hand Building Workshop

label $120

10 to 20

28k

Slab Platters Ceramics Workshop

label $95

5 to 14

2k

"potter-y" Themed Ceramic Painting Class

label $30

6 to 15

2k

Pinch Pot Ceramics Workshop

label $95

5 to 14

2k

Date Night Clay Class

label $100

1 to 10

Private Pottery Class

label $149

1 to 2

Pottery and Sculpture Class

label $163

1 to 6

5.0 (1)

Paper Clay Sculpture Class

label $127

1 to 6

Kintsugi Golden Joinery Workshop

label $120

1 to 8

2k

Masterful Mess Themed Ceramic Painting Class

label $30

1 to 14

2k

Galaxy Themed Ceramic Painting Class

label $30

6 to 14

4.0 (1)

2k

Ceramic Painting Workshop

label $20

1 to 14

2k

Beginner's Adult Pottery Class

label $40

5 to 15

Mobile Group Pottery Class

label $50

10 to 20

Kintsugi Makie Painting Workshop

label $85

1 to 3

Introduction to Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

label $95

1 to 15

5.0 (2)

Kids Pottery Workshop

label $30

6 to 30

7k

3k+

Ceramic Hand Building and Printing Class

label $225

3 to 8

7k

3k+

Porcelain Slip Casting and Mould Making Workshop

label $180

4 to 10

1k

Traditional Kintsugi Basic Course

label $385

1 to 6

5.0 (1)

Mindful Clay Hand Building Workshop

label $139

6 to 10

23k

Stoneware Ceramics Workshop

label $165

8 to 20

8k

Introduction to Ceramics Class

label $90 - $100

4 to 30

7k

3k+

Team Building Pottery Class

label $120

8 to 15

Introductory Kintsugi Workshop

label $90 - $100

1 to 8

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop

label $120

1 to 6

4.9 (14)

Two Day Intensive Traditional Kintsugi Course

label $385

1 to 6

5.0 (1)

Clay Platter Workshop

label $129

1 to 40

23k

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Class

label $95

1 to 2

1k

Clay Hand Building Class

label $100 - $130

1 to 8

Basic Ceramic Glazing Class

label $100 - $110

4 to 30

7k

3k+

Beginner's Wheel Throwing Class

label $85

4 to 10

1k+

Beginner's Pottery Class

label $130

4 to 10

2k

Pottery Salad Bowl & Jug Making

label $155

1 to 6

2k

Pottery Breakfast Bowl & Milk Jugs Workshop

label $105

1 to 6

2k

Pottery Mug Making Workshop

label $120

1 to 6

2k

Pottery Wheelwork Workshop (Wheel Throwing)

label $115

1 to 3

2k

Pottery Workshop Incense Holder and Jewellery Dish

label $105

1 to 3

2k

Pottery Terracotta Vases Workshop

label $160

1 to 3

2k

Wheel Throwing & Wine Night

label $130

1 to 3

2k


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