2018 Summer Classes

Class Availability

Classes fill quickly - see availability below.


Summer sessions are offered in both July and August, in the morning and afternoon. Each session runs for five classes, Monday-Friday.

If you wish to sign up for July classes, please contact us by email childclasses(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)waterloopotters.ca before sending your cheque and form. For August classes, expect a confirmation after July 18, 2018.

Summer 2018 Schedule and Fees (updated July 28 2018)

Hand Building (Age 7 and Older). Maximum of 10 students per class (min of 6).

  • July 23 - 27 Handbuilding from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  (6 spots available)
  • July 23 - 27 Handbuilding from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (2 spots available)
  • August 13 - 17 Handbuilding from 9.m. - 11 a.m. (7 spots available)
  • August 13 - 17 Handbuilding from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (2 spots available)

Wheel (Age 10 and Older). Maximum of 8 students per class (min of 6).

  • July 23 - 27 Wheel from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (4 spots available)
  • July 23 - 27 Wheel from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (2 spots available)
  • August 13 - 17 Wheel from 9.m. - 11 a.m. (FULL)
  • August 13 - 17 Wheel from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (FULL)

Fees are for each course, and cover all materials, including clay and firing. HST is required for students aged 15 and up.

  • As the March Break Hand Building class is only three days, the fee is $85 for students 14 and younger, and $96.05 for students 15+.
  • All other courses are $120.00 per student aged 14 and under; $135.60 for students aged 15+ to include HST.

For families whose budget will not accommodate the class fee, Waterloo Potters' Workshop may make space available. Please email childclasses(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)waterloopotters.ca for details.

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Receipts are provided for tax purposes.

Class Descriptions:

Hand Building Class for Ages 7 and Over

This class will allow your child to use different techniques and methods to create wonderful works of art. Using a variety of tools and their imagination your budding potter will dazzle you with their creations. A minimum 6 and maximum 10 students per class. Parents (and grandparents!) are able to register for this class, too.

Wheel Class for Ages 10 and Over

This class will provide your child with an opportunity to work with an electric pottery wheel to create their beautiful pots. Your child’s instructor will guide them through the basics of ‘throwing’ clay. Children must be 10 or older to participate to ensure their hands are big enough to centre and control the clay. Minimum 6 and maximum 8 students per class.

Take Home Your Creations!

The last day of class the students decorate their pieces with different colour 'underglazes'. The pieces are then left to dry for a week, after which the workshop will fire all the pots in a kiln (a bisque firing) to remove the moisture in them. The pots will then get covered in a clear glaze and fired again at a higher temperature so they shine and the colour is protected. A date for picking up pots will be provided after registration, usually a couple weeks after class is over, or alternate pickup can be arranged. Unclaimed pots are donated to our Celebrate Summer fundraiser for childrens' charities, or disposed of.

Teachers Who Love Clay

Our instructors are members of the workshop with a passion to share their love for clay with your child. Most are full time potters or have been members of the workshop for many years and have lots of experience teaching children's classes, many seeing the same students grow in skill year after year.


Relief tile made by a student in the Children’s Summer Hand Building Class.


Finished pots made by students in the Children’s Summer Wheel Throwing Class.