2017 March Break and Summer Classes

Class Availability

Summer classes are finishing up. Please watch for 2018 registration opening this fall.

March Break

March Break 2018 dates will be posted in the fall 2017. The wheel class runs for 5 days, and the handbuilding class runs for 3 days. Parents and grandparents are welcome to also register for the class with their children.

Summer

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

Summer 2017 Schedule and Fees

Hand Building (Age 7 and Older):

  • July 17-21,  9-11 am > 2 spots left
  • July 17-21, 1-3 pm > 5 spots left
  • August 14-18, 9-11 am > FULL
  • August 14-18, 1-3 pm > 5 spots left (class needs 2 more students to run) cancelled

Wheel (Age 10 and Older):

  • July 17-21, 9-11 am > FULL
  • July 17-21, 1-3 pm > FULL
  • August 14-18, 9-11 am > FULL
  • August 14-18, 1-3 pm > 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 $50 for students 14 and younger, and $56.50 for students 15+. All other courses are $80 per student aged 14 and under; $90.40 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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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.

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

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