2017 March Break and Summer Classes

Class Availability

Summer registration is in full swing. Availability for each class is kept up to date below. To secure a spot please send in your registration asap as places are filled as they come in. Please download the registration form and follow the instructions provided for mailing in your form and cheque.

March Break

Next year's March Break dates will be posted by fall 2017. The wheel class that 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. Choose your preferred type of class and then the session date and time that suits you. Parents and grandparents can join their children in the class, too.

Schedule and Fees

Hand Building (Age 7 and Older):

  • July 17-21,  9-11 am
  • July 17-21, 1-3 pm
  • August 14-18, 9-11 am
  • August 14-18, 1-3 pm

Wheel (Age 10 and Older):

  • July 17-21, 9-11 am
  • July 17-21, 1-3 pm > FULL
  • August 14-18, 9-11 am > 1 spot left only
  • August 14-18, 1-3 pm

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. [Fees were increased this year to more accurately reflect costs.]  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.

Receipts are provided for tax purposes.

Download Registration form (.doc)

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 (sorry, no adults in this class as space is limited).

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.