Introduction to the pottery wheel classes: learning focused classes designed for total beginners, to "have a go" and learn the basics to send you on your clay journey.
These classes are 3-hours and perfect if you can not commit to a 5 week class but would like to in the future. These will be for 4 people with a hands on educator.
Esther Mcdonald, Thea owner and designer will be taking small classes of 4 to ensure each student gets plenty of one-on-one time and a wheel each. Esther has 6 years pottery experience and 13 years teaching experience, she is vibrant, a clear communicator and specialises in functional ware.
This is the first time the Thea studio will be open for lessons and it's a great opportunity to be behind the gram and to see how the pots are made.
Clay - short info, preparation and Wedging
Centering - learning multiple techniques for centering clay on the wheel
Throwing - making a pot on the wheel.
Because this is a one season class, no pots will be "finished" these classes will be focused on the process not the product ad in this way we will extend your learning further.
Clay - stoneware class clay and extra clay for purchase
Tools - A basic tool set to take home and use of studio tools while attending the class.
How to prepare:
-Wear something you can get dirty, no skirts.
-If you have a bib apron these are great, if not a old towel is helpful.
-Long nails can easily damage your work and make it difficult to throw which is something to consider!
-If you have any health/body issues or back, hand or arm issues please let us know.
-Please make sure you are on time and ready to work as 2 hours goes quick.
Classes are held in the Thea Garden studio in Ostend on Waiheke Island, More information and address will be given out once booked.
If you plan on traveling from Auckland it is a 35min boat ride from Auckland CBD and Busses and other forms of transport available on the other side to Ostend.
March - April 2019
Wednesday night class - 6:30-9:30 20th March
Friday - 10:00am - 1:00pm 22nd March
Friday 5th April - 10:00 - 1:00pm
There will also be offerings of one-off classes in production pottery and flatware, these would be perfectly acceptable as an add-on if you wold like to extend your skills further.
These classes are non-refundable, someone else might have potentially loved your spot.
We are looking forward to this season of teaching and clay.