Workshop classes on the pottery wheel: learning focused classes for total beginners to intermediate.
These 2.5-hour, weekly classes are perfect if you are busy but have always wanted to give throwing a try or want to have more time at the wheel learning some new tricks and tips 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 second time the Thea studio will be open for lessons, we look forward to meeting you and seeing you on the wheel.
Clay - short info, preparation and Wedging
Centering - learning multiple techniques for centering clay on the wheel
Throwing - making a pot on the wheel, for the first sessions we will focus on cylinders.
Turning - finishing the base of your work and personalising
Glazing - one session on basic glaze technology and finishing work
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 workshops
Firing - 2 firings a bisque and a glaze firings
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
Tuesdays: 12th, 19th, 26th March, 2nd and 9th April - 7pm - 9:30pm
Saturdays: 16th, 23rd and 30th of March, 6th and 13th April - 10am-12:30pm
Thursday: 14th, 21st, 28th March and 4th, 11th April - 10am-12:30pm
There will also be offerings of one-off classes these would be perfectly acceptable as an add-on if you wold like to extend your skills further.
There will also be one session, introduction to the wheel classes, if you can't commit to 5 weeks but want to have a go on the wheel.
These classes are non-refundable, someone else might have potentially loved your spot so it's important to make sure you get to every class!