Workshop classes on the pottery wheel: learning focused classes for total beginners to intermediate.
These 2-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 5 years pottery experience and 12 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, for the first sessions we will focus on cylinders.
Turning - finishing the base of your work and personalizing
Glazing - one session on basic glaze technology and finishing work
Clay - 10kgs of stoneware - additional clay can be purchased during class
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!
-Wear closed toed shoes
-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.
June - July classes fall on
Tuesdays: 12th, 19th, 26th June, 3rd and 10th July - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays: 16th, 23rd and 30th of June, 7th and 14th July - 3pm-5pm
Mondays: 18Th, 25th June and 2nd, 9th and 16th July - 10:30am-12:30
This purchase is for either the Tuesday, Saturday OR Monday sessions if you want to do two(10 classes) or all three(15 classes), go ahead it will just mean you cover more information and extend your skills faster.
These classes are non-refundable, someone else might have potentially loved your spot so it's important to make sure you get there or have a friend come instead!