POTTERY CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Pottery, including both handbuilding and throwing on the wheel, has been a core discipline at the Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts for many years.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced pottery classes and workshops are offered during all class sessions and student spots are always in high demand.

All pottery classes and workshops are held in the pottery studio on the first floor of the Guild building at 113 Kam Lake Road, Yellowknife, NT.  

Registration for Spring 2024 pottery classes and workshops will open online on March 11, 2024 at the times listed in the graphic below.  Spring classes and workshops will start in mid-April 2024 and continue through May 2024.  Offerings include beginner and intermediate wheel, continuing handbuilding, teen wheel, one-time wheel, one-time handbuilding, and maybe more!

Refer to the class/workshop listings below for descriptions and other important details including eligible membership levels, registration dates, prerequisites and other requirements for registration.





CLASS REGISTRATION

Membership in the Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts is required for participation in all classes and workshops.  To ensure that our programs are as accessible as possible, we offer several different membership levels.  Registration details for each program indicate the level of membership required and any necessary prerequisites.  Based on the preference of the instructor, some programs may require proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Classes and workshops offered during fall, winter and spring sessions.  Registration is conducted online and spaces are in high demand.  We recommend that members and prospective students subscribe to our newsletter and check our website regularly to learn about upcoming classes and workshops.

Registration and materials fees for classes and workshops are non-refundable except in very limited circumstances.  Membership fees must be paid in advance of registration and are non-refundable even if a particular class or workshop is unavailable.  Acknowledgement of our refund policy is a condition of registration.  Registrations cannot be transferred between students or between classes or workshops.

SPRING 2024 POTTERY CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Registration Opens on March 11, 2024

    • April 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 8

    Come in and get a bit muddy on a Saturday morning!  We will teach you how to make a mug using hand-building techniques. Choose from one of three designs and personalize it with your choice of textures or design.  Pick out a glaze colour and Guild potters will glaze it for you. You'll return to pick it up a few weeks later after firing.

    Instructors:  Jenny Tucker and Melanie Desjardins

    PrerequisitesNothing but a positive attitude!  Age 16 or older.

    Cost:  $60 (includes clay and completion of pieces by Guild potters)

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 10:00 am
    Registration Closes:  April 6, 2024

    • April 15, 2024
    • May 27, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • 8

    Broaden and deepen your hand building skills in a supportive environment. Explore a series of stepwise projects intended to increase your pottery independence.

    Instructor:  Jenny Tucker

    Prerequisites:  Completion of Handbuilding - Beginner at the Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts or previous experience approved by the instructor.  Age 16 or older.

    Cost:  $258 (includes 1 bag of clay; additional clay can be purchased through the Guild website)

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm
    Registration Closes:  April 8, 2024

    • April 16, 2024
    • May 28, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • 8


    Learn the basics of wheel thrown pottery: wedging, centering, throwing simple shapes, trimming, firing and glazing.

    Instructors:  Georgina Williston and Amelia Cox

    Prerequisites:  No prior experience necessary.  Age 16 or older.

    Cost:  $258 (includes 1 bag of clay; additional clay can be purchased through Guild website)

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm
    Registration Closes:  April 9, 2024

    • April 17, 2024
    • May 29, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • 7

    This class will teach you how to center larger amounts of clay and will refine skills learned in beginner wheel classes.  It will also introduce students to more advanced skills such as adding handles and lids.

    Instructors: Yewon Kang and Wendy Stephenson

    Prerequisites:  Completion of Wheel - Beginner Level 1; able to center clay and make basic cylinders on the wheel.  Age 16 or older.

    Cost:  $228 (clay not included; clay must be purchased separately through Guild website)

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm
    Registration Closes:  April 10, 2024

    • April 20, 2024
    • May 25, 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • 8

    Experiment with hand building and wheel throwing to explore how to get clay to do what you want. Techniques will include how to make a mug, a bowl, a plate and how to glaze. If you’re 11-15 years old and interested in the art and science of clay, this class is for you!

    Instructors:  Stacey Lymer, Melanie Desjardins and Rachel Makohoniuk

    Prerequisites:  Ages 11 to 15 only.

    Cost:  $223 (includes clay)

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 10:00 am
    Registration Closes:  April 13, 2024

    • April 26, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 8

    Looking to try out pottery without the commitment of a full class?  Looking for a fun way to hang out with a friend? Want to surprise your sweetie with a unique date idea?

    At One-Time Wheel Night, you can try your hand at throwing a bowl on the wheel.  Friendly guild members will be available to demo techniques and support you in your efforts to tame the clay and turn it into an object you can actually eat or drink from.

    The goal of the night will be to have fun and create a piece or two to take home.  You will be able to choose a glaze for your magnificent creation.  In two weeks, once it has dried and been fired and glazed by our members, it will be available for pick up.

    Instructors:  Amelia Cox and Alana Kronstal 

    PrerequisitesNothing but a positive attitude!  Age 16 or older.

    Cost:  $60 (includes clay and completion of pieces by Guild potters)

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm
    Registration Closes:  April 19, 2024

    • May 12, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 8

    This workshop will expand your glazing horizons with demonstrations and hands-on experimentation with a variety of creative glazing techniques.

    Students should come prepared with their own bisqued ware made prior to the workshop to try out glazing techniques.

    Instructors:  Wendy Stephenson, Janet Diveky and Michelle Fortin

    PrerequisitesActive scheduled open studio potter, full studio potter or pottery class participant. Suitable for both wheel and hand building potters.  Age 16 or older.

    Cost:  $25

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 10:00 am
    Registration Closes:   May 5, 2024

    • May 24, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 8

    Looking to try out pottery without the commitment of a full class?  Looking for a fun way to hang out with a friend? Want to surprise your sweetie with a unique date idea?

    At One-Time Wheel Night, you can try your hand at throwing a bowl on the wheel.  Friendly guild members will be available to demo techniques and support you in your efforts to tame the clay and turn it into an object you can actually eat or drink from.

    The goal of the night will be to have fun and create a piece or two to take home.  You will be able to choose a glaze for your magnificent creation.  In two weeks, once it has dried and been fired and glazed by our members, it will be available for pick up.

    Instructors:  Amelia Cox and Rosie Taylor 

    PrerequisitesNothing but a positive attitude!  Age 16 or older.

    Cost:  $60 (includes clay and completion of pieces by Guild potters)

    Registration Opens:  March 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm
    Registration Closes:  May 17, 2024


Yellowknife Guild of Arts and Crafts
113 Kam Lake Road, Yellowknife, NT  X1A 0G3
867-920-4573
yellowknifeguild@gmail.com

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