• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Ceramic Arts

Explore the junction of culinary form and function in clay. 

Wheel throwing and functional handbuilding techniques will be explored to create mugs, dishes, bowls and for more advanced students, serving plates and specialty pieces such as casseroles, steamers, large bowls and more.  

Perfect for food lovers with a passion to learn how to create handmade tableware and cookware. 

Note: This course is suitable for people with some background in throwing on the potter's wheel and handbuilding.

Spring 2021: 8 Weeks:  Base Tuition: $355 + Materials Fee: $45 = Total: $400

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID 19, special policies and regulations will apply. Students must be in agreement with these health and safety regulations and TSA's policies in order to enrol.

Notes: Raymond Chau has been a potter for almost 30 years. Born in Hong Kong, Raymond’s early interest in pottery lead him to research and study Chinese pottery, travelling to 3 different pottery factories in China to learn their techniques. After moving to Canada and earning a Computer Science Degree, he decided to move back to his first love and dedicate his time and energy to a combination of food and clay. He’s been a studio potter and teacher since the mid 1990’s, creating dinner and serving wear, large form bowls and other functional and sculptural works of culinary art. Raymond’s love of food is evident in all that he creates. These passions are inseparable. His ceramics instruction reflects that celebration at the intersection of food and ceramic arts.
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What you will learn

  • Sharpen wheel throwing and hand building techniques
  • Learn how to throw larger pieces such as serving bowls and dinner plates
  • Learn to create unique pieces including  closed forms, lidded forms, specialty culinary wear, serving ware
  • Focus on function and form
  • Explore a variety of finishing techniques using slips, underglazes and glazes

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases in case you need to return any materials.

A $45 materials fee includes a 20lb. bag of Cone 5/6 stoneware clay, all firings, use of glazes and tools on site. Additional bags of clay are available for purchase at TSA (note: all clay used at TSA, must be purchased from TSA). 

During COVID, we ask that students bring and use their own basic tool kit. TSA has a limited number of these for sale on-site.  See below for specialty retailer sourcing.