Ceramic Arts Courses

Discover the expressive qualities of clay. Ceramic Arts offers a full range of creative and technical skills: from wheel thrown and hand built functional wear, to decorative and sculptural forms.
Ceramic Foundations

Learn techniques for hand building and throwing on the potter's wheel. Beginners and those with some clay experience will become acquainted with hand building techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, soft and hard slabs building, additive, manipulating the clay and oth...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses

NOTES: Natalie Waddell is a Toronto-based potter and Ceramic Artist. A student of the Sheridan College Ceramic Craft and Design program (2003), she has continued her studies by attending workshops lead by local and international ceramic artists and educators. Natalie has continuously explored and developed new bodies of functional and sculptural work. She is an active member of the Akin Artist Collective, the Toronto Potters Association, the Potters Guild of Hamilton and Region, FUSION: Ontario Clay and Glass Association and NCECA - the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and Craft Ontario.
Ceramic Foundations: Wednesday Afternoons

Learn techniques for handbuilding and throwing on the potter's wheel. Beginners and those with some clay experience will become acquainted with handbuilding techniques such as pinch pots, coiling, soft and hard slabs building, additive, manipulating the clay and other...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
5-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Noel Yardley was born in Cape Town, South Africa. From a young age, Noel made toys from found materials in his environment. After completing high school, he registered for an Art Degree majoring in Ceramics and Sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, graduating in 1998. From his ceramic studio in Cape Town, he taught adult classes and created commissioned works for galleries, home décor shops and interior designers. He also worked as the production manager for ‘Art in the Forest’, a non-profit organization providing art and ceramic classes to underprivileged children. Noel has been involved in various trade shows and juried exhibitions such as the Emerging Creatives for the Design Indaba, Cape Town in 2011 and he was a solo exhibitor at the same event in 2014. He was also part of a specially selected artisan collective making functional handmade ceramics for a South African retail store. Noel’s work was featured in 100% Design in Johannesburg and was part of a group exhibition at Maison&Objet, Paris in 2016. His work can be found in private collections in Milan, Berlin and Norfolk, Virginia.
Ceramics: Learn to Throw!

Learn to throw on the potter's wheel with potter and teacher Raymond Chau. This is a mixed level course for students at any level of experience. Learn and build skills in throwing, trimming technique, surface decoration and gl...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
5-week courses
8-week courses

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.
Ceramics: Surface Exploration

Learn a combination of pottery techniques like pinching, slab work and throwing on the wheel. Beginners and those with clay experience will have the opportunity to combine these techniques to create a pot or sculpture. The focus of this course is to ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
5-week courses
8-week courses

NOTES: Noel was born in Cape Town, South Africa. From a young age, Noel made toys from found materials in his environment. After completing high school, he registered for an Art Degree majoring in Ceramics and Sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, graduating in 1998. From his ceramic studio in Cape Town, he taught adult classes and created commissioned works for galleries, home décor shops and interior designers. He also worked as the production manager for ‘Art in the Forest’, a non-profit organization providing art and ceramic classes to underprivileged children. Noel has been involved in various trade shows and juried exhibitions such as the Emerging Creatives for the Design Indaba, Cape Town in 2011 and he was a solo exhibitor at the same event in 2014. He was also part of a specially selected artisan collective making functional handmade ceramics for a South African retail store. Noel’s work was featured in 100% Design in Johannesburg and was part of a group exhibition at Maison&Objet, Paris in 2016. His work can be found in private collections in Milan, Berlin and Norfolk, Virginia.
Culinary Ceramics

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, st...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
7- weeks courses
5-week courses
8-week courses

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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