Upcoming workshops

I offer hand building workshops with clay; these workshops are usually one or two-part classes where participants learn different techniques to build things. I schedule these workshops around my production schedule, which is my primary focus of the business and main source of income, and so class availability will fluctuate seasonally depending on my wholesale and retail workload. I don’t offer wheel classes (see my FAQ section for helpful info if you’re keen to try the wheel). For an updated schedule of offerings, please see below:


Big, beautiful bowl workshop

Saturday, April 6, 10am to noon

In this one-part workshop, participants will be guided, step-by-step through the making of a large, shallow (11”+) serving bowl that you’d be proud gift, or keep on your own counter. We’ll be making a smaller practice dish to accompany the big one, too. We’ll be layering texture, colourants, and slips to produce expressive, and delightful effects. For this project we’ll be using a warm, rich brown clay. Projects will be left at the studio after the class, carefully dried, and then fired twice, and ready for pick up on Easter Weekend Saturday. Absolutely no experience necessary, and if you’re a person who can feel intimidated by creative processes, this workshop might be for you, as we’ll be walking step-by-step through everything together. $70+tax, includes all instruction, materials, and firings.


HAND BUILDING WORKSHOPs (the workshop staple at the studio)

In this two-part course, participants learn how to pinch, coil, and slab build, and are shown sample cup, mug, and small plate projects. We work with a mid-fire temperature cream stoneware clay. In the first class, participants are supported in making what they would like to make during the remainder of the class time (it can vary, but usually it’s something equivalent to four mugs or wine cups, or a few small plates and a vase, or something around that volume and focus). 

In the second class, participants return to their work, which will have been fired once already, and are shown a variety of decorating techniques primarily utilizing underglaze colours (true colours which blend well and are similar to watercolour paints). Work is left at the studio to be fired for a second time before being ready for pick up two weeks after the date of the second class. $90+tax, includes all instruction, materials, and firings.


Tuesdays April 9 & 16, 6:30 - 9pm - CURRENTLY FULL

Tuesdays June 11 & 18, 6:30 - 9pm - space available

Wednesdays June 12 & 19, 6:30 - 9pm - space available

Email info@freighthousepottery.com to inquire about securing a spot; a $50, non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space in the hand building courses.



If you have three friends, and you’d like to schedule a one or two part workshop that works with your own schedule, please get in touch! Private group workshops for four to 10 participants can be project-specific (for example, walking everyone through the paces of building a berry bowl), or more free and open (similar to the Hand Building course described above). With a minimum of four participants, I can offer you the same participant rate as I do in my scheduled classes.