Over the last dozen years or so I have taught a wide range of pottery classes. Ranging from night school hobby classes through to tertiary level specialist ceramic courses. At the Auckland Studio Potters I was the regular Wednesday morning sculpture class tutor for 6 years and I encouraged my students to take on ambitious projects and to challenge themselves. When I relocated to Hamilton and the Waikato Society of Potters I again picked up teaching – this time the Tuesday morning class and a new cohort of keen students willing to develop their skills and push boundaries.
Now that Charade and I have established our studio at Rahu Road we are keen to start classes and specialised workshops.
I am happy to travel around the country to teach workshops and so if you or your pottery club are keen then please get in touch – here’s a sample of some of the topics I can cover.

  • Glaze theory
  • Formulating glazes
  • Methods of application
  • Kiln building
  • Using and controlling electric and gas kilns
  • Wood kiln firing
  • Throwing (beginners to advanced)
  • Assembling and altering from thrown shapes
  • Slab, coil and extrusions
  • Free form sculpture

Visit the Rahu Road website for more details.

Workshops for 2018

Hosted by Rahu Road Pottery this workshop series will be an immersive experience, teaching a combination of both the how and the why of making.

Tutor: Duncan Shearer
Time: 10am to 5pm each day
Cost: $300 per workshop
To book your spot please use the contact form and I’ll get back to you with payment details.

Local accommodation options:




14 & 15 July
Surface, surface, surface

A workshop that focuses on the skin, exploring a range of textures, slips, engobes and glazes that can enliven and transform your clay work. These techniques and technologies can be applied to a wide range of forms and temperatures. Throwing and hand-building skills are useful, bring your own clay and tools, other materials provided. Maximum 6 people. $300

6 & 7 October
The Teapot Challenge

This form is seen as the ultimate test of a potters’ skill, combining a technical mastery of form and function. This workshop will focus on the wheel and delve into the secrets of what makes a good teapot, the five steps to the perfect spout and how to stamp your personality on this iconic object. Some wheel throwing skills are essential. Maximum 4 people, $300.