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
Workshops for 2020
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
For the 2020 Workshops we’re only taking bookings after the date listed in the class details. To book, please use the contact form. We work on a first in, first served order and full payment of the course fee is required to secure your place on the workshop.
To book your spot please use the contact form and I’ll get back to you with payment details.
Local accommodation options:
Taming of the kiln
Date: 18 & 19 April, all day
Booking opens 9am 17 February 2020
This workshop is all about heat and how to control it. Based around loading and firing of our wood kiln for a soda firing we will also be covering the principles at work in wood fired kilns. Work for the firing will need to be bisque fired and glazed with suitable stoneware glazes (firing to cone 11), loading on Saturday and firing on Sunday. The kiln will be unloaded on the following Saturday. A limited range of glazes and flashing slips available. Maximum 6 people, $320 (includes refreshments and lunches)
Mastering woodfiring effects
Date: 26 & 27 September, all day
Booking opens: 9am 13 July 2020
A more advanced workshop to the earlier ‘Taming of the Kiln’ workshop that is more focussed on you developing an individual approach and aesthetic to woodfired soda glazing. We will be exploring different slips, glazes and clays and firing pieces raw where necessary. Again we will be loading on Saturday, firing on Sunday with the unloading happening on the following Saturday. Maximum 6 people. $320 (includes refreshments and lunches)
Throwing lidded forms
Date: 21 March, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens 9am 17 February 2020
A one day intensive course that explores lids and galleries. Duncan will demonstrate a range of techniques and forms that you will then have a go at making. Considerations about aesthetics and functionality will be covered as well as tips on glazing. To get the most from this workshop you do need some throwing skills.
We will be using the Leach treadle wheel. Maximum of 4 people. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Glaze technology – introduction
Date: 23 May 2020, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens 9am 20 April 2020
This course covers glazing methods including tools, spraying and resists. We will also cover a basic overview of the materials that make up a glaze and what to look for in a new glaze recipe. Bring some of your own bisque ware to practice on. Maximum 6 people. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Glaze technology – intermediate
Date: 27 June, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens 9am 18 May 2020
This course is focussed on understanding what materials are used in making up a glaze, how to formulate a recipe and test it and how to take an existing glaze and make it your own by adapting it to your clay and style. Maximum 6 people. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Glaze technology – advanced
Date: 22 August, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens 9am 20 July 2020
Delve into the chemistry that sits behind the materials we use in glazes. This course is focussed on understanding Unity Molecular Formula and how that applies to your glazes. We look at the important ratios between different oxides and how these affect your glazes. Maximum 6 people. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Adding the details
Date: 24 October, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens 9am 21 September 2020
This workshop looks at how important the finishing details are in resolving your work. Handles, lugs, stamps, textures all play an important part in developing your style and can help the functionality of your work as well. Whether thrown or hand built this course will open your eyes to the huge wealth of detail out there waiting for you. Maximum of 4 people. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Terms and Conditions
Rahu Road Pottery reserves the right to cancel a class if it fails to achieve a minimum number of enrolments, or for reasons outside its control. A full refund will be given if the course is cancelled by Rahu Road Pottery.
If a student cancels their enrolment three or more weeks prior to course commencement then a full refund will be given. If a student cancels their enrolment within two week of course commencement then a refund will be given minus an administration fee of $60. If a student cancels their enrolment within one week or after the start date of the course then no refund will be given.
A confirmed booking requires full payment of the tuition fee.
Rahu Road Pottery reserves the right to discontinue tuition for any student deemed to be unsuitable for the course.
Rahu Road Pottery reserves the right to change the tutor on advertised courses and replace that tutor with another suitable tutor without advertising those changes or refunding course fees.
All students must comply with the Health and Safety policy of Rahu Road Pottery