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
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
To book your spot please use the contact form and I’ll get back to you with payment details.
Local accommodation options:
Weekend Workshop 1
Taming of the kiln
13 & 14 April
This workshop is all about heat and how to control it. Based around loading and firing of the wood kiln for a soda firing we will also be covering the principles at work in wood and gas 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)
Weekend Workshop 2
Throwing for creative expression
6 & 7 July
This workshop focusses on exploring the potters wheel and the way it can be used as a tool for expression. A range of techniques will be demonstrated that you can have a go at and a variety of clays available for you to try. Some throwing skills essential. We will be using the Leach treadle wheel. Maximum of 4 people. $320 (includes refreshments and lunches)
Weekend Workshop 3
Mastering woodfiring effects
28 & 29 September
A follow up 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)
Day Workshop 1
Glaze technology – introduction
This course covers glazing methods, including 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. Maximum 6 people. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Day Workshop 2
Glaze technology – intermediate
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)