teaching

Want to learn more about ceramics and pottery?

Over the last twenty 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 Pottery, we are keen to teach classes and specialised workshops. See Rahu Road Pottery Website for more information.
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 2022

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 2022 Workshops we’re only taking bookings after the date listed in the class details. To book, please click on the button below – you’ll be taken to the Rahu Road Pottery website.

Glaze Technology – Beginner

Date: 7 May
Bookings open: 9am, 18 April

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 students. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Glaze Technology – Intermediate

Date: 11 June
Booking opens: 9am, 23 May

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. You will have a go at glaze test trials and learn tips of the trade about material selection. There will also be time to answer your specific glaze issue. Maximum 6 students. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Mastering Wood Firing Effects

Date: 24 & 25 September
Bookings open: 9am, 15 August

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 wood fired soda glazing. We will be exploring different slips, glazes and clays and firing pieces raw where necessary. We will be loading on Saturday, firing on Sunday with the unloading happening on the following Saturday. Maximum 6 students. $380 (includes refreshments and lunches)

Throwing Mugs

Date: 29 October
Bookings open: 9am, 10 October

The mug is one of the most intimate ceramic objects you can make, snuggling into your finger and meeting your lips every time you drink from it. So when it comes to throwing the form and pulling the handle thought must be given to how it will be used. Students will be learning on the Leach treadle wheel, throwing a range of shapes before finishing them with a variety of ways to form a handle. To get the most from this workshop you do need some throwing skills. Maximum 4 students. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch)