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 2021

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 2021 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 – Intermediate

Date: 3 July, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens: 14 June 9am

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 students. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Glaze Technology – Advanced

Date: 4 September, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens: 16 August, 9am

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 students. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)