Clay Wheel FAQs

How long are classes?

We have 2 main clay wheel programs:

  1. Workshops—1.5 hour instructor lead classes
  2. Five week sessions—2 hour instructor lead classes, once a week. You always have the option to book more studio time for glazing.
How many people are in the classes?
There are a limited number of wheels in the studio, so classes are small and intimate! Usually between 4-7 students.
Do you really not need ANY experience to join?
Absolutely, no experience needed! We’ll send you some information before your first day about how to prepare for class but otherwise you can just show up and start spinning!
What kind of clay are we using?
High fire
Can I bring my own clay or fire clay from home in your kiln?
No. To ensure there are no explosions in the kiln we only fire clay that is made in the studio where we know the origin and quality.
How many pottery pieces will I make?
The number of pottery pieces you make is up to you! Our program is process-based and everyone works at their own pace. We will fire your best work after class, that means up to 2 pieces per class in workshops and up to 4 in sessions. Remember, it's about practice over perfection, so don't worry if not all your pieces are "keepers." Enjoy the journey!
What if I want to keep more pieces than allotted in the class?
No big deal! You can purchase any additional pieces you would like to keep at the end of class.
How does the glazing work?
You do the glazing! After something is created on the wheel, your clay will be completely dried out and fired in the kiln (a really really hot oven) over the course of the next week. Once it’s fired, the professional quality glazes can be applied by brush or dipping techniques. The glazing time is built into both of our programs.
What if I want more time on the wheel or for glazing?
You can book another workshop if you’d like more time on the wheel, or sign up for the next upcoming session. You always have the option to book extra glazing time at the studio.
When do I take my pieces home?
Typically, about 1 week after you’ve glazed it.
Can 2 people share 1 wheel?
We don’t offer shared wheel time. Trust me, you won’t want to share once you get started! However, you should absolutely book in with a friend and work in the same class.This way you have more time creating and practising.
I’ve heard clay can explode in the kiln…?
Air bubbles or pockets inside the clay can cause occasional explosions in the kiln. These are rare, and we always try to “bang out the bubbles” before throwing the clay. You’ll learn more about that in class.
What if my clay breaks or explodes?
This is an example of a response that you might give. It's good to be as thorough as possible in responses as that has a tendency to improve trust overall.This can occasionally happen, aThis can occasionally happen, as clay can is delicate and fragile before it is fired. We don’t offer refunds or remakes for damaged clay but we promise we treat each piece like it is a Rodin. clay can is delicate and fragile before it is fired. We don’t offer refunds or remakes for damaged clay but we promise we treat each piece like it is a Rodin.
How do I care for my clay pieces at home?
Read about it here.