Vancouver has loads of studios with classes, drop-in classes, and paint-your-own-pottery shops that will keep every novice and professional potter spinning happily.
Devote an entire day to celebrating ceramics! Go by yourself, have a party, or bring the kids. Commemorate a special date with your partner by creating something together.
Something about ceramics takes us back in time to a medieval place where humans walked closer to the earth. Clay cups and bowls, urns and pitchers were all practical means of survival. Nowadays, quality pottery is a luxury. Even though most pottery is now fired in kilns and not baked in the sun, holding a cleverly-crafted cup in your hands can connect you with history.
Classes and Shared Studios:
Beginners and old hats alike will have muddy fingers and a great view of False Creek at Claytek Studios. Membership is just $56/month and covers unlimited studio use, equipment, firing, glazing, and the administration fee is waived for people taking classes where the basics of potting are taught. Six-week sessions of 3-hour classes are $180 (plus clay & tax). Eight-week sessions of 2 ½-hour classes are $200. Class price includes unlimited drop-ins, wheels, glazing and firing.
Trout Lake Community Centre has a Pottery Club that caters for beginners and advanced students. Pottery is also available on a drop-in basis.
Kensington Community Centre opened in 1980 and offers a wide range of facilities and classes. The Pottery studio offers beginner and advanced classes, plus a pottery club. Their website gives good details of fees and opening times.
False Creek Community Centre is located on the waterfront of Granville Island. It offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities, and the website gives details of opening times and fees, plus online registration for pottery classes. There is an excellent range of pottery classes available:
- Wheel Throwing classes with Keith Lehman, inventor of the Mothership Cookie Jar and Podrums. Tuesday and Thursday.
- Wheel Throwing Skill Builder with Keith Lehman. Tuesdays.
- Pottery For Kids with Keith Lehman on Thursdays
- Youth Pottery on Wednesdays.
West End Community Centre is located on Denman Street and has ample parking facilities. The website gives details of pottery classes and allows online registration.
- Beginner’s Pottery
- Wheel throwing Tuesday and Thursday.
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is located on Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, Vancouver and has a wide variety of arts and ceramics programs. Their website allows you to download the latest program guide, including times of courses, with fees. It is possible to register online.
For a place to really connect with community, visit HiDe studio. This place has weekly events, music, classes and a gallery. You may use their studio to create your own work of art for a $12 studio drop-in fee plus the cost of clay. This includes trimming, glazing and firing. You’ll need to allow 4-6 weeks for completion. HiDe also offers private parties for groups of four or more.
Moms and Dads, plan your next family outing or birthday party where everyone is an artist at Bella Ceramica. Open daily, this paint-your-own style studio is located on the second floor. Children, young and old, love creating keepsakes, and wouldn’t this make the perfect gift. What a great rainy-day activity! Pay a small usage fee of $2.25/adult $1.25/child plus the cost of the item you choose. Price includes paint, firing and glazing and access for the entire day. Please allow 24-48 hours for completion.
By Bethany Learn