pottery classes (8 weeks)

dex(terity) lab offers a variety of pottery classes and workshops in our brand new studio. suitable for all levels, our classes cover introductory and advanced techniques in wheel throwing, hand building, decorating, and glazing. classes are limited to 6-8 students to guarantee each participant has access to all equipment and receives individual attention. 

classes run for 8 weeks with a new demo each week. 

please see below for outlines for both our wheel throwing and hand building classes.

wheel throwing ( 8 weeks)

                  hand building (8 weeks)

week 1 - cylinders
                  week 1 - pinch pots/coil pots
week 2 - bowls                  week 2 - soft slab
week 3 - trimming & handles                  week 3 - hard slab
week 4 - bottle forms                  week 4 - glazing
week 5 - glazing                  week 5 - individual project
week 6 - plates & platters                  week 6 - individual project
week 7 - trimming                  week 7 - individual project
week 8 - glazing                  week 8 - glazing



make up classes are possible only if there is space in another class. if not, a make up class can be done on the last class of another session for glazing only. 

each student will receive a tool kit at the beginning of the session. there is a $15.00 tool deposit which is refundable as long as all tools are returned at the end of the session. 

clay is purchased in 5kg blocks for $20.00/5kg. on average, students use between 1-3 block per 8 week session. 

all glazes and firings are included in the registration fee.

the total for an 8 week session, tool deposit, and one 5kg block of clay is $357.05 including all taxes.

for more information please feel free to email us at info@thedexlab.com


decorating / glazing intensive class ( 6 weeks)

this 6 week intensive course focuses solely on various decorating and glazing techniques involved in the making process. each week there will be an in-depth demo and students will be given time to experiment. this class is suited for novice to advanced students looking to expand on their skills to create more interesting and sophisticated surfaces. due to the involved process of each class, make up classes are not available. 

all materials are included in this class and each student will receive the appropriate greenware/bisque tiles and cylinders to experiment with for each class.

classes are 3 hours each and will begin promptly at the scheduled time to cover the weeks material.

class fee is $350.00 + HST for a total of $395.50

class outline

week 1 - making marks (stamping, scratching, carving, sprigs, and wax resist)

week 2 - all about slip! (coloured slips, trailing, marbling, combing, mishima)

week 3 - underglaze (pencil making, transfers, mixing underglazes)

week 4 - all about glaze! (recipes, mixing, altering, applications)

week 5 - silkscreening (image prep, exposing, printing, transfers)

weel 6 - ceramic decals, overglazes, lustres (due to the price of gold, gold lustre may be purchased in class for an additional $50.00. This is not a requirement for the class)



pottery mold making/slip casting ( 4 weeks)

this four week intensive course focuses solely on various model and mold making techniques involved in the slip casting process. each week there will be an in-depth demo and students will be given time to make their own models for a one and two piece plaster mold. this class is suited for complete beginners to novice students looking to expand on their pottery skills. due to the involved process of each class, make up classes are not available. 

all materials are included in this class and each student will make a one and two piece mold, as well as several casts of each mold.

classes are 3 hours each and will begin promptly at the scheduled time to cover the weeks material.

class fee is $250.00 + HST for a total of $282.50

class outline

week 1 - making models

week 2 - one piece mold

week 3 - two piece mold and casting from one piece mold

week 4 - casting from one and two piece mold

for more information please feel free to email us at info@thedexlab.com

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upcoming class dates

  • monday evenings from 6-9pm
    wheel throwing
  • january 7 - march 4, 2019
  • (no class February 18th - family day)
  • (8 weeks - $285.00 + HST, $15.00 tool deposit, $20.00 5/kg clay)
  • monday afternoons from 2-5pm
    decorating/glazing intensive)
  • january 7 - february 11, 2019
  • (6 weeks - $350.00 + HST, all materials included)
  • thursday evenings from 6-9pm
    wheel throwing
  • january 10 - march 7, 2019
  • (no class on february 21st - family day)
  • (8 weeks - $285.00 + HST, $15.00 tool deposit, $20.00 5/kg clay)