Workshops

Upcoming Workshops:

 Spring Workshops begin the week of April 19, 2017

Beginner Workshop: Wednesday nights 6:30pm-9:00pm
For eight weeks, first class  Wednesday April 19, last class Wednesday June 7
$475 + HST (50% deposit required to reserve your spot in class).
Includes all firings, glazes and your first 25lb bag of clay.

Advanced Workshop: Thursday nights 6:30pm-9:00pm
For eight weeks, first class Thursday April 20, last class Thursday June 8
$475 + HST (50% deposit required to reserve your spot in class).
Includes all firings, glazes and your first 25lb bag of clay.

Reserve your spot in class.

Starting in the Spring of 2017 I’ll be offering one day workshop packages for people visiting the County. Click here for more details.

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Workshop Details

 

What do you teach?

Beginner Wheel Throwing
This class is for people who don’t have any experience throwing on the wheel, or for those whose skills are a bit rusty and they’d like a refresher course. In this workshop you will learn how to:
- Make a bowl and a mug on the potters’ wheel. These are the two basic shapes, once you know how to make these two forms you can make pretty much anything.
- Use basic hand building techniques to add a personal touch to your pots.
- Decorate & glaze your wares to further enhance the style of your pottery.

This course is 6 to 8 weeks long, with weekly classes.

Location: Mena Dragonfly HQ, 1287 County Rd 12, West Lake, Prince Edward County.

Cost: $375 to $475 + HST (50% deposit required to secure your spot).

Advanced Wheel Throwing:
This workshop is geared towards people who have experience on the wheel and know how to centre and make a bowl. In this class you’ll learn how to:
- Make lidded pieces
- Make sets of things, like a set of four mugs
- Make a teapot – this is the most complex form a potter can make
- Decorating & glazing techniques.

Location: Mena Dragonfly HQ, 1287 County Rd 12, West Lake, Prince Edward County.

Cost: $375 to $475 + HST (50% deposit required to secure your spot).

Hand-Building Workshop:
This class is for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty and experience what it’s like to work with clay. In this workshop you’ll learn how to:
- Make pottery using coils & slabs.
- Pinch pots in all sizes.
- Use plaster moulds.
- Decorate & glaze your finished pieces.

This workshop is 4 weeks long. *Schedule TBA

How much does it cost?

The workshops range in price from $350 to $600 per person depending on the workshop and if you’d like a private one on one lesson with me or if you’d like to join a small group.

What is the class schedule?

Winter 2017 Workshops:
Beginner Workshop: Wednesday February 8 – Wednesday March 15, 6:30pm-9pm
Advanced Workshop: Thursday February 9 – Thursday February 16, 6:30pm-9pm

Spring 2017 Workshops:
Beginner Workshop: Wednesday April 19 – Wednesday June 7, 6:30pm-9pm
Advanced Workshop: Thursday April 20 – Thursday June 8, 6:30pm-9pm

What are the classes like?

Laid back, fun, informative, inspiring.

For each workshop I teach up to four people at one time. For you this is awesome, because you almost get private lessons. For me this is wonderful, because I can give each of you more of my attention. In my experience, the smaller the group, the quicker you can pick up the skills – and I love seeing my students learn more and more from week to week. You will be able to make some pottery by the end of the workshop.

For the first 30 – 45 minutes of each class I give a lesson including a demonstration then you have the rest of the time to work in the studio with me there to guide you.

Location

In my studio in Prince Edward County, located in West Lake at 1287 County Rd 12.

Why are Mena Dragonfly workshops better than the rest?

I love pottery, I love to teach pottery because I like to share it with people.

I was once a lot like you, for some reason I wanted to learn how to make pottery. Something about that spinning wheel just seemed so appealing. So about 15 years ago I decided to take an introductory wheel throwing workshop at a local community centre. I was hooked on wheel throwing from the start & continued taking workshops for four years straight. I loved being in that community environment, it helped spark my creativity.

My workshops are awesome because they are so small. Even if the class is full, it’s kind of like a semi private lesson for you. This is also great for me because I can easily provide one on one guidance during your practice time.

Plus, I LOVE to teach people how to make pottery. My workshops have a fun, casual feel to them, there’s absolutely no pressure. Really I just want you to have fun while learning a new skill. But that’s enough from me, I’m going to let my students tell you what the classes are like.

Testimonials

“Melanie’s dedication and passion for pottery is evident in her enthusiasm for wanting to share her knowledge with her students, bringing about a very open and friendly studio atmosphere.” – Venus

“I just completed a 6 week class with Melanie and can honestly say that she was a fabulous instructor! I went in as a complete novice (save for distant memories of Grade 7 art class), and by the end of the first class I had thrown 3 bowls that actually looked like what I’d intended, which would have never happened without her. She has the perfect mix of teaching styles, demonstrating the process and then letting her students get their hands dirty with a watchful eye providing tips as needed along the way. I’m now entirely enamored with pottery in general, entirely thanks to Melanie, and would absolutely recommend her hands down to anyone looking to revisit their childhood desires to play with dirt while learning to create beautiful, functional pottery. ” – Miranda

“A patient, considerate and careful teacher, it was a wonderful experience to learn some of the basics from Melanie.” – Colin

“As I have had the pleasure of participating in Melanie’s pottery classes I can say that as a teacher she is approachable, knowledgeable and encouraging. She has a firm understanding of the materials and brings a delightful cheer to every class. She is attuned to when her students require help and gentle guidance while providing them the space necessary to explore, discover, engage and have great fun. I certainly recommend that you take the opportunity to work with her whether it be one on one or in a group class or workshop.” – Danielle