classes START SATURDAY
4th May 2013
All levels from novice to
experienced except where indicated
Handbuilding and wheelthrowing
Tues 9.30am -12.30pm
wheelthrowing & handbuilding
Fee includes materials & firing
7 weeks starting Saturday 11th May
7 weeks starting Monday 13th May
TUES 9.30am -12.30pm
7 weeks starting Tuesday 14th May
7 weeks starting Tuesday 14th FEBRUARY
A seven-week course for people
with no or limited pottery experience.
In weeks 1 to 3 students will
get a feel for clay and its properties through learning
various hand-building techniques such as pinch pots, coiling
and slab work.
In weeks 4 to 6 the focus will
shift to the potter’s wheel where you will learn how to
centre clay (the basis for all wheel-throwing) and form
cylinders and other shapes.
In the final week of the course
work produced during weeks 1 to 6 will be glazed ready for
At the end of the course
students will be in a position to move on to the general
adult classes with a good basic knowledge of working with
clay, ready to hone their skills and learn further
starting Thursday 9th May 7-10pm
maximum of 9 students
A 9-week advanced course focusing on the finer skills for the
wheelthrower with an emphasis on functional ware.
Students will need intermediate throwing skills, ie you
will be expected to centre and pull a cylinder confidently,
trim well and have a good understanding of the glazing
process. Students will need their own tools, brushes,
The course will cover making galleries with well-fitting
lids, larger pots, pulled handles, complex forms such as
teapots, repetition throwing and improving glazing skills.
This is a more formalised course in that projects will be
given that the class will do together. You may even get
homework! At the end of the course pots will be fired in a
Approximate weekly schedule and topics to be covered:
Week 1: cylinders - forming a cylinder and pulling better
walls; bellied forms.
Week 2: bottles; closed forms; galleries and lids; throwing
lids off the hump.
Week 3: trimming; chucks and chums.
Week 4: fitting lids; adding knobs; larger forms; trimming
Week 5: mugs, cups and saucers.
Week 6: handles; lugs; using bats; bowls; plates.
Week 7: glazing; decoration; spouts; teapots.
Week 8: more teapots; throwing larger forms.
Week 9: finishing; lapping in lids; sanding bases.
Teacher: Chris Harford
Electric Kiln Firing
starting Tuesday 21st May 7-9pm
Have you got a kiln but are not too confident about firing
it? Or perhaps you’re a CPS member and would like to hire
the CPS kilns. In either case, this is the course for you.
Over three weeks you’ll be taken through:
• the different types of kilns;
• different types of clays and their firing requirements;
• how to pack a kiln for bisque and glaze firings;
• the various stages of firing;
• use and care of kiln furniture (eg shelves and props);
• health and safety aspects of kilns and firing;
• the what, how and why of programming kiln controllers,
with particular emphasis on the CPS electric kiln
Successfully completing this course entitles CPS members to
a CPS electric kiln licence, a pre-requisite to hiring the
CPS electric kilns to load and fire their own work.
This course has a maximum of 8 students so early
enrolment is advisable.
Teacher: Garry Palecek
5 weeks starting Saturday 4th
A five-week course consisting of
four 2-hour sessions and a final 3-hour firing session.
It is not the intention of this
course to create masterpieces but rather to learn about the
history and process of Raku firing, some post-fire
techniques, glaze testing and control of the firing process.
Types of clay, forms and glazes suitable for Raku firing
will be covered along with discussion about some common Raku
kiln types, including the pros and cons of these different
Pots for the final firing
session will be made during the course so students will need
some wheelthrowing and/or handbuilding skills. There will be
one glaze making session and a firing session on the final
Teacher: Garry Palecek
Term 2 class
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phone (02) 6241 7800
for more information or to enrol
(credit card payment can be done over the phone)