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clay at Home

Setting up a space in your home for online clay classes can be easier than it sounds!  All you need is a table and some simple tools that can be found lying around at home.  We are here to help you get started and are so excited to announce the launch of our first online hand-building workshop series!  This series consists of five workshops as well as weekly live zoom question and answer periods with the instructor.  If you are interested in exploring your creativity in a fun and interactive way, from the comfort of your own home, continue reading below for all of the details.

Hand-building With Clay at Home 

In these fun, interactive and unique workshops, you will learn a variety of techniques, approaches and creative ways to make a variety of finished pieces.  All workshops use hand-building techniques only (no potters wheel required).  All levels of experience are welcome. The workshops are listed below in sequence from easiest to most advanced in skill level.  You can pause the videos anytime and go at your own pace!

Before purchasing a class(es), please watch our welcome video where Karisa introduces herself and shares some information about the tools that will be required for these workshops.  Everything can be done from the comfort of your home!

We understand that online classes are never quite the same as in-person human interaction.  With a desire to maintain this interaction, we have made this workshop series unique!  Anyone who purchases the entire workshop series bundle from Nanaimo Ceramic Arts, will have access to a weekly live zoom question and answer period with the instructor, Karisa.  This will be an opportunity to ask questions about your projects, problem solve any issues and dive into curiosities surrounding the world of clay!

To celebrate our first ever online workshops series, we are offering an introductory cost of only $55.00!  This includes five 20-40 min online workshops and five 30 min live question and answer periods with the instructor. The fall session of zoom meetings are Tuesdays at 7 Nov 16th, 23rd, and Dec 7th.  If you are local to Vancouver Island and would like to have your work fired at Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio (140 Wallace St, Nanaimo BC), you can purchase our take home clay kits.  This includes 10lbs of clay, a small sponge and firing services for all of your creations (bisque and glaze firing).  For more information on this, please check out the clay kit section under Firing Services, or give us a call at 250-754-8377 and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Once you are subscribed for this class you will be able to login to the Hand-building at home tab where you will find all 5 classes and links to the zoom meetings. Learn about each project in the section below below


1. Pinch Pot Planter Pot

18min Tutorial

This workshop shows you how to create a planter pot using a pinching technique.  We will talk about using materials from nature to explore surface texture techniques and how to create a drainage hole in the bottom of the planter.  This is one of the most simple, fun and rewarding projects. The first step is a ball of clay and it transforms into a beautiful planter pot right before your eyes!

2. Tiny Tea Dishes With Texture & Feet
25 min tutorial

In this workshop we learn how to create tiny dishes that can be used for a variety of everyday uses such as tea dishes, jewellery holders, spoon rests, soap dishes and more!  Make one, or make five! We will talk about shape variation, surface texture, raised edges

3. Slab Built Mug With Texture
47min tutorials

This workshop shows you step by step, how to create a mug!  We go through how to roll out a slab, surface texture techniques, how to make a cylinder, how to attach a base and how to make and attach a handle. You can take a lot of the techniques from this workshop and apply them in endless creative ways to all of your future handbuilt projects!

4. Funky Coiled Vase
38 min

Coils, coils and more coils!  Learn how to create a vase made from the coiling technique.  We will talk about how to roll out coils, how to maintain a consistent evenness, spiraling techniques, attachments and more. The possibilities with coils are endless and there are infinite ways that you can take this technique and run with it in your own unique creative direction! 

Shaping Clay
Shaping Clay

5. Large Vessel & Shape Variation
40 min

Let’s dive deeper into soft slab building techniques!  In this workshop, we will be exploring the same technique as in the make a mug workshop, except we will be taking it in the direction of a larger scale piece & form variations.  This workshop requires you to let your slab dry for a little bit before going onto the next step. Be prepared to lightly cover it with a piece of plastic, or let it sit and air dry for a little while