Cori's Clay Class - Pottery Lessons


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WINTER TERM STARTS    MON. JAN. 9  &  TUES.  JAN. 10 - 2017

Wrap your head and hands around your imagination!
Come and explore, and above else,

Reclaim your hands, rediscover your inner artist.
Have you always wanted to take pottery lessons?
Let me share with you my enthusiasm about the clay's possibilities here in my potter's studio.
Learn about traditional methods of hand building,  pinching, coiling and various slab techniques.
Get caught up in the excitement of the potter's wheel.  I'll guide you through the process of decorating and glazing your work.  You will be making pots that you can keep and gift away to friends and family.

Ha! It's dirty work, but someone's gotta do it!

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Pottery Is The New Black

Cori's Clay Safari
A - 2 day Intensive Workshop
for New & Almost New Potters

Next Workshop will be in the Spring, 2017
Check back for dates

Talk about Fun!


If you are still interested in an intensive workshop, do let me know and
I may set up another session in the winter.

Early Bird Special Pricing - Sign up before Sept. 5/16 and receive 20% off  Workshop fee
Regular price = $247.50/day    Early-bird price = $198.00/day
Current students who have signed up for Fall Term of Cori's Clay Class also benefit from early bird pricing.

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$325.00 + materials/tools see below
($50.00 non refundable deposit to secure your spot

Limited spaces still available



9:30 - 12:00
1:30 - 4:00
6:30 - 9:00 

9:30 - 12:00
1:30 - 4:00
6:30 -   9:00 

- 5 students max per class
- Teaching revolves around you.  
- You will learn Wheel/Throwing & Hand-building Pottery making techniques.
- Dates are subject to change, depending on enrollment.
- Students sign up for an 8 week term of 2.5 hours classes,
  and attend the same chosen class time for the duration of the term.
- Adult classes are $325.00 / term + materials
+ $30.00/bag of clay which includes glazes and firings
  **(only clay purchased from this class may be used/fired in the studio)
+ $20.00 for basic tools kit. (There are additional tools in the studio which you are welcome to use, but it is recommended to have your own basic set.)
Additional tools and Chinese glaze/paint/calligraphy brushes are be available for sale that are not included in your basic tool kit.

Cori's Clay Class provides a fun, relaxed and welcoming place to get your creativity mojo working.
Learn how to throw on a potter's wheel, or hand-build. You'll decorate and glaze your work.
With 5 students maximum per class, there is a lot of personal attention.

Types of classes/levels available:
Wheel for Beginners
Wheel 2
Intermediate Wheel: Teapots, complex and altered forms
Wheel & Hand-building - Beginner
Hand-building - Beginner Basics
Hand-building 2 - Intermediate


Cori's Clay Safari

$198.00 - 247.50/day   Tailored Workshops
($50.00 non refundable deposit to secure your spot)


Do you just want to get down to it?  Do you want to hone your skills?
Here on the west coast of British Columbia, you'll join me in my studio, across from the ocean for a
2 day or 3 day workshop (10 - 4:30) each day.  You will spend concentrated time working through fundamentals and particulars of throwing on the potters wheel and or hand-building.
This is a process based workshop - so you will not be going home with any completed work, but you will be making making making - considering form, technique, altering & trimming.

Day 1,  you will concentrate on making work - throwing/hand building - depending on your desire.

On day 2, 3 we will be trimming work, discussing decorative applications and applying wet slip decoration and slip transfer decoration, mashima or inlay decoration,  and texturing decorating techniques on work made on day 1.

If you would choose to continue to work on throwing only, that is also completely possible.
I am happy to tailor a workshop to your specific needs and wants.

This is your time and we can work on specific areas that you are interested in 'getting down'.

  • $247.50 / day  - regular price
  • $198.00  /day - early bird special price if registered by Sept. 5/16
                           - pre-registered cori's clay class students
  • 1 bag clay included
  • (additional clay, 30.00/bag)
  • Lunch included

If you are coming to Vancouver Island for the first time, you may want to schedule an extra day or two just to take in some of the beauty that I get to live with everyday.  Depending on the time of year, you may want to go whale watching, or hiking or take in a summertime music festival.


$47.50/person (minimum 4 people)

Bachelorette Parties
Workers Unite Parties
"Get Your Creativity On" Night

Get together in the pottery studio.  A one night, 2 hour claytastic time.
This is NOT a paint some standard mug thing, but is IS A REAL POTTERY STUDIO.
Laugh with your friends as you throwing clay on the potters wheel and hand build some beautiful items that you can pick up after I have fired them for you.

Here are just a few of the items we can plan to make.
Each Girl's Night is different, and we can tailor an evening just for you and your besties.
Luminaries (candle pots)
Horsedeovers Platters
Garden Ornaments
Christmas Ornaments
Jewellery Pendants and Earings
Musical Rocks & Pouches
Balloon Bowls
Wall Pillows

1 hour session = $49.95


Do you live in another city, town, or country?  Would you like one on one pottery instruction?
Have you seen my live streaming videos on Periscope and want some one on one instruction?
Are you already making pots, but want to get some guidance on your throwing skills or learn a new skills but can't make it here to Cori's Clay Class or to a workshop?

Skype or Face - Time session are available for just that purpose.

Each session is catered to your specific needs.

Let's connect to see how I can best help you out.

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What Kind Of Student Are You?

Wheel - Beginner

This level offers an introduction to the potter's wheel. You will learn how to make a simple round vessel. A cylinder is the foundation shape for almost every other creation made on the potter’s wheel and you will learn how to make this form in various sizes.

At the end of the class, you can expect to take home 3-8 finished pieces: this might include mugs, bowls, small lidded pots,egg cups, creamer/sugar, tea light holders and more.  You will decorate your pots with varying techniques which may include carving, adding colour using coloured slips, sgraffito or scratching through the coloured slip, and simple glazing.

If you are a complete beginners or have limited experience, this level would be appropriate for you.

Wheel AND Hand-building: Beginner

This level is a combination of both worlds.  Throwing on a potter's wheel and free form hand-building utilizing several different methods; coiling, pinching, scraping, soft and hard slab construction.
You will learn basic decoration and glazing techniques toward the end of the term.

This level would be appropriate for someone who is a complete novice, or one who has taken fewer than 3 pottery classes.

Wheel 2

This class or level requires that you have taken at least one beginner wheel class.
To participate at this level, you'll require clarity about how to throw a cylinder or bowl and be prepared to practice what you have learned to date.  This level will also have you refining your skills in wedging clay, entering, pulling walls and trimming, making and attaching handles - both hand-built and pulled handles.

We will work on your abilities to consistently be able to center and control your clay. You will also be asked to keep a sketch book or have drawing references for you to be able to make the shapes you plan to make.

More surface decoration techniques will be examined at this level

Cori Sandler, Studio Potter, Pottery classes

Intermediate Wheel: Teapots, Complex adn Alterred forms

Can you easily and comfortably center and throw cylinders and bowls?. Have you begun to explore more complex shapes? If so, then consider this level for yourself.
You will divide the term in two parts. 4 weeks of making teapots. Understanding and examining the multiple components which are required in this form.  There are several throwing challenges in making a teapot including lids  and handles/knobs that both fit physically and visually, spouts that pour and are placed accurately, collaring teapot openings and creating a seat or gallery for the lid to sit in, pulling handles and assembly of all components.
The remaining session will be creating a teapot form you have chosen and utilizing all you have learned in the previous weeks.

Hand-Building: Beginner Basics

This is an intro to hand-building. You'll be introduced to basic techniques  including pinching, coiling, slab rolling, carving, soft and hard scab construction.  With a variety of decorating techniques taught at this level, you'll learn to bring life to your projects.  You will be introduced to  painting with coloured slips, and scratching through the slip (scraffito) and basic glazing.  You will take on projects that a geared to your experience level. You can work on specific projects offered in class, or you may wish to work on your own projects utilizing methods taught in class.  The sample projects shown in each class will vary and may include such items as mugs, bowls, serving platters, wall plaques, plates, pitchers, teapots, candle holders, boxes, vases and small sculptures. Your imagination is the limit in this class.

This level is appropriate for all levels of experience.

Life is meant to be flexible.
A deposit of $50 reserves your spot.
Space is limited so as to give you lots of personalized attention.
Balance due first day of class.
$20 cancellation fee

Once you have been confirmed in the class/event/workshop,
you can head to my SHOP where you will be able to send your deposit to secure your spot.

Get in touch with me to discuss all the possibilities.
Classes will run with a minimum of 3 people.

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