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Functional Pottery Basics (In-person)

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Learn the basics of making your own functional pottery! No experience necessary.

In this hand building pottery course, you'll learn how to work with clay from the ground up. Projects include bowls, mugs, and vases as well as decorating using texture and underglaze painting to make each piece truly your own.

At the end of this course, you will be able to make cylinders, bowls, and more complex upright pottery forms, these are the basis for most pottery shapes which gives a good base for expanding their clay abilities. Participants will also learn how to use texture and underglaze to decorate their work effectively.

We supply all of the materials, you provide your creative spirit. Please note: Wheel throwing is not included in this beginner's stage.


  • Bowls - Small to medium
  • Drinking vessels - Mugs and tumblers
  • Tall forms made in three parts - Vases
  • Decoration using underglazes and transparent coloured glaze

Course details

Winter 2023

Date/Time: Saturdays, Jan. 28 to Feb. 25, 2023 (4 weeks - no class Feb. 18)
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. | In-person
Save 15% if you register before Jan. 14, 2023
Location: The Ville Cooperative
241 Canada Street, Fredericton, N.B.
Price: $239 (+ HST)
Instructor: Megan MacKinley

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About the instructor

Megan MacKinley is a studio potter living and working in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Megan received a diploma in Fine Craft - Ceramics from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 2016. After graduating, Megan opened her own studio under the name MacKinley Ceramics where she makes functional and decorative pottery.


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