Pottery and clay classes

Learn fundamental handbuilding techniques or take the potter’s wheel for a spin in our pottery and clay classes. Explore finishing and glaze processes. Experience the versatility of clay. We have pottery classes for all ages and skill levels. 

Benefits of learning pottery and clay

Pottery is an art form that's been around for thousands of years and has evolved from making simple everyday objects to intricate works of art.

Working with clay is physical. It strengthens your hands, wrists, arms and core. Handling clay captures your senses and draws your focus into the present.  

Winter registration dates

You can now register for winter programs, classes and day camps.

Registration will open:

  • 6 a.m. — Online (virtual waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.)
  • 8:30 a.m. — By calling the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (option 1).
  • During business hours — At any City-operated Aquatic & Recreation or Arts facility.

Types of pottery and clay classes

You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling


About our art instructors

Our instructors are practicing artists that have formal art training and teaching experience. They offer their expertise in a variety of disciplines and enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities.

Our instructors ensure that classes are always fresh and challenging for new and returning participants. They adapt to students' needs and encourage them to try new ideas and methods. 

What are classes like?

Students will learn different techniques for working in clay such as building with slabs, coils, and working on a potter’s wheel. You’ll learn surface decoration and glazing processes. Discover a bit of the science of ceramics, when the materials meet extreme heat.  

Classes usually begin with a topic discussion and technique demonstrations. Much of the class time will be practicing skills and applying what's been learned. Class length is determined by age group:

  • All adult classes are two and a half-hour long
  • School age children are 90 minutes long
  • Preschool 60 minutes long

Come prepared

  • Bringing an apron and a towel to a clay class is recommended (adult classes)
  • Clothes that you're ok to get clay on
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Waterbottle

Unless otherwise stated in a particular adult class, supplies are extra and a shopping list of materials will be discussed during the first class. All tools and supplies for kids classes are included.

Your safety comes first

Working with clay comes with a variety of hazards. Both our art centres are ISO Environment certified for your safety.

  • Glazes are made on site by our trained technicians. They are tested for consistency, lead-free and food safe.
  • Our ceramic kilns are ventilated and located a safe distance from the studio areas.
  • We use approved, non-toxic art materials in our children's programs.

More art classes

Learn how to set up an account, register for programs and find information on cancellations in the help section of Live and Play.