Classes are held during three terms throughout the year: fall, winter, and spring. They are taught by professional potter Shayne Snaiderman (bio below). Students of different levels work together at their own pace to learn hand-building and throwing according to their interests. Current students have priority enrolling each term up to a maximum of six consecutive terms, after which they are asked to re-join as new students during the open registration. We normally experience some turnover each term. To ensure the quality of fired products and reduce kiln accidents, students are permitted to use only clay sold by The Potter’s Studio Inc. and only glazes provided by the Studio. A maximum of two bags of clay is permitted per term. Tools and clay are delivered to students in the first class and orders for these supplies are made during the online registration process. The additional second and final bag of clay may be ordered online throughout the term: please allow a week for delivery.
Below are the classes we are now offering. Class size is limited to 7 participants to maintain COVID-19 protocols that include physical distancing and safety measures in the studio, including masking. There are no make-up classes during the pandemic.
2022 Winter Term: 12 weeksWednesdays, 7:00 to 10:00 pm, January 5 through March 23, 2022
Allows for March break from March 14 to 18, 2022
Students currently registered in the 2021 Fall session are given first priority for the Winter term after which there is open registration on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to visit our website regularly for updates regarding future classes and the date that Winter public registration opens.
Interested in seeing what students make in the classes? Check out the gallery of students' work below.
Shayne first learned she loved ceramics at age six. She has not stopped since! After her undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba and Western University, she enrolled in the full-time ceramics program at George Brown College and has continued to upgrade her skills through workshops with well known potters. She is most inspired by the creative potential of hand building and sculpting.
After graduation, she became an artist in residence at Clay Design and got her first teaching job at The Pottery on Bloor West. Teaching then became her focus. Opportunities arrived from Parks and Recreation, City of Vaughan, Banbury Summer Camp and Art Barn in Toronto, as well as workshops for special needs children and adults. Since 2000, she has been the ceramist in residence at Bernard Betel Centre teaching seniors. In 2009, she created Show and Tell Pottery, a mobile studio that provides workshops to young and old in places where no pottery equipment is available.
Shayne was a member of The Potter's Studio Inc. for several years, giving her the opportunity to create her own work. She has taught at the Studio since 2012 and particularly enjoys the well equipped facility and the camaraderie amongst her students. After covering the basics, her approach is to show complicated techniques step by step, making them accessible even to beginners. Most of all, she believes that everyone is capable of unleashing their creativity and producing pieces they thought they could never achieve. In her free time, Shayne applies her artistic streak to cooking elaborate, improvised recipes, as well as knitting, exercising and parenting her two children with her husband.