Classes at TJ’s Old Place!

Hi!

 

Myself and Jason are excited to start this new teaching and production studio at TJ’s Old Place.  Right now we’re offering two evening beginner classes. Don’t let that fool you. We’ll teach as much as possible, we just need to hear from you.  Let us know what evenings work for you. We only need 8 people to put on another beginner class. We offer private lessons and can probably work something out for a small group.  This is going to be a lot of fun; come play!

 

Maaike Charron is a production potter and a wizard on the wheel.  You have probably fallen in love with her Robot and dinosaur characters over the years.  She 12 years experience potting, and 8 years teaching at the Craft Council Clay studio. She’s excited to share her skills and love of clay.

 

Jason Holley has been a full time craftsperson for 17 years.  Known as a maker of chainmaille in a surprising number of styles and materials, his sculpture has been exhibited and collected internationally.  Working in clay since ‘04, Jason is an accomplished handbuilder, whose enthusiasm for ceramics in all its forms know no bounds.

 

– Intro
 We designed our intro class to cover a lot in 8 weeks.  You will have ½ a class practicing on the wheel EVERY CLASS.  The other ½ will be spent learning a little bit about other ways we work with clay; pinch pots, slabs, coils, pulling handles, and surface decoration.

Every intro class ends with a Raku firing on a beach.  Raku is fun.

Two instructors.
Maximum 8 students.
$320 – Includes all materials needed for class

8 weeks starting Wednesday September 12th

No problem if you have to miss a couple of evenings, we do make-up classes.

 

– Intermediate
If you haven’t taken an intro class from us, please visit the studio and introduce yourself.  We want to make sure everyone is in the right spot.

For us, intermediate is about refinement.  Classes will follow the same format as the intro with hand building and wheel work in equal measure.  We encourage intermediate students to set some of their own challenges. We can change things up to help everyone, but we have plenty of challenges in mind if you’d prefer.  Oh yeah, there will be glaze!

Two instructors.
Maximum 8 students.
$320 – Includes all materials needed for class

8 weeks starting Wednesday September 12th

No problem if you have to miss a couple evenings, we do make-up classes.

 

– The 100 Cylinder Challenge –  Contact us for more information, we can only accomodate a few of these at a time.


The pottery wheel will help create forms of all shapes and sizes with speed and precision…. if you have the skills. The 100 Cylinder Challenge will allow students time and focus to improve their wheelwork dramatically. There are two options for this class:

Boot camp – 10 days at one hour per day. Throw ten cylinders each day. $600 for 10 hrs of private instruction, and 100lbs of clay.

Or

At your own pace.  Come in when you have the time, preferably one or two times per week.  Take instruction when you need it, work independently as you feel the need.  $250 – $600


The 100 Challenge is flexible, and suitable for potters of any skill level.  Beginners have seen significant progress. Experienced potters may choose their own variations.  Throwing larger, or developing a new form, for instance.

Private lessons –

$40 per hour ($5 per hour to practice in the studio after a lesson)

$25 for 5kg of clay (clay prices include firing and glazing)

 

Sometimes one on one instruction is the best way to get over a hurdle, tackle a specific project, or refine a favorite technique.  Send a message or drop by for a visit, we can talk about what you have in mind and how we can best get you there.

Hey Kid. Wanna Make Some Pots?

Me and Jason have been cooking up some exciting plans this spring. Starting Tuesday, April 24th, we’ll be offering ceramics classes out of the Spencer Street studio (where TJ’s Place used to be).

Our intro class is eight weeks long, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Every evening you’ll work on a wheel project with me, and a handbuilding project with Jason. We’ll end the class with a raku firing, because we like the idea of going out with a (probably metaphorical) bang.

Contact me for full curriculum details and to sign your lovely selves up. We can accommodate six people per class, and will also be starting Thursday classes as interest grows. Tell your friends, and bring them along!

Follow @tjsoldplace on Instagram and Facebook for updates and awesomeness.

Prep Work

I’m on the last stretch of prep work for the provincial Craft & Gift Wholesale Show this weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces (and a few new ones).

It’s a surprisingly introspective process. Someone always asks, “What’s new this year?” and it makes me reflect on all the changes my work has gone through in the previous year… I’ve experimented with glaze chemistry, and landed on colour/texture combos I’m very happy with. I’ve changed the way I make handles. I’ve gotten better at throwing big teapots. I’ve really dialed in the proportions between body size, handle width, and handle thickness. I’ve refined my feet, and then refined them again a few months later. I’ve changed the way I draw my flowers.

A lot’s new, basically.

Provincial Wholesale Show

After a busy winter of house renos and pottering, I’ll be bringing Robot to the NL Provincial Craft Wholesale Show this weekend.

I’ll also be bringing along my new sgraffito lines… After about a year of testing and adjusting, I’ve finally got the designs and colours the way I want them. I’m eager to set them loose on the world.

Finished Prototypes!

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So I’ve had a hankering for something different. Here are some prototypes I’ve been working on. The cream on white sgraffito cup on the far right didn’t really work (the slip needs a little more iron or something), but the black and white one with the matte turquoise glaze did. I love the look of that glaze, and the way it interacts with my clear, but putting that design into production would mean investing space into material storage, and i don’t really have the room right now.

The other three cups have the very real advantage of being made with materials I’ve already got on hand, so I may end up going with them in the long run…