Classes are available during three terms throughout the year, in the fall, winter, and spring seasons. These classes are taught by professional potters Danuta Weisenblath and Shayne Snaiderman (see bios below).
Next term: 8 classes starting the week of May 7
Max 12 students per class
Costs: Class $238.00 (incl. H.S.T.) – Clay: $32 per bag
Tools $20 (all including H.S.T.)
Thursday Evenings 7:00 - 10:00 pm
with Danuta Weizenbluth
May 10 to June 28, 2018
Saturday Mornings 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
with Shayne Snaiderman
May 12 to June 30, 2018
We work on a waiting list basis at the Potter’s Studio: current students have first priority enrolling in the next term up to a maximum of six consecutive terms, after which they are asked to go back onto the waiting list. We normally experience turnover each term. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact us with your phone # and address and an indication of which (if any) class you prefer. We will be in touch to confirm that you are on the waiting list and then again about a month before classes start as we work to fill them.
For availability, more information regarding classes or to put your name on the waiting list please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest!
After receiving her Diploma from the Technical School of Art & Technology, Danuta studied Ceramics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. During her third year, she immigrated to Toronto where she enrolled at George Brown and Sheridan College, taking evening and summer courses in Throwing & Design, Glaze Technology, Raku Technique and Design. She also took many specialized seminars and courses with well established North American artists. In the summer of 1992, she studied advanced technique in raku with Tom Smith and Agnes Olive – that inspired her to work exclusively in raku for a number of years. In recent years, free-form sculpting in clay courses continue to drive her passion to create.
While pursuing her creative work, being able to share her skills and passion with others became her aspiration. Danuta’s introduction to teaching started over 15 years ago in the public school system with after-school programs for children Grades 1 through 6. During this time, she also began instructing evening classes for adults, specializing in throwing techniques, as well as hand-building. As an instructor and teacher, impressing the importance of proper technique is fundamental to future success. Focusing on the individual students’ skills, abilities, and desires allow her to effectively guide and form their effort to achieve unique result.
When not teaching or engaged in her art, Danuta aspires to relax while sipping on a cocktail of five or more types of herbal tea dreaming of finally falling asleep before the sun rises.
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. Shayne 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 to 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 at the Potter's Studio for several years, giving her the opportunity to create her own work. Since 2012, she has been the Saturday morning teacher 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.