Learn pottery at ASP!

Every term we have a variety of weekly classes, as well as specialist classes, and kids/teens classes over the school holidays.
We also offer a Diploma of Ceramic Arts via the University of Otago.

**All Term 2 classes are now full - bookings for Term 3 classes will become available on June 24th, 8am**

For all bookings please visit us on Events Pronto.



All new applications for enrolment in classes must be made through our website.  

The Auckland Studio Potters reserves the right to cancel a class if it fails to achieve a minimum number of enrolments, or for reasons outside its control. A full refund will be given if the course is cancelled by ASP.

If a student cancels an enrolment two or more weeks prior to course commencement then a full refund will be given. If a student cancels their enrolment within two weeks prior to course commencement then a 50% refund will be given. If a student cancels their enrolment on or after the start date of the course then no refund will be given.

The Auckland Studio Potters reserves the right to discontinue tuition for any student deemed by the Directors to be unsuitable for the course.

The Auckland Studio Potters reserves the right to change the tutor on advertised courses and replace that tutor with another suitable tutor without advertising those changes or refunding course fees.


Beginner’s Classes


This course of eight Sunday mornings will teach you the basics of making with clay. This course is an ideal class for those students who want to have a go, dip their toe in the mud, to see if it suits them. The course covers, at a basic level, the different methods of making, firing and glazing. Each class is 2 hours long, giving plenty of time to thoroughly cover the basics.

Course fees: $290. The course fee covers all materials and firing fees.
Course dates: May 5th - June 30th
**Term 2 class now fully booked**


A 10 week course for those wanting a thorough grounding in how to throw on the wheel. Your tutor Eloise Worrall-Bader will teach you the skills and techniques needed to be able to centre and throw simple bowls and cylinders on the wheel. You will also be taught how to trim/turn your pots on the wheel when they are leather-hard. After this, Eloise will teach you about the different firings, as well as how to glaze your pot properly. 

Course fees: $260 (members), $290 (non-members)
Course dates: May 2nd - July 4th
**Term 2 class now fully booked**


Regular Weekly Classes

Monday Morning

Taught by Peter Lange with over 40 years in clay behind him, the Monday morning class concentrates on wheel-throwing and its emphasis is on functional domesticware. We work towards firing a salt or soda kiln twice a year.

Course fees: $260 (members), $290 (non-members)
Course dates: April 29th - July 1st (Term 2)
**Term 2 class now fully booked**

Monday Evening

This is a friendly, busy class for all levels including wheel throwing and hand-building with tutor Chris Southern. There is often a wood-firing or salt firing during the course of the year.

Course fees: $260 (members), $290 (non-members)
Course dates: Course dates: April 29th - July 1st (Term 2)
**Term 2 class now fully booked**

Tuesday Morning

This is a mixed class, with both experienced students and beginners. Topics covered include wheel throwing, slab vessels and glazing, with tutor Graham Ambrose.

Course fees: $260 (members), $290 (non-members)
Course dates: April 30th - July 2nd (Term 2)
**Term 2 class now fully booked**


This class with Suzy Dunser is for students with some wheel experience, who are looking to improve their basic throwing techniques and try new forms. We will also cover glazing techniques this term.

Course fees: $260 (members), $290 (non-members)
Course dates: April 30th - July 2nd (Term 2)
**Term 2 class now fully booked**

Wednesday evening ‘hybrid’ class

This 9 week class is taught by Jo Raill. 25 years of experimenting with clay has led to the premise for this class. The 'Hybrid' combines wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques into one pot. The teaching format for this term will be on vertical forms, coil and slab techniques as well as researching clay properties. This class is suited to students with some wheel experience.

As a prerequisite you must have done at least a Beginner's class before enrolling in this class.

Course fees: $234 (members), $261 (non-members). Fees do not include materials and firing.
Course dates: May 8th - July 3rd (Term 2)
**Term 2 class now fully booked**


This class is for beginning and intermediate throwers. Tutor Renton Murray is an expert thrower and teacher and gets great results from students who want to try their hand on the wheel.

Course fees: $260 (members), $290 (non-members)
Course dates: May 2nd - July 4th (Term 2)
**Term 2 class now fully booked**


Specialist Classes & Workshops


In this 10 week course with Frank Checketts you will learn all you need to know about creating ceramic forms from slabs of clay. Frank will take you through the whole process, from designing your piece/s through to making and then finishing with textures, patterns and interesting glazes. Frank has been a teacher at ASP for many years and is a warm and engaging tutor.

Course dates: May 1st - July 3rd
Course fees: $300
**Fully booked**


Kids & Teens School Holiday Classes


This is a hand-building pottery class for kids held over four consecutive mornings during the school holidays, with tutor Julia Watson, an experienced children's ceramic art teacher. The aim is to have fun, learn a new skill and complete a project the kids can be proud of. This class caters for children 7 to 12 yrs with a maximum of 10 children participating.

Course fees: $160 (includes clay and firing)
Course dates: TBC


Diploma of Ceramic Arts

This is the best available tertiary ceramics course in New Zealand.  You can study full-time over two years or part-time (up to 8 years) allowing you to tailor the course to suit your lifestyle.

If you want a career in ceramics, the Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 6) through Otago Polytechnic's School of Art is the way to get there. You can study for this highly regarded tertiary qualification at the Auckland Studio Potters.

Studio classes are run at the Auckland Studio Potters' centre in Onehunga usually on a Friday.  We employ three top-quality tutors each year at Auckland Studio Potters for the studio component of this course.  

In the past few years our students have had the privilege of studying under Kate McLean (printing on clay), Margaret Sumich (building and firing a wood-fired raku kiln) and Greer Twiss (sculptural design).  Last year our students had throwing modules with John Parker and John Dawson, as well as Frank Checkett's and Brendan Adam's sculptural modules.

Alongside hands-on experience we provide facilities for the students to carry out glaze and materials testing. There are also excellent on-line and distance learning components including Drawing and Design, History and Theory of Art and Glaze Theory.

For full details phone Auckland Studio Potters on 09-634 3622 or email us for an application form at asp@ceramics.co.nz.

You can also find more information at www.op.ac.nz/study/creative/art/studio/ceramics-2/