NOTICE: Our retail shop is closed and Make Your Own Pottery sessions have been suspended until further notice as part of the community effort to avoid the spread of COVID-19. We are fulfilling online orders and wholesale orders.
Our Play in Clay workshops offer a 2-hour, hands-on pottery making experience for $65. Come and feel the joy that comes from working clay by hand and transforming it into your own work of art. It is the joy of making!
Here is how it works:
- Start the 2-hour workshop with a studio tour where you will learn how we transform lumps of clay into works of art led by a skilled member of the Island Stoneware team
- Pick 1 to 3 forms, depending on size, from the shelf (Make as many additional pieces as you wish; the price is marked on the bottom of each piece)
- Plan your pottery design (you can also get inspired by our many samples)
- Let go of your need to make it perfect and enjoy the moment of building pottery from slab
- Leave your work of art with us to be professionally glazed and kiln-fired
- Your finished pieces will be ready approximately two and a half weeks after your session.
What to expect from the experience?
You can expect to have all five senses stimulated and our Play in Clay experience. Your sight will be filled with beautiful, inspiring finished pottery handmade in our studio and by our craftspeople hard at work alongside you. You will smell the earthy aroma of wet clay being worked and experience the joy of playing in the mud. The sound of our team working away is always in the background along with an ever changing set of tunes spun by our potters to inspire them as they work. Every session also concludes with a sweet delight from a local bakery.
What you will learn
Each Play in Clay session features a tour of the Island Stoneware studio. You will learn about the various stages of pottery production and what it takes to make pottery for a living by creating your very own work. Building pottery from slab is easy to learn and ideal for everyone from first-timers to pros. You will be surrounded by Island Stoneware product in all stages of production. We draw our inspiration for our unique, handmade creations from the landscape and culture of Prince Edward Island. What inspiration will you bring to your creation?
Just a few simple steps to make beautiful work
When will my pottery be ready?
Your finished pieces will be ready about two weeks after your Play in Clay session. Why so long? Because the beauty of pottery is that is slow and has many steps. Some things just can’t be rushed! At Play in Clay, you will take the first few steps: preparing the clay, shaping it to your form, and decorating it. Then the Island Stoneware team will let your work dry until it is ready to be taken out of your forms and have the edges made smooth. Then it will sit until it is bone dry. Then it will be ready for the first of two “firings” in our kilns. Each firing takes 15-18 hours to complete and another 18-24 hours for the kilns to be cool enough to open. Your work with then be prepared for glazing and then dipped in one of our house-made glazes. Then it is back in kiln for another firing cycle. This process usually takes about two weeks.
Your pieces will be ready for pick-up at the studio or worldwide shipping about two weeks after your session. Shipping costs are an additional fee.
Our commitment to you
Sometimes pottery breaks. Well, the pot breaks and so does your heart. If your Play in Clay work breaks after you’ve completed it, our team will remake the piece as close in design as possible to your original creation at no additional cost to you.
Interested in booking a private event?
We are happy to create private events for groups from 6 – 12. If you are interested in booking a private event reach out to us using the form below.