Come enjoy an 10-week course that will take you through all the basics to begin exploring the world of pottery.
We will learn to use the wheel, explore hand-made techniques, create functional and sculptural pieces, learn about glazing, surface decorating, and much more.
MORNING CLASSES 10am-12:30pm
EVENING CLASSES 7-9:30pm
** All levels are welcome.
*Your 1st bag of clay is $23 (firing, labour, and glazing for this bag is included in the price of your course).
This 1st bag is typically enough for 8 weeks for beginners. Additional bags are $35, with all firing, labour, and glazing included.
*No clay from outside the studio is allowed. Please understand that each bag of clay bought from our studio includes firing, labour, and glazing. We cannot offer these services for free, please respect the costs/time/utilities of the work our technicians are doing for you.
*It is recommended that first time students purchase a Tool Kit if you do not already have your own tools.
*Classes run 10 weeks, 2.5 hours per class:
Start/end week: Jan 9 – Mar 20
(no class Family Day)
Start/end week: Apr 11 – Jun 19
Start/end week: Jul 3 – Sept 18
(no classes Aug 7 & Sept 4)
Start/end week: Oct 2 – Dec 11
(no classes Oct 9)
Start/end week: Jan 8 – Mar 25
(no classes Feb 19 & March Break)
Start/end week: Apr 8 – Jun 17
(no classes May 20)
Meet Our Instructors:
Ever since my childhood in South Korea, I have been passionately attracted to objects of beauty, especially in nature. I followed this passion and achieved a Master’s degree of Floral Arts. I immigrated to Canada in 1991 and operated “Floral Creation’s By Unha” successfully for over 10 years in Hamilton. However the time commitments of raising 2 children and giving attention to my husband became too much. I retired the flower shop to close friends and picked up pottery as a hobby. Almost 20 years later pottery has become my profession and livelihood. In 2015 I started fostering a “Cultural Exchange Program” with North American Potters, taking them to Korea and China to learn ancient pottery techniques. Now my art has come full circle, in it you will see many elements of nature combined with both my Korean and Canadian heritage. I love to experiment and expand my skills, so look closely at my work, it is never static but like nature itself, full of changes.
Alisa began exploring her love of pottery as a ceramics student at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario in 1992. She returned there in 2011 after a nine year hiatus and set up a studio in her home 5 years ago. Since retiring from a 33 year career in elementary teaching, she has become a “small batch” potter.
Nature inspires Alisa’s work and is notable in the varied leaf motifs in the exterior surface decoration as well as in the sky blue, pale green and rose pink interior of her pots. Her pottery is both unique and functional. It is simple in form and design but intricate in its decoration and is made to be used and enjoyed every day. Her pots reflect her love of nature and of simple beautiful things and her belief that everyday objects should bring joy and happiness to one’s life.
I am a ceramic artist born and raised in Mexico City. After some traveling, I moved to Hamilton Ontario. At this point I started to listen to my artistic voice and got involved in the world of ceramics. In 2021 I obtained a Bachelor degree of Craft and Design in Ceramics from Sheridan College.
My work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics.
With the help of clay, the use of different materials, and composition, I am building a bridge between beliefs, thoughts and experiences.
I like to play with the forms and functions of objects that can serve more than one purpose.
I’ve been drawn to the dirt since I was a child. Always outside digging holes and building mud castles. I didn’t know what clay was until 11 years old when it was introduced as part of my art class at school. We made sculptural cups. The idea of taking a ball of clay and forming it into something out of nothing enticed me in ways I didn’t understand at the time. From that point I began walking towards the path of Clay. Throughout my journey with clay I sought out a higher education in ceramics through Sheridan College – Craft and Design Ceramics program from 2012 to 2015. Upon graduating from school I was fortunate enough to start my teaching career at Creative Insight Pottery in the summer of 2015 where I have been teaching and creating my own works since.
I focus on functional wares within my own making. I like the idea of having a purpose and a use. Being able to invite someone to interact and use an object that I’ve introduced to the world, is such a neat experience as an artist, it is the same excitement a chef feels when serving a meal to their guests and then awaiting the feedback. Whether it’s good or bad you learn something from that experience.
Craig Fairley has been creating with clay for nearly 15 years. He has studied ceramics at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of Art + Design (Barbara-Joy Peel); Art Gallery of Burlington (Helen Beswick); and Mohawk College (Sheila Clennell, Christopher Reid Flock, Duncan Aird, and Emma Smith).
Most of Craig’s works are functional pieces thrown on the wheel. They include tableware, vases, and some jewellery. They are fired in either electric (oxidation) or gas-fired (reduction) kilns, depending on the desired outcome.
Katia Liberato Lemos
Katia Liberato Lemos is the owner/creator of Creative Insight Pottery. Originally from Brazil, Katia came to Canada at 19 and soon became a graduate of Sheridan College’s ceramics program at Sheridan College. She has been featured on ‘CityLine’ TV in Toronto, ‘Hamilton Life’ TV, ‘West of the City’, and in ‘Our Homes’ magazine. She is the winner of a scholarship to the Metchosin Summer School for the Arts, a Betty Kantor award winner, and has been invited for ‘A Sale of the Best of the Regions’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton as well as the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics.
Katia has been teaching children & adult ceramics classes throughout the Waterdown/Burlington/Oakville area for over 10 years, and is committed to continue growing a positive community space for those who understand the value of arts and creativity for the health and well-being of people of all ages.