Clay has been central to some of mankind's greatest historical firsts, such as early soup crocks, the first regulation poker cards, and the original UV-resistant windowpanes. Take up a storied art with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a two-hour workshop to learn pottery throwing and hand building at The Pottery on Runnymede Road (a $64 value). Choose from the following class times: day, evening, or weekend.
The Pottery's resident ceramics slinger Paul Stewart crafts a panoply of decorative and practical handmade pottery and offers pottery classes for all experience levels in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. During the two hours in a custom workshop, up to eight students learn introductory pottery making and statue boxing while they craft functional clay platters. As they work on individual projects, students practice basic throwing on a pottery wheel, implement a plethora of hand-building techniques, and craft costumes for teapot-conference infiltration. Each pupil's finished piece will be glazed and fired after the workshop session, rendering dishes groomed and polished for student pickup in about three to four weeks. Stewart coaches kneading neophytes with 26 years of pottery crafting and 12 years of teaching experience; Stewart also proffers his clay-whispering skills in extended classes and an apprenticeship program.
Paul Stewart's passion for pottery is genetic. And, as The Pottery's resident potter, he spins more than 25 years of experience between his steady hands. It was 1985 when Paul decided to follow his father's footsteps and enter the profession. For some time after, Paul bounced around Toronto-area studios until landing in Bloor West Village, where he's remained for more than a decade.
Over that time, Paul has created award-winning works that have appeared in magazines, on TV, and in films, and many of his pieces can be bought and added to private collections or worn as part of all-ceramic wardrobes. More than just the birthplace of porcelain decor, Paul also utilizes The Pottery's space to lead lessons and workshops–something he's done for a dozen years. He instructs all ages of students during introductory sessions, as well as during themed workshops and curriculum-based courses.
Runnymede - Bloor West Village
498 Runnymede Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M6S 2Z5