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FULL- Beginner Pottery Course | Intro to Ceramics – Brenda Parks

July 8 @ 9:00 am - July 12 @ 4:00 pm

$316.00 – $395.00

July 8 to 12, 2024 | Monday to Friday

5-DAY COURSE, Monday to Friday

In this 5 day course, prepare to get muddy and have a lot of fun!  Brenda Parks will teach you the basics of wheel throwing and have you making your own pots by the end of the week.   We will start with centering the clay on the wheel and work up to making cylinders, which is the foundational form from which you can make just about anything!   You will also learn basic decorating techniques, from applying colored slips, under glazing, and carving, to glazing!

Class schedule:

July 8 – 11, Monday -Thursday:  9 am -4 pm
July 12, Friday: 9 am -12 pm
July 18, Thursday:  6-9 pm
*Please note that participants come back the following week for a 3 hour session of glazing, as work needs to dry and be fired once in the kiln before glazing.


Regular ticket price (March 22, 12pm – June 23, 11:30pm): $395

NBCCD staff, faculty, and current students receive 20% off regular ticket sales while supplies last. Find the NBCCD Discount ticket below.

Additional material fees:

On the first evening participants will be required to purchase the materials below Materials available in the College Store.

  • Half Box of Clay – Approx. $35
  • Beginner tool set – Approx. $25
  • #423 Aluminum Double loop – Approx. $12

FAQ and refund information can be found at the bottom of this page.


Brenda found her love of working with clay over the past 20 years in evening classes in AB, BC, and NB, while pursuing her career in policy and negotiations. After attending a workshop at NBCCD and lamenting that it was over way too quickly, she began studying Ceramics in the Diploma program at NBCCD. She studied Fine Craft: Ceramics part-time at NBCCD until 2019, when she set up her own studio at home. Currently she works in her studio creating wheel-thrown and handbuilt functional pieces that bring joy to her customers day to day, and brings her peace in the work that she does. She supplies retail stores, galleries, and attends craft shows, when she is not busy running her two middle-schoolers to their various activities, gardening, and creating home-cooked meals for her family.

Learn more about what we do at Honeybee Folk School and what courses we have coming up!


July 8 @ 9:00 am
July 12 @ 4:00 pm
$316.00 – $395.00
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If a request for a refund is submitted at least 14 days before the course begins, you will be eligible for a 94% refund. A 6% deduction will cover the administration costs and stripe service fee. For refund requests made between 8 and 13 days before the course begins, a 75% refund will be granted. If a refund request is received within 7 days or less before the course start date, a refund will not be issued unless we can fill your spot with another participant. In the event that a participant cannot attend an in-person course due to illness, they can receive a Honeybee voucher for 75% of the value of their course that can be paid towards another class in the future. The participant will need to notify the Honeybee Coordinator before the course begins.


If a workshop is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the instructor facilities or low enrolment, a 100% refund will be granted to registered participants. If class is cancelled due to weather, the course will be moved to the following weekend (unless otherwise specified). If you cannot attend the new scheduled time, you will be granted a 100% refund.

For more information regarding cancellations, refunds, and our policies, please refer to our frequently asked questions.