Gather together with makers of all levels to learn new skills and celebrate traditional crafts and regenerative living. Whether you’re interested in half-day workshops or multi-week courses, there’s something for everyone! Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, we offer hands-on experiences in a variety of subjects, all taught in either the beautiful studios at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design (NBCCD) or one of our partnering locations.

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Beginner Pottery Course | Intro to Ceramics | Brenda Parks | Wednesday Session

October 4 @ 6:00 pm - November 15 @ 9:00 pm

$250.00 – $312.00
A Honeybee Folk School workshop participant shaves down a clay cylinder on a pottery wheel. It is a close-up of her hands.

SEVEN WEEK COURSE, Every Wednesday from 6 PM – 9 PM

Beginner Pottery Course!

Dates: Wednesdays
October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25
November 1, November 8, November 15

In this 7 week beginner pottery course, you will learn from the talented Brenda Parks!  Join us to gain basic knowledge of clay and tools, and get your hands dirty to create your own pieces.  Learn the basics of wheel throwing, hand building and beginner glazing techniques.


Regular ticket price (August 15 @ 12pm – September 27 @ 11:30pm): $312

NBCCD staff, faculty, and current students (including 2023 graduates) 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!


October 4 @ 6:00 pm
November 15 @ 9:00 pm
$250.00 – $312.00
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New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
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Fredericton, NB E3B 1B7 Canada
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Intro to Ceramics
In this 7-week course, you will learn from the talented Brenda Parks! Gain the basics of clay and finally get your hands dirty to create your own ceramic pots! Learn about the different pottery tools, how to center on the wheel, and work on finishing with trimming and glazing.  During this course, you will start with the basic cylinder, from which you can make just about anything!  Join this course and learn the basics of wheel throwing and make your first pots on the pottery wheel.
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NBCCD Staff/Faculty/Student Discount Ticket
Current NBCCD students (including 2023 graduates), staff, and faculty members enjoy 20% regular-priced tickets for all Honeybee Folk School workshops and courses.
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If a request for a refund is made between 8 and 14 days before the course begins, a 95% refund will be granted (5% will be retained to cover processing fees). If a request for a refund is made 7 days or fewer before the course begins, a refund will only be granted if the participant’s spot is able to be filled.

If a participant is unable to attend a course due to illness or family emergency, they may be eligible to receive a voucher for a portion of the course fee. The participant must notify the HFS Coordinator at as soon as possible. The voucher amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may be up to 75% of the course fee.


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 a class is cancelled due to inclement weather a new date will be set. If a participant cannot attend the rescheduled time, you will be granted a 100% refund.

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