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Introduction to Clay Weekly 

Thursday course overview with Chris Harford.


This course teaches all the basic clay techniques for handbuilding, wheelthrowing and glazing.


23 July 2020


This class over a 9 week term 




Workshop 1


Max 12 students





This Term Three class is held on Thursday evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm for nine weeks. Starts Thursday 23 July and finishes on Thursday 17 September 2020.


You can choose our INTENSIVE course. There are no intensives currently available. 
The same curriculum packed into 4 days over 2 weekends. SEE AND BOOK. You will be taken to another page.
This progressive course takes students through a range of techniques for working with clay.
This Weekly Course is the same curriculum as the INTENSIVE COURSE.
The course takes students through a range of techniques for working with clay.
  • students get a feel for clay and its properties through various handbuilding techniques and projects
  • introduction to glazing
  • focus on the potter’s wheel, learning to centre clay (the basis for all wheelthrowing) and form cylinders and other shapes
  • work produced during weeks so far is glazed ready for final firing.
  • a raku firing takes place when students will see some of their pots go through the raku rapid firing process. This is weather dependant and may not happen in very hot or high fire danger conditions.
Health and safety aspects of working with clay and pottery materials are covered during the course.

About the teacher

Chris Harford is a full-time ceramic artist, known for his refined tableware and teapots, and has been a professional potter for nearly 35 years. High-fired stoneware and porcelain functional work has always been a major focus of his practice. Currently he designs and makes contemporary tableware for a number of prestigious Canberra restaurants, dinner sets for private clients, commissions and pieces for exhibition. 

Harford established Spinning Gum Pottery in Canberra in 1996 and took a part-time position at the Canberra Potters Society as Workshop Manager, a position he held until 2017.  He now works from a studio at home and continues to teach and run workshops both in Canberra and interstate. 

A range of techniques are used to explore his design ideas with the majority of the work being hand thrown on the wheel. The ware is high-fired to 1300C in either gas or electric kilns. Traditional glazes such as Tenmoku, Chun and Celadon are often a feature of his work, however he continues to add to his palette through continual exploration.  

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