Wood Fired Pottery School (New Lynn)


Course 1

Flying Saucers

Experience making with clay using a variety of techniques, including the pottery wheel. Gain practical insight into the wood firing process.

5 x Wednesday evenings. 615pm-9pm

1 x Wood firing day (Saturday or Sunday weather dependent)

This is a beginner’s class suited to those starting out. 

Weather contingency: If it is too rainy we may need to reschedule the firing day.

Collection of works: Works to be collected from the studio by arrangement. It may take several days to let the kiln cool and be unloaded.

Age: Adults 

Materials: All materials provided. 


Week One: Introduction to clay and making processes. Try different wheels to create vessels. Experiment with hand building techniques and other ways to create unique works.

Week Two: Continue to practice making, finish off previous weeks works using finishing processes.

Week Three: Concentrate on your ideas, create pieces using handles or by combining elements.

Week Four: Finish making processes and begin firing preparation. Learn about the wood and materials needed to fire the kiln.

Week Five: Prepare the works for the wood firing process. Wad individual works with shell, and or other materials for decorative effect. Load the kiln and gain an insight into the wood firing process. Prepare the thermometers and brick up the side door.

Discuss and agree upon whether to soda glaze or introduce wood ashes during the firing to create surface effect.

Firing Day: Do a wood firing as a class. Help each other to bring the works to around 1300 °C

Collection of works: An email will be sent out when the kiln is ready to be unloaded which will be dependent on groups availability. Works to be collected from the studio by arrangement.

Course 2
Into Orbit

Hone your skills and take your craft into orbit

5 x Thursday Evenings. 615pm-9pm.

1 x Wood firing day (Saturday or Sunday weather dependent)

Weather contingency: If it is too rainy we may need to reschedule the firing day.

This is a class suited for intermediate makers looking to gain an insight into the wood firing process. This course will also serve as a follow on from Flying Saucers.

Collection of works: Works to be collected from the studio by arrangement. It may take several days to let the kiln cool and be unloaded.

Age: Adults

Materials: All materials provided but feel free to bring along your own tools. 

Week One: Experiment using different clays. Try the different pottery wheels and tools in the studio to begin a unique project or extend your current ideas.  

Week Two: Continue to practice making with different methodologies. Try out and introduce decorative effect.

Week Three: Concentrate on your ideas, create more works.

Week Four: Finish making processes and begin firing preparation. Learn about the wood and or materials needed to load the kiln.

Week Five: Prepare the works for the wood firing process. Wad individual works with shell, and or other materials for decorative effect. Load the kiln together using different kinds of materials for decorative and functional purposes. Prepare the thermometers and brick up the side door. Discuss and agree upon whether to soda glaze or introduce wood ashes during the firing to create surface effect

Firing Day: Do a wood firing as a class. Help each other to bring the classes work to around 1300 °C 

Collection of works: Works to be collected from the studio by arrangement. It may take several days to let the kiln cool and be unloaded.


Adress: 25a Titirangi Road, down the long drive, parking available but be wary of the stream bridge (go slow). Parking to be found near New Lynn Fresh supermarket across the intersection. 

9 min walk from New Lynn Station and transport hub. 

Payment: Completing checkout confirms reservation and an automatic email will send you the confirmation and receipt. No cancellation refunds unless under speical circumstances. If we cannot  go ahead due to Covid19, then we will reschedule  to a later date.