Thursday, February 21, 2019

April Classes are open to sign up

Here are the April classes. If you would like to join us, you can send an email to make sure there is room. The class is yours once you etransfer. I don't hold class spots but if you sign up early you should get a spot *the classes are only 4 people max so they tend to fill up fast.


4 Mondays $120
April 1/8/15/closed for Easter Weekend/29
1 sold (Nancy)
2 sold (B and R)
1 open

5 Tuesdays $150
April 2/9/16/23/30
4 open

4 Wednesdays $120 **sold out
April 3/10/17/24
2 spots sold (K and D)
1 spot sold (Ann) 
1 spot sold (M)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

February Class Schedule (closed for the family day long weekend)

Here's the schedule for February and March. The studio will be closed for the family day long weekend **February 15, 16, 17 and 18 for a bit of relaxation time with the kiddos!

Monday Evenings 630pm to 830pm
February 4/11/**/25 + March 4th
4 reserved (Erin/Sage/Ash/Sarah)

Tuesday Evenings 630pm to 830pm
February 5/12/19/26
1 on hold (Steph)
1 on hold (Laura)
1 sold (Caitlin)
1 sold (KB)

Wednesday Evenings 630pm to 830pm
February 6/13/20/27
1 sold (Ilse) 
1 sold (Chloe)
1 sold (way)
1 sold (Ann)

Saturday classes will start back up in April:)

Email me at trialbyfirepottery(at) to sign up and you can e transfer to take a spot in the class you are able to attend. Four classes, each is 2 hours of instruction (plus clean up time) $120 for the session~~this includes clay, tools, aprons etc. 

Thank you for finding me:))

As an aside, we are going to be changing the studio schedule up for March to work with the school spring break. Check back for March details. 

Monday, January 14, 2019


The February classes are up here for you to sign up. 4 folks per class, 4 classes in each session $120 and you can sign up via email and ask any questions you might have that way, too. Private lessons are $35/hour and are on a first booked model. Folks can also text me and see if there is room for a drop in for any of my regular classes:)

It was the first time I have done a gallery set up with the twin 3 year olds and it went pretty well. The studio is full of the most beautiful work and so much of it is local! I am honoured to be sharing the artisan space with so many other talented folks and I'd love it if you could spread the word:) 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

January 2019 Studio Update

Hope everyone enjoyed the festive season! I have been back in the studio after a sweet little break for presents and roast beef:) 

We were on our own again this Christmas except for the 4 (+/-) chickens, 2 cats, 2 dogs and the two 3 year olds and the 6 year old~somehow it was pretty busy.

I have also joined insta gram as trial by fire pottery and am putting up a photo or video once in a while as a sneak inside my tiny world and brand new studio:) 

I have been working on the next steps for my pots once the Nest Gallery in Duncan closes at the end of the year. I have applied to join the Imagine That! artisan gallery downtown and have dropped off 6 pots for their jury process. After making about 16,000 pots since 1996, I am still leery of being rejected on such a soul level and hate the wait. (Of course, the best way to cope is to throw 75 kilos of clay a day:)

I could probably sell on my website (here) but it would be very rudimentary at best. Hubby and I were spitballing ideas and it came up that I could put up a simple photo of a mug with height and weight so that if someone wanted to purchase one they could email the money and I could box it. I sent a package to Prince George in early Decmeber with 2 travel mugs and the shipping was $15~meaning that the 2 mugs at $45 + shipping was $105. Perhaps the world is ready for that, perhaps not. I will give it a try:)

The other big change is that I am trialing the written name of my pottery studio instead of the TBF that I have been adding with coloured clay slip. I will have to fine tune it and fall in love with it but I do like that it is a real handwritten addition and not a laser cut stamp-maybe it will morph into that. As much as I love the old fashioned idea of having a cryptic signature, it make more sense in the Information Age to have something handwritten in stone that one might look up on the Google machine;)

I am still teaching at the HUB in Cowichan Station but my Jan/Feb/Mar class filled up in November this year. I did a special workshop with Quamichan School and assisted them in creating the below primitive style pots. I later fired them, sorted, waxed, glazed and fired them again and they were back out into the world use before the kids went off for Christmas break:) 

January Class Update :)
There are still 2 spots open in January on Tuesday evenings, and one open spot **Saturday is full** on Saturday mornings but with the folks already signed up it covers my new rental obligation~which is very reassuring. I can't wait to meet the new folks!

February Classes

Monday Private lessons
7-8pm taken (td)
8-9pm OPEN
Group Class for up to 4 students 
$120/4 February classes 
Includes clay/tools/rags/etc

Tuesday evenings 6:30pm-8:30pm
Feb. 5/12/19/26

Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-8:30pm
Feb. 6/13/20/27

Saturday Mornings 9am-11am
Feb. 2/9/16/23

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

January and February Class Schedule

Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog:) 

I am teaching 4 person classes in my pretty little home studio on George Road in Cowichan Bay. I have 3 brand new Shimpo Whisper VL wheels and a tall Brent CXC wheel.

Folks can sign up for a 4 week class session and pay $120. The evening classes run from 6:30 to 8:30pm with a bit of open time to get comfy before class and some clean up time afterward. The morning ones are from 9am-11am. 

4 Tuesday evenings January 8/15/22/29 
**update Dec.10: 2 spots sold (F.M. And K.R.) 
2 spots left

4 Wednesday evenings January 9/16/23/30
**update December 15th 3 spots sold (Rhona, Carla, Bev, Caitlin) 

4 Saturday mornings January 5/12/19/26 
**update Decmeber 15th, 1 spot sold (Nancy) 
**update December 16th, 1 spot sold (Fawn)
**update December 26th, 1 spot sold (Katherine B)
1 spot left

4 Tuesday evenings February 5/12/19/26

4 Wednesday evenings February 6/13/20/27

4 Saturday mornings February 2/9/16/23 

I am also offering pottery events for a special group of friends to get together and try out throwing clay on the pottery wheel--while having a snack and some good laughs:) These special events are arranged in advance and I can work around most schedules. You dress normally and bring a snack and I provide everything you need to give it a go!
I occasionally create special kids classes in support of home school programs and drop in visits at schools--we can arrange a time and an estimate via email.

Call or text me at two five zero-seven ten-eight seven five eight or email me at to sign up for a scheduled class or see about booking a special event. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas Open House December 1st and 2nd, 2018 ~10am to 5pm~

We are almost ready for the 12th annual Christmas Show.....

George Road in Cowichan Bay. Easiest to find us off Wilmot if you're coming out of the Bay and turn onto Koksilah then Wilmot if you're coming off the highway.

  When I started out in 2006, I put a sign at the end of the driveway and put out my tent and two tables and sold exactly one pot!! Of course, one might want to advertise a bit more widely;) but it was an interesting day of folks wanting to step inside the studio and seeing how I made pots. My studio was then (for 9 years) 8 1/2 feet wide by 11 1/2 feet long with the entire one wall a window. It held an old Estrin wheel that was so loud Dave looked for a new one for several long years. I threw pots in there, dried in the same damp shelf that I still use, trimmed/handled/dried etc in there and fired in the carport. It meant that I carried pots out onto shelves beside the kiln, loaded and fired--simply hoping no one was going to either touch the red hot kiln or report that the carport was glowing red! 

  Fast forward to the many years that I rented the Clements Centre and (we) hauled all the pots to the community centre and had the show there. It is a lovely place that helps everyone that comes through their doors and I was happy to be there. Dave would go out on the Saturday morning before dawn and put signs all over town in the frosty grass. The building got a regular rentor for Sundays so that excluded me and my little show. 

 Next, I rented the Mercury Theatre for a few years. It was such a pretty venue and most years the show went well. It was also a really good workout because I had to haul the pottery tubs up several stairs to get to the large wooden hall. The last time there, it ice rained the night before so the entire city was crazy slippery--almost no one came to the show and it was very difficult to pack up the show into the van because of the ice. But, better luck next year, I always think:)

  These past several years that we have been in Cowichan Bay, I have opened my humble garage studio to the public and had so many lovely folks come out! Dave still volounteers to put out all the signs at the crack of dawn in the wet weather. It has been a really nice time to meet a bit more random public than usually signs up for my classes or regularly attends my other outlets. 

  This year, I have a beautiful, bright, new studio and will host the open house both Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from 10-5pm. The studio door is around the north side of the house (the side closest to the ocean) and I will be doing throwing demonstrations as much a possible throughout the weekend. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Classes Starting in November

The first round of group classes will start up on November 13th!! I am so excited and looking forward to the 3 brand new shimpo wheels arriving Wednesday. I have taught pottery in my home studio since 2008 but always on a one-to-one basis because I have had super tiny studios and only one wheel. I teach at the Clay HUB Collective Studio across the highway for groups of 10 students and will likely still do one class a week there a few times a year. And now for something completely different......once the actual wheels arrive this week.

Class Schedule for November start:

November 13th~Tuesday nights for 5** weeks $150 ($30/two hour class)
6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Maximum 4 people in the class. 
The studio will be open from 6pm for folks to get aquainted to the new studio and after the class is over there will be a 15 minute clean up then the studio will close at 9pm.
[nov.13/20 + dec. 4/11/18] I have a special event on the 27th**

November 14th~Wednesday nights for 6 weeks $180 ($30/two hour class) **sold out
6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Maximum 4 people in the class. 
The studio will be open from 6pm for folks to get aquainted to the new studio and after the class is over there will be a 15 minute clean up then the studio will close at 9pm.
**sold out {Ann Y, Jen W, Caitlin, Nancy}
[nov.14/21/28 + dec.5/12/19]

November 19th~Monday nights will be for individual lessons
7-8pm is **sold
8-9pm is booked for a few, text or email for another time:)
[nov.19/26 + dec. 5/12/19]

There is plenty of parking at the house and on Wilmot out here in the tiny village of Cowichan Bay:) 
Folks wanting to sign up can let me know by email to or text/call me at 250-710-eight seven five eight for more details.
I will post here and on FB when there is a spot left or the class has sold out so do check back.