Sunday, December 15, 2019

Spring Class Schedule FEB/MAR/APR

Here are the classes available for the spring. This round is 6 weeks long for $180. Classes held Monday to Friday are 6:30pm to 8:30pm plus a bit of clean up time.

##this session of classes are sold out## please see the next round of classes that start late April

Saturday classes are mornings from 9am to11am. There is no skipped day for the Saturday class.

*NOTE* the studio will be closed for the week of March 15th to 20th, 2020.

Mondays SOLD OUT
February 24 + March 2/9/*/23/30 + April 6
1) KP
2) KVD
3) CB
4) NM

February 25 + March 3/10/*/24/31 + April 7
1) SS
2) AY (teaching assistant)
3) DG
4) full

Wednesdays SOLD OUT
February 26 + March 4/11/*/25 April 1/8
1) JM
2) S
3) K
4) T

Thursdays SOLD OUT
February 27 + March 5/12/*/26 + April 2/9
1) full + make ups
2) SY
3) CS
4) RF

Saturday mornings SOLD OUT
February 29 + March 7/14/21/28 + April 4
1) DrB
2) SR
3) EC
4) TdP

If you would like to take a class in this session, you can send an email to  and send an etransfer for the class fee. You are also welcome to make an appointment to drop by the studio and pay for a class in person. Classes are not reservable but fill up on a first-come first-served basis.

two five zero seven ten eight seven five eight if you would like to call or text me.

---------------------For June, I will be hosting a concentrated session. 6 classes over 3 weeks. You would sign up for the Monday/Thursday set June 8/11/15/18/22/25 bringing you here twice a week, or the Tuesday/Friday set June 9/12/16/19/23/26 also twice a week. ------------------more info soon--

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pottery Studio Open House December 6/7 2019

Getting excited for the 14th annual open house. Thanks for coming to the website to find the details!
The studio is open from 4pm to 8pm on Friday December 6th.
On the Saturday, December 7th, we are open from 9am to 5pm.
Regular priced work is 10% off and there are displays of pots that are under $20 and under $10. 

I have lots of beautiful mugs and stunning large bowls that make elegant gifts. The open house is my opportunity to release many pots that are slightly flawed and priced to find a new home:) The studio is at 4 6 9 5 George Road, in Cowichan Bay. Please consider parking along Wilmot as our little rural road is not wide enough to park along. 

IF YOU BRING A FRIEND WITH YOU, BOTH OF YOU RECEIVE A 20% DISCOUNT:) (remember to let me know/remind me when you check out) 

Monday, November 25, 2019

January/February Classes 6 weeks

January classes are below for you to sign up. These are small pottery classes in a delightfully clean studio in Cowichan Bay. The pottery wheel classes host up to 4 people and are very fun and welcoming while also providing an interesting challenge.  This round of new year classes are 6 weeks long. The class fee includes clay, tools, aprons, bisque firing, glaze and glaze firing for $180. 
Gift certificates for classes can be arranged:)  
See bottom of post for contact info.

Mondays 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
January 6/13/20/27 + February 3/10
1) sold EM
2) sold C
3) sold AS
Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
January 7/14/21/28 + February 4/11
1) sold SS
2) sold DG
3) sold AY
4) sold LV
Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
January 8/15/22/29 +February 5/12
1) sold KC
2) sold LS
3) sold MD
4) soldT
Thursdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
January 9/16/23/30 + February 6/13
1) sold gift certificate (W)
2) sold RF
3) sold PD

Saturday mornings 9am to 11am 
January 11/18/25 + February 1/8/15
1) sold JA
2) sold+1 JA
3) sold EC
4) sold L
To register for the January classes, email with an etrasfer or folks can pop by the studio and pay in person:) ~~~trialbyfirepottery**at** or call me at two five zero, seven ten, eight seven five eight 

I am away for a bit camping in March with the whole crew for school spring break, so when the JanFeb classes wrap up, we will take a break. When we get started up again in March, there will be some scattered starts and some work arounds for other family vacation etc.  I have taken to posting photos and updates on Insta Gram so if you're wondering what I've been up to, check out:  trial_by_fire_pottery on there. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

4 week pottery (FULL)wheel classes Nov/Dec

New evening classes are now available for November and December:) 6:30-8:30pm
Four classes are $120 including clay, glazes and firing.

4 Mondays 
Nov. 18/25  and Dec. 2/9

4 Tuesdays
Nov. 26 and Dec. 3/10/17

4 Wednesdays
Nov. 20/27 and Dec. 4/11

4 Thursdays
Nov. 21/28 and Dec. 5/12

Classes are first come first serve, send an etransfer to sign up for the class you want to trialbyfirepottery—@— (I don't make my email address clickable due to the amount of spam nuisance I receive if I do ;)

Friday, October 4, 2019

December 6&7 OPEN STUDIO 2019

Quick winter update time for all you pottery fanatics:)

I will be having my annual open studio show and sale the first weekend in December on Friday the 6th from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday the 7th from 9am to 6pm. I have a lot of pottery and am not able to pack it all up and take it to the craft fairs so I invite the public into the studio every year. This started in 2006 so I guess this year is the 14th open studio!

**There will be a LOT of "seconds" that need to be rehomed, these pots are greatly reduced in price and only availlable at the open studio**

I am in my regular booth at Christmas Chaos at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan on November 14-15-16-17th.

I will be set up at the Shawnigan Lake Communty Centre or their Christmas show onNovember 30 from 10-4pm.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Autumn Classes
All classes are in the evening from 630pm to 830pm with some clean up time. The class fee includes clay, tools, aprons and towels. Glaze and firing fees are also included in the cost of the class.

6 Mondays 
September 30
October 7/14/21/28 (includes thanksgiving day)
November 4

6 Wednesdays 
September 25th
October 2/9/16/23/30

6 Thursdays 
September 26th
October 3/10/17/24/31 (includes halloween)

You are able to sign up for a class with an email and an etransfer to trialbyfirepottery**at** You can also text or call me at: two five zero seven ten eight seven five eight. The first people to pay for a class take that class and I try to accommodate work schedules as best i can.

I am on insta gram under trial_by_fire_pottery and on fakebook under Hilary Huntley of you'd like to check out some studio photos:)

Winter Classes will be posted in September at will run for 5 Mondays, 4 Wednesdays and 4 Thursdays in November and December.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hi everyone, here's the pottery studio plan for July. I am teaching the following scheduled classes below and am open to special events and private lessons as needed.

Tuesday evenings 630-830pm
July 2/9/16/23

Wednesday evenings 630-830pm
July 3/10/17/24
private lesson times available mail or text for a spot:)

Thursday evenings 630-830pm
July 4/11/18/25

AAAANNNNNNNNDDDDDDD here's the plan for August:)

The studio will be closed for August other than a few special events booked in advance. I will take fresh pottery to my gallery Imagine That! in Duncan BC before we take some time to enjoy the summer and kids and ocean and fresh air and the death race....

Email me or call me or text me to sign up for a class above or to book a special event/party or private lesson time. trialbyfirepottery*at*hotmail*dot*com and  twofivezero7teneight7fiveeight

Sunday, April 7, 2019

May June Class Schedule

To sign up for a class, you can email or text me and pay via email or stop by with a cheque etc. The classes are very small (max 4 people) so if you want to get a spot its a good idea to let me know :) The studio is in Cowichan Bay in my home and my contact information is below for all the details.

Here are the classes for the May/June session:

5 Mondays May 6/13/27 + June 3/10

6 Tuesdays May 7/14/21/28 + June 4/11

For the Wednesday evenings in May 1/8/15/22/29 and June 5/12 I will be open to private 1 hour lessons for folks to sign up. In these special blocks, you can sort out and practice specific skills like centring, pulling up a wall or conquering the inner foot-as needed. Email or call to book either the 630-730pm slot or the 730-830pm slot.

The studio is humming along this time of year. Classes are running and gardens are getting plenty of attention and sunshine. I am very happy with the Imagine That! Gallery downtown and will be regularly stocking my space there with fresh work:) I have a big hike planned with my awesome sister in June to look forward to and train for. But, for now, I need to get back into the studio and trim yesterdays huge mugs and pull some handles--then i need to make a fresh 20kg batch of my earthy green glaze.

I had a super fun private party for 4 friends on Friday complete with a potluck and a lot of laughter. I trim and finish those pots then one person comes back to pick up. It's a sweet way to make some time for special friends. Contact me for details:) 

I have fired all the Feb/March student work that was glazed but I still have to get another bisque in there to finish their last pieces before I glaze it all! Our open/drop in glaze nights were fun and all but one person was able to find some time to drop in and finish things up. 

Happy Spring, 
I have been spammed a bit lately so the number is a bit of a challenge:)
You are all very clever and can figure it out!

We are still working on the July and August Classes and I will post them when they are ready:) I am considering an intense workshop style project so if you have any ideas you would like to explore -fire them over to me!

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
April 1/8/15/closed for Easter Weekend/29

5 Tuesdays 
April 2/9/16/23/30

4 Wednesdays 
April 3/10/17/24

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

Tuesday Evenings 630pm to 830pm
February 5/12/19/26

Wednesday Evenings 630pm to 830pm
February 6/13/20/27

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:)