Short Course – proposals


One of the results from a survey of WPA members was that there is a demand for some short training courses to be run.

We have identified some topic areas that have broad appeal.

The WPA Committee would like to receive proposals from experienced members who would like to tutor courses covering these topic areas.

If you have ideas for other courses please let us know about them too.


Short Courses

There was interest expressed in the survey of members to have short courses focused on specific topics. The preferred times were mostly in the evenings or weekends. If when we start advertising these courses there is a demand for them we may be able to schedule additional daytime sessions.

It is envisaged that some courses may be a single day at the weekend others may be comprise multiple sessions (2 -4) spread over a number of days each session being 2 – 3 hours long.

Course will have between 4 and 6 participants and the rooms will be open to other members while they are in progress.

Proposed subject areas

Topic 1 – Throwing level 2

A course designed for members who have been throwing for less than 2 years. Participants will not fully confident in the basics of throwing, but must know how to operate the wheel, wedge their clay and have produced some basic pieces.

Topic 2 – Throwing large

A course designed for members who are fully competent making smaller items and now wish to get a larger lump of clay under control on the wheel.

Topic 3 – Throwing Plates

A course designed for members who have been producing pots etc. and now wish to start throwing plates, saucers etc.

Topic – 4 Casserole dishes

A few members mentioned they would like to learn how to make casserole dishes.


Handbuilding was mention by a number of respondents in the survey but it was not clear exactly what the best topics would be. These next topics are some possible suggestions

Topic – 5 Hard slab handbuilding

For members with little prior experience who wish to produce ceramic boxes or architectural sculptures

Topic – 6 Handbuilding with soft clay

For members with little prior experience who wish to make sculptural objects with a pinch and coil techniques.

Topic – 7 Glazing level 1

A course designed to get members who are relatively new to glazing up to speed with using club glazes safely.  The course will focus on preparation, dipping and pouring techniques using club glazes. Will not cover more advanced topics or using more than one type of glaze on an item.

Topic – 8 Glazing – spraying

For members who wish to extend their glazing techniques using the spraying equipment.

Other topics

Other topics will most definitely be considered if they can be seen to align with the topics identified in the survey results.

Information for Tutors

While there are a number of WPA members who are experienced tutors we are very interested to hear from other members who believe they have the skills and attitude to deliver these courses.

Tutors will be engaged as independent contractors and paid for the time they spend delivering the courses at the rate of $45/hr. The terms of the engagement will be set out in writing for each course.

Tutors will be required to do some administrative tasks associated with delivering the courses. This will include keeping a record of who participates, seeking feedback at the end of the course and dealing with issues that arise during the course.

As all participants will be members who are familiar with the rooms they will be expected to set up their own equipment, prepare their own clay and clean up after themselves without any assistance from the tutor.

All courses will have a maximum of 6 participants and a minimum of 4. The rooms will be open to other members while the courses are being delivered.

Course planning

The process we will follow has a number of steps

  1. The course coordinators will identify suitable topic areas and invite tutors to express their interest in participating
  2. Tutors will express their interest by completing an application form
  3. The course coordinators will receive the applications and make any further enquiries they need to so as to ensure there is a good understanding of the proposal.
  4. The accepted applications will be tentatively scheduled on the calendar
  5. The courses will be advertised to members
  6. Once sufficient participants have signed up and paid the appropriate fees for the course the schedule will be confirmed.
  7. The course coordinators will then prepare the contract for service documentation.