Ceramic Whistle Workshop

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Ceramic Whistle Workshop

August 14, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Join us at Trapdoor Studio to learn the basics of working with clay and create a whistle! In this 4 hour workshop led by Trapdoor founder Ava DeCapri, you’ll learn the basics of low fire ceramics and glazing while being guided through making a whistle in your own unique design.

Workshop will cover:

  • Overview of low-fire clay and underglaze as it pertains to a whistle design

  • Overview of whistle engineering and instruction on creating your own unique design.

  • Basics of clay prep and hand-building process through hands-on instruction

  • Understanding how to use underglaze

  • Overview of underglaze techniques on unfired clay

  • Understanding how to work with clay and how to set yourself up for successful results in firing

  • Each student will leave with a whistle as well as a PDF with information covered at workshop

Due to the time constraints of the workshop, the whistles will be secondarily glazed and fired by your instructor. Underglaze technique calls for a clear glaze to be applied in a second firing in order to have a glossy finish. Students will be able to pick up their finished work 2 weeks after the class during open hours, 12-6, Friday-Sunday.

While we will do our best to guide you through the design and fabrication process to set you up for successful results, we cannot guarantee that your whistle will function or come out as intended. Similarly, the ceramic firing process can be unpredictable and through the two firing stages, unpredictable results such as cracking and glaze errors and off-color results may occur. We will do our best to mend the work when possible and wan all our students to ultimately learn form any errors that may occur.

Date: Saturday, August 14th

Time: 12:00 pm -4:00pm

Location: Trapdoor Studio (address & access information will be emailed to students)

Trapdoor Studio will be implementing COVID-19 protocols during the workshop to ensure staff and vendor safety.

  • Masks will be optional

Class Fees cover all supplies and materials. No prior experience needed, all are welcome! We ask that if you are under the age of 13 that you be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Due to the nature of booking we cannot offer refunds for tickets purchased for this event. Thank you for your understanding.


August 14, 2022
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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