Pottery Lessons Cost

How much does pottery lessons cost?

Pottery is a hobby that many people enjoy and one that can reap great rewards. Whether you wish to take it up as a hobby for making pots for use at home or as a craft where you can sell your creations there is much to learn, and you will need to invest in the right materials and machinery. Costs can vary between teachers.

General Cost

• Lessons in pottery vary in cost between the level of tuition you require and the standard of the teaching, and also the location.
• For a basic beginners lesson you can expect to pay between $10 and $30, usually as part of a longer course.
• Materials will also need to be paid for – clay and the upkeep of the machinery – but you will find some courses include this in the overall package.
• Some schools and colleges run pottery courses for adults – check websites such as digitalfire.com/services/database.php?list=clubs for information on various clubs and courses available.

Extra Cost

• If you are intending to take up the hobby at home you will need a potter’s wheel; basic models with electric power can cost anywhere from $300 to upwards of $1000.
• Clay is needed too and will cost a few dollars for a supply at a time.
• Books and DVD’s on pottery can be bought from a few dollars to anywhere up to $50.
• Firing, the routine that fixes the pots, can be done on a per piece basis at a few dollars a time – check local clubs and listings for places where you can use the onsite kiln.
• To buy your own kiln you will need to pay anything between $300 and upwards of $1000.

Tips

• Don’t splash out on a kiln until you are certain you want to take up pottery – it can be an expensive and difficult to sell purchase.
• Join a club with other potters for the best advice – use the database address above.
• Start with the understanding that it will take time to perfect.
• Check the local schools for adult classes.

Shopping

• Shop around for the best source of supplies and use clubs for discounts.
• Use communal kilns and pottery equipment to keep costs to a minimum.
• If you do decide to buy your own equipment consider second hand as there are great savings to be made in quality used machinery and equipment.

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