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November Family Workshops $15/hr

Make memories and celebrate being together with your friends and family in our cozy & comfy studio.

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How much time should I book?

Each workshop is offered for 1 month and they fill REALLY fast. So if you see a time you want, we recommend booking asap. :)

Once you get in the studio and start creating you will see it is like a time warp! Time flies when you are having fun! As you would expect, it is really hard to know exactly how much time you will need. Every artist is different and often you may want to practice a bit before making your final piece.

But! You don’t have to complete the project in one sitting. In fact, some cannot be completed in one day. Often clay needs to be fired in the kiln before you can glaze (paint) your art. Each project has a recommended booking time and how many visits are required in the description.

Book as many days and times as you like. You have 1 month to finish each project. We will hold the project for up to 30 days from the first time you booked. After this time the step by steps and instructions will no longer be available.

*Projects must be picked up within 2 weeks after the 30 day booking period.

Adult participation required

Children aged 6-12 must come with an adult who is also registered in the workshop. We do not have space for observers. The workshops are self-guided, children will need support from parents. Maximum TWO children per registered adult, please.

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November Workshop Choices

Make memories and celebrate being together with your friends and family in our cozy & comfy studio.

*Workshops fill up fast! The November collections are only available for the month of November so register quickly!

Hygge Collection

Ready to get hyggely?

Hygge (Hoo Ga) is the Danish word for cozy and comfy. To live in the moment and enjoy time spent with friends and family. November in the studio is all about being warm and cozy together while busily creating and learning new art techniques. This November's Hygge Collection includes a Comfy & Cozy acrylic painting and an organic-shaped, stoneware Miniatures Collection Case for the treasured trinkets you make. 10/10 on the Hygge scale!

Recommended time: building 2–3 hours
Sessions required: 1 or more

We all have special knick knacks, bric-à-brac and tchotchkes we love. This month you can create the perfect miniatures collection case for your little special mementos. Build your very own collection case out of stoneware clay.

Special Tip: Bring in what you would like to store in the case so you can make sure everything fits. Or you can also choose to spend more time at the studio making the cutest Ditto oven-bake clay figures to display in your case!

Recommended painting time 2–4 hours
Sessions required: 1–2 or more

In this painting workshop, you’ll get to create your own hygge inspired acrylic painting. Hygge is a Danish word that means “finding pleasure, comfort, and warmth in very simple, soothing things such as a cozy environment or the feeling that friendship brings us!” This painting truly captures the true cosiness and comfort of hygge.

Let It Glow Collection

A 4Cats holiday workshop is a wonderful and inspiring way for friends and family to spend time together. Create unique handmade gifts or family keepsakes together during this holiday season. Introducing our Handmade Winter Glow Trees & Gingerbread Heart Home Workshops! These wonderful stoneware pieces will make a beautiful addition to your holiday mantle or brighten a window sill.

Recommended time: building 2–3 hours + glazing 1–2 hours
Sessions required: 2 or more

This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine... brighten up the winter season with this lovely and homey hand-built gingerbread clay home! In this clay workshop, build and glaze your very own home sculpture.

Recommended time: building 1.5–2.5 hours + glazing 1 hour
Sessions required: 2 or more

Welcome to our annual Clay Tree making workshop, inspired by the majestic, evergreen snow-tipped trees of winter. Sculpt your tree from stoneware clay and then book your second session and return to underglaze your tree. Once fired, illuminate your tree with a tealight for that special holiday glow.

Handmade For The Home Collection

Creating your own set of dishes that are Handmade for the Home is not only functional, but fun! 'Tis the season of soup & snacks! Grab a friend and create beautiful & unique handmade, stoneware clay Soup-Or-Snack dishware. Or be inspired by the winter season by creating your very own Warm Cuppa mugs from scratch. Use hand-building techniques and our beautiful underglazes to create your own unique set of homemade dishes!

Recommended time: building 1.5–2 hours +underglaze & carving 1 hour
Sessions required: 2 or more

Enjoy A Warm Cuppa this winter from your own handmade Hygge inspired clay mug. In this workshop, handbuild your own stoneware mug and learn carving techniques to create your own design. Book a second session to underglaze your mug and voila, c'est fini!

Recommended time: building 2–3 hours + glazing 1.5-2 hours
Sessions required: 2 or more

November is the month for warm bowls of soup and snacking with friends! In this workshop, create this multi-functional bowl and dish combo. Learn slab techniques to build your unique piece. Book your second session and return to the studio to underglaze your bowl in the colour of your choice.

Shorties Collection

Looking for a shorter workshop?

The shortie workshops usually take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and can be completed in one sitting!

Recommended time: sculpting 1 hour
Sessions required: 1

We all love a good holiday sweater! Celebrate the holidays by creating the cutest Hyggely sweater ornaments. In this Ditto oven-bake clay workshop, get creative and learn how to make so many different designs of holiday sweaters to really add some fun to the tree!

Recommended time: sculpting 1 hour
Sessions required: 1

Calling all Frida Kahlo fans! In this oven-bake clay workshop, learn how to create these awesome Frida Kahlo inspired ornaments. You will get to create Frida and all of her little animal friends out of our professional Ditto oven-bake clay.

Workshop FAQs

  • How do you book?
    Simply book on the workshop pages. You have 30 days from the original booking to complete your project. If you are booking a repeat visit that falls outside the original month you booked choose "continuing a previous project" or "glazing" from the dropdown menu of the current month. Projects must be picked up within 2 weeks of the end of the 30 day period. Storage space limited. There is $5 administration fee per person for any adult or family workshop transfers or credit requests.
    Can I book for a workshop party or get-together?
    Just enjoying an afternoon at the studio, getting a group of friends together to celebrate, booking the whole studio for your team, or just enjoying some family time. Whatever you need! Please note, the studio is a communal space so make sure to book a spot for anyone attending and know that there will be other people in the studio unless you book the whole studio. Please make sure to look at the workshop timelines in the project descriptions and note if minimum times are required to complete the project.
    How much time should I book?
    Each workshop is offered for 1 month only and they fill REALLY fast. So if you see a time you want, we recommend booking asap. :)

    Once you get in the studio and start creating you will see it is like a time warp! Time flies when you are having fun! As you would expect, it is really hard to know exactly how much time you will need. Every artist is different and often you may want to practice a bit before making your final piece.

    But! You don’t have to complete the project in one sitting. In fact, some cannot be completed in one day. Often clay needs to be fired in the kiln before you can glaze (paint) your art. Each project has a recommended booking time and how many visits are required in the description.

    Book as many days and times as you like. You have 1 month to finish each project. We will hold the project for up to 30 days from the first time you booked. After this time the step by steps and instructions will no longer be available.

    *Projects must be picked up within 2 weeks after the 30 day booking period.

    What happens if I need more time?
    You can book more time at a minimum rate of $15 per hour. In your original booking, book extra time if you are chatty. :) If you under book, we cannot guarantee you will be able to extend your booking on that same day. But no big deal! Just come back another day! Please note, no credits or refunds for unused time.
    Do you offer walk-ins?
    Sure, if there is space but… there is likely not space so … maybe just book. :)
    How often do the projects change?
    There are 8 new projects each month.
    New projects are announced on the first of each month for the following month. For example, November workshops will be announced on October 1st.
    What are your policies?
    Please read here.
    Do you have Gift Cards?
    Yep—here!
  • What should I wear?
    Dress for mess! We are an art studio and paint can be lurking around any corner and jump on you. We use professional materials and art supplies which means paint may stain clothing, shoes and jackets. Bare feet (or socks without shoes) are not permitted anywhere in the studio. We do not provide smocks, footwear, or shoe covers. Please wear appropriate footwear. We are not responsible for damage to clothing or personal belongings. Please leave the ball gowns and tuxedos at home.
    What happens when we arrive?
    It is good to be approximately 5 minutes early so you can get started on time. When you arrive you will be greeted by an instructor and then seated as soon as possible. The instructor will bring you the materials you need to get started and walk you through important information regarding the medium you have chosen. They will then show you how to navigate through the video step by step instructions. If you have questions or need an instructor to demo a technique, the instructors will be circling around the room to help. We run our workshops like this so you can work at your own pace and socialize with friends as much as you like throughout your studio time.
    How do the instructions work?
    We are a creative space for you to socialize, relax and work at your own pace. Follow the video step by step instructions. The instructors will be circling the room if you have questions. This way you can work at your own pace, socialize on your own time and get as much or as little help as you need.
    Can I just take the materials home to finish?
    Sorry, we do not offer this option. Please follow recommended time bookings for every project.
    Can I make whatever I want?
    Everyone needs to stick to the project they choose from the menu & follow the sizing guidelines.
  • When can I pick up my art?
    Please message us through the home page of our website and choose the question—"Is my art ready for pick up?" An automated message will tell you our current firing and drying times. Please check our contact page before coming to the studio to make sure we are open. We check our chat messages as often as possible. Please don’t send a chat, phone and a send an email. We promise we will get back to you.
  • Can you tell me more about clay workshops?

    Sometimes things happen …

    • Sometimes clay breaks, it just does—pieces fall off
    • Sometimes things move in the kiln and there may be a mark on your piece
    • Sometimes glaze doesn’t behave as expected
    • Sometimes art takes more time than you may think
    • Sometimes instructors get ill, and we need to run with less staff than planned
    • Sometimes it takes a while to find the information from a gift card from many years ago
    • A child will cry, be loud or not listen. They do that. They are all good. Parents are trying their best
    • You will need to follow the templates and sizing, too big means more kiln or storage space, too small means likely to get lost
    • Extra time is billed by the hour minimum at a rate of $15/hr
    • If you don’t write your first and last name and the date clearly on your piece, expect for it to get lost or mistakenly picked up by another with the same name
    • Adults—The workshops are for fun and social time. It is not a replacement for art school.
    • Sometimes we have to dispose of artwork if it is not picked up within 2 weeks
    • Sometimes it may take a minute or two to find your art piece
    • Sometimes there are mixups
    • Sometimes your name may get covered in the firing process
    • We will fire things in the kiln as quickly as we possibly can. We need a full load to run the kiln and sometimes things need extra time to dry before they can be placed in the kiln or they will explode
    • Sometimes clay explodes.
    • Art supply costs are really high, rent is high, shipping is high, overhead is high, if you miss your workshop or call day of your booking to cancel, the space was still set aside for you and we cannot offer a refund or credit.
    • We are unable to offer refund, credit, or make up session in the event of clay breakage.
    • You will need to make just the maximum number of pieces when we specify.
    • If you overwork the clay or add too much water it will cave in or crack. Follow the time guidelines and instructions as best you can.
    • If you have never done art before, you will need to practice and accept it won’t be perfect on your first try. Come back many times, practice and enjoy the process.
    • If you don’t write your first and last name and the date clearly on your piece, expect for it to get lost or mistakenly picked up by another with the same nameIf you are late, yes, it will feel like there was not enough time.
    Can I glaze more than one thing at a time?

    You are welcome to book glaze multiple items at a time. Glazing time is $15/hr. You can glaze more than one piece during your glazing booking, time permitting. Maximum 2 dip glazing pieces per hour of booked studio time in order to cover glazing and kiln costs.

    For example, if you book an hour glazing, and can finish glazing 2 pieces from 2 different building or throwing sessions in that hour glazing session—that is great!

    Please understand in order to cover professional glaze and second firing costs we are not able to credit or refund unused time if you are able to finish glazing early.

    Can the studio glaze the item for me?

    Yes, $17 per piece plus tax if you would like us to glaze your clay for you. This is not available for hand glazed, decorative pieces.

  • Can you tell me more about oven-bake clay workshops?

    Sometimes things happen …

    • We use Ditto Polymer Clay, which is an incredibly malleable oven-bake clay that comes in many colours
    • Oven baking hardens the creations, making them durable and long-lasting
    • Sometimes however, if not handled well after baking, oven-bake polymer clay can break, pieces can fall off. It is not a toy even though it can look like it! If handled roughly it will break.
    • Sometimes art takes more time than you may think
    • You cannot take materials home to finish the workshop
    • You will need to follow the sizing and project guidelines
    • Extra time is billed by the hour minimum at a rate of $15/hr
    • There is no credit for finishing early
    • If you don’t write your first and last name and the date clearly on your piece, expect for it to get lost or mistakenly picked up by another with the same name
    • Sometimes we have to dispose of artwork if it is not picked up within 2 weeks