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  • FUNDAMENTALS 1 | WHEEL-THROWING
    FUNDAMENTALS 1 | WHEEL-THROWING
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  • FUNDAMENTALS 2 | WHEEL-THROWING
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  • FUNDAMENTALS 3 | WHEEL-THROWING
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  • FUNDAMENTALS 1 | WHEEL-THROWING NOVEMBER 22
    FUNDAMENTALS 1 | WHEEL-THROWING NOVEMBER 22
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  • FUNFUNDAMENTALS 2 | WHEEL-THROWING NOVEMBER 22
    FUNFUNDAMENTALS 2 | WHEEL-THROWING NOVEMBER 22
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  • FUNDAMENTALS 3 | WHEEL-THROWING NOVEMBER 22
    FUNDAMENTALS 3 | WHEEL-THROWING NOVEMBER 22
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  • FUNDAMENTALS | GLAZE CHEMISTRY
    FUNDAMENTALS | GLAZE CHEMISTRY
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  • FUNDAMENTALS 1 | HAND-BUILDING
    FUNDAMENTALS 1 | HAND-BUILDING
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  • FUNDAMENTALS 2 | HAND-BUILDING
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Studio Fundamentals is an art and community space specializing in ceramic wheel throwing and hand-building. Founded in 2017 by May Ann Villanueva, we opened with the vision of offering a welcoming space to learn ceramic fundamentals as well as to those looking to continue and expand their practice. Balancing precise, technique-driven instruction with a fun approach to learning, students are encouraged to work thoughtfully and explore new forms without taking things too seriously.  As our community has grown, so has our offering, with the inclusion of our open-studio program, drop-in sessions and community pop-up events. 

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There's never a dull moment at Studio Fundamentals! Expect lots of laughter and lots of fun while getting messy with clay. Whether if you're learning how to throw for the first time or you come from experience, May Ann teaches with utmost care, love and dedication to help her students grow, flourish and feel confident in what they're learning. The environment is so warm, open, friendly and inclusive, and there is a lot of 1:1 help from May. If you're looking for a place to truly learn how to throw or you want to learn how to hand-build, this is where it's at! The best pottery studio in Vancouver, hands down!

Steph V.

If you want to watch an artist fully immersed in their practice, watch May Ann wheel throw. Its meditative, contemplative, even therapeutic. This same patience also shows up when she is teaching her students, the lucky few who are able to get a spot.

But in that same breath, she can flip a switch and become this bubbly firecracker, bursting with creative expression and spontaneous humour, often accompanied by her unmistakable laugh.

The fact that May Ann is able to travel between these two spaces, from methodical entrepreneurism, to an imaginative world full of curiosity and abstract thought, demonstrates why she has such a truly enviable skill set.

If Instagrams algorithm wasn’t so flawed, May Ann would have 100k more followers.

Andrew B

My time at Studio Fundamentals was phenomenal - and I don't use that term lightly. When we started Beginners Wheel-Throwing, a friend and I were extremely burnt out by the state of the world. We were looking for a space that could hold everything we were feeling while creating some pieces to carry along with us.

Not only was May Ann able to curate this space, but she did so with such attentiveness that we came out of the class flourishing and confident in our work.

We asked for direction over and over (and I never quite got past the beginning stages of wheel-throwing) but we laughed, held space for each other, got covered in clay and learned so much. May Ann even threw a birthday celebration for me during one of the classes! With community-care at the forefront, May created an intentional and authentic learning experience for us. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.

Studio Fundamentals is easily the best pottery studio in Vancouver!

Emmanuela D

My mom, sister and I did beginner wheel classes with May last spring as our Christmas presents and it was such a fun way to spend time together. We all had different levels of experience with clay but since it was a small group we got all the 1 on 1 instruction we needed, May Ann has a sixth sense for knowing exactly how to help you improve! As I already had a good base knowledge she really helped me to fine tune my skills but most importantly for me she was easygoing and fun to be around and really made my mom and sister feel welcome. We love you May Ann! If your thinking clay, don’t be cray GO TO MAY!

Aly D

May-Ann's wheel-throwing class was recommended to me and I'm so glad I signed up! She managed to be patient, articulate, and entertaining - a package of traits that can be difficult to find in a teacher. If you start to mess up your work, she knows how to fix it due to her extensive knowledge. Taking her class brings joy to my week. She plays great music and each session flies by because you feel so present in her studio/classroom.

Jade P.

May Ann is one of the best instructors out there! She has an unbeatable passion for her craft and each class with her was attentive, engaging and loads of fun! You get to learn and improve your ceramics skills and hang out with a truly incredible (and one of the funniest) humans. Her new studio is intimate and inspiring. Sign-up for a course — you won't regret it!

Steph G

It’s been AMAZING learning wheel throwing from May Ann. She is truly an expert of the craft and a phenomenal instructor with superb energy. She did a great job at finding problems with my technique and more importantly providing solutions to fix the issues. On a side note, her speakers are always playing BANGERS, so I promise you, every session is a great session. I cannot wait to take more classes!

Vick P

May Ann teaches my 6 yr. old daughter to play with clay and we couldn't be happier. They get along like best friends. May Ann is fun and silly, while still being technical and teachery. She cares deeply about teaching competency and instilling confidence in her students. It's not just about cups and bowls to her, it's about making a loving community. 

Mark G

A fantastic opportunity to take part and learn / dabble in a craft requiring specialised equipment and knowledge that May Ann can provide in a very welcoming studio atmosphere , fun and learning are best friends here!, highly recommend.

Pete P.

Refund Policy

Workshop Purchase

A full refund is available 7 days prior to class start. If cancellation is made less than seven days prior to class start, there will be a $75 cancellation fee that will be deducted from the paid registration fee. 

 Product Purchase

We have a 10-day return policy, which means you have 10 days after receiving your item to request a return.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.

To start a return, you can contact us at hello@studiofundamentals.com. If your return is accepted, we’ll send you a return shipping label, as well as instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted.

You can always contact us for any return question at hello@studiofundamentals.com.

Exchanges
The fastest way to ensure you get what you want is to return the item you have, and once the return is accepted, make a separate purchase for the new item.

Refunds
We will notify you once we’ve received and inspected your return, and let you know if the refund was approved or not. If approved, you’ll be automatically refunded on your original payment method. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too.