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Studio on the Hill

Sr. Helen Kluke with childrenStudio on the Hill is a pottery studio in East York offering a chance to work with clay in a safe, non-stressful environment. Located at 967 O’Connor Drive, Sister Helen Kluke teaches pottery from the perspective that “there are no mistakes, only new creations.”

I have been coming to the Studio on the Hill for 15 years. Sister Helen has been incredibly supportive of my endeavours in the studio and outside as well. — a student

All are welcome: men, women and children of all ages, as well as people with disabilities—including those who are visually impaired. Commissioned originals by Sister Helen are available for corporate events.

Class Content

Various hand-building techniques and decorative finishes are explored. Wheel work is offered for adults and teens, and your individual interests are encouraged and welcomed. You will find that the studio embraces the excitement of learning a new skill and rediscovering your creativity. Relaxation and a feeling of peacefulness are unexpected benefits of working with clay, and pottery makes beautiful gifts and conversation pieces for your home.

Sister Helen is the most loving and patient person I've ever met. — a student

Flexible Schedule

Regular classes are offered on weekday afternoons and evenings.

Students may take classes at any time; they are not locked into a series of classes. Personal scheduling allows students with complicated commitments or financial demands to adapt to studio flexibility. (For groups larger than eight, please call to arrange a private session.)

Pottery wheelMonday
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (children's classes)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (children's classes)


Prices include instruction, a variety of clays, basic supplies, firing, glazes and tax. (Some exceptions may apply.)

  • Adults: $30 per class
  • Seniors: $24 per class
  • Children: $24 per class

Michelle, a Studio on the Hill student and volunteerA Studio on the Hill Story

When I am working at Studio on the Hill, I enjoy open space, friendship, community and inspiration. — Michelle, student & volunteer

Fifteen years ago, Michelle had an unfulfilled passion to create pottery through working with clay, and her research eventually brought her to Studio on the Hill. “I wanted to make bowls, but when I saw the sculptures of human figures there, I knew that was for me.”

Michelle also studied Korean martial arts, and married her two interests. Every time Michelle attained a new belt or level in Taekwondo, she made a new sculpture! Eventually, Michelle showcased her creations at her own sculpture show.

“The studio is a great place to meet people, and I’ve made lifelong friends here. It’s also a place just to come and sit quietly and be inspired.” This past fiscal year, it was evident that many people shared Michelle’s enjoyment of the Studio, as overall visits increased in almost every category.


Contact Studio on the Hill
See class times above
967 O’Connor Dr
East York ON   M4B 2T1
Ministry Director and Teacher
Sr. Helen Kluke

How Studio on the Hill Came to Be 

As a young Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto, Sr. Helen Kluke discovered clay. After completing a degree in Studio Arts, she taught pottery to the elderly at Providence Health Care for three years before opening Studio on the Hill in 1996.

Fontbonne Ministries offers diverse programs that are welcoming and inclusive. The charity was founded in 2000 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a community of women who, through their compassionate presence, respond to various needs. Fontbonne Ministries continues, with the Sisters, their mission of reflecting the love of God and neighbour.

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