Melbourne's best pottery classes
Slow Clay Center offers classes and workshops for beginners to pottery experts in a beautiful Collingwood warehouse. The studio specialises in ergonomically sound Japanese techniques, which encourages students to work efficiently and with correct posture as they learn to work with clay. The practice can be so relaxing that students at Slow Clay sometimes call it clay yoga, so how’s that for mindfulness. Classes are run in eight week terms, so you’ll need to register ahead to ensure you have a spot. An eight-week term costs $470.
Northcote Pottery Supplies is the go-to spot for pottery pros to buy material like clay, glazes, and tools, but they also offer short courses and workshops (ranging from four to eight weeks) to bulk up your pottery skills from wheel throwing to glazing. After a few pieces for the house? Northcote Pottery Supplies’ retail space SMALLpieces sells ceramics and artwork from local artists and the studio’s alumni or studio residents. A term of six weeks costs $370.
This Brunswick artist-run studio specialises in ceramics and visual arts. At their pottery short courses, students are not only encouraged to work the wheel, they can also learn to create sculptural objects using hand-building techniques. The studio’s instructors are amazing artists whose work are often found in the city’s best craft shops, so you’ll be learning from the best. A term of eight weeks will set you back $520.
Established in 1975, Carlton Arts Centre has cultivated a reputation for the place to go to learn all things pottery. All skill levels are welcome at the studio. Run more like a club with classes in the morning and evening, experienced ceramists and new students work side by side with qualified instructors, so you can always learn a thing or two from your wheel neighbour. Classes are $50 per session, or you can get a longer pass for a minimum $90 enrolment deposit.
Get your hands dirty at this small Abbotsford studio. All classes are designed for beginners, but if you want to graduate from making bowls to larger vessels, the instructors will happily give you a refresher before you tackle a more complex project. Places are limited to just nine people per class, so beginners will get lots of one on one tuition if required. An eight-week term will set you back $525.