Clay Sydney - Enmore Studio
Time Out says
Sydney’s ceramic masterminds have a new space where you can get your hands dirty
If the wave of hobby-mania that swept over us in the more isolated periods of the tumultuous ’20s has whet your appetite to get your hands busy, Clay Sydney’s new Enmore studio is worth a visit.
Carrying on the practice of their Marrickville studio, the space offers chilled-out one-off workshops suitable for total beginners as well as short courses covering wheel-throwing, hand-building, firing and glazing techniques for the clay-curious. If you’re an experienced ceramicist, they also rent out their spaces to those who want to work on their own projects.
The Time Out team was invited to check out the new location and try one of the most popular classes: the wine and clay night. In this laid-back two-hour session you are gently instructed through the process of making your own ceramic vessel with simple hand-building techniques as you sip away on wine (or your liquid courage of choice) at your leisure.
Taking up residence in a former Vietnamese restaurant on Stanmore Road, the studio is full of character and spacious enough to put our iso-conscious concerns to rest; the Clay Sydney team ensure all participants maintain physical distancing and that all necessary safety measures are followed to the letter. The music selection is an invigorating selection of ’90s pop jams interspersed with Motown crooners. In the front of the studio, an in-house café and ceramics shop is finding its feet – for now it is slinging coffees and soon, we’re told, it will also have shelves stocked with ceramic pieces by local artists.
The class is chilled-out and the instructors are enthusiastic, presenting easily followed instructions for creating your own vessel from a hunk of clay – paying special attention to ensure your piece won’t hold trapped air bubbles and explode in the kiln – and providing personalised help where desired. It’s up to you what your vessel will be, from a short stumpy planter, to a tall elegant vase, to a mug to cradle in your hands. Want to add some pizazz? The team provides cute clay ‘stamps’. Want to give your curvaceous vessel a pair of beautiful boobies? Someone will show you an easy-to-follow thumb-scoop technique for crafting the perfectly imperfect bosoms to attach. There’s plenty of time between sculpting to deliberate on design and have a natter with your clay-mates as you top up your drink.
A wine and clay night session will set you back $80, which includes materials, tools, firing and your final item, which will be glazed and fired for you to pick up within a fortnight, or they can arrange delivery. Bevvies and snacks are BYO, leaving the fuel for your creative juices up to you. These tiddly sessions go down on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. You can also check out the website for other in-studio classes like Planter Parties or Mugs and Mimosas workshops. Recreate the famous scene from Ghost with beginner Wheel Classes, plus special Date Night: Wheel Throwing Taster classes to share with someone special.
If you’re looking for a creative outlet to get your hands busy as you catch up with a friend (or a few) or break the mud on a date, this is the place to do it.
Want to get busy at home? Clay Sydney is still delivering Clay at Home kits (and you can book in to have your hand-built treasure fired at one of their studios).