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Pottery classes and kits you can get stuck into at home

Local studios are offering online classes and delivering pottery packs so you can work with clay without leaving your lounge room

By Alannah Maher
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With many of us spending more time just pottering around the house, there’s never been a better time to try your hand at being a literal potter. Although they’ve had to close their studio doors to the public, a bunch of local ceramics studios have adapted their businesses so you can get busy moulding your own mugs, vases and assorted sculptural vessels at home.

Go on, allow the tactile task of rolling clay between your hands to remind you of the sensation of human touch as you get your Swayze on and re-enact that classic scene from the 1990 romantic hit Ghost

Looking for more arty ways to pass the time? Sip and paint your way through iso with these digital classes.

Time to get your hands dirty

Clay Sydney at-home class
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Clay Sydney

This Marrickville ceramics studio idelivering home pottery kits that come with everything you need to create your own precious object. There are packages with all you need to create mugs and more (from $55) with the option to tune in to a livestreamed class, as well as kids' classes (from $40) that come with access to a recorded instructional video.

A person moulds something from clay with a Crockd kit before them.
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Crockd

Since launching out of the 2020 lockdown, Gold Coast outfit Crockd is delivering DIY pottery kits all over Australia, with a choice of kits ($80-$120) that come with all Aussie clay, tools, and hand-illustrated instructions. Each kit also contains a can of worms in the form of ‘clay breakers’; conversation starters that are designed to get you out of the iso-rut. Once you’ve lovingly sculptured your vessel, you can book in with your local pottery studio to have it fired up. In Sydney, Glebe’s Kil.n.it and Clay Sydney outlets can sort you out with drop-off firing services.

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pottery kit from Open Objects Studio
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ClassBento

ClassBento is facilitating a bunch of delightful, hands-on workshops you can follow along with at home, and they’ll even deliver you all the supplies you need. There are a range of pottery and sculpting sessions facilitated by local studios and artists, including simple planters and platters and more advanced workshops like figurative sculpting. There's also kintsugi, a Japanese artisanal technique, where you can mend broken pottery with a gold-dusted lacquer, symbolising the process of repair as part of the object itself.

People sit at the pottery-making workspace.
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The Pottery Shed

Already know your way around a pottery wheel and just want to get your hands dirty again? The Pottery Shed is offering at-home potter kits starting at $210 a week for hand-building packages and $270 a week for throwing packages that include hire of a pottery wheel. You can choose to have your pack delivered or pick up from the Surry Hills studio.

After a tipple to go with that?

Wine cellar at Native Drops Bondi
Photograph: Anna Kucera

The best Sydney bottle shops offering home delivery

Shopping Bottle shops

Thankfully, there are the bottle shops out there that let you browse their excellent wares from behind the safety of a screen, so you can keep the cellar stocked with just a couple of clicks or have the essentials at the front door for when the going gets rough.

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