Intermediate Wheel Throwing Thu 10am

Expand your skills on the pottery wheel

Next Available: Thu, 26 Nov 10:00AM (AEDT)
2 hours x 8 Weeks
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Intermediate Wheel Throwing will take your basic skills from our Discover Wheel Throwing course and progress them to the next level. Your education at Clay Talk is designed to be supplemented by our advanced workshops hosted by known professionals periodically throughout the year.

This 2 hour class will be taught by Denholm Lappas, a skilled thrower on the Potter's wheel Denholm has been throwing for almost 5 years and practicing ceramics for over 10.  Ideally you will have completed the Discovery course with Clay Talk @ Montsalvat or have equivalent ceramic experience and are excited to expand your skills.

The course will build upon the intrinsic skill set of correct studio practice, tool use, preparation and throwing basic forms.   

There will be room within the course to introduce some more advanced studio considerations such as altering thrown forms, handle application, making duplicates/sets, throwing off the hump, throwing with large amounts of clay, advance surface decoration and glaze application along with some challenging projects thrown in along the way.

This class an eight week class. 

Why Clay Talk?

Our class sizes are small so you can develop your skills, find your individual style and learn at your own pace. Clay Talk @ Montsalvat’s spacious and beautifully designed ceramic studio is a great space to tap into your creativity.

This is a two-hour course run on Thursday mornings. 

About your tutor, Keiko:

Keiko has over 20 years’ experience working in ceramics, initially moving to Australia in 1999 from Japan and completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) degree in 2006 at the National Art School in Sydney.

She has been teaching ceramics for adults and children in Sydney since 2007, including a porcelain technique courses at Hornsby TAFE, NSW. Keiko's way of teaching is student focused; she observes each student’s needs and teaches them individually with her Osakan sense of humour and smile.

Keiko had her first solo exhibition at Sturt Gallery in Mittagong in 2012 after exhibiting many group shows since 2003. Her recent achievements include Gosford Art Prize (Winner in Ceramics, 2014, 2012, and 2018), Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award (Finalist, 2013), John Fries Memorial Award (Finalist, 2011) Small Art Object Prize in Vallauris, France (Winner, 2009) and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. (Viewer’s choice award, 2008)

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What you will learn
  • How to prepare your clay, centre it on the wheel and step-by-step throwing skills for making simple vessel forms such as cylinders and bowls
  • How to finish your work by turning and trimming.
  • + in the 8-week option: Introductory skills in glazing and firing (in last 2 weeks)
What you will get
  • 10kg of clay to start you off
  • Use of wheels and other equipment such as banding wheels
  • The pots you make glazed, fired and ready to take home at the end of term (end-of term firing fee is $9/kg)

What to bring
  • Towel
  • Apron
  • Clay took kit (available for purchase in the Montsalvat shop or any art supply store)
What to wear

Casual / older clothes and covered or closed-in shoes - clay can get messy!

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in learning ceramics and wants to develop their techniques. You may have never touched clay before, want a refresher course or are keen to build your skills that bit further.

Gift vouchers

If you'd like to give this course to someone special, gift vouchers are available. To find out more, email claytalkadmin@montsalvat.com.au 

Refund & Cancellation Policy

If you change your mind and want to cancel your course booking completely, you can either transfer your enrolment to a friend or we'll refund:

  • 100% if you cancel at least 4 weeks before the course starts, less a $20 administration fee.
  • 50% if you cancel 2 weeks before the course starts, less a $20 administration fee. 
  • No refund if you cancel:
    • less than 2 weeks before the course starts; or
    • the course has already started.

We'll give a full refund if we have someone on our waiting list who can take your spot immediately or if we cancel a course for our own reasons not mentioned below.

if for reasons outside of our control, such as severe weather conditions, a class must be cancelled we will do our best to accommodate you with a replacement class.

If you can’t attend a class during your course, unfortunately we don’t offer make up classes. We therefore encourage you to choose your courses and dates carefully.

Online Classes:
If technical issues on the part of the tutor disrupt our online stream for a significant amount of time and the class cannot be completed satisfactorily we will do our best to accommodate you with a make-up class or a refund will be offered if no make-up class can be agreed upon.

Technical issues on the part of the participant are not our responsibility.

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Terms & Conditions

Online Classes:

If booking our online classes you agree to being able to collect and drop-off your materials and/or finished pieces at the designated times and at these times only.

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26 March 2020 • Intermediate Wheel Throwing Thu 10am

Clay talk is a beautiful space in the grounds of Montsalvat. I have been lucky enough to be taught by Denholm and Yuso and found their instruction and attention to detail demonstrated their being tuned in to what I needed . The studio is fulling set up for wheel or hand building with heaps of space and resources. The glazes offer variety and the firing service is prompt . A fabulous place to pot.


07 May 2019 • Intermediate Wheel Throwing Thu 10am

I just can’t get enough! This is the most addictive, informative, creative and satisfying thing I’ve ever done. If you’ve ever wondered what wheel throwing is like, I Highly recommend this course!

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