Pottery Short Course - 3 weeks

An introduction to the art of ceramics

Next Available: Sat, 28 Nov 1:00PM (AEDT) (1 more date)
3 Weeks
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Get a feel for which aspect of ceramic creation suits you best or just have heaps of messy fun over 3 weekends - This short course will offer a condensed introduction to the art of throwing on the potter’s wheel along with a component on hand building and glazing, giving you a brief but insightful overview of the ceramic process.

*Please Note: Due to COVID-19 and forced closures dates are changing frequently, please contact us for up to date information*

August Course: 3 sessions with two 3-hour classes on Saturday August 29th and Saturday September 5th, then one week break before your final 2-hour glaze session on Saturday September 19th.

September Course: 3 sessions with two 3-hour classes on Saturday September 26th and Saturday October 3rd, then one week break before your final 2-hour glaze session on Saturday October 17th.

The first week will focus on throwing the basic forms of cylinders and bowls and you will then move onto trimming and finishing your thrown forms with an introduction to hand building in the 2nd week. In your final week you will be introduced to the art and science of glazing by decorating your finished pieces with full access to our range of individual Clay Talk glazes.

Your experienced tutor Yuso Lee will guide you through the techniques of clay preparation, centering on the wheel, throwing basic forms and decorating your pieces by correctly using the tools and resources in the studio.

About your tutor, Yuso:
Yuso Lee is originally from Korea. She graduated her Bachelor of Art in Ceramics in Korea and a Diploma of Ceramics from Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne. She has lived in Australia since 2005.

 I get my inspiration for ceramic works from my inner emotions and the environment I live in. I work the clay into ceramic pieces which reflect my feelings and aspirations in life. Sometimes I make faces and bodies which represent me and I try to simplify the body and face to show their emotions through these motions and positions.

Clay is an interesting material. I love working with clay because I can show what I want through either 2D paintings or 3D shapes. Clay has a lot of character whether wet, soft, dry or hard. We cannot predict the result and there are many unexpected and exciting outcomes.

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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
  • An introduction to hand building
  • An introduction to glazing and decorating
What you will get
  • 10kg of clay to start you off
  • Use of wheels and other equipment such as banding wheels
  • The objects you make 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 tool kit (available for purchase with this booking, 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 claytalk@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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29 March 2020 • Pottery Short Course - 3 weeks

Loved my course and learnt so many new skills even though the wheel was at times hard to handle and a bit messy I genuinely love getting messy x


09 December 2019 • Pottery Short Course - 3 weeks

A very enjoyable class with a nice bunch of people. Yuso was an engaging and knowledgeable.


05 November 2019 • Pottery Short Course - 3 weeks

Lovely short class covering the basics of wheel throwing, trimming, and glazing. Yuso is amazing and the studio is very sweet - Montsalvat is a beautiful place. Highly recommend : )

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