Discover Wheel Throwing Mon 6:30pm

Discover the ancient art of wheel throwing

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Spend your Monday evenings in the creative space of our mud brick studio, being introduced to the potter's wheel.  Our experienced, engaging and friendly tutor, Jessie Pittard, will help you discover (or perhaps rediscover) the art of forming ceramic vessels.  This course runs for 8 weeks.

Initially you will be taught to understand the basic nature of clay as a material with an easy to understand scientific basis. Then quickly move onto the techniques of wedging, centering on the wheel & correctly using the tools and resources in the studio.  You will be taught to make the foundation forms of cylinders and bowls, how to finish your work by turning and trimming and finally an in depth introduction to decorating and glazing your pots.

This 8 weeks course will teach your how to make pieces, turning, trimming and finishing and includes an in-depth introduction to glazing.

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 course is for two hours on a Monday evening. It's also available as a two-hour class on Wednesday morning, Thursday evening or Saturday morning.  We also have a class for you to graduate to once you've gained the basic skills in ceramics, which is run on Thursday mornings.

Your tutor this term will be Jessie Pittard, of Glen Park Studios in Eltham.

Jessie is a passionate printmaker and ceramicist. Growing up with both parents involved with ceramics, she has spent her life immersed in clay. Her studies and technical training as a printmaker at RMIT have influenced her approach.  Within her practice Jessie enjoys exploration and experimentation of form, design and process in both her functional ware as well as her sculptural works.

Jessie has been running her ceramic business from her studio in Eltham and is excited to be joining the team of tutors at Montsalvat Clay Talk in 2020. You can find some of Jessies functional ceramics at the Montsalvat Shop.

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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 all other studio equipment
  • The vessels you throw glazed and fired ready to take home at the end of term (end-of term firing fee is $9/kg)

What to bring
  • Apron
  • Towel
  • Clay took kit (available for purchase now during checkout, at the Montsalvat shop or any art supply store)
What to wear

Clay took kit (available for purchase in the Montsalvat shop or any art supply store)

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, please 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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31 March 2020 • Discover Wheel Throwing Mon 6:30pm

Beginners Throwing Class at Clay Talk was really great, Jessie our teacher showed us all the basics of throwing, starting from the very beginning of preparing clay to all the tricks and tips on the wheel, finishing our pieces and the firing process. Jessie was a very knowledgable teacher who had a great way with the students to make them feel confident and not like they ever got it wrong. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to learn for the first time or has been on the wheel a couple of times but would like to feel more confident (like myself)


31 March 2020 • Discover Wheel Throwing Mon 6:30pm

Clay Talk @Montsalvat is a beautiful space to learn the art of pottery. Our Teacher Jess is highly skilled and supports each person to develop their own unique style. Clay Talk@Montsalvat is lots of fun whilst getting your hands dirty! Janene


04 December 2019 • Discover Wheel Throwing Mon 6:30pm

I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Yuso was a patient and inspiring teacher. I’ve been successful in completing 13 pots this term - something I did not imagine would be possible!

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