10 of the Best Pottery Classes in Australia to Embrace Your Inner Ceramicist

Art is known to be therapeutic, and pottery can be an incredibly rewarding art form to take part in. Enrol in a class or course and you’ll learn to shape everything from bowls to decorative vases with methods like handbuilding or wheel throwing. Not to mention you will be escaping your busy day to day life in an immersive, creative, and fun environment. 

Whether you're a complete novice or an experienced ceramicist, want to learn individually or with a group of friends, we've rounded up 10 of the best pottery classes in Australia that you can book yourself into and start creating ceramic magic.

10 of the Best Pottery Classes in Australia 

1. Clay Sydney - NSW

Ceramicists Hannah Barclay and Bea Bellingham head the three clay studios in Enmore and Marrickville. They offers a variety of workshops, both in-studio and virtual online classes, from beginner handbuilding  and wheel throwing, to intermediate sessions, private classes and corporate events. Book yourself in for one of their fabulous BYO and clay nights where you’ll perfect your very own ceramic creation under the guiding hand of our expert handbuilding tutors, while sipping on your tipple of choice. 

2. The Pottery Shed - NSW

This lovely studio is great for those who are really looking to learn develop their skills in wheel thrown pottery. The basic course is comprised of three 2-hour classes designed for beginners 12 years old and up. They also offer practice sessions which are designed to follow up your first basic classes. 

3. Bondi Clay - NSW

Bondi Clay is a locally owned and run eco ceramic studio that serves as a space where people of all ages can develop their pottery skills all within a chic studio space. They have a range of classes on offer from a 'Chardonnay and Clay' session to their 'Wheel Throwing Taster Class' which introduces you to the art form without the need to commit to their 4-week workshop.

One of the best things about this studio is that it has been designed with sustainable practice front of mind. They actively source sustainable materials and ethically made products, removing single-use plastic from our studios, and use 100% carbon neutral electricity to power our lights and equipment. 

4. Céramiques - Victoria

Céramiques studios, located in Kew and Elsternwick, offer spaces for you to explore pottery, develop your wheel work skills, and discover the thrill of turning a chunk of clay into a delicate and beautiful piece. They offer one-off classes or 8-week terms to really hone your skills.

5. Slow Clay - Victoria

Slow Clay offer an extensive variety of classes and workshops throughout the year that nurture an individual approach while catering for requisite knowledge and technical development. The Slow Clay team includes a range of professional ceramic artists and experienced graduate teachers, many recognised leaders in their field. They teach their own method based on Japanese techniques. 

6. Mas & Miek Ceramic House - Queensland

Owned by mother and daughter ceramic artists Mieke and Charlie De Deyne, this company predominately teaches hand building, throwing on the pottery wheel and glazing, while also delving into specialist techniques in masterclasses. The Newstead studio is housed within exquisite warehouse space and there is a gallery store exhibiting local ceramic artists and cafe on site.

7. Clayschool - Queensland

Situated in an old wood-fire bakery, this charming school runs weekly classes for people of all abilities. Class numbers are small and they will happily individualise your program so you get to learn the things that you want. They offer a range of classes from wheel techniques to clay theory. 

8. StudioP - Western Australia

Studio P is a fun, young, and creative Pottery Studio where you can learn the art of wheel-throwing and hand-building in a comfortable and relaxed environment. They offer flexible workshop and class options from intro classes to 7-week courses. 

9. PerthStudioPotters - Western Australia

As Western Australia's oldest pottery studio, you know you're going to learn a thing or two here. All of their classes are mixed in terms of experience, skill level, and working method (pottery wheel or a wide variety of hand building techniques). They welcome potters with all levels of experience, from complete novices to those more experienced. 

10. Urth Clay Studio - South Australia

Urth Clay Studio's inclusive and non-judgmental classes allow you to master modern or ancient techniques to create your very own masterpiece. They offer everything from kids pottery classes to work team development classes. Urth also offer free classes to a large variety of people in need within the community including aged care people and people with special needs.

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