Best Pottery Classes in Sydney to Try This Winter

Best Pottery Classes in Sydney to Try This Winter

By Sam Bowden

Warm up your hands this winter when you dig in to pottery classes in Sydney! Led by skilled artisans at local pottery studios, these classes offer a chance to unleash your creativity while mastering the art of sculpting, moulding, and wheel throwing. Not only does pottery allow you to engage your creativity and fine motor skills, you'll also learn how to make unique ceramics to adorn your living space. In 2024, there's no better time to explore the therapeutic benefits of pottery. So if you're looking for indoor activities in Sydney this winter, seek shelter from the cold at a pottery studio. 

Looking for warm and toasty things to do in Sydney? Sink your hands into some clay at the best pottery classes in Sydney this winter!

Pottery classes for beginners

Learn wheel throwing for beginners

Instructor helping student at a Sydney wheel throwing class

Get behind the wheel at this clay and sip wheel throwing class with Print Paint Pot. Held in their cosy studio in Artarmon, couple Zena and Elgan will show you all the wheel throwing basics you need to know to create beautiful handmade ceramics. You’ll be guided on how to bring your own flair to your pottery pieces, and you’ll walk away with your favourite one, after it has been glazed and fired in the kiln. 

Looking to take your skills to the next level? Try out their hands-on evening pottery course over four weeks and make up to ten incredible ceramics!

Play with clay while you're sippin'

Maker’s Loft in Cammeray has transformed art classes for adults into an art form itself. Offering a varied array of craft classes, workshops and experiences, pottery classes are just one feather in a very impressive cap. 

Their pottery and plonk clay classes are a true standout, however, and will see you hand building your own bespoke creations over BYO drinks and nibbles.

Two friends clink drinks at a clay and sip class

Sculpt a human torso

A little bit on the cheekier side, this is one of our favourite pottery classes! Popular for classy hens party ideas and birthday parties, you and your group will learn how to sculpt a human torso with Irina from imakesculptures.

Complete with BYO, this is one of our most festive art classes for adults and one of the best things to do in Sydney if you’re looking for something artsy and playful!

Get creative with hand building pottery

woman hand building with clay at a pottery class

Hand building is the art of making pottery without the assistance of a pottery wheel. It’s fun, crafty, and gives you a creative freedom a pottery wheel doesn’t offer. Not only will this clay and sip hand building class with Glaze Galleria show you the fundamentals of how to make ceramic bowls, vases and trinkets with your hands, but you’ll also get to enjoy this relaxing process over a glass of wine (or two).

This is one of the best things to do in Sydney when it comes to organising a small group of friends looking for something a little bit different.

Create your own ceramic art

Silky Shapes is a fantastic pottery studio, and can show you everything you need to know about creating and colouring ceramic art! With one of the most comprehensive pottery classes for beginners in Sydney, you’ll learn wheel throwing techniques, hand building tips and some glazing essentials to craft an array of ceramic bowls, vases and even candle holders. 

This course runs over three sessions, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a pottery workshop that equips you with the essential skills, and gives you a little bit more time to discover your own ceramic art style. 

Learn the Japanese art of Kintsugi

Kintsugi ceramic repair with gold

On the search for more unique Sydney activities? Make your broken ceramics shine at a kintsugi class! Kintsugi - or “golden joinery” - is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics using a gold lacquer. Kintsugi is a time-honoured tradition in Japan and holds a strong philosophical meaning. 

Instead of disposing of broken pottery, Kintsugi embraces the imperfections of the ceramic, repairing them using a bold, golden filling. This represents the history and flaws of the piece, as opposed to simply casting it aside once it’s broken. It is an artistic representation of the Japanese philosophy of “mushin” which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment and acceptance of change.

As meditative as it is beautiful, Sydney hosts a range of kintsugi classes that are perfect for you to learn a traditional Japanese art form that promotes mental wellbeing and is also highly enjoyable to engage in. 

Of all the unique experiences Sydney has to offer, Kintsugi is one of our art classes for adults that’ll leave a lasting impact on you. Thankfully, Sydney is home to Kintsugi Australia, who host a wide variety of pottery classes, workshop intensives and kintsugi courses for all ages and interests. Whether it’s a one-off workshop for you to get a taste of the ceramics class, or a two-day intensive covering all of the intricacies that kintsugi pottery offers, artisan Jun Morooka can show you how to create beautiful ceramic bowls and vases using his trademark kintsugi technique. 

Jun’s partner Hitomi also teaches a kintsugi accessories workshop, which brings her knowledge of kintsugi pottery and shows you how to utilise it to create unique and colourful jewellery pieces! Not only does Kintsugi Australia have all your Japanese pottery needs, but they also offer a workshop in making your own mini zen garden that’s perfect for bringing a real sense of calm to any living space.

Online pottery classes

Hands depicted making a ceramic mug

On the search for fun things to do at home or mindful rainy day activities? Learn pottery at home with an online class! With a DIY pottery kit delivered right to your door and an easy-to-follow livestreaming class on your laptop, you’ll be making your own ceramics from the comfort of your living room in no time. 

Learn Kintsugi for beginners, make your own unique ceramic mug or even have a go at shaping, rolling and moulding polymer clay! Guided by your passionate and knowledgeable teacher, you’ll discover how to make something special and personal to you.

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