Introduction to the Potter's Wheel Workshop

Learn to throw pots on the wheel at this fun class in Sydney



2 hours Class size 1 to 4 (public classes), 4 to 5

label $145 (or 4 payments of $36.25 Afterpay)

Experience the potter’s wheel and learn how to make your own ceramics at this fun beginner’s throwing class at Clay Cartel in Marrickville.

This class is the perfect introduction for anyone wanting to have some hands-on experience working with clay on the wheel. You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to prepare clay, centre a ball of clay and throw different shapes using a potter’s wheel.

Classes include small groups of up to four people, so you get more personal attention from our teachers. The class will run for two hours and at the end of the class, you will get to pick two of your pots to leave at the studio to be fired and glazed with the glaze of your choice.

Your teacher will email you once the work is fired and glazed so you can arrange collection. Please note that from drying to final glaze firing takes three to four weeks.

You should wear casual and comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty as you’re guaranteed to get splattered with clay (don’t worry, clay washes out). Please ensure your nails are cut short and long hair should be either tied back or pulled away from the face. All of your materials and clay will be provided on the day.


Knowledge required
No knowledge is required. Perfect for beginners.
 
What you'll get
You will:
  • learn how to make pots on the potters' wheel
  • choose two of the pots you make to be dried and then glazed and fired. You can also choose the glaze you want on your pots
  • be notified when your pots are ready to collect.
What to bring
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting clay on and please bring an apron to wear during the class and a small towel. Please also ensure your nails are trimmed short and long hair should be pulled back from the face or tied back.
 
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.

Location

Clay Cartel - Unit 35, 76B Edinburgh Road, Marrickville NSW

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Clay Cartel was created by three professional potters who work in the studio full time. We have created a place for beginner and emerging potters to learn, hone their skills and experiment with their craft with a community of like-minded friends.

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Julia Jiang Dec 2023


It was a great experience and the teacher was very helpful. I had great fun.

Olympia Koukoularis Nov 2023


The pottery class was good and the teacher was good and they had all the materials

Nikki Nguyen Nov 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The class was great and we got to take our time to learn how to work the wheel.

Thu Dinh Oct 2023


I was excited yet nervous for the class but felt immediately comfortable and at ease once I got there. There was some nice relaxing music playing while others were working nearby in the studio. Our teacher, Shannon, explained the theory and processes clearly and was very patient and kind. I struggled at first with pulling but Shannon was very attentive and was able to help me understand what I was doing wrong. I appreciate her guidance and encouragement. I definitely had a lot of fun and look forward to seeing the completed pieces!

Elizabeth Wilson Sep 2023


The studio is fabulous and the class was small so we definitely got loads of attention and learnt so much today. Thank you Shanon for your patience and guidance! We will be back!

Jeremiah Smit Sep 2023


Had a great classes learning some of the pottery basics. Teacher was great and knowledgeable! Excited to pick up our creations

Pottery class review by Jeremiah Smit - Sydney

Trudy Hawkins Aug 2023


Shannon was a patient teacher. The end result was pleasing and I can’t wait to see it after it has been glazed and fired. Fun times in Marrackville.

Tracey Jarrett Aug 2023


Shannon was great. Class was heaps of fun and the 2 hours just flew by.

Fiona Liu Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The class was absolutely amazing. Our teacher was extremely patient and kind. The way she taught the techniques, methods, hand positions etc. was phenomenal. The studio was beautiful and neat. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. It was beyond expectations. Our group had so much fun and will definitely be back in the future for more classes.

Pauline Smyth Jul 2023


Great location, teacher and class. No idea how good my little masterpieces will end up, but it was enjoyable enough learning to make them. I’d consider doing another class one day, but am very aware this isn’t my strength.

Pottery class review by Pauline Smyth - Sydney

Kerrena Worrad Jul 2023


Shannon was an amazing teacher. She was very patience. We all enjoyed the class. We look forward to our next class.

Rita Ren Jun 2023


The pottery class was fascinating. The teacher provided thorough explanations and offered individual assistance during our hands-on sessions. The process of creating pottery was both engaging and relaxing, allowing for a great mind-body relaxation experience.

Overall, I had a fantastic time in the pottery class. The attentive teacher, hands-on assistance, and the calming nature of the activity made it an enjoyable and rejuvenating experience. I highly recommend this class to anyone seeking a creative and therapeutic outlet.

Diana Scandurra Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great way to spend a few hours. A step by step guide to using a pottery wheel for the first time.

Szeman Leung Apr 2023


Great class and introduction to wheel pottery by Shannon. Her patience and experience was much appreciated.

Nicka Kafil Apr 2023


Explained step by step with supervision. One to one lesson which allowed time for questions and feedback whilst making. Will definitely return for further lessons!

Tanya Newton Apr 2023


This was a great little introductory course and I would highly recommend it. Shannon provided clear instructions and encouraging guidance as she took us through the foundation steps of using the pottery wheel. The course was fun and we ended up with 3 small pots that will be fired and glazed, ready to collect in a few weeks time

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel Workshop review by Tanya Newton - Sydney

Kylie Evans Mar 2023


Loved it! It was a small class and so I learnt a lot. Definitely coming back for more

Murali Chennamadhavuni Mar 2023


If I have to describe in one sentence, "It was Great!".
Shannon was very nice, warm and very good instructor. She explained each and every step patiently so that a beginner can also understand the basics of pottery. I would highly recommend her for any new comers.
Cheers, Murali

Megan Jones Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Lovely instructor and a peaceful environment. It was easy to follow along and a fun experience.

Charli Campbell Feb 2023


This class was great! A solid introduction into throwing with great instructions from the class teacher! A great starting point for anyone that wants to learn a new skill.

Paige Owen Feb 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Workshop was amazing! Shannon was so helpful and explained all of the processes really well. It was super easy to understand, and so cathartic to work on the clay. Would recommend for absolutely anyone!

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel Workshop review by Paige Owen - Sydney

Shinae Caligiuri Feb 2023


Excellent class! Shannon was kind and patient and a great teacher. Will definitely be back.

Tanton Nguyen Feb 2023


Shelley was great Very friendly and moved at a comfortable pace and fun to learn from. She took notice of small things we needed help on and gave us guidance.

Venue was clean, tidy and cosy. The music was really chill too.

It was well taught ,going through the steps of throwing clay and enough practice to get comfortable. I would be confident approaching a potter's wheel alone now.
Can't wait to pick up our glazed and fired ceramics.

Thanks so much, from Asahi and Tanton

Samantha Rothwell Feb 2023

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


My partner and I loved this class. The teacher was soo patient and helpful. The class was small and we learnt loads. My partner was a natural, I was not, but still by the end I was confidently ( well mostly !) throwing the cutest little pots! Definitely worth doing.

Jennifer Walsh Feb 2023


Great class. Teacher was very knowledgeable & assisted when needed. Anticipated each student’s request for help. Lovely atmosphere.

Kay Wilkins Feb 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Small class. Very good teacher. C: c: c: c: c: c: c: c: c: c:

Kate Eagleton Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Thoroughly enjoyable. The teachers were so patient and helpful and we got a lot out of the class.

Louise Smith Jan 2023

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


Our family (including two teenagers) did this workshop together as our Christmas present to ourselves. We loved it. The instructor was very informative and had a good sense of humour. She gave extra help as required. Looking forward to seeing the finish products after they are glazed. Thank you.

Hilary Lim Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


My boyfriend and I wanted to experience what pottery was like. We found it a bit challenging at first but we were lucky enough to have Shannon as our teacher. She was very helpful and patient and in the end we were both able to create two items!

Daniel Docanto Jan 2023


Teacher was excellent. She really took the time to help my daughter and give her confidence. Fantastic experience I would recommend to anyone looking for an activity to do with their child or anyone looking to get into the craft.

Christopher Ojala Jan 2023


Shannon is a great teacher. Very attentive to each students needs. Having a maximum of 4 in a class allows you to get the best outcomes. I was surprised how much you can do in this 2 hour class. Totally recommend this class.

Pottery class review by Christopher Ojala - Sydney

Clair Peters Jan 2023


A lovely teacher who was great at explaining everything and made it such a fun day

Ella Cook Jan 2023


Lovely practical class that teaches the basics of wheel pottery. Felt confident with the skills I learnt and walked away with a couple of nice pieces! Shannon was a great instructor and very patient.

Agust Heu Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Shannon is so lovely, would love to meet her and the team again. We (henny and agust) really enjoyed our first time experience in throwing clay to the wheel.

Michelle Hoang Dec 2022


Teacher was pleasant & accommodating to our group of 4 teenage girls.
Venue was easy to find. Course was fun and engaging.

Benjamin Liu Dec 2022


Very fun and informative introductory class, the teacher was knowledgeable and helpful throughout the session.

Verity Coburn Dec 2022


Great teacher and lovely little studio. The class was only 4 people so we all got heaps of one to one time.

Janice Moore Dec 2022

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Enjoyed the class. Very helpful tuition. Nicely laid out. I’d definitely return for another workshop.

Rochelle Markovina Dec 2022


It was absolutely amazing! Such lovely staff and a great experience. Would 100% recommend to anyone who is a complete beginner or is comfortable with pottery. They are so versatile and have such a nice atmosphere within the place! Definitely 10/10

Ivy Cai Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Venue is at back of 76B, you can park at the metro and walk over in 5mins. Teacher was very nice and helpful. Even though I messed up the clay several times she was very encouraging and patient.

Kylie Blackwood Nov 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


The class was excellent Shinhee was an amazing teacher, patient and extremely knowledgeable. Such an awesome introduction to pottery everything was supplied and the venue was great. I will definitely be going back for more! Thank you

Pottery class review by Kylie Blackwood - Sydney

Reshma Joseph Nov 2022


It was such a great class. Shin was attentive and super helpful. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to try wheel throwing

Anja Ho Nov 2022


I recommend this class if you’re interested in learning wheel throwing. I am a total beginner with pottery and was really happy with all the handy tips my teacher gave me as she was guiding me. She let me also have a bit of time to myself when I was getting a hang of things, a nice balance :) She was encouraging and again, super helpful. Everyone in the studio was friendly. I recommend!

Louise Chapman Nov 2022


Really enjoyed our Introduction to the Potter's Wheel workshop. Shinhee was a warm, patient and encouraging instructor.

Eden Woodbury Oct 2022


Shannon was a kind, knowledgeable and helpful teacher to our group of complete beginners.
The venue and materials were impeecable, as was the cute shop upstairs, although it was a little hard to find and had limited parking.
Amazing experience and definitely worth the money.
Using the potter's wheel was very satisfying, relaxing and addictive! Loved it all.

Pottery class review by Eden Woodbury - Sydney

Asmaa Hassan Oct 2022


Excellent, fun, engaging, intimate but it just needed more details on how to find venue

Hugo Suire Oct 2022


Great experience !
Teacher was very helpful, explaining well and patient ( clearly needed with me )
Will definitely be back !
Thanks

Gabrielle Price Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


My sister and I enjoyed a wonderful introductory workshop to clay wheel throwing. Shinhee was an excellent and patient teacher guiding us through the process and providing support when needed. We were also given 20 minutes of 'free' time to create our own unique works. The small classes were excellent. During the workshop we each produced 6 clay pieces from which we could choose two works for firing and glazing. A fun and productive workshop - highly recommended!

Elisa Brinton Sep 2022


My daughter and I really enjoyed the class. Shinhee was so knowledgeable and patient. We made 5 pieces each and got to choose two. Location was excellent and I loved the small class - we received individual attention. We will come back for another session

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel Workshop review by Elisa Brinton - Sydney

Karen Rushbrook Sep 2022


Class was a bit boring and not enough people to make an atmosphere. Teacher seemed to get annoyed by fun.

Debra Fidler Sep 2022


Great class … lots of fun!
Highly recommend
I love you can choose some ‘forever’ pieces

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel Workshop review by Debra Fidler - Sydney

Miyuru Ediriweera Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The smaller class size was great to get hands on advice and guidance. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning!

Megan Taylor Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Such a good class, clear instructions and a lovely teacher!
I’m very excited to pick up what I made.

Soo Kuan Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I attended a pottery class today with a friend and her daughter. Shin was a wonderful teacher, patient and informative. We had time to make 6 pieces each, from which we chose 2. We had a fantastic time, and I feel inspired to continue my clay training! I would highly recommend the classes at Clay Cartel.

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel Workshop review by Soo Kuan - Sydney

Lyn Wotton Jul 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


I enjoyed this course, it covers all you need to know if you have never thrown on a wheel before, Very supportive teacher, helped us all to improve and create our homewares, ready for firing. Would have loved a take home sheet that set out the basics for beginners, as a reminder the next time we feel inclined to tackle some wheel work.

Siobhan Bourke Jul 2022


Absolutely wonderful experience. Such a lovely time learning new skills. Shin Hee was a wonderful tutor helping me to develop my own pieces.

Elizabeth Gray Jul 2022


The teacher was very patient and attentive. Also, she was very encouraging to my son.

Amie Warren Jun 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Venue great. Excellent facility.
Teacher kind, patient and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for having me.

Roshan Sahukar Jun 2022


The Potter's Wheel Workshop at Clay Cartel was a beautiful, enriching experience, packed with practical information. Shinhee was highly knowledgable and very patient, clearly explaining the techniques, and giving us lots of tips and encouragement as we practised our new skills. I loved it!

Abraham Jun 2022


My wife and I had such a fun time out and we have learnt a lot from the throwing classes.
The studio set up is ideal for teaching so there was no time wasted and we got a full-on hands-on class with expert advice.

Thank you so much for having us over. We really managed to get an appreciation for the art.
Ayat and Abraham

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