Introductory Wheel Throwing Class

How to use a pottery wheel

2 hours Class size 1 to 5 label $88 or 4 payments of $22 Afterpay

In this class, which is perfect for beginners, you will get a taste of what it is like to be a potter.
All materials are provided! By the end of this class, you will not only have made up to four pieces of pottery, you will also discover if you like working with clay.

Have fun, make new friends and try your hand at pottery in this friendly and casual class.

Sign up to our Introductory Glazing Class if you want to glaze your own pots after they have been dried and bisque fired.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners, a great introduction to the Intermediate and Advanced Courses.
What you'll get
All materials including clay, glaze, bisque and glaze firing are included in cost.
What to bring
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you don't mind getting messy.

Windmill Potteries - Wear old clothes and footwear other than thongs or sandals. If you cut your fingernails short, it will be helpful for you. If you can, remove jewellery from fingers and wrists as the clay can cause damage. - Windmill Pottery 756 Mt Cotton Road Sheldon, QLD

Your teacher
Paul Holland
Paul Holland
(Windmill Pottery)

50 years experience

4.6 (29)

I have been working with clay for over forty-five years. Early inspiration came while teaching primary school children at Slade Point near Mackay. It was then I discovered clay as an art media that brought so much enjoyment to his students and of course myself. With a transfer to Toowoomba, a friend, Harry Hart, who was the Art Teacher at Mt Lofty High School and I formed Hartland Potteries where we taught, produced and sold pottery through regular exhibitions. Since moving to Sheldon in the Redlands, I discovered suitable volcanic clay on my property and this has driven my work in an entirely new direction. This clay is typically stoneware with high iron oxide content. At lower earthenware temperatures the clay fires to rich golden terracotta, while at higher stoneware temperatures, it takes on a steely quality that almost shrieks durability and hardness. “At the end of the day, I gain great joy in sharing with others the pleasure I get from simply working with clay.”

Over recent times, I have been assisting traditional Khmer Potters in Cambodia and offering foreign potters (potential and experienced) the unique experience of working with Khmer potters using traditional methods. I have discussed this enterprise with Khmer potters in Andon Gruessey Village in Kampong Chhnang and they have enthusiastically endorsed this project that could help expose their skills to the world. It will provide a much needed income to the village beyond the subsistence life most experience.

As a potter who has visited this place many times, I’ve gained so much from my association with these people, not only in exploring my own knowledge within that context, but also my development as a person. I’ve designed a tour to share that experience, particularly for potter/ceramicists who’d love to develop their current skills and experience new techniques within a unique environment among traditional potters and their extended family and community. There’s only one such place in Cambodia and it lies in one province, Kampong Chhnang, which literally translates as Port of Pottery. It’s called a port because of its location on the Tonle Sap River, gateway to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat and the mighty Mekong River.

We, at Windmill Pottery, offer a unique 10-day experience, including a 7-day pottery residency in Cambodia where foreign will have the opportunity of a cultural experience facilitated by a traditional approach to clay making as the Khmer potters have done for many generations.

Verified reviews

Phillip Gersekowski • Oct 2020

Good size class with
Great instructors.
In a Peacefull setting highly recommend this class.
I will be doing more classes.

Maiaan Galant • Oct 2020

Great experience. Teacher was very clear and we made a few bowls. Really mice place and welcoming

Joanne Yu • Oct 2020

What a fun way to celebrate our anniversary! The class size is very small so you get a lot of individual attention from the instructor, which is great for beginners like us. There’s a lot of information to take in, but our instructor Noy broke down the steps and made it easy and interesting to follow. The location is a bit tricky to find as the driveway could easily be missed, so it’d be good to familiarise yourself with the road on Google Streetview first. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to go back to glaze our creations!

Introductory Wheel Throwing Class review by Joanne Yu

Mariam Smith • Oct 2020

I had a very good experience. Fantastic teacher and great value for money. Very patient and provided all the materials and techniques. Great introduction to clay throwing. I am definitely going back.

Pottery workshop review by Mariam Smith

Nilo Sahra • Sep 2020

My wife booked the ticket for both of us. Windmill Pottery is located at a scenic spot around Mt Cotton. Paul did mention that he didn't expect us, as we made a last-minute booking. I'm not sure if this made his already grumpy demeanour worse as the day went by. He quickly went through showing us clay body preparation, and it sounded like he wasn't patient enough with the first-timer's mistakes that we were making.

After this, we moved to basics of wheel throwing and I have to say he has come up with some creative names for the hand positions (Covid Handshake, anyone?). Paul didn't want to wait for us to pick up the nuances of wet clay, getting familiar with the wheel, or how to speed up or down the wheel. He straight away started barking orders, chastising how wrong we are doing this, or jumping in and moulding our clay without letting us know what rookie mistake we did in the first place.

It felt very odd to be sitting at the wheel and Paul hijacking the finishing craft of the clay pot. Top it up with him hissing commands at his interns, and making snark remarks at our progress. I felt like we intruded his precious time off or something.

We decided not to attend the follow-up glazing class. The whole experience was quite dampening, save for the chance to actually sit at a wheel and feel the clay spin under your palms.

Would not recommend Paul's classes to anyone.

Pottery workshop review by Nilo Sahra

William Webb • Sep 2020

Fantastic experience would definitely recommend. Grate to have an actual bowl at the end of it. The instructor was grate friendly and super knowledgeable Would love to do it again.

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Amie Pennisi • Sep 2020

Would not recommend. Paul is a very impatient man who gets very upset when you make the slightest error with your pot and will make negative comments to put you down. We booked this a month in advance and left early out if disappointment. Was told if I leave a bad review here he would sue me. Sure, if I was learning to be a professional potter his teaching might be beneficial; however as a beginner seeking an enjoyable experience - this was not it.

Anima Dorante • Sep 2020

Great session, and was also able to make 4 bowls. Good fun and super informative.

Pottery workshop review by Anima Dorante

Amanda Plusnin • Sep 2020

Great introduction with good techniques explained and demonstrated.

Beautiful setting, relaxed atmosphere

Good class size

Pottery workshop review by Amanda Plusnin Sydney

Leo Andrews • Aug 2020

I brought the class as a birthday present for my friend and only went to keep her company, not really expecting to enjoy it. However I did, very much so.

Sarah Zuidam • Aug 2020

The teacher was great and knowledgeable. The venue is in a cute little pottery shed surrounded by so much greenery and cute little sheep in the paddock next to the shed. Great value for money. Im excited to go back again!

Jenny Long • Aug 2020

Great original venue with lovely surroundings and attentive , experienced instructor, a great morning thanks you

Ruby Mills • Aug 2020

It was so nice to meet and work with Paul through the Introductory Throwing Class. I have never had any experience on the wheel before, so I was a little nervous. Its a really beautiful property where Paul is, very relaxing and inspiring space to learn and be creative. Paul passes on his abundance of knowledge with great understanding and assists where needed. I will definitely be back ! Ruby

Jasmin Rai • Jul 2020

Wow, this was an amazing class especially for beginners who have 0 experience in pottery. Paul is a very patient teacher and so funny.
You don’t need any experience and I found the lesson to be fun and a great learning experience.

Ha Cho • Jul 2020

First time doing pottery, everything was explained so well. Really fun and interesting and get to make and take several pots at the end! Will definately return!

Laura-Ann Courtney • Jun 2020

Really enjoyed this class made 3 pieces and am hooked. Great instruction and the facilities were good too. Teacher had a huge amount of experience and a good sense of humour. Will be going back

Claudia Blades • Jun 2020

It was a great experience and we learnt a lot within the time period, it would be great if the classes were a little longer.

Pottery workshop review by Claudia Blades Sydney

Alex Melvin • Jun 2020

I had a fantastic afternoon! Location easy to find and plenty of parking. Paul, the resident potter, was very informative and patient. Great class and introduction to pottery. I’m going to book the Introductory (Glazing) class next. Thanks Paul.

Introductory Wheel Throwing Class review by Alex Melvin

Charlotte Hulst • May 2020

Absolutely brilliant. Paul is a fantastic teacher and with the Social Distancing challenges of running a hands on lesson I thought he did an excellent job. Charli commented to me after the class how wonderful she thought he was. Being only 9 years old I wasn't expecting her to produce much except have a load of fun. To our delight , not only did she have one of the most enjoyable experiences of her life ( her words ) Paul actually taught her to produce several usable pieces of beautiful pottery. Charli was so excited and it was such a confidence boost and validation for her creativity. I cant thankyou enough and we will definitely be back for lesson number 2 .

Introductory Wheel Throwing Class review by Charlotte Hulst Sydney

Sophia Lam • Mar 2020

Great class, fun and interesting, great teacher, nice and patient, each of us can make several potteries, would highly recommend this class.

Introductory Wheel Throwing Class review by Sophia Lam

Rachel Murphy • Feb 2020

Great class! Super intimate and so helpful we really enjoyed ourselves and learnt so much.

Belinda Georgiou • Jan 2020

Welll organised
Good facilities
Hot environment today!
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Luke • Dec 2019

I had a blast learning the introduction to pottery. The teacher had a lot of patience with us, and was always there to lend a hand when we had questions or trouble shaping our clay. The class was held in a beautiful location which really added to our day. I would definitely recommend them to others.

Jeniffer Hutcheon • Dec 2019

Fun activity, Noy was very patient and helped out when I got stuck. Pretty happy with my new bowls

Kaitlin Peirce • Dec 2019

I would not recommend this class. I turned up, and there were 'interns' everywhere doing odd jobs. I received a rude welcome from one of them. My instructor then turned up. She was friendly but went through instructions super quick. She then chatted to one of the interns for most of my class, leaving me to work it out alone. It was really uncomfortable and I regret buying it.

Rhiannon Greenstreet • Nov 2019

Very fun wheel throwing class perfect for beginners, with an informative and supportive teacher. Highly recommend!

Deanne White • Oct 2019

Amazing value for money. It's a great location and I found everyone to be helpful and friendly. I loved this class and would recommend it to my friends. Thank you for a wonderful experience, I'll definitely be back for more!
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