Perth Pottery and Sculpture Classes

Learn, relax, create in small, flexible, hands-on classes with tertiary trained ceramic tutor with 20+ years experience.

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 2

label $176 (or 4 payments of $44 Afterpay)
(Earlybird price of $143 applies if you book into a public session 30+ days ahead)

Established in 1998 by Graham Hay these small studio based classes are unique.

After a quick tour of the open plan studio, all instruction will be customised to suit your own personal background, ability and preferences, so you can learn and make what interests you, at your own speed.

To enable this customised learning, only one or two new students may join a class at any time.

Classes are deliberately small, with a weekly average of 6 students per class, so both you and the regular students receive plenty of individual instruction and assistance.

You will progressively master both traditional and contemporary clay techniques with hands on practice and experimentation.

These uniquely structure classes are made possible by the quality of instruction. With seven years tertiary training in ceramics, your tutor Graham Hay has over 20 years in teaching just ceramics as well is an international level ceramic artist. He regularly teaches both beginners and experienced students: over 350 primary and secondary schools, TAFE, universities and clay centres across WA, interstate, and in 12 countries. he has led international ceramics conferences and symposia in Hungary, Norway and the US, and has published over 20 journal articles.

As an artist he has participated in 160 exhibitions in a dozen countries, within four ceramic biennales, as well as during the 2017 Venice Biennale. A recipient of 20 awards, he has artwork In the Art Gallery of WA as well as public collections in six countries.

You buy the first class and during it decide how many lessons you want, receiving a beginner discount.

Bulk discounts are available and popular with ongoing students.

If necessary you can defer starting until you are ready, plus pause and resume when it suits you.

These are socially dynamic classes, with faces appearing, disappearing and then reappearing week by week, as all students can happily pause and resume, or change their class attendance to suit family, health, work and travel.

You will enjoy the classes being held within an architect designed light filled, open plan studio, within a green inner city park.

Surrounded by friendly, professional working artists, you will receive support and encouragement from our experienced teacher and other students.

Get ready to feel welcomed into a supportive community of similar, like-minded students and artists.

Knowledge required
No prior knowledge is required. Also invigorating for experienced clay users as instruction is individually customised.
What you'll get
Free 10kg bag of soft clay, and use of studio tools and equipment. Three hours free parking, tea and real coffee.
What to bring
A valid vaccinated digital or paper certificate and QR checkin/registration on entering the studio.

Bring any drawings, pictures, digital images you might have (optional). An old shirt or comfortable clothes. Covered shoes are necessary as this is a working studio.

Graham Hay is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

I Require all students to show a valid paper or digital vaccination certificate, sign in or use QR code. Masks must be worn inside except during eating or drinking. If required I may take your forehead temperature via a thermal scanner.

Between classes I will wipe down all door handles, taps handles, toilet contact surfaces and soap dispensers with an disinfectant.

I will wipe down all class desks, plastic chairs, and soak all tools and sponges for at least half an hour with a disinfectant. (

disinfectant in the bucket students wash clay off hands and tools and the floor mop water.

All cups and coffee/tea plungers are systematically sterilised in the dishwasher between classes. All students and tutor regularly wash hands with soap and water during the lesson.
All students will be encouraged to wash hands at the beginning of each lesson, and before the coffee breaks. Instructions on how to this properly have been posted above sinks.

If ongoing students ever feel unwell, or have been in close contact with someone who is, they are encourage to reschedule their class at least two weeks forward via the hot-link in the email confirming their second or subsequent lesson, or 48 hour reminder email. For the last decade ongoing students have been able do this at least two hours before the class, with their class credit is obviously preserved.

Over the last decade the average class size has been six students. It is anticipated that classes will be smaller over this any period of uncertainty, which will further reduce the risk.

Robertson Park Artists Studio, 176 Fitzgerald St, Perth WA

Your teacher
Graham Hay
Graham Hay
(Perth Pottery and Sculpture Classes)

A “clay-aholic", with over 20 years experience and tertiary qualifications in both making and teaching ceramics.

4.8 (6)

Passionate about clay, and helping others learning about and enjoy making in clay. Internationally recognised expert in teaching both absolute beginners and the more experienced. Trained, accredited, and solid background in providing quality teaching and an outstanding learning experience detail below)

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING: Separate degrees from UWA, Edith Cowan and Curtin University (hon). The latter two in ceramics and sculpture. Annually visits, shares and learns from fellow international level ceramic experts.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: EDUCATION: Invited into schools / universities / beginner / professional groups (350+ times) to give lectures, workshops and demonstrations, across 12 countries. Published 25 ceramic and ceramic education articles in journals, across six countries’ ceramic journals. Co-lead Hungarian, Sweden, and US (x5) international ceramics conferences. External examiner 2017 ANU ceramics PhD.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: ARTIST: Participated in 170+ exhibitions, four international ceramics biennale, including the 2017 Venice Biennale. In public collections in six countries, including the Art Gallery of WA. Art and techniques feature in dozens of leading books and journals.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION: Member of the Australian Ceramic Association, Craft Australia, Teacher Registration Board of WA, numerous national and professional ceramic, ceramic education, art education and artist associations. Elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics (peak world professional body)

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Benjamin Peters May 2021

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 7 reviews

Very kind and considerate fot helping with some tough situations. Excellent folk and am going again.

Jane Cox Nov 2020

Venue was great
Learnt heaps on my first day
Looking forward to my next class

Lyn Maniz Jul 2020

I enjoyed the class it went really fast and I’ll be keen to come back next time. Lovely participants and a knowledgeable teacher made the class fun.

Samantha Tan Feb 2020

I really enjoyed the class. It’s great for a range of skill level as Graham tailors his teaching depending on what you need.

You can make anything you want! Just need to be inspired with a little creativity.

Estelle Churchill Oct 2019

I learned so much and really enjoyed in this class, Graham is very knowledgeable and a great teacher.

Alida Louw Aug 2019

A most enjoyable class. Graham allows you to explore your imagination. He adapts the experience to your ability, needs and interests.

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