Perth Pottery and Sculpture Classes

Learn, relax, create in small, flexible, hands-on classes with tertiary trained and very experienced tutor.



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 6 label $167 or 4 payments of $41.75 Afterpay


In-person classes are permitted in Western Australia

Your teacher, Graham Hay is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

See additional precautions taken by your teacher   

Since 13/23/20:
Between classes wipe down all door handles, taps handles, toilet contact surfaces and soap dispensers with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser specially ordered and made by a WA chemist chain.

Wipe down all class desks, plastic chairs, and soak all tools and sponges for at least half an hour with a custom bleach solution prescribed by the Federal Department of Health (https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/environmental-cleaning-and-disinfection-principles-for-covid-19.pdf)

Currently trialing a bleach solution instead of liquid soap 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 and tutor regularly washes hands with soap and water during the lesson.

My thanks to two very considerate but healthy students recently returning from overseas, who had responsibility self quarantined for two and more weeks before returning to their class.

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 for a week.

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.

For safe handling of some glaze materials, the studio has always had a large stock of and wide range of sizes of free disposable latex and rubber gloves. Students are welcome to use these generally.

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

Established in 1998 these 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 the same 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 possiable by the quality of instruction. Tertiary trained, your tutor Graham Hay is an expert in teaching ceramics as well as an international level ceramic artist. He regularly teaches both beginners and experienced students: over 300 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 seven biennales, including 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. See website for details.

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 coffee.
 
What to bring
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.
 
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

Location

Robertson Park Artists Studio - 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.

5.0 (3)

Life long passion about clay, and helping others to enjoy learning about and making in clay. Internationally recognised expert in teaching absolute beginners and the very experienced.

Committed to continuously experimenting, learning and improving his own knowledge and art making.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING: Separate qualifications from Otago, 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: Co-lead Hungarian, Sweden, and US (x5) international ceramics conferences. Invited into schools / universities / beginner / professional groups (200+) to give lectures, workshops and demonstrations, across 12 countries. Invited external examiner of a 2017 ANU ceramics based PhD. In 2018 commenced a PhD at Curtin University. Published 25 articles in ceramic and ceramic education journals, in six countries.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: ARTIST: Participated in 170+ exhibitions, 4 international 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 MEMBERSHIP: Exhibiting Member of the Australian Ceramic Association, Craft Australia, Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, numerous national and international professional ceramic, ceramic education, art education and artist associations.

Verified reviews

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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