Pit Fire Pottery Course

Create and fire your own pottery in Upper Main Arm



2 x 7 hours Class size 4 to 30     label $200

Join this exciting pit fire pottery workshop, set in the beautiful Mt. Jerusalem, in Upper Main Arm. 

Come on Saturday morning 10am and leave Sunday evening with your beautifully fired creations and an understanding of how the pit fire pottery process works.

As this type of firing results in pottery which is more decorative, and slightly porous (not necessarily food/drink safe unless we seal with wax), we will consider making objects accordingly.  

Some ideas include and not limited to:

  • Planter pot
  • Vase for dry dry flowers
  • Simple bowl for jewellery, etc
  • Candle / incense holder
  • Decorative sculpture 
  • Altar piece 

Overnight camping is available here for $50 if you’d like to set up a tent and drop deeper into nature surrounded by the calming energies of the massive trees.  We also have a temple space on a first come first serve basis. You’re welcome to use our kitchen, bathroom and showers as well.

We are gratefully and respectfully looking after a beautiful home on private property and studio / temple space with lovely views and plenty of natural rainforest surrounds to inspire. Please enjoy your visit and share this respect as you enter the property.

Schedule overview:
Saturday 24th June
  • 10am arrival: Welcome introductions with coffee chat, intentions, overall questions
  • 10:45am: Clay instruction with demonstration of three basic hand building techniques. 
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch 
  • 12:30pm - 5pm: Continue creating and refining completing your pieces with my assistance as needed. Please mark your pieces with your name or initials 

Your teacher will be adding your finished pieces to the kiln to be warmed under 100 degrees for five hours, then bisque firing them overnight to 1050 degrees.

Sunday 25 June:
  • Please dress for firing safety - long pants, long sleeve cotton shirt, or a heavy denim or leather jacket if necessary, and closed toe shoes
  • 10am arrival: coffee chat, unload bisque fired pots.
  • 10:30am: Glaze instruction demo (up to 4 glaze colour oxides options) and glazing your pieces
  • 12:00pm: - 1:00pm: lunch break
  • 12:45pm: Safety chat about kiln, load the Pit!
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Fire pottery

Celebrate and take home your beautiful pit-fired pottery! (If they’re not cool enough to unload, Ben will arrange to deliver your pots the following week).

Please note:
  • Though we do have private SkyMesh internet service, we prefer if you use the 4G service available if needed as we are conserving our limited data.
  • Depending on the weather, we may work outside, under the shade of the large trees or else under the cover of my dry, cozy studio if it rains.  Let’s pray for a beautiful clear couple of days!  

Add-on available for this class
  • Overnight camping ($50)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
No prior experience required
 
What you'll get
  • All materials, including clay, tools, oxides, fire safety equipment (gloves, tongs, masks) and professional instruction
  • Coffee, tea, and light snacks provided each day
What to bring
  • Lunch and water each day
  • Dinner, lunch(s) and camping gear, tent, etc. if you’re camping overnight
  • Suitable clothes for the firing on Sunday (long pants, sleeve shirt and covered footwear)
  • Box with newspaper, bubble wrap or towels to protect your pottery on the bumpy ride home Sunday evening 
Session repeats

This class series runs over 2 consecutive days.

Suitable for

This class is great for a team building activity, birthday or hens party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 7 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

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

Location

Wild Nature Clay - Pearsons Rd, Chowan Creek NSW

Pit Fire Pottery Course location
Your teacher

As a professional clay enthusiast and qualified teacher since 1999, I am deeply passionate about sharing my gifts with others. And currently, as a small business owner of Wild Nature Clay, I offer weekly wheel and hand building lessons, a kiln hire service, and the very popular weekend Raku Workshops held monthly from my beautiful mountaintop studio in Upper Main Arm, NSW.
Along with teaching others, I also harvest and process locally dug clay, that I turn into handmade dinnerware sets and large table bowls.
Come join the weekend workshop fun, where you'll learn to make and fire your own Raku pieces! Camp overnight and relax into the peaceful space provided with a gorgeous view surrounded by massive trees, nearby creeks and refreshing waterfalls.

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