Pottery Class: a Day on the Wheel

Come and spend a day trying your hand at wheel throwing

4 hours Class size 1 to 6

label $270 (or 4 payments of $67.50 Afterpay)

Learn the basics of pottery wheel throwing in this fun, hands-on workshop in the Adelaide Hills! Perfect if you're looking for unique things to do in Adelaide or just want an excuse to unwind from the stresses of life and be immersed in the pottery wheel.

This class is perfect for beginner potters or those who want to brush up on their pottery skills and resolve any issues.

The session is held at Red Bird Studio in the Adelaide Hills and is led by Alison Arnold and Rose Maguire, two very experienced potters who will demonstrate the process of wheel throwing step by step and then guide you through the process as you try your hand.

Alison and Rose will take you through the whole process from preparing the clay to forming and finishing the pot on the wheel. With over 50 years of experience between them, they will share many of the tips and tricks they have learned along their own journey.

There is also a limit of six participants per class, to ensure that everyone gets lots of individual tuition.

At the end of the class the pieces you make will be finished, glazed and fired and ready to collect three to four weeks after the class, when they'll be food-safe and ready to use at home!

Knowledge required
Designed for absolute beginners as well as more experienced potters
What you'll get
  • Expert tuition with two experienced potters.
  • All clay and materials to make your own ceramics on the pottery wheel.
  • Firing and glazing of your ceramics (which will be ready to collect three to four weeks after the class).
What to bring
Wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting messy in.
Suitable for

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

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

Red Bird Studio Art is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


Hawthorndene, SA

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Your teacher
Red Bird Studio Art
Red Bird Studio Art

4.9 (74)

Alison is a full-time studio potter and teacher living in the Adelaide Hills. She has been making pots for over 30 years but clay has been a part of her life from early childhood. Memories include hands in the sticky red ‘Murram’ mud in Kenya where she spent several years as a child, and at high school in the UK creating elaborate sculptural animals and Celtic inspired coil pots.

Alison began formal studies as soon as she came to live in Australia in 1999 gaining a BA at Adelaide Centre for the Arts. She then took up a place on the associate training scheme at the JamFactory in Adelaide and continued as a studio tenant. Before setting up her own studio she took up further study at the University of South Australia obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management.

Alison has built up an extensive library of forming and decorating techniques and enjoys sharing these with students as well as using them to make and decorate pots from the functional to the whimsical. Drinking vessels, bowls, kitchenware are thrown on the wheel with practical simplicity or delicately formed by hand into ultra-fine porcelain objects. She relishes every part of the process of making from design stage and consideration of form and function to indulging in the elaborate, highly decorated whimsy of exhibition pieces.

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Wendy O'Brien Jun 2022

An incredible day with a lot of success. Our teachers were amazing and so helpful. Well worth the $.

Catherine Flint Jun 2022

It was so much fun. Rose and Ali were very helpful and gave lots of tips and tricks so everyone was successful in making pots and plates.

Pottery Class: a Day on the Wheel review by Catherine Flint

Rob Ellinger Jun 2022

Really fun day out to learn the basics of pottery on a wheel. Teachers very knowledgeable and patient.

Alexandra Westlake Jun 2022

This was a delightful experience. Set in a truly authentic setting amongst the clay, pottery & gardens! Our teachers were so helpful and willing to share their skills & experience (I was a complete beginner!).
The class surpassed my expectation as I was concerned I would struggle to create anything worthwhile due to my lack of experience but I came away with three lovely pieces that I will enjoy using for years to come. A highly recommended afternoon.

Heather McCracken May 2022

I had a fantastic day at my Pottery - A day on the wheel class. Ali and Rose are amazing teachers. I made 3 pieces of pottery and I am quite proud of them
I would definitely recommend this class

Pottery workshop review by Heather McCracken

Marcia Whittaker Apr 2022

Had a wonderful day! I learnt so much with two beautiful ladies that were willing to share so much. Thank you I will be back to learn more!

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Henry Lawson Apr 2022

Great venue. Very friendly. Welcoming, patient and helpful teachers. I would highly recommend this class.

Anna Aisatullin Apr 2022

Great class! Friendly informed teachers willing to spend time with each of us. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try!

Kate Hayward Mar 2022

Amazing workshop, so fun and interactive. Teachers were really amazing, knowledgeable and helpful. I would strongly recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to try pottery on the wheel.

Denny Hudson-Bayliss Nov 2021

11 ClassBento workshops attended

The venue was really nice and well equipped. The teachers were very friendly and helpful.
When I was having trouble with the techniques of clay and the wheel she was understanding and patient.
Overall I had a good time

Debra Russell Nov 2021

I had a lot of fun creating 3 pieces at this workshop. Ali and Rose are very experienced potters and fabulous teachers, showing patience and encouragement at every step. As a beginner, I felt very much at ease, and was supported throughout the process. I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel again soon.

Dee Hammond Oct 2021

I started off very nervous & was having quite a bit of difficulty but I found the teachers very patient & encouraging & I didn’t feel rushed. Once I relaxed, I became more confident & really enjoyed the class. The venue was perfect & the class number was just right so that we all received lots of 1:1.
The cake & coffee was a lovely surprise & went down well
Thank you so much

Marnie Bradb Oct 2021

A really fun day. We made three bowls. Just wish it went for longer so we could get better and have more time to decorate. Teachers were lovely. Setting was nice set amongst the trees and wandering chickens.

Cindy Epp Sep 2021

The location was beautiful and the instructor and her assistant were very helpful. I learnt a lot and really enjoyed the day. The hours went by to quick. I would definitely do it again.

Julie Bottrall Sep 2021

Class was so much fun. Small group of 6 with 2 lovely instructors made for plenty of help. Relaxing and with a lovely group.

Kate Strugnell Jun 2021

Excellent teacher and with dedicated time. Great day out not only to learn techniques but to have a bit of fun.
I would highly recommend!

Annie Raudam Jun 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Fabulous, very experienced teachers.
Its great to learn new skills and polish up the old ones. A relaxed learning environment with all equipment provided.

Anaih Morris Jun 2021

Great experience!
Such a fun and relaxing day.
We had the opportunity to produce several pieces.

Rebecca Gardner Jun 2021

My sister and I attended this class with no expectations about our creative abilities. We were surprised at how quickly our skills developed and how well our bowl outcomes looked. The teacher was very helpful moving around to each student to provide one on one instruction. The equipment was well looked after and everything we needed was supplied. Tea and coffee was also supplied along with a delicious cake at lunch.
A really fun day

Pottery workshop review by Rebecca Gardner Sydney

Catherine Clifton May 2021

This is a fun, hands-on workshop in a beautiful setting in the Adelaide Hills. The teachers are patient and provide plenty of one-on-one help. I was a complete novice, but felt right at home at Red Bird. You can go from knowing nothing about pottery to producing several basic items by the end of the day.

Jenni Garden May 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended

Had such a fun day making a few things on the wheel. Nice location and small class size meant lots of teacher help!

Kate Atkins Mar 2021

Lovely venue, highly experienced and thorough teachers who really care about your learning. It was great to know they knew what they were doing and could adapt to where I was at. Patient and kind. The chooks pottering around and the beautiful garden, the entire thing was just lovely.

Katie Hannan Mar 2021

I am so glad that I booked myself into this class. I had an excellent day learning something new and I am keen to explore more of this art form. Alison and Rose who ran the class were really encouraging and I love your little shop. I can't wait to see my pottery when it has been fired.

Pottery Class: a Day on the Wheel review by Katie Hannan

Hannah Fallowfield Mar 2021

This workshop was a really terrific introduction to working with a wheel and throwing pots. The teaching team were fantastic and their experience complemented each other well. As a total novice, I left the workshop feeling like I have learned a great deal but also with a whole new appreciation for just how challenging it is to create an object using the wheel. The venue was really relaxing and I loved the chickens roaming in and out! All materials were supplied and the teachers ensured that all participants left with something to show for their efforts. We learned all stages from how to prepare the clay, work with the wheel and ended by decorating our handiwork for collection later. A thoroughly enjoyable experience I would recommend to everyone.

Kirsty Siekmann Mar 2021

Was a great day, the small group made sure you received plenty of personalised instructions. Lovely and relaxed setting.

Melissa Bairstow Mar 2021

Had a great time! Ally and Rose were excellent. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Tessa Hauschild Feb 2021

Thank your so much for a wonderful experience. 6 people, 6 wheels, 2 teachers, it was just perfect. We weren't rushed, we were fully encouraged and everything was included to make it a very special experience. What an amazing way to spend a day!

Garry Tunn Jan 2021

Fun and relaxing day. Couldn't fault the venue, teachers or the learning of the "pottery wheel" technique. A very enjoyable day with the added bonus of having some hand made pottery to show off to friends and family.

Tania Erzinger Jan 2021

I had a great time! The venue is beautiful and the teachers are wonderful! Thank you! I think I’ve found my new passion
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