Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness

How to use a pottery wheel



2 hours Class size 2 to 4 label $125


In this hands-on class you will learn how to use a pottery wheel and make your own ceramics to keep.

This workshop will introduce you to the essential skills and relevant mindset that will help you control and form the clay on the pottery wheel. You will learn about centering the clay on the pottery wheel and aligning the clay particles using the coning up and down technique. You'll have some fun experimenting with these techniques and opening the clay to create basic vessels.

Working on the pottery wheel requires steady hands and a focused mind. The wheelfulness approach to pottery integrates the psychology of mindfulness by encouraging you to reflect on how your ability to master the clay on the spinning wheel is influenced by your mental and emotional state.

Note: We will be using an electric pottery wheel; the picture included is an artistic illustration.



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Knowledge Required
No previous experience on the pottery wheel is required.
 
What you'll get
You will make 2 functional objects which will be fired and ready for you to pick up 2-3 weeks after the class. Price includes all materials and firing.
 
What to bring
Please wear clothing and shoes that you don't mind getting clay on. All materials and tools are provided, including aprons.
 
Location

2/24 Horsley Ave, North Willoughby Willoughby, NSW

Your teacher
Bettina Stevanovic
Bettina Stevanovic
(Wheelfulness)

4.9 (32)

My memory of working with clay reaches back to my childhood, when I first attended a pottery course. My teachers encouraged me to go to art school, however I have pursued a different career. I studied psychology, completed a PhD, and have become a university lecturer. I have been a sessional academic since 2003 and throughout the years I have taught various subjects in the areas of cognition, neuroscience, and educational psychology.

It was in 2015 that I found my way back to clay and started to embark on my creative adventures. I have coined the term 'Wheelfulness' to connect the practice of working on the pottery wheel with the psychology of mindfulness. In my Wheelfulness classes, I encourage students to reflect on how their ability to master the clay is enhanced by positive mindset and repeated practice. I believe that this ‘wheelful' approach not only helps students become better potters but benefits other aspects of their life.


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Mei Gan • Oct 2020


Thanks Bettina for such a lovely, fun and relaxing morning - it was a great start to the Hen's Do! Bettina is a great instructor, very clear and with a small class she was able to observe us and gave us individual pointers as well. Would highly recommend!

Emma Landre • Oct 2020


Class was a lot of fun and teacher very knowledgeable and patient. We enjoyed it very much and would recommend to anyone wanting to learn pottery skills

Mandy Saad • Oct 2020


Bettina was great, knowledgeable and very helpful. We quite enjoyed our private session. It was our first time to learn about the pottery wheel, but definitely won’t be the last. Bettina had the materials that allowed us to creat couple of beautiful pieces and she ensured that we make lovely pieces which we can keep forever. I loved the experience very much & definitely will be back. Thank you Bettina ♥️

David Duong • Oct 2020


I had fun experiencing pottery with my friend being taught by Mrs Bettina. She is a well mannered lady who converse eloquently, in a way that she help me understand the foundation of how to properly form a clay pot. Bettina has a lovely expressive passion for pottery.

I recommend this to anyone that like something nice.

Stephen Brown • Oct 2020


An enjoyable, informative afternoon :) Bettina provides a fun and educational introduction to working with clay.

Chandana Narayan • Sep 2020


Was really a great experience to have a go at pottery for beginners. Bettina is lovely and patient too.

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Suzana Katic • Sep 2020


Betting was very patient and welcoming. A great set up and a small group was the perfect afternoon of creative play. We'll be back!

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness review by Suzana Katic

David Christie • Aug 2020


It was a great pottery class. Bettina was really knowledgeable and helpful. We had a great time

Sagar Sood • Aug 2020


Bettina was amazing! Felt very relaxed, with a great workshop. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to learn a new skill.

Stephanie -Wong • Jul 2020


My two sons aged 11 and 13 really enjoyed this. Smiles all round. Thanks Bettina

Sophia Lee • Jun 2020


Bettina’s workshop was amazing and the place was clean. I loved the relaxed vibe of her class. My bf and I enjoyed learning how to use the pottery wheel for the first time. It was really fun! Would highly recommend

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness review by Sophia Lee

Lydia Saputra • Jun 2020


My partner and I had a fantastic time. Bettina's teaching style is very relaxed. She is very patient and provides a calm atmosphere for learning the basics. The workshop is clean and welcoming. We would recommend this class for anyone looking for something to do with a partner, friends or family.

Karen • Jun 2020


Had a lovely session with Bettina. So friendly and welcoming. I had lots of fun!

Pottery workshop review by Karen

Angus Wong • Jun 2020


Bettina was very welcoming and kind. The class felt very soothing and was great for us who have no experience in pottery making. The place was clean and tidy. A wonderful date idea and we were given sufficient creative freedom. I would definitely recommend this for anyone at any skill level.

Keenan Hayes • Mar 2020


For my first time in a pottery class, the teacher Bettina was very accomodating to my lack of skills and very knowledgeable. She provided everything needed including underglaze paints to add the final touches to your masterpiece. My girlfriend and I will definitely be back

Liz Dalgleish • Feb 2020


Bettina was a wonderful teacher and inspired our creative pottery minds! Would 100% recommend and will def be back

Vincent Pang • Feb 2020


Bettina was very welcoming and friendly. The studio was clean and well laid out with everything provided as described, including decorating tools. After a brief explanation and a few suggestions of what to make, we got stuck in straight away with some core techniques to centre and shape. From here we were allowed to experiment freely, with Bettina offering helpful advice along the way. We had time to create 2-pieces which we are excited to see in a few weeks time! Would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting a fun experience with friends or a unique date idea.

Pottery workshop review by Vincent Pang

Ailsa McLuckie • Feb 2020


Had a lovely morning at the wheel. It was very relaxed and had space to play as well as learn.
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