Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness

How to use a pottery wheel

1.5 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $105 - $125 (or 4 payments of $26.25 - $31.25 Afterpay)
($125 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $115 for 2 guests, $105 for 3+ guests)

    Bookings for this class will resume when restrictions are eased for everyone regardless of their vaccination status

Searching for mindful Sydney activities that allow you to unwind and get in touch with your creative side? 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 centring 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.

Knowledge required
No previous experience on the pottery wheel is required.
What you'll get
You will make two functional objects which will be fired and ready for you to pick up two to three 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.

Wheelfulness Studio - 2/24 Horsley Ave, North Willoughby Willoughby, NSW

Your teacher
Bettina Stevanovic
Bettina Stevanovic

4.9 (67)

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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John Nguyen Nov 2021

Thank you for a wonderful experience! Our pottery lesson was taught to us with lots of guidance whilst still allowing for space to explore our own creative side! Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend for all levels of potters!

Ashleigh Hamilton Jun 2021

Bettina was lovely and the place has a great feel and very cute set up with the wheels Kids loved it

Rebecca Illes Jun 2021

Great class to do a beginners pottery lesson. Bettina was lovely. Thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend.

Rahima Rajwani Jun 2021

It was my absolute first attempt and Bettina was amazing very thorough and patient. The venue was cozy with a small group for 4 so we got hands on guidance. All materials were provided. I made 3 items and found it incredibly therapeutic. Felt like a kind of meditation. Definitely found a new hobby that I will keep up.

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness review by Rahima Rajwani

Fiona Phung Jun 2021

We had a fun time making our little pots. Bettina was a good, friendly teacher. It was nice meeting other pottery newcomers and playing with clay. Two hours is just the right amount of time to learn and create without getting too tired. Look forward to going again :)

Hillie McPhee May 2021

The class was great, the teacher was really easy to understand and very patient. We had a lovely time

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Chris Jourdain Mar 2021

Very enjoyable. With great learnings for beginners.
Friendly class and atmosphere
Bettina was a great help for the whole class

David Spear Mar 2021

This booking was a birthday gift when I could not think of anything else to get and I was looking forward to it for many months, but only as something small and low key. Bettina was a charming, knowledgeable, patient but directive teacher. She is highly successful because she is passionate, but also keeps group sizes small and personal. We were all successful in turning out two items, so clearly the teaching was good quality!

Pottery workshop review by David Spear  Sydney

Luke Delaney Mar 2021

Class was amazing and a great way for intro to the pottery wheel

Coming back to do more

Pottery workshop review by Luke Delaney Sydney

Tom Snell Mar 2021

Teacher and location was good just think we need a bit more talking us through the steps

Lucy Armstrong Feb 2021

Great personalised class in a lovely space. Bettina is super passionate about her craft and full of information and gentle guidance

Jennise McLeod Nov 2020

Bettina is such a lovely teacher, very informative, clear with instructions and tutorial along the way to help us understand the taming of the clay!
Loved learning something new in a peaceful creative environment.

Thanks Bettina for a great day out with my best friend.

Keat Nov 2020

Excellent experience, our teacher was knowledgeable and patient with us and the facility was nice and clean. Pottery using a wheel was certainly harder than it looks but a fun experience, good to have with colleagues, friends or family.

Winnie Chan Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Bettina was a great and attentive teacher. We were inexperienced and her instructions were very clear. The venue was very clean and COVID safe. We were able to get a private class with 4 people and we had a very positive, relaxing and fun experience. Definitely will try to book another class again!

Cynthia Wu Nov 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Thank you Bettina for the workshop.
Me and my girl really enjoyed it :)

Cynthia and Yoyo

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness review by Cynthia Wu

Dominic Swampillai Nov 2020

Took a private class which was very well set up! The teacher was enthusiastic and informative which made for a pleasant experience. Definitely coming back for more!

Renee Summers Oct 2020

Bettina is a patient and kind host and teacher. She encourages the mindfulness elements of creative expression.

Emily Oct 2020

Thank you Bettina I had fun with my mum and want to do more pottery classes

Aurelia Curmi Oct 2020

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Bettina was lovely she was a great help with my daughter and we both had a lot of fun and enjoyed our mother daughter time.
I highly recommend this class and definitely will be booking again.

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.

Suzana Katic Sep 2020

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

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 Sydney

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

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

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

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

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

Vincent Pang Feb 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

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 Sydney

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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