Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness

How to use a pottery wheel



1.5 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $105 - $150 (or 4 payments of $26.25 - $37.50 Afterpay)
($150 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $125 for 2+ guests, $105 for 4 guests)

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 centering the clay on the pottery wheel and opening the clay to create simple pots with different shapes.

Shaping the clay on the spinning pottery wheel requires steady hands and a focused mind. The 'wheelfulness' approach to pottery integrates the psychology of mindfulness and will encourage you to embrace stillness and presence in the creative flow.


Knowledge required
No previous experience on the pottery wheel is required.
 
What you'll get
You will have fun experimenting with creating pots with different shapes and you will choose your favourite to keep. It will be kiln-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. Aprons are provided but feel free to bring your own.
 
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 14 years old).

Adult accompaniment is not required.

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

Location

Wheelfulness Studio - 24 Horsley Ave, North Willoughby NSW

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness location
Your teacher
Bettina Stevanovic
Bettina Stevanovic
(Wheelfulness)

5.0 (175)

Bettina offers mindful pottery wheel classes in small groups with no more than 4 students per class, ensuring that each participant receives individual attention and personalized guidance. Building on her background in psychology, her ‘Wheelfulness’ approach goes beyond teaching fundamental skills and incorporates mindfulness to enhance focus and stillness at the spinning wheel.

Besides her passion for pottery, Bettina has been an a professional educator in academia for over 20 years within the fields of cognitive and educational psychology. Her journey with the pottery wheel started as a hobby in 2015 when she discovered that the tactile sensation of clay and the rhythmic movement of the wheel had a soothing effect on her overactive mind. Since then, she has been refining and developing the Wheelfulness approach as a therapeutic modality of working with clay at the pottery wheel. To further her expertise in this area, she is currently pursuing a Certificate in Sensorymotor Art and Clay Field Therapies.


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Mustafa Acar Jul 2023


Relaxed environment, friendly and supportive teacher, a lot of fun. Makes a great bday present

Molly Standen Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


This class was absolutely awesome. Lots of fun! Excellent teacher and great size class. We learnt some great skills and foundations.

Kirsty Aitken Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Very enjoyable class, Bettina is a skilled potter and she takes the time to teach her techniques so that everyone can create something they like.

Mark Walker Jun 2023


What a terrific morning we enjoyed under the expert tutoring of Bettina learning about - and how to use - the pottery wheel, clay and our hands to craft wonderful pots that we will use to grow plants in.
Bettina is not only very knowledgeable but also has incredible patience to be able to watch me ruin a perfectly good bal of clay No, really, it was a delightful way to learn how to make a piece that will be a centrepiece for discussion well into the future. . .
Highly recommend this experience to anyone that has a free morning to learn a complete new skill.

Marise Maechler Mar 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Was such a fun time sharing this experience with friends, everyone with different results. I just wish it had of been longer

Joshua Knackstredt Feb 2023


Bettina was very knowledgeable and broke down the pottery-making process into simple, easy-to-follow steps. Would definitely recommend!

Catherine Francis Jan 2023


My wife and I had a wonderful session with Bettina embracing and learning the art of using the pottery wheel and making our own unique pots/bowls. The studio was very easy to find and there was street parking available. Bettina was lovely, welcoming, friendly and patient when it came to our questions and teaching us all the steps to shape the clay on the pottery wheel. We both really enjoyed the workshop and left wanting more!
The studio also has a glass cabinets with some gifts that you can purchase for all ages; very cute gnomes, mushroom houses for the garden or kids play room. Just beautiful! We will be back with our kids in tow as Bettina offers workshops over the school holidays for kids 7-12 and even for teenagers too. Thank you Bettina!

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness review by Catherine Francis - Sydney

Ben Puyenbroek Dec 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Bettina was a lovely and patient teacher with great facilities, the small class size was perfect for new starters so questions are quickly and efficiently addressed, had a wonderful time and will definitely look to do some of her other classes

Kirsty Towner Nov 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Thoroughly enjoyed our pottery class. Bettina is a wonderful teacher and she is great at demonstrating and teaching us how to create our clay pots . Thoroughly enjoyable and would definitely recommend this class

Vanessa Jackson Oct 2022


Such a wonderful class. Bettina was so patient and helpful, and gives very clear directions. She's also very encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed the class

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness review by Vanessa Jackson - Sydney

Kirsty Towner Oct 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Enjoyed learning to use the pottery wheel - the teacher was very helpful and good at explanations and steps in creating a clay bowl on the wheel . A very good class and would recommend this

Kate Rodick Aug 2022


Fun, interactive and informative class learning the basics to pottery in a comfortable learning environment.

Miriam Levy Aug 2022


Such a great weekend activity with my daughter. We loved the creativity and we stood a chance at making something lovely on our first time with the patient guidance of such a really great teacher.

Tina Tran Jul 2022


Was an fun and enjoyable class, the teachers instructions were clear and attended to each student. Highly recommended class

Jacinta Chang Jun 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


A fantastic and personal private lesson for the three of us. A beautiful and homey studio, couldn’t have asked for a better teacher. Would definitely recommend as a gift or experience to learn something new. Thanks, Bettina!

Anneliese Sierra Mar 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


This workshop was so much fun! The studio had such a nice vibe, the teacher was so patient and had such a lovely voice! Loved how she taught us step by step practical tips. First time trying pottery and enjoyed it so much

Skye Potesta Mar 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


We loved getting our hands dirty and Bettina was a great teacher - would definitely do more classes with her:)

Rachael Moir Mar 2022


Lovely experience So relaxing and therapeutic. We will be back for kids and adults.
Highly recommend.

Nishwa Khalil Mar 2022


Bettina was great! Very talented and welcoming We took a private class with her and found it to be very cathartic. We will definitely rebook another session/class with her.

Pottery class review by Nishwa Khalil - Sydney

Ashley Ruscoe Feb 2022


The teacher was so lively and explained everything really well. The house was also really cute and relaxing. Would definitely recommend this class :)

Sarah Lee Feb 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


We had a great time with Bettina in this workshop. We learnt about controlling the pottery wheel, and basic techniques for pottery. All the materials were provided and she took us through step by step to create our final masterpiece. So happy with this class and looking forward to seeing the final product when it is ready.

Deanna Constable Jan 2022


As first time potters my daughter (16) and I just loved this class. Bettina was patient and her instructions were clear and thoughtful. Plenty of time to practice and the clay and wheel were high quality. We’ll be back.

Pottery class review by Deanna Constable - Sydney

Joe Thompson Jan 2022


Bettina was lovely. She’d thought about the best way to communicate all of the necessary information but still left time for self-exploration.

Estella Pounder Dec 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I booked a private lesson and Bettina was fantastic! I’ve always loved working with clay - but never learned wheel throwing. Bettina was able to teach me the basics and I had a great time learning a new skill. She encouraged me to be creative and experiment with the second bowl I got to make which I appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful experience! 5/5 stars!

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness review by Estella Pounder - Sydney

John Nguyen Nov 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


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

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


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 - Sydney

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

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 class 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 class 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

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


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

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 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 - Sydney

Dominic Swampillai Nov 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended


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

5 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 - Sydney

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 class review by Karen - Sydney

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 class 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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