The Art Department, pottery teacher

The Art Department

The Art Department

location_on Newcastle

local_activity classes: Clay Sculpture and Hand BuildingWheel ThrowingPottery

4.8 (199)

Led by professional pottery teachers, relax, get messy, and connect with others while learning fun techniques. All you need is your imagination and creative spirit, whether you're a beginner or a pro.




Clare O'Toole Apr 2024

Had a great time at Clay and Sip. Our teacher Ellie was so helpful, pleasant and polite. She gave us a little tutorial at the beginning and then went round to each individual to offer assistance being very mindful they were our own projects so offering helpful suggestions only. Really loved it and would definitely do it again! Thankyou!

Jonathan Scott Apr 2024

Some friends surprised me with an Art Department voucher for my birthday. I chose to do the Clay and Sip with my partner; we added on a mezze box and added on the glazing and firing options for our pieces.

The venue was beautiful, our mezze box was delicious (and they were happy to cater for vego + gluten-free diets) and our host was delightful. We both felt very warmly welcomed into the space and guided through the steps we needed to take to start our pieces. After a little look through the pieces others had made, we had our inspo and began. Our host was very knowledgeable and helped us whenever we needed a pointer or hand creating our pieces.

I would 100% reccommend this experience or gifting a voucher for this experience. We are excited to pick up our pieces and return for a clay-throwing class or workshop in the future.

Morgan Caldwell Apr 2024

We had a great time in the wheel throwing class. Molly made us feel welcome, provided instructions and giving us more clay and hints as when we finished each of our spiny things. Some bowls were surprisingly good, and a couple were shockers, but that was half the fun.we’ll be back.

Phillip Giakoumatos Apr 2024

It was a great experience, Ellie was supportive in the making of our little "masterpieces". The work area was spacious and enabled us to comfortably complete our handbuilding. Would highly recommend

Stella Dyer Apr 2024

The kids loved it. They enjoyed being free to be creative and make whatever they felt like.
We liked painting the pottery. A greater selection of colours would be awesome. Painting techniques to add layers to the colours would be interesting.

Reace Milgate Apr 2024

We went to the Art Department for my MILs birthday. Our teacher was so knowledgeable and kind. She made sure we were able to create exactly what we wanted and looked after anything we needed. The materials we used were super easy to work with and we all learnt something about what we were creating. I would definitely recommend The Art Department to friends.

Clay and Sip Class review by Reace Milgate - Newcastle

Cecily Lewis Apr 2024

We had a fantastic night. Saffron was an excellent teacher. She gave clear instructions & gave great demonstrations. Saffron was also very patient, helpful & knowledgeable.

Grace Hopkins Apr 2024

Class was fun and easy to follow along. Can’t wait to pick up my pieces.

Lucinda Wallace Bacon Apr 2024

Great instructor
My daughter gifted me the class for the two of us
A lovely memory created
Relaxed atmosphere
Sufficient time
Overall great fun
Thank you

Rhee Ross Apr 2024

The staff were fantastic. Lovely, accommodating and helpful. We had a great time!
Thank you so much!

Jennifer Armstrong Apr 2024

Lyn our teacher was lovely and was more than happy to answer our many questions on what to do next as we had never done a pottery class before.

Michelle Eckersley Apr 2024

This class was so much fun Great class to learn your foundational skills for wheel throwing. Would definitely to this again and bring along some friends :)

Pottery class review by Michelle Eckersley - Newcastle

Tania Carson Apr 2024

Fantastic way to spend a morning with my best friend.
Always wanted to try Wheel pottery, the instructors were great and so talented, made it look easy. Thanks for all the tips!

Claire Harvey Mar 2024

Partner and I went for our anniversary. It was a lovely, relaxing afternoon. The teacher was very helpful and patient, and the venue was set up very nicely.
It was super fun to make your own pieces and learn about the different techniques. We hope to go again and do the wheel spinning class!

Clay and Sip Class review by Claire Harvey - Newcastle

Catherine Dunn Mar 2024

Was a great way to spend time with my bestie. The Teacher was fantastic, all materials were provided, absolutely loved it.

Natalie Chapman Mar 2024

Surprised my husband with this class together, it was a lot of fun and great to try something new! Cameron, our teacher, was fabulous Wo0uld highly recommend

Sunet Rossouw Mar 2024

Just really therapeutic and relaxing. Great to spend some down time with a friend, making memories together

Delia Ohara Mar 2024

Fun class and great teacher. Everything you need is all provided. Also a good length

Kayla Szymanski Mar 2024

Fun class, great location, our friend group catch-up every 2 months and this was a great choice

Aaron Hildred Mar 2024

Got pissed and eat heaps of food with friends from work would do it again

Meighan Seymour Mar 2024

We had such a great afternoon playing with clay and getting our hands dirty. We really enjoyed having a safe space to explore our creativity and make some fabulous and also not so fabulous projects that will have pride of place on display at home.

Fiona Goodwin Mar 2024

Hens night

Teachers were amazing

Venue was great. Nice to see people’s pieces around the room

Materials were good.

Good value except the firing/glaze should just be included in the price.

The fact you could make whatever you liked was awesome

Leanne Hamilton Mar 2024

I loved today at the art department it’s a great venue with fantastic teachers. I made 3 items and the materials were awesome. I will definitely be back.

Leanne Hamilton Mar 2024

I had a wonderful time today. The teachers were great and knowledgeable and I learnt so much. Great materials and equipment. I made 5 pots. Great value. They were very clear on instructions and it was a great environment. I will be back for sure.

Kaitlyn Hambilton Mar 2024

Such a fun supportive and cool class, lots of different tools, the teacher was really sweet and cool, i learned lots of things and got to make some cool items, i liked the clay the most

Carly Forster Mar 2024

We attended clay and sip for a hens party and from booking the party right up until the event all communication was timely with questions answered. The actual event was so relaxed and professional that all abilities and ages were catered. The bride to be had a smile from ear to ear as she watched all her ladies immerse in their clay work. Highly recommend this fun experience

Helen Jeffress Feb 2024

voucher was a gift for retirement.
molly was lovely and knowledgeable
$125 was reasonable price

Cheryl Ambrose Feb 2024

Experience Christmas gift for my daughter and grandchildren. Saffron was awesome - demonstrated techniques and then provided great guidance along the way as our creations emerged. Venue was great - easy to find, parking nearby and plenty of space to create. Loved the clay product - so easy to work with and clean up was a breeze but definitely wear old clothes/shoes. Good value for money but don’t forget to include the cost of glazing in your booking. Loved spending time with my family letting our creativity flow together XX

Jacob Agius Feb 2024

We had a great time and are excited to get the finished products back! There was limited instruction and after the 1st 20 minutes the instructors were a tad unapproachable/busy with other work so it was hard to ask questions. We brought drinks and nibbles, but found the setup not really functional for anything other than drinks, which is fine, but the event description led us to think nibbles were also encouraged. The staff seemed a little preoccupied with money, continually emphasising that firing was an additional cost and checking who had and had not paid it. The space is nice, all materials are provided, the session is a good length of time

Teacher's response

Thank you, Jacob, for sharing your experience with us, We're glad to hear that you a great time and and looking forward to seeing the finished products. We apologize for the limited instruction and the instructors being busy with other tasks. You can bring your own snacks if you like and bring your own plates / forks too, all of this information is with in the description at the time of. purchase, and we will take that into consideration for future events. We're sorry to hear that the emphasis on additional costs and payments took away from your experience. but I'm sure the teachers were just explaining what was and wasn't included. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon for another enjoyable session.

Charlie Ekin Feb 2024

Really great fun and support from staff! Molly was a great teacher and expert thrower

Laura Avery Feb 2024

Surprise occasion for my partner was lovely. A great space!

I feel as though the teachers could be less talkative at the beginning of people trying to figure out what they’re doing, as it’s quite intimidating to be asked what you’re doing in maybe 15-20 minute intervals.

I loved being able to colour and glaze my piece.

Rachael Waistell Feb 2024

My teacher was mahlea, she was absolutely amazing. So incredibly talented at wheel throwing, but also so calm, kind and patient.
I have walked away so deeply impressed and eager to complete more wheel throwing classes.
I would 10/10 recommend.

Abbie Palmer Feb 2024

Booked a clay and sip class for a friends birthday, had the best time ever! Mahalia was fantastic, walked us through all the techniques and made us feel so comfortable. We each got the glaze/firing option and cant wait to pick up our pieces <3
Definitely recommending this to anyone struggling with a birthday gift or date!

Emma Murrell Feb 2024

Great wheel throwing class!
We had so much fun in this class! With the opportunity to make multiple pieces and each one turned out unique and amazing. Would highly recommend for something new and different.

Jade Richardson Feb 2024

Teachers were great but it was very hot in the room and could have done with more ventilation.

Samantha Scollard Feb 2024

What a fabulous night - together with a few friends, enjoying a wine or two, grazing platter and getting creative.

The class was spot on - the teacher taught us techniques and was there to offer support and guidance where required, but also encouraged us to get creative and experiment.

Would highly recommend

Ava Foley Feb 2024

We attended the class as a fun date idea, our teacher was friendly informative and very experienced and knowledgeable. The music was a good vibe, and the class is such good value. We made mugs!

Margaret Summons Feb 2024

The class was enjoyable. It was nice to get back into working with clay after over 20 yrs away from it.

Diana Stojanovic Feb 2024

Great experience for people like myself and my partner that are always wanting to try something new. The process was quite relaxing and fun. Can’t wait to see our final products when they’re ready for pick up!

Hannah Kim Feb 2024

It’s was such a fun activity. For the wheel throwing class - perfect number of people and instructor was attentive and gave us a lot of freedom to make whatever we pleased - but equally gave us guidance. Good value for money! Highly recommend if considering this !

Lili Sabine Jan 2024

Cameron was amazing! So nice and helpful, she demonstrated well and let us take the lead on what we wanted to create while also giving us support. The studio and equipment were great and it was so easy and fun.

Emily Hughes Jan 2024

Was so fun! The host Saffron was awesome and very knowledgeable with any questions we had. It was so fun being able to have free reign opposed to other classes where you follow a set direction

Ashley Crossan Jan 2024

It was an amazing class. We had Cameron, very good teach and very helpful. lots of fun. :)

Pottery class review by Ashley Crossan - Newcastle

Amelia Edden Jan 2024

Awesome teachers, super lovely and knew what they were doing. Made 5 different clay creations and learned great techniques.

Sharon Maree Genge Jan 2024

The teachers were both so passionate about what they were teaching which made the experience more enjoyable.

Shanaye Jones Jan 2024

So great, we had lots of fun! Have recommended to friends and family after visiting.

Holly Griffin Jan 2024

The teacher/staff were so supportive, gave clear instructions to us and were patient with our learning and I really felt proud of what I learnt and did. Venue is easy to access with plenty of parking around as well. I recommend to anybody that even has a slight interest in ceramics and wheel throwing, it was such a great opportunity and privilege to try for the first time.

Vicki Carrick Jan 2024

Friendly and helpful teachers - plenty of time to make multiple designs- nice rooms and just lots of FUN

Belinda Hanlon Jan 2024

Beautiful space and location great.

Would highly recommend and look forward to doing more courses.

Katrina Mentis Jan 2024

Great class! We had fun creating our pieces with help and guidance and a great range of tools. Can't wait to see the final products once they are fired/glazed.

Would do again:)

Pottery class review by Katrina Mentis - Newcastle

Cody Fenton Jan 2024

Great for beginners like my self! Excellent helpers and good fun to be around. Highly recommend we will be back!

Pottery class review by Cody Fenton - Newcastle

Kylie Webb Jan 2024

Really enjoyed the class. The teacher was lovely, informative and the atmosphere was casual and relaxing.

Clay and Sip Class review by Kylie Webb - Newcastle

Sally Hill Dec 2023

Such a fun way to celebrate with my team.
Thanks Art Department for a great afternoon
Highly recommend.

Rebecca Short Dec 2023

My work team and i did the Clay and Sip class for our team Christmas Party. We had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed our experience.
Our fantastic teacher Cameron was so nice and so helpful. She explained all the basic sculpting techniques so we were well equipped to begin our sculpting. We appreciated that she was supportive, helpful and very encouraging.
The setup was fantastic and we enjoyed being free to create whatever we wanted.
We will definatly be back again.

Susan Farrell Dec 2023

Teacher v helpful

As a beginner it was a little hard but we all created pieces that looked good

Michelle Barker Dec 2023

Such a fabulous of afternoon with Holly. Was a great team bonding afternoon! Holly was super patient, helpful and time flew! Would definitely come back!

Brenda Hale Dec 2023

We had a great morning having an introduction to pottery on the wheel. The instructor explained the process well and was on hand to help us through any questions or issues we had along the way. It was surprisingly easier than I had expected and my first attempt turned out better than I had hoped - however practice is still necessary. This was a great introduction and has sparked a desire to try further pottery classes. Thanks for a great time.

Stephanie Parkinson Dec 2023

Class was great! Teacher was super helpful and it was a great experience to have with my closest friends

Theresa Spens-Black Dec 2023

A lovely evening with work mates. The ideas book plus seeing other people's work exhibited gave us a range of ideas. The intro & instructions were clear & concise, plus the support during the session was helpful and individual.

Megan Mottley Dec 2023

We had a great time. The teacher was informative and personable and the space was great.

Ashlee Peet Dec 2023

I loved the class! I had such a fun time and enjoyed that we were taught multiple techniques for sculpting with clay, it’s a medium I’ve always had trouble using. I love my piece and I’ll recommend this class to everyone, it was a great experience.

Jackie Spiteri Dec 2023

Great class and a fantastic studio! We will definitely be back again in the future

Hand Building Pottery Class review by Jackie Spiteri - Newcastle

Leanne Ingram Dec 2023

We had a fabulous time for our Christmas party at the clay and sip class. 2 of us had never worked with clay before, but the teachers and facilities had us confidently experimenting with our own creations.
We would absolutely do this again!

Clay and Sip Class review by Leanne Ingram - Newcastle

Karen Culbert Dec 2023

Holly was our teacher and she was great. Explained the differnt techniques to use for our Team Day of 11 people. Everything we needed was provided. Any assistance we needed to create our "Master" pieces was available.

Jasmyn Blythe Dec 2023

We had the best time at our Clay and Sip class! Our teacher, Lin, was amazing and made the class so much fun.
Would definitely recommend!

Linda Goura Dec 2023

Really enjoyable class. The teacher gave very clear instructions and mingled around to help us with the projects.
We did this as a hens night activity and it was great! Definitely recommend it

Fiona Kershaw Nov 2023

I had a wonderful time tonight in my throwing class, my teacher was amazing and very patient with me. I found the class relaxing and surprisingly I wasn't horrible at it thanks to the support I received throughout the class. I can't wait to cime back and collect my finished pieces.

Wheel Throwing Class review by Fiona Kershaw - Newcastle

Bernarda Robinson Nov 2023

Nice teacher, good atmosphere and good fun! Loved getting our hands dirty, enough clay provided to make anything people wanted.

Erin Gleeson Nov 2023

Our amazing teacher, Holly, guided was through the process of wheel throwing in a simple and well paced manner. Holly was on hand to assist us when we were using the wheel which helped us all to learn the correct techniques in wheel throwing. We were all able to create 2 amazing pieces, we can’t wait to collect them once they have been glazed and put in the kiln. Thank you for an amazing, fun and relaxed evening!

Aoife Aherne Nov 2023

Excellent team building day! Teachers were polite and so helpful! Thanks for a fantastic day, we can't wait to collect our pieces! Highly recommend!

Katie Roche Nov 2023

Great class great people great teachers, great atmosphere great rally good for an Xmas party

Sandra Hedin Nov 2023

The class was really good, we did it as a Hens Party activity. The teacher was very kind and patient with us.

The material was great, we got enough clay to create 3 smaller pieces, or 1-2 larger ones.

I just wish the class was 30min longer, as I didn't have time to finish my 2 pieces.

Cheyenne Szczerbanik Nov 2023

We had the best time ever! Ellie is super lovely and helpful, we really enjoyed having them as our teacher! The art department is a great space and all of the tools and clay were a large amount. Can’t wait to come back

Camilla Shepherd Nov 2023

Not that engaging
No atmosphere
Teacher rushed through instruction
No over of help during lesson

Teacher's response

Thank you, Camilla, for sharing your feedback. We appreciate your honest review and will take note of your observations. Creating an engaging atmosphere is important to us, so we will work on improving that. We will also ensure that our teachers provide clear instruction and offer additional help during lessons. Your input is invaluable, and we hope to create a better learning experience for you in the future.

Anonymised ClassBento student Nov 2023

The super short brown haired teacher was great. It was a bit stressful cause we didn't feel like we had enough time and was a bit pricey. Overwhelming with people talking so loud too, maybe more music? My friend and I had a great time though. Definitely had all the tools to work with, great variety.

Teacher's response

Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your kind words about our teacher and the great time you had with your friend. We understand that the limited time and price were a bit stressful, but we strive to make this a better experience for all. We do have music playing, maybe it was turned down a bit due to the chatter :). Thank you for sharing your experience!

Mia Bennett Nov 2023

Teacher was very supportive and it was overall super fun. I would love to do it again

Teacher's response

Thank you, Mia, for your lovely review! We're thrilled to hear that your teacher was supportive and that you had a super fun time overall. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much that you would love to do it again. We look forward to welcoming you back for another enjoyable experience soon!

Megan Thomas Nov 2023

Loved this taster of wheel throwing and our gentle and encouraging teacher Mahalia. Perfect to have a few hours of creativity.

Vicki Carrick Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Fun class where the teacher was informative and helpful. Went as a group and everyone made something different and used a variety of techniques.

Simon Coady Oct 2023

teacher was great
good amount of time
got us on the right track and suitable skill level for beginners

Tyler McLaren Oct 2023

Kassy was extremely helpful and informative in helping us create the resin mixes we were after. A very fun few hours and would definitely recommend.

Gabrielle Horn Oct 2023

Mahalia was a great instructor, lots of laughs and encouragement for my first time wheel throwing! So much fun, will definitely be back again.

Belinda Harris Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Lovely vibe, helpful tips and instructions whilst also allowing free reign for creativity. Thank you!

Ashleigh Wode Oct 2023

Experience was wonderful, beautiful staff. Great communication, and an amazing platter Will be coming back

Summer Woods Oct 2023

64 ClassBento workshops attended • 64 reviews

My favourite class. Venue is easy to get to, teacher is so kind and the product is great quality. So much fun, would definitely recommend

Summer Woods Oct 2023

64 ClassBento workshops attended • 64 reviews

Amazing class! Definitely a favourite. Teacher is so kind and helpful. Would recommend to anyone

Imal Hemachandra Oct 2023

A great class and Amara was wonderful, so patient and supportive! Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Grace Bubner Oct 2023

The teacher was absolutely lovely, she helped us so much, and the place was lovely. A very fun experience, I would reccomend!

Mon Kelly Oct 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Fun session, a little pushed for time. Would have been great to have an extra 30 mins to complete painting our new vases and finish off calmly. Everyone scrambled at the end that made the experience a little stressful and not as relaxing as it was at the start. I thought the session ran 5.30-830 but we started packing up around 7.45 to finish at 8.

Teacher's response

Thank you, Mon, for your valuable feedback. We apologize for the time constraint that caused the session to feel rushed at the end. We understand the importance of providing a relaxing and stress-free experience throughout. We will make note of this for future sessions, ensuring a more leisurely completion of your ceramics projects. Thank you again for your input!

Joseph Taaffe Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Had a great time in the class, 10/10 chill vibes and good teachers. Recommend

Lisa Hellyer Oct 2023

I enjoyed the class and would definitely come back again. The teacher was great, the materials was provided. Quite proud of what I made after a few goes. I really enjoyed the experience and look forward to coming back again. Well worth the money.

Lisa Hellyer Oct 2023

I really enjoyed the whole experience. They provided all the materials. The teacher was great, and I think I did well after a few goes. Would love to come back and try and improve with what I made. Overall a good experience.

James Wrightson Oct 2023

We did the sip and clay. The teacher was great, very helpful and informative. Me and my wife will definitely be back to try our hands at the spinning wheel class. I honestly can fault last night's experience.

Matthew Goulding Oct 2023

Great class. Instructions were clear and the instructor was fun and engaging with all attendees

Claire Hildebrand Oct 2023

Had a lovely time, was a nice relaxing calming class enjoyed it very much would recommend

Dean Smith Oct 2023

Really fun, great experience. Highly Recommend. Very relaxed and friendly staff, good value for money.

Chloe Simpkin Oct 2023

This was so fun! The instructor was awesome and helped us along the way. We could make whatever we liked and it was a great atmosphere. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who wants to try something new and creative.

Pottery class review by Chloe Simpkin - Newcastle

Clive Best Oct 2023

It was an awesome class staff were polite and kind. very clear and respectful also very good music and plenty of positive chatting.

Aria Oct 2023

My 8 year old daughter loved this. We will be back for more classes next holidays.

Leo and Tatty Oct 2023

I really enjoyed my workshop at The Art Department. I loved the way the clay felt in my hands - it was all squishy and very relaxing. The teachers were really friendly and helped me out whenever I needed it. I can’t wait to do another class when I visit Newcastle. - Leo (10 yrs old)

Pottery class review by Leo and Tatty - Newcastle

Aleisha Larsen Sep 2023

Such a wonderful experience. The teacher was so beautiful and helpful. Would definitely recommend to anyone of any age.

Pottery class review by Aleisha Larsen - Newcastle

Mitchell Meskauskas Sep 2023

Teachers were engaging and friendly
My son left the class filled with inspiration and keen to keep pursuing clay work.

Mila Koegelenberg Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The teachers were great. My kids loved the class! We will definitely do it again.

Bonnie Young Sep 2023

Loved our session at the art department. Great environment and teacher very patient! Would come back with more friends.

Wheel Throwing Class review by Bonnie Young - Newcastle

Alison Deverson Sep 2023

Kids were so happy and excited to show me what they had made! Cue the endless begging to do it again

Archana Gayen Sep 2023

Loved the class! Wish we had known about them sooner. We will be back for sure!

Kids Pottery Class for School Holidays review by Archana Gayen - Newcastle

Jack Nichols Sep 2023

My 7 year old loved it. He had a great time. Lovely venue. Great teachers.

Kylie Marshall Sep 2023

Do not order the mezze board for 10 it was a rip off $150 and worth about $50

Clay and Sip Class review by Kylie Marshall - Newcastle

Teacher's response

Hello Kylie,

The grazing boxes are ordered and delivered to our studio by another company. I have however, made contact with the catering company, the medium sized grazing box caterers for up to 10 people, and all of the produce is of the highest quality within the Newcatle & Hunter region and everything in the grazing box adds up for $150.

The boxes are meant to be for grazing not meal replacements.
Thank you for your review.

Janelle Joy Sep 2023

I really enjoyed the workshop experience. It was my first time using the wheel and I felt supported and not pressured. The teacher was patient and encouraging with everyone.

Felicia Bridge Sep 2023

Great vibe! Awesome support from the teachers to learn and sculpt clay. Delicious charcuterie and wine. We loved it fro start to finish. We highly recommend this to everyone.

Clay and Sip Class review by Felicia Bridge - Newcastle

Jackie Sterling Sep 2023

Mara, our teacher was lovely and she explained the techniques very well and was supportive of efforts throughout the evening. All the materials were provided.
It waa great fun and there was adequate time to improve from my first effort on the wheel to my last!

Pottery class review by Jackie Sterling - Newcastle

Nicola Ferroni Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Class was really good! The teacher Arden was patient and clear!
I had the chance to make the piece I wanted and the music was perfect!

Genevieve Tempest Sep 2023

Our teacher was friendly and approachable, gave wonderful guidance and was supportive in our own individual artistic expression. Highly recommend!

Clay and Sip Class review by Genevieve Tempest - Newcastle

Tara Perrin Sep 2023

The Wheel throwing class was a lot of fun. The teacher made it look so easy during her demo but I’m not naturally arty so struggled to begin with. The teach was very helpful though and I managed to make some ok pieces by the end, as did everyone else in the class. I would recommend this class to anyone, with any skill level

Anonymised ClassBento student Sep 2023

Such a great class. Wonderful teacher who provided great guidance and inspiration. Great materials and a lovely space. A very relaxed afternoon!

Carly Bush Sep 2023

We had a hilarious and fun afternoon with the soo and clay, we can’t wait to display or work in the home.

Pottery class review by Carly Bush - Newcastle

Sky Opie Sep 2023

Had a great time, the class was filled with lovely people. The class was run smoothly and the clay was endless!

Lauren Charge Aug 2023

This was such a beautiful experience. Our teacher was amazing, very helpful, informative and so lovely! I would highly recommend this. A great way to get together with girlfriends and let the creativity flow. I can't wait to book another class again soon!

Robyn Hunter Aug 2023

Had a great time at the Clay and Sip Class on the weekend - such a relaxing, fun and creative experience! Highly recommend.

Kelly Worboys Aug 2023

My friends and I had a really good time, the teachers were great and very helpful. The time went quickly because we were all so involved in making our clay pieces. I loved how we were shown different techniques and then given support by the teachers if we needed it. I would definitely go again.

Lea Eibich Aug 2023

The class was amazing! We were a small group and the teacher was extremely good, had a lot of time to look at each individual piece and give assistance if needed. The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming and we‘d definitely come back!

Aleeyah Clifford Aug 2023

Absolutely amazing night; made some awesome stuff, was lead deeply through the whole process of hand building and definitely walked away with some new skills!

Evie did an amazing job at the Newcastle Store x

Anonymised ClassBento student Aug 2023

I took my wife here for a date and it was super fun the teacher was very nice and helpful !

Simon Verity Aug 2023

The facilitators were great but we all kind of felt this was really overpriced. The advert had a pic of someone spinning clay on the wheel so assumed this would be included, so I was disappointed to hear as soon as we started it was not included. I think for two balls of clay and a glass of champagne this was overpriced. Plus an extra $30 for kiln use just made me feel less like making something I wanted to keep. We as a group had some great chats and definitely enjoyed being creative with a malleable material. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Teacher's response

Hello Simon,
Thank you for you review. You had booked into a Clay & Sip class, not a wheel throwing class. It looks like you may have possibly booked the incorrect class. We hope to see you at a Wheel Throwing class soon. In regards to our firing costs, the price is for someone to clean & glaze your work and each object has two firings, 8 hours of Bisque & 8 hours of glaze firing plus 8 hour each of cooling. As you could appreciate the cost of electricity is high for everyone. We hope to see you again soon.

Renee Wilkinson Aug 2023

Loved it! Teachers were great and super encouraging. Could answer any question. It was a relaxed, fun environment. Highly recommend.

Elise Jones Aug 2023

Fun, teachers were great, all round excellent experience. Thank you for having us! Loved it.

Lane Greck Aug 2023

Teachers were great. So helpful and relaxed :) was a wonderful afternoon. Loved it was open ended and we could have as much support as needed

Amy Aug 2023

Such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon of creative mindfulness. Can’t wait to use my pieces at home.

Stefan Scholz Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Such a cool thing to learn. I got to walk away with a few things we made in the class

Rachel Mitchell Aug 2023

Had a fantastic day at the the hand building pottery class. Our teacher Lynn was wonderful, very knowledgeable so helpful and lovely to chat to.

George Hipwell Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

My son returned after a holiday session and loved his experience. Looking forward to next week!

Alison Cheek Aug 2023

Attended a Clay & Sip class with both my Mum and Daughter (7 yrs old). We had a lovely afternoon and really enjoyed the experience. The teachers were fun and helpful.

Joel Williamson Aug 2023

The facilitators were super knowledgeable and created a really calm inclusive environment, inspiring inner creativity in a judgment free zone. I’m not creative at all but I felt at home, and really enjoyed myself. 10/10 would recommend to anybody!

Lucy Moore Aug 2023

A great, fun way to learn a new skill and take home a treasure! Lots of laughs from everyone!

Hannah Wetzler Aug 2023

The hosts were so lovely and the studio was beautiful. We have a fun creative girls night out!

Carly Pryor Aug 2023

Such an amazing class! The teachers were so helpful and lovely, great atmosphere, awesome music! Had an amazing time!

Kirsty Dee Aug 2023

The studio is such a cute space and very inviting. The staff were all so welcoming and it was a great class to have a laugh in, get creative and see where the clay takes you!
Already looking at enrolling into the 5 week course! 100% recommend this!

Julie Gillman Aug 2023

Really enjoyed this class. Our teacher was so helpful and knowledgeable. There were plenty of good quality materials to work with and we were surrounded with heaps of inspiration in the workshop.
The classroom is well set up and able to cope with small or large sized groups.
I would recommend this to everyone!

Rebecca Buzzell Aug 2023

Fantastic We booked at The Art Department to start Hen's Party celebrations for my sister. The location is spot on, the two ladies that hosted us were very lovely and the venue is perfect to have drinks and nibbles while you participate in the activity. I would definitely book again, whether it was for a group event or a date night with my husband. Brilliant!

Pottery class review by Rebecca Buzzell - Newcastle

Jared Bailey Aug 2023

nice relaxed atmosphere
was good to just do our own creations
had a good time with my fiance

Kim Thompson Aug 2023

The staff were lovely, very helpful and provided lots of tips
The studio was great and they were very organised. Class was great size allowing everyone to good adequate attention

Pottery class review by Kim Thompson - Newcastle

Gemma McBurnie Aug 2023

Really enjoyed it. Great afternoon drinking bubbles with friends learning different hand sculpting techniques. Thanks

Brooke Amos Aug 2023

Small group, the teacher took the time to gauge the group on how much direction we required before demonstrating 3 techniques for us to create as we pleased and encouraged those thoughts.

Rachael Gapps Jul 2023

A really great relaxing time was had being shown 3 different ways to do hand clay work- our teacher was encouraging and engaging with us all. The venue was good.

Maddison Hallett Jul 2023

Had an awesome time at the clay and sip class! The demo was super helpful and the staff were more than willing to offer tips and tricks to create something awesome! Thanks guys

Rebecca Conway Jul 2023

So much fun with Amara today. Can't wait to come back and do more. Definitely got the pottery bug now!

Kristy Kelley Jul 2023

Amazing! Very therapeutic for the mind. Would recommend highly. Just allow time to find parking

Cher Jones Jul 2023

Truly enjoyable Sat morning! I've done more than one class with Kassy. She is always generous with her time and provision of materials. She has a genuine interest in helping her students create something beautiful to take home. So much fun for being creative!

Natalia Muller Jul 2023

Had a great time learning to make pottery with my friends. Would like to do it again!

Christine Churchward Jul 2023

My children enjoyed this holiday experience. It encouraged creativity and they had something they made to bring him at the end of the session. Teachers were lovely and welcoming. I loved that the kids did a hands on craft activity with no mess for me to clean up !

Pottery class review by Christine Churchward - Newcastle

Melea Charles Jul 2023

A new little art place in Neecastke city centre. Weekend parking was ok, though plan to be there early to avoid driving around as there is a lot of construction going on at the moment and parking can be competitive. Hannah was fantastic! The pottery making was so satisfying and relaxing, i will be going back. Most of all this was something my beautiful daughter and i could do together, doing what she loves Being arty
Thank you

Steph Lavelle Jul 2023

Absolutely loved everything about this experience!
Fantastic space, great resources provided and, most importantly, the most incredible teachers. I felt totally supported every step of the way and am beyond ecstatic about what I have created.
Will definitely be back and thanks so much for this magic x

Lillian Tait Jul 2023

The art department is a great venue with awesome facilities. Such a fun thing to do with friends.

Helen Lewsam Jul 2023

Had a wonderful time learning different clay making techniques.
Our teacher Lynn was awesome. Made things easy to understand for us beginners.
Thanks again for a great night.

Gemma Fox Jul 2023

Great experience I had a group booking for my birthday and we all had a fabulous time

Amanda Koegelenberg Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lots of fun and very relaxing. Great, friendly teachers! I look forward doing it again.

George Hipwell Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I had fun making my clay bowl and painting it. The teacher was really nice and there were lots of things to choose from to make with the clay. I’d like to try the pottery wheel next time too.
George (age 9)

Mara Beddoes Jul 2023

A very relaxed and fun class, the teachers are lovely and knowledgeable - a friendly and warm environment to get creative in, will definitely be coming back again :-)

Kylie Waugh Jul 2023

Absolutely fantastic & very helpful with any questions
Had the best afternoon, love to do it again

Camille Pulanco Jul 2023

A wonderful and creative new studio in town! I did the 5 week course and absolutely loved every minute!
Mahalia was a lovely and supportive teacher, and the students got to be creative and lean new skills on the wheel. She was happy to improve technique and suggest new ideas to help us over the weeks!
Love the Art Department and the space that has been so lovingly created!

Wheel Throwing Course review by Camille Pulanco - Newcastle

Kimberley Harvey Jul 2023

Teacher was great, had loads of fun, only dropped a star due to the complimentary wine quality…. thank you for a fun afternoon with friends.

Pottery class review by Kimberley Harvey - Newcastle

Teacher's response

Thank you, Kimberley, for your wonderful review! It's fantastic to hear that you had an amazing time with your friends during the afternoon. Our teacher was excellent, and we're glad you had loads of fun. We apologize for the quality of the complimentary wine and appreciate your valuable feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another enjoyable experience!

Maree Hatfield Jul 2023

The class was great fun good instructions, help and encouragement
Equipment and space was great too. Will definitely return for more

Simone Kelly Jun 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Mahalia is a gem. So kind and patient and calm. Nothing was wrong, mistakes were praised and fixed easily. She even stayed back my last session so I could get my glazing just right! And I want to make tiles so Mahalia started playing around with casts for me so she can help me. It's that kind of care that you become loyal to. I'll definitely be back for more classes.

Braden McPherson Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

I loved how free-flowing and self directed the class was. Mahalia was a wonderful teacher who enjoyed and respected the individual style of everyone in the class, but was always there to teach technique and offer guidance and ideas.

Candice Appleby Jun 2023

Had a totally fun morning throwing and spinning clay. Very surprised at how darn good I am at it! .
The instructor (Michalia) was very knowledgeable and the small geoup ment we all got plenty of guidance.

Wheel Throwing Class review by Candice Appleby - Newcastle

Georgia Dempster Jun 2023

Really enjoyed the class, it was a good pace and I was able to really get stuck in. Our instructor was knowledgeable and helped encourage our ideas and bring them to life.
Great value for money as we were still creating up till the end.
Would recommend this to everyone!

Alexis Clements Jun 2023

There was no lego involved, and it may be cliche now, but everything really was AWESOME
Our group absolutely loved it! The staff were lovely, super accommodating, and very patient.
We can't recommend this highly enough, book in ASAP!

Bel Ramos Jun 2023

I had so much fun in the class! The teacher was great and did a really good job of explaining the basics. I’ll definitely be back!

Pottery class review by Bel Ramos - Newcastle

Mary Little Jun 2023

This experience for children is amazing and is hard to come across. Definitely value for money. It would be nice if the vouchers could be used for this. We love this class!

Lynda Rennie Jun 2023

Teachers were fantastic and the venue was great.
Materials supplied were good.
It was surprising to find it was a "make whatever you want" class as opposed to a structured teaching event. Perhaps knowing that in advance would be good and allow people to consider what they would like to do. Even having a structured teaching class offering choice of a mug, bowl, vase or something would offer better value for money with the teaching.
Value for money was questionable. Essentially the only material provided was clay. I booked a week or so after my friends and the price had gone up and there was no longer a complimentary cheese plate Why was there a price change?Also no "sip" provided. Having even a complimentary glass of wine per customer would at least add a little value.
Another point, discovering there was an extra charge of $30 PER PIECE to have them glazed felt like a wrought. Especially with pieces that would hold liquid and required it.
All up we had a great night and the teachers were wonderful, BUT for value for money? Consider what's actually being offered. Hope this feedback helps. Thank you.

Johanna Voeste Jun 2023

The class was lovely! It was great that we had freedom with our design but got support if we felt like we needed it. Our teachers were both lovely and supportive, can't wait to come back again soon!

Katey Dorahy Jun 2023

Such a fun afternoon. Arden was the perfect combination of being there to help but also happy letting us go freely.
We will definitely be back!

Ashleigh Roser Jun 2023

I attended with some friends and did thoroughly enjoy myself - though I expected and hoped for the class to be more instructional (like a paint and sip) rather than being told a couple of techniques and then going off on my own. The teacher was lovely though, and there was more than enough clay provided for any project. Just be mindful glazing is $30/piece (and required if you make a mug/vase/etc to be functional and hold water) so on top of the class price could add up quickly if you make multiple pieces

Garruth Andrews Jun 2023

First time throwing and we had a fantastic time, will be back and would recommend to all!

Emily Liddell Jun 2023

Alot of clay, but not much Sip
A lovely slow paced evening, but not exactly the evening our group expected. We bought along a bottle of champagne and didn't bother opening as there were only 4 plastic wine glasses for the whole class, which the other table had.
Arden was a lovely, calm and kind teacher, who was patient and happy to help.

Nicole Thatcher Jun 2023

So much fun. Would highly recommend. They ladies were so lovely and knowledgeable. So excited to see the finished product.

Isabelle Jurukovski Jun 2023

A really fun class with helpful and kind teachers It’s also a great space.

Sienna Jun 2023

My daughter and I had a great time learning the wheel together. The venue was set up perfectly and our teacher was so helpful and kind. We loved it!

Jodie Wilks Jun 2023

It was great fun! A lovely and friendly atmosphere. Some brief instructions at the start to allow for more time to get creative plus a yummy coffee from the café next door. There was plenty of support provided as you required it. All questions were answered very kindly and helpfully. I appreciated the guidance provided. The offer of glazing and firing your piece for a small price at the end was a nice touch too! I can't wait to go back!

Hannah Carr Jun 2023

The class was so much fun, the atmosphere was relaxed and the teacher (sorry I can’t remember her name) was so lovely and helpful. Highly recommend!

Brydie Wallace Jun 2023

Venue was great, good location. Honestly thought it could’ve gone for a bit longer or had a half hour cross over at the end because we finished at 12pm and the other class started at 12pm. Felt it was a little overpriced.

Katy Smith Jun 2023

Lovely staff, helpful tips, complete creative freedom. I made there little things in the time provided, but others made one bigger more detail piece. Great overall experience. Got chocolate was delicious!

Margo Winstone Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Mahaylia was great, very knowledgeable and encouraging
I thoroughly enjoyed my class, will be back for another

Holly Brown Jun 2023

Such a fun night! The girls were so friendly and helpful. It was such an awesome laid back atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

Rebecca Stanley Jun 2023

I was not greeted very well, actually even though I was booked in for a class, I was treated like I was not welcome, they did not have a wheel set up for me, or clay or tools, they did not ask my name, I arrived at 6pm after struggling to find a close by park and the class had already started and then greeted like this.
The wheel itself was fun.
However little guidance was given or steps broken down, luckily had done a whee class before.
I feel for new beginners with minimal instructions and all the steps given at once, feel would be good to do the first one in stages and gauge people’s experiences with clay at the beginning of the class.
After making 6 bowls which was great and was given extra clay to keep on making them and practising, I did not appreciate them have pay $30 each piece to have them fired and keep them. So I paid $80 and received not one piece to collect later.
Food for thought.
Wish you all the best, it’s a great concept you have.

Dave Williams Jun 2023

Good value for money and a worthwhile activity. The teacher was helpful and informative. Turning was new to me and I enjoyed it. Try it.

Pottery class review by Dave Williams - Newcastle

Maddy Ortiger Jun 2023

Great time, great people, great instructions. Surprised myself by actually making something!
Shout out to Amara!

Wheel Throwing Class review by Maddy Ortiger - Newcastle

Nicole Armitage Jun 2023

Teacher was lovely, very encouraging and I was pleased with my very amateur , slightly wonky makings

Anneliese Jackson May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

I had a lovely time always enjoy my time spent there. Enjoy having the chat

Nathan Archbold May 2023

Hi there! Just an honest review.

Had a lovey time, the only thing that I think could be better is more direction. In our clay and sip class, we had a 5 min introduction to techniques, then we were left to “use our imagination” as to what to make. I just think that given the price you charge for this session, it would be nice to be told what we are making, and step the class through together, not let everyone do our own thing. It’s good for people with previous experience in clay/confident, but not a nice experience for first timers.
I.E. walk everyone through at the same pace and make sure no one falls behind.

Maria Lantz May 2023

A fantastic Sunday afternoon! A helpful teacher who was generous with time and resources. Highly recommend.

Vanessa Price May 2023

Thank you for such a wonderful relaxing afternoon of creativity, it was simply wonderful Thank you!

Brooke Searles May 2023

We had a fun, creative night out at the Art Department. Zore and her talented team showed us different techniques and methods with clay to explore, whilst we chatted about the world with each other. Such a lovely relaxed environment, and something different to do with friends and family. Definitely recommend checking it out.

Michelle Boyd May 2023

Our teacher was lovely, really gentle with guiding and clearly instructed on techniques. Loved the small group we had today and everyone got individual attention and were able to make plenty of vessels and get good practice. Great workshop space as well. Would highly recommend and return.

Charmaine Cambourn May 2023

Really nice studio, great tools and facilities for making clay. Teacher was really awesome and helpful.

Anneliese Jackson May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Had lots of fun again. It was nice to see Amara again. I am very excited to come back again soon.

Fi Thepfun May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The experience was great. Before you go it’s good to have an idea of what you want to make even the smallest thing can take some time.
It was enjoyable, the teacher was really lovely. It was definitely a good day to go and bond with your friends as the venue was smaller and intimate.
We’re all keen on doing a workshop next time. Highly recommend!

Karen Groening May 2023

The teacher was there and very helpful if you needed her.
Loved the venue space all equipment you needed was available
Really enjoyed the whole experience

Clay and Sip Class review by Karen Groening - Newcastle

Steven Ellis May 2023

Nice relaxed atmosphere and you learn some things along the way

Gillian Mason May 2023

We loved the introduction class with paper clay! It was relaxing and the instructor was lovely. Thanks for having us!

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