Types of Pottery Classes

Types of Pottery Classes

John Tabari

Generally, pottery classes can be categorised as either hand built or wheel thrown. Some classes will focus on one of these techniques and other classes may teach both. Courses that cover both methods will require a longer time commitment as hand built pottery encompasses several different methods.

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We’ll dive into the different types of pottery classes and techniques, and even suggest some novelty ideas for learning about pottery. Even if you don’t become a ceramics expert, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun!

 

Class Formats

All levels of pottery class are available from total beginner to intermediate to expert. You can choose to take part in a group class or a private, one-on-one session. Group classes can be fun for experience gifts and family days out.

Most institutions offer long-term commitments, short courses and day classes. Long term classes, over 12 weeks for example, can be great for someone starting out, who wishes to become an expert.

One-off classes can be fun for people who want to try out pottery before committing to a longer period of lessons. They also make the perfect gift for a friend who is into into crafts. Not only that, but they are great for families as a lot of classes cater for little ones too. Speaking of kids, you will likely find schools that offer short or long courses specifically for children.

 

Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

Exactly as you would imagine, wheel-thrown pottery involves the use of a rotating pottery wheel to achieve your desired shape. You will learn how to treat the clay, work the wheel and the best posture and gestures to optimise your experience. The name ‘throwing’ comes from the most fun part - throwing the clay mix onto the wheel!

 

Hand Building Classes

  • Press molding

This technique is ideal for creating shapes that might not be so easy on a wheel. Press molding refers to pressing your clay into a mold so that it takes on that shape. There are two main materials for molds, namely, the Bisque mold and Plaster of Paris. Clay can be molded into a convex or concave structure, depending on the desired result. The clay must be pressed into the mold so that it fills every crevice and doesn’t crack. In these classes, you will learn how to manipulate the clay and fill up the mold.

  • Slab Building

Likely the method you used if you made a clay mug at school, slabbing is a traditional way to make pottery. This technique involves rolling out slabs of clay in any shape and building your creations with them. These classes are perfect for complete beginners. They familiarise you with the materials and techniques that make the basis for ceramic production. Like press molding, it allows you to make shapes that you wouldn’t necessarily achieve using a wheel.

  • Coiling

This specific technique involves starting out by rolling out your material into long, thin strips. Then, you choose how to use the long rolls to build up your creation. Sometimes the long rolls are stacked on top of one another in a ring shape. They can be smoothed down or left for a textured effect. Another way to use the coiling method is to make the rolls into circular, coil shapes. Which can be stacked atop of one another or flattened into the structure.

  • Decorating

Some may say that the most fun part is decorating! This can be included as part of the other types of classes, but can be a class in itself. In the latter case, the school may provide pre-made pots or encourage you to bring your own unfinished ones. There are special techniques to decorating ceramics; ones that are best taught by the professionals.

 

Novelty Classes

  • Couples Pottery or pottery for two

Most people are familiar with the famous scene from the movie Ghost, even if they haven’t seen it. The one where Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze get hands-on with a throwing wheel and some clay. If you’ve ever wanted to recreate that moment, there are classes for that! There are pottery classes out there for instance called ‘Romancing the clay’, you and your partner use the same throwing wheel to make a bowl, into which you carve your initials.

 

  • Destination classes

Sure, you could search online for pottery classes that are close to home. But why not make a vacation out of it? Certain regions in Italy, France, Morocco, Mexico, Bali and the States have a strong tradition of local pottery. If you’re inspired by a certain style of ceramics, chances are you can head to the origin country and learn from the masters. The locals have such a strong heritage that learning about the history and tradition can be fascinating.

You can also make your very own teapot transformed from a block of clay where you learn techniques such as pinching and coiling. Make your own with your own style and colour and re-energise your mind with your own wonderful creativity.

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It’s good to note that in most pottery classes, your teacher will likely fire your finished creation for you. The process takes a long time, so be prepared to return to the class to pick up your finished piece.




Pottery workshops

Make Your Own Teapot Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bundeena

1 to 10

label $129 - $149

4.9 (37)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bundeena

1 to 6

label $129 - $149

4.9 (31)

Introduction to Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Rose Bay

1 to 2

label $170 - $220

5.0 (26)

Beginners Pottery Classes

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Crows Nest

1 to 30

label $180

4.9 (19)

2k

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brisbane

4 to 10

label $130

3k

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Albert Park

4 to 10

label $130

3k

Mindful Gold Pottery Restoration Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

2 to 6

label $100 - $110

5.0 (2)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 6

label $120

5.0 (51)

Learn Wheel Throwing for Beginners

date_range Runs regularly

location_on St Peters

1 to 2

label $130

4.8 (10)

1k

Clay Hand Building Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fortitude Valley

6 to 30

label $75

19k

Beginners Clay Hand Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kew

10 to 20

label $100

Adult Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Croydon

1 to 15

label $140 - $175

5.0 (1)

Ceramic Molding Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

1 to 15

label $50

Ceramics Mark Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

6 to 10

label $145

2k

Traditional Kintsugi Weekend Intensive Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 6

label $385

5.0 (1)

Kids Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

10 to 15

label $180

Mindful Ceramic Workshop

date_range Thu 10 Oct at 10am

location_on Fremantle

6 to 10

label $249

23k

Beginners' and Intermediate Ceramics Courses

date_range 16 Oct, 20 Oct

location_on Croydon

3 to 4

label $300

4.7 (3)

Ceramic Slip Casting Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

1 to 7

label $270

25k

Pottery Handbuilding Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Balcatta

12 to 45

label $175

11k

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

4 to 10

label $130

3k

Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Thornbury

10 to 20

label $120

28k

Slab Platters Ceramics Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

5 to 14

label $95

2k

"potter-y" Themed Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

6 to 15

label $30

2k

Pinch Pot Ceramics Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

5 to 14

label $95

2k

Date Night Clay Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Tugun

1 to 10

label $100

2k

Private Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Tugun

1 to 2

label $149

2k

Pottery and Sculpture Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $163

5.0 (1)

Paper Clay Sculpture Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $127

Kintsugi Golden Joinery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

4 to 8

label $120

2k

Masterful Mess Themed Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

6 to 14

label $30

2k

Galaxy Themed Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

6 to 14

label $30

4.0 (1)

2k

Ceramic Painting Workshop

date_range Sun 22 Sep at 10am

location_on Burswood

6 to 14

label $20

2k

Beginner's Adult Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Ballarat Central

1 to 15

label $40

5.0 (1)

1k

Mobile Group Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 20

label $50

1k

Kintsugi Makie Painting Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

1 to 3

label $85

Kintsugi Accessory Workshop for Beginners

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 8

label $88 - $143

5.0 (8)

Introduction to Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Kilsyth South

1 to 15

label $95

5.0 (3)

Kids Pottery Workshop

date_range Thu 3 Oct at 1pm

location_on West Footscray

6 to 30

label $30

7k

3k+

Ceramics Surface Design Course

date_range Thu 7 Nov at 6pm

location_on West Footscray

1 to 8

label $380 - $420

7k

3k+

Porcelain Slip Casting and Mould Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

4 to 10

label $180

1k

Traditional Kintsugi Basic Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 6

label $385

5.0 (2)

Mindful Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

6 to 10

label $139

23k

Stoneware Ceramics Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Windsor

8 to 20

label $165

8k

Introduction to Ceramics Class

date_range 10 Nov, 27 Nov

location_on West Footscray

1 to 30

label $90 - $110

3k+

7k

Team Building Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kilsyth South

8 to 15

label $120

Pop Up Kintsugi Workshop

date_range 8 dates available

location_on Potts Point

1 to 4

label $100

5.0 (4)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop (Melbourne)

date_range 23 Nov, 24 Nov

location_on Melbourne

1 to 8

label $120

4.9 (15)

Traditional Kintsugi 2days Intensive Course (Mel)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Melbourne

1 to 8

label $385

5.0 (2)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 2

label $95

1k

Clay Hand Building Class

date_range Sun 13 Oct at 10am

location_on Mordialloc

4 to 8

label $100 - $130

2k

Basic Ceramic Glazing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

4 to 30

label $100 - $110

7k

3k+

Beginner's Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

4 to 10

label $85

1k+

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Canberra

4 to 10

label $130

3k

Pottery Salad Bowl & Jug Making

date_range Sat 28 Sep at 10am

location_on Applecross

4 to 6

label $165

2k

Pottery Serving Platters and Dishes Workshop

date_range 06 Oct, 24 Nov

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $145

2k

Pottery Mug or Tumbler Set Making Workshop

date_range 20 Oct, 16 Nov

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $145

2k

Pottery Wheelwork Workshop (Wheel Throwing)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $135

5.0 (1)

2k

Pottery Workshop Incense Holder and Jewellery Dish

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Applecross

4 to 3

label $105

2k

Pottery Vase & Planter Workshop

date_range Sat 12 Oct at 10am

location_on Applecross

4 to 8

label $145

2k

Wheel Throwing & Wine Night

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $145

2k

Adults Wheel Throwing Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 10

label $320

5.0 (1)

2k

Build a Pot for a Plant Pottery Workshop

date_range Sun 10 Nov at 10am

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 40

label $120

2k

Kids Pottery Class (7-16 Years)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $240

2k

Wheel Throwing Workshop

date_range 19 Oct, 17 Nov

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 10

label $65

5.0 (2)

2k

Hand Build a Ceramic Pot Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on O'Connor

5 to 20

label $120

2k

Beginners Pottery Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

6

label $180

1k

Introductory Kintsugi Art Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 6

label $100 - $120

5.0 (2)

Pottery and Plonk Hand Building Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 15

label $85

1k

Group Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $150

5.0 (2)

Kintsugi- Golden Ceramic Mending Workshop (Mobile)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $150

5.0 (2)

Private Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bondi

8 to 20

label $100

Handmade Overgrazed Teacup & Saucer

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Rosebery

1 to 6

label $110

Make Your Own Garden Olla Pottery Workshop

date_range Wed 13 Nov at 6pm

location_on Ballarat Central

1 to 10

label $90

1k

Ceramic Painting Workshop for Adults

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $50

1k

Private Live Sculpting Party

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $60 - $75

1k

Corporate Clay Sculpting Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $55

1k

Basic Japanese Handmade Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $180

Introduction to Handmade Japanese Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $270

5.0 (1)

Introductory Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 5

label $70

5.0 (1)

1k

Introductory Pottery Glazing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 25

label $70

1k

Intermediate Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Sheldon

4 to 5

label $180

1k

Wheel Throwing Course

date_range Tue 28 Jan at 10am

location_on Sheldon

1 to 5

label $880

1k

Hand Building Pottery Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 10

label $98

1k

Sip and Paint Christmas Ceramics Class

date_range Sat 2 Nov at 5:30pm

location_on Cammeray

1 to 30

label $75 - $85

1k

Christmas Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Sun 24 Nov at 2:30pm

location_on Cammeray

1 to 30

label $50

1k

Hand Building with Clay Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 50

label $140

30k

19k+

Beginners Pottery Wheel Throwing Workshop

date_range Sat 9 Nov at 1pm

location_on Ballarat Central

1 to 6

label $120

1k

Ceramic Hand Building Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 40

label $140

30k

19k+

Pottery Course: Make Some Magic

date_range Mon 28 Oct at 10am

location_on Bondi

1 to 7

label $399


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