Types of Pottery Classes

Types of Pottery Classes





 

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.

teapot making class

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.





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Ceramic Painting Class for Adults

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Leonards

8 to 15

label $80

Make Your Own Teapot Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bundeena

2 to 10

label $129 - $149

4.8 (44)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bundeena

1 to 6

label $129 - $149

4.9 (34)

Introduction to Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Rose Bay

1 to 2

label $170 - $220

5.0 (27)

Beginners Pottery Classes

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Crows Nest

1 to 12

label $180

4.9 (20)

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brisbane / Comes to you

6 to 10

label $150

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Albert Park / Comes to you

6 to 10

label $150

Kintsugi Workshop: Mindful Evening Practice

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville / Comes to you

1 to 6

label $90 - $100

5.0 (2)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop (Private Class)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 5

label $120

5.0 (128)

Beginners Clay Hand Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kew / Comes to you

10 to 20

label $100

Adult Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

10 to 15

label $140 - $175

5.0 (1)

Ceramic Molding Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Ringwood

1 to 15

label $75 - $100

5.0 (1)

Ceramics Mark Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

6 to 10

label $145

Traditional Kintsugi 2days Intensive (Private)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Sydney

1 to 3

label $385

5.0 (4)

Kids Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

10 to 15

label $180

Mindful Ceramic Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

6 to 10

label $249

Beginners' and Intermediate Ceramics Courses

date_range Contact for details

location_on Croydon

3 to 4

label $300

4.8 (4)

Ceramic Slip Casting Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

6 to 8

label $290

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth / Comes to you

6 to 10

label $150

Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Thornbury / Comes to you

10 to 20

label $120

Clay, Coffee and Cake Workshop

date_range Sat 18 Jul, 10am

location_on Burswood / Comes to you

1 to 14

label $95

4.8 (4)

Handmade Ceramics Workshop for Beginners

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bondi Beach

1 to 6

label $165

Perth Pottery and Sculpture Classes

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $167

5.0 (3)

A Paper Clay Sculpture Group Workshop

date_range Sun 19 Jul, 10am

location_on Perth / Comes to you

1 to 12

label $97 - $167

Kintsugi Golden Joinery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

4 to 8

label $120

Ceramic Painting Workshop

date_range 11 Jul, 26 Jul

location_on Burswood / Comes to you

1 to 20

label $28

4.8 (4)

Beginner's Adult Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Ballarat Central

6 to 15

label $45

5.0 (2)

Mobile Group Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 20

label $50

Kintsugi Accessory for Beginners (Private Class)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Sydney

2 to 4

label $88 - $143

5.0 (26)

Introduction to Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kilsyth South

1 to 15

label $95

5.0 (5)

Ceramics Surface Design Course

date_range Mon 17 Aug, 6pm

location_on West Footscray / Comes to you

1 to 8

label $300

3k+

Porcelain Slip Casting and Mould Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

4 to 10

label $180

Traditional Kintsugi Basic Course (Private Class)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Sydney

1 to 3

label $385

5.0 (7)

Mindful Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

6 to 10

label $139

Stoneware Ceramics Workshop

date_range Sat 12 Sep, 10am

location_on Windsor

1 to 20

label $155 - $165

Introduction to Ceramics Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray / Comes to you

4 to 30

label $95 - $110

3k+

5.0 (4)

Team Building Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kilsyth South

8 to 15

label $120

Pop Up Kintsugi Workshop in Potts Point - Private

date_range Contact for details

location_on Potts Point

1 to 4

label $100

5.0 (8)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop (Melbourne)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Melbourne

1

label $120

4.9 (17)

Traditional Kintsugi 2days Intensive Course (Mel)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Melbourne

1

label $385

4.3 (3)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Botany

1 to 2

label $120

5.0 (10)

Beginner's Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

4 to 10

label $85

5.0 (1)

1k+

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Canberra / Comes to you

6 to 10

label $150

Pottery Salad Bowl & Jug Making

date_range Sat 22 Aug, 9:30am

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $150

Pottery Serving Platters and Dishes Workshop

date_range Sun 6 Sep, 10am

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $130

Perth | Clay Hand Building: Pottery and Wine

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 12

label $129

5.0 (1)

Pottery Wheelwork Workshop (Wheel Throwing)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $118

5.0 (7)

Pottery Hand Building Workshop

date_range 8 Aug, 27 Sep

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $145

Wheel Throwing & Wine Night

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $148

5.0 (6)

Adults Wheel Throwing and Hand Building Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 6

label $440

5.0 (2)

Kids Pottery Course (7-16 Years)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $250

Wheel Throwing Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 6

label $90

5.0 (8)

Hand Build a Ceramic Pot Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on O'Connor

5 to 20

label $120

Beginners Pottery Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

6 to 8

label $240

4.7 stars (43+)

5.0 (2)

Art Kintsugi Workshop - Private

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville / Comes to you

1 to 5

label $100 - $120

5.0 (7)

Pottery and Plonk Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 25

label $85

5.0 (8)

4.7 stars (43+)

Group Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $150

Kintsugi- Golden Ceramic Mending Workshop (Mobile)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $150

Private Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bondi

4 to 20

label $100

5.0 (1)

Handmade Overgrazed Teacup & Saucer

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Rosebery

1 to 6

label $99

Make Your Own Garden Olla Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Ballarat Central

6 to 10

label $95

Ceramic Painting Class for Adults

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $65

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Clay Sculpture Class with a Model

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $85

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Clay Sculpture Class for Team Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $95

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Basic Japanese Handmade Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $180

5.0 (1)

Introduction to Handmade Japanese Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $270

5.0 (2)

Introductory Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 5

label $88

4.7 (13)

Introductory Pottery Glazing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 25

label $88

Intermediate Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 5

label $220

Advanced Wheel Throwing Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Sheldon

4 to 5

label $1200

Hand Building Pottery Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Botany

1 to 6

label $120

5.0 (33)

Hand Building with Clay Workshop

date_range 8 Aug, 15 Aug

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 40

label $145

5.0 (20)

19k+

Beginners Pottery Wheel Throwing Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Ballarat Central

5 to 6

label $125

Ceramic Hand Building Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 40

label $145

4.9 (17)

19k+

Kintsugi Ceramic Repair Course (Sydney)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Sydney

1 to 3

label $120

5.0 (2)

Wheel Throwing Class: Pottery Date Night

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 4

label $205 - $389

5.0 (5)

Terrazzo Workshop: Coasters

date_range Sun 13 Sep, 2pm

location_on Newstead

1 to 20

label $155

5.0 (7)

19k+

Clay Hand Building Class for Kids (6-12 Years)

date_range 30 Sep

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 12

label $50

5.0 (3)

Wheel Throwing Class for Kids (8-18 Years)

date_range 29 Sep

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $50

5.0 (2)

Pottery Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray / Comes to you

10 to 30

label $95

4.7 stars (43+)

5.0 (2)

Intro to Ceramics: Hand-building with Clay

date_range Sat 1 Aug, 3pm

location_on Redfern

1 to 40

label $125

4.8 (5)

19k+

Clay Figure Sculpture Class

date_range Sat 7 Nov, 9:30am

location_on Rozelle

1 to 12

label $161 - $189

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Concrete Planters Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Rozelle

5 to 12

label $85

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Hand Building Clay Class: Ceramic Servingware

date_range Sun 20 Sep, 2pm

location_on Brisbane

1 to 24

label $110

4.5 stars (118+)

19k+

Hand Building Clay Class: Cups and Bowls

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Brisbane

1 to 25

label $110

19k+

4.5 stars (118+)

Ceramic Painting Class for Kids

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Leonards

5 to 20

label $35

Sculpture Class: Body Moulding and Casting

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Rozelle

5 to 12

label $161

5k+

4.6 stars (62+)

Hand Building Ceramics Class and Sangria

date_range 17 Jul, 14 Aug

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 40

label $145

5.0 (9)

19k+

Hand Building with Clay Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Holt / Comes to you

4 to 14

label $125

5.0 (8)

Kintsugi Accessory Workshop in Melbourne

date_range Contact for details

location_on Melbourne

1 to 8

label $88

5.0 (3)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop in Canberra

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

6 to 20

label $120

Intensive Traditional Kintsugi Course (Perth)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 20

label $385

Traditional Kintsugi Intensive Course in Canberra

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

4 to 20

label $385

Kintsugi Workshop: Gold Coast Pop Up

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Surfers Paradise

4

label $125

4.6 (5)

Sculpture Class for Beginners

date_range Sun 2 Aug, 10am

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 12

label $120 - $130

5.0 (6)

19k+

Clay Hand Building Workshop Bowl Set

date_range 25 Jul, 9 Aug

location_on Perth

1 to 8

label $150

Make a Clay Planter Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kedron

6 to 25

label $75

Japanese Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Sat 15 Aug, 2:30pm

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 40

label $160

5.0 (10)

19k+

Ceramic Pourer Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Newstead

12 to 40

label $110

19k+

4.5 stars (118+)

Pottery Wheel Workshop: Embrace Wheelfulness

date_range 18 Jul, 25 Jul

location_on North Willoughby

1 to 4

label $105 - $125

5.0 (8)

Hand Building Pottery Course for Beginners

date_range Contact for details

location_on Thornbury

1 to 11

label $220

Hand Building Workshop and Tissue Transfer

date_range Sat 5 Sep, 9:30am

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $160

Pottery Wheel Throwing Course: Basics

date_range 6 Aug, 3 Sep

location_on Perth

1 to 10

label $345

Ceramic Dinner Set Pottery Workshop

date_range Sat 19 Sep, 9:30am

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $170

Pottery Open Studio

date_range Contact for details

location_on Collingwood

6 to 8

label $40

4k+

4.7 stars (34+)

Hand Building Pottery Course: Make a Teapot

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Collingwood

8 to 16

label $200

4k+

4.7 stars (34+)

Wheel Throwing Course

date_range Contact for details

location_on Collingwood

1 to 6

label $385

4k+

4.7 stars (34+)

Introduction to the Pottery Wheel

date_range Mon 6 Jul, 6pm

location_on Collingwood

1 to 6

label $85

4k+

4.7 stars (34+)

Button Maker Class Using Polymer Clay

date_range Sat 19 Dec, 10:30am

location_on Kyneton

1 to 10

label $125 - $145

4.9 stars (13+)

3d Sculpture Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brookvale

1 to 8

label $350

Pottery Wheel Class: Full Day

date_range 29 Aug, 26 Sep

location_on Perth

1 to 8

label $285

Pinch Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Botany

1 to 20

label $120

Ceramic Hand Building Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Langwarrin South

1 to 15

label $140

Ceramic Suspended Sculpture Workshop

date_range Sun 4 Oct, 10am

location_on Langwarrin South

1 to 15

label $300

Pottery Wheel Throwing Class: Ceramic Bowls

date_range 23 Aug, 20 Sep

location_on Perth

1 to 8

label $130

Pottery Glaze Class: Paint Your Pottery

date_range 15 Aug, 12 Sep

location_on Perth

1 to 8

label $80

Pottery Open Studio Membership

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

1

label $180

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Ceramic Hand Building and Glazing Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Thornbury

8 to 15

label $228

2k+

5.0 stars (25+)

Ceramics Workshop: Introduction to Hand Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Thornbury

8 to 15

label $143

2k+

5.0 stars (25+)

Kintsugi Workshop for Beginners

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Dutton Park

2 to 12

label $120

Traditional Kintsugi Two-day Course

date_range Contact for details

location_on Dutton Park

2 to 6

label $385

Kintsugi Accessory Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Dutton Park

4 to 10

label $88

Ceramic Painting Class for Kids: School Holidays

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Leonards

6 to 20

label $50

Family Ceramic Painting Workshop: Easter Eggs

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Leonards

6 to 20

label $35

Sculpture Course with a Life Model

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Manly

5 to 10

label $650

One on One Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

1 to 2

label $115

5.0 (1)

Freeform Clay Hand Building Class: Clayfulness

date_range Your choice of time

location_on North Willoughby

2 to 4

label $50 - $58

5.0 (1)

Pottery Wheel Class: Make and Paint Ceramic Plates

date_range Contact for details

location_on North Willoughby

1 to 2

label $125

Pottery Wheelwork Workshop: Morning Mindfulness

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 8

label $92

Pottery Masterclass

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $189

Kids Pottery Holiday Class for Small Groups

date_range Your choice of time

location_on North Willoughby

3 to 4

label $63

Pottery Class for Kids and Teens

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

4 to 8

label $160

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Clay Hand Building Class: Pottery and Plonk

date_range Fri 17 Jul, 6:30pm

location_on Redfern

1 to 60

label $125

19k+

4.5 stars (118+)

NAIDOC Craft Day

date_range Contact for details

location_on Cammeray

4 to 8

label $110

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Clay Hand Building 101 Workshop

date_range Sun 26 Jul, 10am

location_on Redfern

1 to 60

label $90

19k+

4.5 stars (118+)

Bunbury | Clay Hand Building: Pottery & Wine

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bunbury

10 to 12

label $129

Pottery Class for Beginners

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Adelaide / Comes to you

6 to 10

label $150

Pottery Open Studio Casual

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

1 to 10

label $35

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Wet Felting a Zipper Pouch Workshop

date_range Wed 15 Jul, 10am

location_on Cammeray

1 to 15

label $70 - $75

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Polymer Clay Hanger Class for Kids and Teens

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

1 to 15

label $50

4.7 stars (43+)

2k+

Clay Hand Building Class - Ceramic Breakfast Set

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Teneriffe

1 to 10

label $129 - $149

Clay Hand Building and Pottery Wheel Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Murrumbateman

4 to 6

label $150


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