Two new vids up on our YouTube channel!

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We have guest artist workshops occasionally. Roughly every two months. We have had many, many workshops now and we try to produce a little video either before or during each workshop. We upload them to our YouTube and Vimeo channels for you to enjoy and we like to give them to our guest artists to use, if they wish, as a thank you. It is hard work. There are hours and hours of editing that go into the productions by our capable video producer, Sabrina Talarico (thanks Sabrina!).

The latest videos to go up are about Sandy Lockwood and Neil Hoffman’s workshops with us in 2016. They were incredible workshops. Those of you who know us know we actively refuse to use the term “master potter” given both the associations with elitism and the establishment, however, we are always keen to host artists whom we know make unique and distinctive work and have paved a way for their work over their lifetime. Sandy and Neil fit these criteria and more!

It is with great pleasure that we offer you these videos and hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed their workshops! If you do, then we hope to see you at our next guest artist workshop which is on 21-22 October 2017, with Mike Martino from Japan.


PODCAST now available: Making International Pathways

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This podcast was recorded at our forum “Making International Pathways” on 4 August, 2017 at Slow Clay Centre.

The speakers were Penny Byrne, Greg Daly and Dean Smith and MC Dr Kevin Murray. Slow Clay Centre director, Jane Sawyer, starts the evening by introducing Kevin Murray and concludes the recording with thanks to the speakers and to all for attending.

The format of the event was an introduction by Kevin Murray setting the stage for international engagement, followed by each speaker who showed slides and presented their pathway (sadly we cannot show you their presentations!). The panel was followed by a Q&A with the audience. Some questions to consider were: In these times of thinking locally, what is the value of thinking about international opportunities? Is gallery representation necessary to be seen internationally? What value is social media?

We hosted this event in conjunction with Garland Magazine, The World Crafts Council – Australia and the annual Craft Cubed Festival presented by Craft Victoria. It was a full house and we encourage you to keep an eye on our newsletter and web site for future forums!

Manningham Ceramic Award – artist’s floor talk

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Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2017
Artist Floor Talk…and Soup
Tuesday 29 August, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Join artists from this year’s Ceramic Award over a cup of delicious soup to learn more about the knowledge, skill, learning and ideas behind every great ceramic piece.
Free event
RSVP essential for catering to: or phone 9840 9367.

Fiona Hiscock
Brian Keyte
Chris Pittard
David Ray
Jane Sawyer

Open For Term 4 Enrolments 24 August, 1pm

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Weekly Courses, Term 4, 2017, enrolment instructions: We will open for new enrolments for our weekly Slow Clay Wheel and Form & Surface (hand building) courses on 24 August at 1pm. Please refresh your browser then and go to the appropriate page.

Important: From our website you will be directed to another booking page (on our booking service website called We Teach Me) and you MUST click on the drop-down menu on the right side of the booking page to choose your course time (even if you’ve already clicked on the course on our website page!). So, please choose your course time carefully on the booking page because we do not give refunds if you make a mistake!


Good luck and we hope to see you in Term 4!

Forum: Making International Pathways

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We had a full house on 4 August 2017 for our forum Making International Pathways, in collaboration with Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival and Garland Magazine and World Crafts Council Australia. The speakers, artists Penny Byrne, Greg Daly and Dean Smith, presented their stories of connection to international exhibiting and some tips for how to get involved and MC Kevin Murray initiated the rich audience Q&A discussion with his insightful and probing questions.

Thank you to all who attended and if you missed it, we are currently editing a podcast of the event and will post here once complete.

Open Studio 2017

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We will be opening the doors to our studio on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017, 10am – 4pm. Despite the cold weather, the fire will be raging and we will be offering some great activities! Come for a spin of the potter’s wheel or contribute to our massive group sculpture! There will be films running continuously all day and endless tea and maybe even a glass of bubbly! All invited and did we mention? Its FREE! 13 Keele St, Collingwood, Vic. Tel: 03 99437844

This event is held in conjunction with Craft Cubed Festival and The Australian Ceramics Association Open Studios scheme.

Omnus Terra in the US

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7 little Australians joined 7 Americans for an exhibition titled Omnus Terra at Gallery 114 in Portland Oregan, US, March 22-25. This was one of about 40 exhibitions around town shown in conjunction with the national NCECA conference. Slow Clay director Jane Sawyer was one of the Aussies there and welcomed the chance not just to show her work to a new audience but to attend the famous annual NCECA conference and make new connections both for Slow Clay Centre and for her ceramic work. Thanks go to curator-exhibitors Shannon Garson and Linda Fahey for inviting us and to all the other artists. This podcast was recorded in the Omnus Terra exhibition by Ben Carter and posted on Tales of a Red Clay Rambler.

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler episode 179


And you can also catch up with a whole lot of lectures and panel discussions from the NCECA conference starting with the opening address by art critic Jerry Saltz here:

See our Claymation kid’s videos!

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We were very excited to welcome Canadian ace animator Daniel Sterlin-Altmann to teach our first Claymation course for kids in the last school holidays! From grapes seeking revenge to cemeteries for unwanted relatives, you will be able to get a little insight into why we just LOVE our kids classes! Stay tuned for the next one! Thanks Daniel and to Sabrina also for her excellent editing!


Forum Soundtrack: International Artist Residencies

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This is an edited podcast from the forum discussing International Artist Residencies held at Slow Clay Centre, Melbourne, on 4 February, 2017. MC Jane Sawyer introduced guest speakers: Liz Williams talking about her 2016 residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (NB: Jane Sawyer read Liz’s talk due to illness); Amy Kennedy discussing Baer Art Centre (Iceland), Anderson Ranch (Colarado, USA) and EWKC (Netherlands); Fred Johnston and Carol Gentithes discussing Arrowmont, Penland, Archie Bray and Starworks (all in USA) and Robyn Phelan discussing The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China.

It was a full house and we thank all the speakers for a fabulously informative evening and the attendees for asking great questions and coming along.

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