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Bookings for our next term of 8-week classes will open 15 December 2021

2022 Term dates:

Term 1: 31 Jan – 30 March, 8 weeks (Bookings open 15 Dec 2021) 

Term 2: 2 May – 20 June (Booking date TBA)

Term 3: 25 July – 16 December (Booking date TBA)

Term 4: 3 October – 23 November  (Booking date TBA)

No classes on public holidays.

20/10/21 CoVid19 Update: We’re back! Fully vaccinated* people can now attend any classes and all other Covid guidelines are being followed as advised. Please wear a mask and check in with the QR code at entry. Thank you.

If you booked a class that was cancelled in lockdowns or you have a credit voucher from please email us to ensure your booking is in the system. 

Times: Our popular eight-week Beginner’s Wheel courses are offered on Wednesday 10am – 12noon and 6.30-8.30pm, Thursday 6.30-8.30pm and Friday 10am – 12noon and 1-3pm. Please understand we have limited places available due to small class sizes and repeat bookings by continuing students.

Students need to choose and book a time and stick to that for the duration of the 8-week course/term. Our Beginner’s wheel course provides a solid foundation for working on the potterʼs wheel but we also encourage you to try the Form & Surface course and Porcelain Small Objects  course. Students have priority to hold their place from term to term on a continuing basis.

Content: Students will learn our unique Slow Clay method (TM) inspired by Japanese techniques that are ergonomically sound. Using our techniques they come to know the ʻpower of slowʼ where movements are planned to be economical whilst having the most effect. Beginner’s start with a formal structure and gradually move to individual learning as their skills permit, all within a framework of open-ended enquiry and personal design development.

Please note: This is a Beginners level course. If you have completed two or more beginner’s courses with us you are eligible to join one of our Intermediate courses.

Covid: If the term is interrupted due to Covid we will refund the missed classes or create a credit note – your choice.

Bookings: If bookings are active you will be able to see the class options on the left of this page. If not, please return a few weeks later to see new dates. When you enrol online please double-check your desired date appears correctly on the second booking page because if you make a mistake you might miss out! We only have a few spots available for new students each term due to continuing students.

Please note: If these Beginner classes are booked we suggest checking out our Weekend Intensives that offer the same content or our new online hand building course Basics To Freedom which is also a great introduction to the study of ceramics.

Enrolment Process: Enrolments will open approximately half way through an existing term for the forthcoming term and the date will be announced at the top of this page. Please keep an eye on left of this page for active bookable dates. If they do not appear then we are not open for enrolments yet.

Instructors: Alana Casey and Erinn MacAlpine

Course fee:  $595 New students, $565 Continuing students (without a break in between), and Concession holders.

The course fee is fully inclusive of all materials, unlimited house clay, glazes and access to all studio equipment and some tools. Firing is $10/kg payable at the end of the term upon collection.

For CoVid Safety Students must bring their own tools or can purchase a basic tool set through us on arrival for $10.

Missed Class and Studio Access Times (SATs):  SATs are for our enrolled students to access our studio facilities without a teacher for some extra quiet making or practicing time. When confident, students can book a wheel and attend either as an optional one-hour extension of their morning class ($10) or a three-hour ($30) time slot, pending availability.   One missed class per term can be replaced by a free SAT. All materials are included and full use of studio facilities.

Booking info:  If you are booking on the day we open for new enrolments, please refresh your browser before you book and you will be able to see the new classes and book online on the left side of this page, provided there are spots available. You will be re-directed to another booking page AND you must choose your course time AGAIN on the second page from the drop down menu. Please choose carefully because we do not give refunds if you make a mistake! We do not keep waiting lists, sorry, but we do keep cancellation lists so if you miss out please email us with your phone number and we will put you on a cancellation list.

Terms & Conditions:

  • If classes are cancelled due to CoVid19 restrictions we can either refund you or roll over your booking to a new term. If you cancel due to illness we cannot refund you or offer replacement classes, sorry.
  • If you pay by deposit online you will receive a reminder from our booking service, We Teach Me, to pay the balance three weeks before the course start date. If the balance is not paid we reserve the right to cancel your booking and offer your place to someone else, sorry! 🙁
  • Please choose your classes carefully. We recognise that shit happens and life throws us changes but please understand that due to our limited class sizes once you’ve booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend we suggest you share the love and transfer your booking to a friend or let us know in plenty of time and, provided we can fill your place from our cancellation list, we will hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for a future course.

*Covid update: We follow all government regulations and therefore require students to be fully vaccinated unless there are medical reasons or children under 12 years. Thank you for your compliance. This is mandated by the Victorian government in order to re-open by 5 November 2021. It may change in future.

Telephone: 99437844

Email: info@slowclay.com