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Beginners Wheel Pottery Classes

Term 1 2024 bookings are now open! Please remember to refresh your browser for the updates! Please note: our classes often book out quickly so if you miss out please email us to get on the next term’s waiting list or consider attending a Weekend Intensive instead! 

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Hands + head + heart! They all come together with clay as your divine catalyst! We aim to give you the best experience learning ceramics starting in our Beginners level with our Slow Clay method! It’s a solid foundation of practical ergonomics, a warmth of heart and careful considered design development.  Our unique teaching method is based on the Japanese techniques that our founder, Jane Sawyer, learnt as a young apprentice. They help protect your body from injury whilst enabling you to uncover your signature through touch. Over the decades of teaching Jane and the Slow Clay method have trained many, many potters. These popular Beginner’s Wheel courses are where it all starts for the perfect foundation to begin your journey with clay and the potter’s wheel. And the best thing? If you love it you can attend our daily Studio Access Times (SATs) and progress through to Intermediate/Advanced classes! 

“One of the best legit ceramics schools. Beautiful space, excellent teachers who are artists in their own right, emphasis on the art with a strong foundation in safe practices, acknowledgement of history of pottery across cultures and honestly a sheer love for working with clay. Whether you want to try it out for the first time or you’re honing your pottery skills, Slow Clay really delivers.” Review received 29/11/22

2024 Term dates:

  • Term 1: 29 January – 25 March (bookings NOW OPEN – see booking buttons)
  • Term 2: 22 April – 10 June (Email us to get on wait list)
  • Term 3: 22 July – 9 Sept (  ”  )
  • Term 4: 14 Oct – 13 Dec  (  ”  )

Please choose and book a time from the drop-down menu on the left. If a class falls on a public holiday there will be an extra class added to the term.

Times:

  • Wednesday OR Friday 10am – 12noon
  • Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm
  • Saturday 1-3pm*

*Note: Saturday classes in Term 1 are a 7-week term

Content: Our popular 8-week Beginner’s wheel course provides a solid foundation for working on the potterʼs wheel. Students will learn our unique Slow Clay method (TM) inspired by Japanese techniques that are ergonomically sound. Using our Slow Clay method students come to know the ʻpower of slowʼ where movements are mindful and planned to be economical whilst having the most effect. Starting your pottery journey with these tried and true techniques will give you the best and safest possible foundation and provide longevity for you. Beginner’s start with a formal curriculum structure and gradually move to individual learning as their skills permit, all within a framework of open-ended enquiry, non-judgement and personal design curiosity. Students learn the full ceramic process: making, finishing, decorating and *glazing and collect their fired pieces a few weeks after term finishes.

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 mixed level Intermediate-Advanced wheel courses.

FAQs: please read these FAQs and familiarise yourself with our studio guidelines before enrolling.

Bookings: Bookings will become active for new enrolments on the advertised date at the top of this page. The booking buttons will then appear on the left of this page. Click on the drop down menu to choose your class time and follow the booking prompts with a credit card ready to pay the 50% deposit by credit card.  If you can’t see any spots available it either means the course is not open for booking yet or is fully booked with continuing students. If so, we keep waiting lists so if a class is full or not yet open, please ask to go on the waiting list!

Alternatives: If these Beginner classes are fully booked we suggest you check out our Weekend Intensives that offer the same content ! Or you might like our Porcelain or Form & Surface courses that are also geared for beginners level. Tip: Once you are a student in our studio you get priority to continue the following term in any class of your choice!  Alternatively, our online hand building course Basics To Freedom can be done at home and is also a great introduction to the study of ceramics.

Instructors: Erinn McAlpine(Wednesday morning), Felicity Leung (Friday morning), Alyssa Nuttall (Wednesday evening, Saturday afternoon)

Course fee:  $625 New students, $595 Continuing students (without a break in between), and Concession holders. 50% deposit payable on booking. Balance due three weeks before start date.

Bonus: In our studio the course fee is fully inclusive of all materials, unlimited beautiful soft Midfire clay, glazes and access to all studio equipment and some tools. *Firing is $15/kg payable at the end of the term upon collection.

NEW: Cancellation insurance is now available for 10% extra fee at the checkout to cover all refunds and we strongly advise you to purchase it in case you cannot attend at the last minute. We know shit happens but we run a very small business with limited class sizes so we do not give refunds if something happens and you cannot atend. We do, however, offer two free Studio Access Times(SATs) if you have to miss classes due to Covid and one extra for any other reason. Please familiarise yourself with our FAQs and SATs.

Missed Classes 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. After the first few classes, when you are more confident and familiar with our studio, you can book a wheel and attend either as an optional one-hour extension of a morning class ($10) or a full three-hour ($30) time slot.  One missed class per term can be replaced by a free SAT. Plus up to a further two free SATs are available if you get Covid or are a close contact and miss classes. All materials are included and full use of studio facilities.

Booking info:  Please refresh your browser before you intend to book! We update our website regularly and your computer might have cached previous pages. After refreshing, you will be able to see the new classes and book online on the left side of this page, provided there are spots available. Please choose your course time carefully because we do not give refunds if you make a mistake!

Waitlists or cancellation lists? Yes! If you miss out on getting a place, we can keep you on a cancellation list for a particular class until the date they start. However, if you are not offered a spot, you will need to go through the enrolment process again the following term. Please understand we do not keep waiting lists, sorry! (Imagine trying to ring everyone and waiting for answers manually!) For cancellation lists, please email us with your phone number and we will put you on it.

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: Our studio follows all Covid-safe recommendations including extraction fans and air purifiers, flexible studio access times if you have to miss up to two classes due to Covid and new refund insurance can be purchased at the check out gateway.

Telephone: 99437844

Email: info@slowclay.com

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