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Form and Surface

Beginner Classes

Intermediate Classes

Our studio follows all recommended Covid safe practices including air purifiers and extraction fans in each classroom,  *mask wearing for students and staff,  flexible studio time replaces up to two missed classes due to Covid and new refund insurance when you book online. 

Experience many different approaches to working with clay using hand-built and sculptural techniques. Follow your heart!

2023 dates: 

  • Term 1: 9 February – 30 March (bookings closed)
  • Term 2: 27 April – 15 June (bookings closed)
  • Term 3: 13 July – 7 September (no classes 3 August) (bookings open: 22 June)
  • Term 4: 12 October – 30 November (bookings open: TBA)
  • Note: no classes on public holidays

This is our popular hand building course with experienced artist and teacher Pilar Rojas. Classes run by 4 terms per year, 8 weeks each. Enrol in one term or continue forever! 


Beginners: Thursdays 10 – 12pm and 6 – 8pm.

Intermediate/Advanced: 1 – 3pm (PLUS optional **extra hour studio time)

Choose one time slot and attend once a week.

No classes on public holidays.


Beginner Level: You will investigate different approaches to working with clay using hand-built and sculptural techniques. You will begin with a structure of playful projects designed to teach you basic skills and then lead on to more complex ideas of your own designs.

Intermediate/Advanced Level:  You will expand your knowledge by experiencing extra technical challenges and varied techniques including glaze devlopment and moulding. You will be encouraged and assisted to develop a strong personal direction.

Experienced teacher and ceramic artist, Pilar Rojas, provides a seductive smorgasbord of clay activities designed to open your mind to the many possibilities with clay forms and their decorative surfaces. In Beginner’s no prior experience is necessary because each week takes you on a step-by-step pathway guiding new discoveries. Starting with three different clays, you will learn from the ground up! You will explore an exciting array of options for their surfaces and discover how each clay is intimately related to the visual options for it’s surface.

In Advanced level you will be working more on “behind the scenes” knowledge and testing materials and glazes plus developing your distinctive personal expression.

Our students constantly feed back that Pilar is one of the most knowledgable, patient and dedicated teachers around. This is a fun and gentle class for people who don’t want to be limited to the concentric! Follow the flow and see where it leads you…

“Pilar is a wonderful tutor! She is patient with students and thorough with imparting her extensive knowledge to others. Highly recommended!” Amanda, 23/6/22

When: Enrol by the term, see dates and times above.

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

Booking info: Booking buttons appear on the left when we open for new enrolments. Enrolments open half way through a term for the forthcoming term. Please return to this page to check the date and refresh your browser after the booking date to book online.

Click on the option you want and 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 on the top right! 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 and we will put you on a list.

Fees: 8-week term $595 ($575 Continuing Students and Concession). Cost is inclusive of all materials and use of all studio facilities Firing is $15/kg extra.

Missed Lesson and Studio Access Times (SATs): SATs are 3 hour sessions available to students to use our facilities for some extra making time. One missed class per term can be replaced by a free SAT. Unlimited further SATs are $30 per session. Times and days are subject to change pending studio needs and will be communicated to you by your teacher in the first class. Fee per session includes all materials. Form & Surface students do not need to book.

*Covid update: We recommend all students wear N95 masks inside the building. This allows our teachers to teach without a mask which improves your comprehension of instructions. It also helps to protect vulnerable members of our community. Thank you for your understanding. 

**Optional extra hour is $10 which covers materials and facilities and is payable on the day. No bookings required.

Please note: Deposits are a commitment to attend. They are non-refundable and the balance must be paid in full three weeks before the start date. When paying by deposit online the balance will be automatically deducted from the same credit card three weeks before the course start date through our booking agency We Teach Me or you will be given a link to click and pay. Please note: due to limited places and high demand, if the balance is not received before the required date we reserve the right to offer your place to someone on our cancellation list.

Please choose your classes carefully. 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. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, we can hold your payment in credit for up to 24 months for a future course. Please note: we do not take any responsibility for pre-existing health issues or injuries that may be exacerbated by the activities we teach you. Please seek a doctor's opinion or ask us if you need to know more.

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