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Form & SurfaceHand Building & Sculpture

Beginner Level

Intermediate - Advanced Level

Experienced teacher and ceramic artist, Robyn Phelan, provides a seductive smorgasbord of activities designed to open your mind to the many possibilities of building forms with clay and embellishing their surfaces. 

Beginners level: suitable for total beginners and also students with some basic prior experience who wish to expand their skills. Projects are structured for Beginners but allow for development and varied experience. You will be introduced to a range of different clay types and a variety of surface treatments and will also learn to glaze your pieces which we fire and will be finished a few weeks after the end of the course.

Intermediate/Advanced level: suitable for those who have previous experience in ceramics and are very comfortable with basic techniques such as pinching, coiling and slab building.  You will work as a group in projects designed to expand your knowledge by experiencing extra technical challenges and varied techniques including glaze testing and development and mould-making. You will be encouraged and assisted to develop a strong personal expression and Robyn will offer tutoring style teaching in support of your own ideas and once projects are under way. You will also have an *extra studio hour to develop your own work.

This course repeats 4 terms per year, 8 weeks each. We encourage students to enrol in one term or continue for a few! We also offer an Advanced level on Thursdays 1-3pm for people to level up!

“The Form and Surface class is incredible. As someone who started on the wheel, this class opened my eyes to various techniques of manipulating the clay and to different types of clay. It’s expanded my horizons and allowed me to approach my craft differently. I’d recommend this to anyone: beginners looking to try out pottery and to experienced potters looking to explore clay’s potential off the wheel.” Rachel, June 2022 

2024 dates: 

  • Term 1 2024: 1 February – 28 March (bookings closed)
  • Term 2: 2 May – 20 June ( bookings closed)
  • Term 3: 25 July -12 September (now open)
  • Term 4: 10 October – 28 November (limited pre-release tickets now open  )

Note: no classes on public holidays


Beginners/Mixed level: Thursdays 10 – 12pm OR Thursdays 6 – 8pm.

Intermediate/Advanced level: Thursdays 1 – 3pm (which also offers an optional *extra hour studio time)

Note: Please choose your time slot carefully. The Intermediate/Advanced level is a separate booking button underneath the Beginner’s/Mixed level button. 

Choose one time slot and attend once a week.

No classes on public holidays.

This is a class for people who don’t want to be limited to the concentric! Follow the flow and see where it leads you…

“I had such an amazing time in the beginners hand building course. Robin is absolutely fabulous and such a great teacher. She let’s you explore your own creative expression while giving you practical tips on how to make your clay dreams become reality 🙂 The class was honestly the highlight of my week and I am now hooked on hand building!” (TT, 22/6/24)

When: Enrol by the term, see dates and times above. Limited pre-release spots open for future terms.

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

Transfers: We do understand shit happens and life gets busy so we can occasionally transfer you at short notice so please do ask if we have someone on the waiting list. There is a $25 fee for all transfers.

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 $625 ($595 Continuing Students and Concession). Cost is inclusive of all materials and use of all studio facilities Firing is $15/kg extra. 50% deposit payable on booking. Balance due three weeks before start date.

Missed Lesson and *Studio Access Times (SATs): *SATs are 3 hour sessions ($30) available to students to use our facilities (and fully included materials) for some extra making time. One missed class per term can be replaced by a FREE 3-hr 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 but generally are available each weekday 12-3pm and Saturday 9-12. Form & Surface students do not need to book. *Morning and afternoon students have an option for a one-hour extension SAT after their class ($10)

*The 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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