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Get Your Hands Dirty At Brisbane’s First Ceramic Studio Dedicated To Handbuilding

By Chrissy Brincat

If you’re looking for a new creative hub to discover the inner artistic genius you never knew you had, you’ll want to get yourself down to Dabbler—Brisbane’s first ceramic studio dedicated to handbuilding.

Clay play is the game at this welcoming, light-filled space, and it’s launching later this month. Studio owner and facilitator, Bonnie Hislop, has been running ceramic workshops across the country for five years, and says her creative space’s transformation into Dabbler will offer more opportunities for clay play than ever before.

Bonnie has a pretty specialised knowledge of handbuilding and ceramic illustration. You might recognise her pop-realist ceramic creations—do rainbow cosmic cat mugs and Iced Vovo dishes ring a bell?

‘I hope that Dabbler will become a studio that people feel at home in to come and create in whatever way suits their clay journey,’ Bonnie said.

a person painting a clay jug

‘We have a range of different ways for people to get involved from intro courses to advanced handbuilding intensives. This is also accompanied by regular studio time where experienced handbuilders can use the space as their own personal studio as well.

A potter’s paradise awaits, as you’ll find the space decked out with large work tables, storage shelves, clay tools and an extensive range of colourful glazes and underglazes.

What’s an underglaze, you may ask? Come along and find out. Novices and experts alike are totally catered for—the idea behind Dabbler is that whether you’re an experienced ceramicist or just starting out on your clay journey, you can feel free to express yourself in a comfortable environment and gain knowledge from highly skilled teachers. Bonnie’s team promote a playful, explorative and sustainable approach to clay.

Sounds like a lot of fun to us, in fact, we can’t wait to get our hands dirty. We’re pretty sure you’ll think so, too. Dabbler Studio is launching on Friday 29 January with a free come and try night. Head along and enjoy the free mini workshop, where all visitors will get to dabble in clay.

The Details

When: Opening Friday 29 January 
Where: Station Road Creative Precinct, Yeerongpilly
Find out more here
Find more of Brisbane’s best pottery classes here.

Image credit: Supplied 

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