There’s nothing more satisfying than creating your very own stuff and with the world of pottery having a strong moment right now, no guesses as to where you should be flocking to for your homewares.
If you’re keen to make your own teapots, platters, bowls and ceramic keep cups then you’ll want to pay attention, though we take no responsibility for any slightly misshapen mugs. That’s all on you.
Here are 5 places to learn pottery in Brisbane.
Mas & Miek Ceramic House
Brought to you by a mother-daughter pottery loving pair, Mas & Miek Ceramic House offers a little something for everyone. From beginner workshops to long time wheel artists, there’s no shortage of clay to get your hands dirty in this dreamy Newstead studio. An airy converted warehouse has been transformed into a ceramic oasis, fitted with wheels, kilns and a large workshop table to tinker with hand-building and glazing. With daytime and evening classes available seven days a week, there’s little you can’t learn at the hands of these pottery masters. Or, if committing to an entire workshop isn’t within your wheelhouse at the moment, you can pull up a pew, grab yourself a coffee from their café and paint a pot to take home.
Like playschool, but for adults, and the time on the rocket clock is half past a pottery wheel. West End is home to plenty of quirky crafts, so there’s no surprises this little gem is hidden down on Montague Road as well. Clayschool is headed up by pottery veteran, Ray Cavill, who facilitates classes for every skill level from novice to expert. Join Ray and his team for all kinds of clay adventures like pottery, wheel techniques, mould making, specialist techniques and even clay theory (hand us the textbook baby, we’re ready!). Check out their term classes and short workshops to see what tickles your fancy the most.
The Brisbane Institute Of Art
If you’re extremely keen to throw down your own set of dinnerware, you can sign yourself up to an 18 week course at Brisbane Institute of Art where you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade. Create yourself everything from vases to succulent pots and every dinner plate in between—a semester at BIA and you’ll be throwing everything but the kitchen sink. With ample amount of time to refine your new-found passion, you’ll get the low down on throwing, hand-building, and master every glaze craze to hit the ceramic community. Or, if committing to something for 18 weeks is more daunting than starting a new series on Netflix, you can dip your toe in a two day beginner workshop to get you started.
Join Vanessa (self confessed ‘arty soul’) at Work-Shop in a two hour hand ceramics workshop where you’ll be guided to create your own unique set of clay goodies, depending on the workshop of the month, which could be anything from coffee mugs to incense holders. Let your creativity run wild and decorate your pieces with unique splashings of white and black patterns and return to pick them up, fired and ready to use in a few weeks! A great course to get started with this very addictive medium, you have the freedom to form a relationship with clay in a place where creativity is encouraged (no one’s here to sling mud). And just imagine how good your daily cuppa will taste in anew hand-pinched mug.
The Ceramic Studio
Nestled into the ‘burbs, The Ceramic Studio is a great place to discover your new-found-love for all things pottery and slap together a couple of unique pieces for your (ever-growing) ceramic collection. Classes at the clay studio are intimate groups of four to six people, so head there on your own, or grab a couple of pals to make your pieces with. Beginner classes include two sessions to create your masterpiece, as well as clay, glaze paint and absolutely no judgement when you re-enact the scene from Ghost. BYO version of Unchained Melody.
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