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 all the best pottery classes 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.
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.
Try a new hobby on for size in Windmill Pottery’s Introductory Wheel Throwing Class. Owner and teacher Paul Holland has been working with clay for over 45 years, so he has plenty of wisdom to impart. Be prepared to get messy as you create four of your own pieces and learn how to wheel throw in the two hour session. If you’re keen for more, you can also sign up to the Introductory Glazing Class to learn the next stage in the ceramic making process.
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.
Artisan Avenue Studios
This new studio in Albion offers a little something for everyone. Run by the lovely Jude Jeha, who’s been practicing pottery (not to mention glasswork, electroforming and a few other creative hobbies) for years, Artisan Avenue Studios offers six-week slab built pottery courses for beginners, as well as clay experiences for for those who just want to spend a few hours making their own stoneware plate on a Saturday morning. Jude also does private and one-on-one sessions, and if you’re already an expert, you can hire a wheel or glaze your finished pieces in the kiln.
Clay And Sip Pottery Class
If you really just want to have some fun with clay, maybe take home a mishapen mug and drink wine while you do it, this clay and sip class is for you. Although there won’t be a clay wheel and Patrick Swayze can’t make it, you will be able to cover your hands in clay and sculpt up something incredible. For $50 (or $45pp if you bring a friend—yay!) get some expert guidance on techniques, but otherwise feel free to make whatever you feel like. This ones for beginners so don’t shy away. Bring a bottle of wine, some snacks and you’re all set.
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Image credit: Mas & Miek