Ceramics is one of those crafts that has come full circle. A costly one at that, but one that teaches you valuable life skills—perseverance, patience and determination. One of those skills you always say you want to learn but never do; oh, to be a mud manipulator and eat from plates that you created with your bare hands.
Well, now you can, because we've hunted down ceramics workshops you can join, right here on the Gold Coast. You can thank us later, or make us some cute plates and bowls. Up to you.
Norton & Norton
Jo Norton’s passion comes from the fact her work will be held, used and will stay in people’s homes for what she hopes is a long time. Norton & Norton offers up an array of workshops, but if you really want to get in the groove, then the pottery program might be the one for you. It consists of one three-hour session once a week for four weeks and in this time you will gain an introductory understanding of clay, design, hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Who knows, this might just spark a pottery passion you never knew you had! If you already have little experience, then maybe opt for the hand built planter workshops, the pinch pots workshop or the hand built vase workshop and be proud as punch to have your own hand-made items around your humble home. Spots get snapped up super quick, so keep an eye out if this is going to be your new winter hobby. Once all booked in, look out for the blue door in Currumbin on the corner of Traders Way and prepare to get covered in clay. Find out more here.
The Craft Parlour
Rachel from The Craft Parlour has the sweetest little studio in Palm Beach where people can do an array of workshops and hold events, resulting in a space to throw caution to the wind and get all creative. The one we have had our eye on for a while is the Introduction to Ceramics which pops up from time to time. Lauren from Sit Still Ceramics is the main hand building teacher and a little birdie told us she is the most inspiring facilitator who practises mediation and mindfulness simply by getting muddy. The three-hour workshop will see you learning fundamentals in the way of pinch potting and coiling, the philosophy of working with Mother Earth and understanding how clay works and feels between your fingers. If everything goes to plan, you will go home with three pieces lovingly crafted by you, for you. The Craft Parlour has also started collaborating with Larissa from Ratbag Studios to create a unique ceramic jewellery workshop where you'll get to make five personal jewellery pieces and a dish to display them in. You can find the ceramic workshops to join here.
The gritLAB is where it all happens. In teacher Leia’s very own abode across the border in Casuarina, it is her mission to create space for clay-hungry students. Coming up this winter, GritGERAMICS is releasing a number of workshops for people that are curious about clay. She believes working with clay is an immensely powerful tool for personal transformation and self inquiry and wants to share this magic and alchemy of earth working (and the frustration and joys around potting) with others. To be able to slow everything down and plant seeds of creativity in our busy, connected world is what ceramics is all about for this inspiring and talented lady. The gritLAB is currently in expansion, but is situated behind Osteria; meaning delicious food and drinks are available right out the front door and Leia likes to think indulging ALL of the senses is very much a part of the workshop experience. Disclaimer: these workshops will be aimed at all skill levels and no prior experience is needed, so full permission to get down and dirty! Keep an eye out for tickets and dates here.
Gold Coast Potters Association
Benowa & Mudgeeraba
Proof in the pudding that clay connoisseurs have been around a while, the Gold Coast Potters Association has been up and running since 1977. The local council was kind enough to give the organisation a derelict school to set up camp, and the enthusiastic volunteers soon had it re-vamped so they could hold workshops there, since adding another workshop to their repertoire. Holding three-hour classes on the daily with a variety of teachers at both the Benowa and Mudgeeraba campuses, everything you need to learn the craft is supplied; including pottery wheels, kils, slab rollers, clay, glazes, moulds and various other tools. They also offer specialised workshops such as print making, pinch pots, painting on porcelain, mould making, kintsugi (the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery) and how to build a collection of pieces. Yep, this is pretty much your one-stop shop if you have a passion for pottery. AND it’s reasonably priced for only $370 for a 10-week term with extra costs being the workshops, clay and firing of your personal pieces. Your pay check and your creative soul will thank you. Check out more information here.
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