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14 Of The Best Pottery Classes In Melbourne

By Serena McSweeney

A person working on a ceramic piece.

For your next adventure, why not challenge yourself with some Melbourne/Naarm pottery classes? If your Year 7 skills have become a bit rusty, there’s no better time to relearn these skills.

Urban List has curated a list of the best pottery classes around Melbourne/Naarm that will leave you crafting and glazing like an absolute pro, here's where to find them: 

Diana Ceramic Studio 

3/415 Lygon Street, Brunswick & 3/6 Duffy Street, Burwood

Looking for the best pottery class Melbourne has to offer? Diana Ceramic Studio is it. Here, there are several classes for potters of all skill levels. Get started with wheel throwing for beginners, learn the art of ceramic painting or take a class dedicated to making your own 'boob pot'. Diana Ceramic Studio is great for groups, too, with several make-and-sip events like mud and merlot.

Clay Soirée

2 Mayfield Street Abbotsford

Clay Soirée's versatile classes are suited to individuals wanting to the basics of wheel throwing as well as for groups and team building. The relaxed atmosphere and expert instructors will take you—and maybe your team—through the essential processes where you'll have a finished piece that'll be fired for you after the class. And the best part, it's byo booze for groups who enjoy a little social lubricant with their pottering. Those after something more niche can check out their ceramic painting classes, too. 

Cones Studio

351 Centre Road, Bentleigh

a person using a pottery wheel making ceramic at a best pottery class MelbourneImage credit: Cone Studio | Instagram

Cones Studio brings several disciplines of pottery to a relaxed environment for individuals and groups looking to get involved in the art form. Starting from a modest $80 per class, you can begin with a hand-building workshopwheel throwing, and ceramic painting. The best part? Most classes will see you finish with four pieces to take home. Those who want to learn a little more can enrol in Cones Studio eight-week wheel throwing essentials course.

Tonic Ceramics

491 Malvern Road, South Yarra

Tonic Ceramics run a fun and relaxed pottery and prosecco class—enough said, really. This one's perfect for couples, friends and groups looking for a friendly intro into the art of pottery, where instructors will take you through the basics of wheel throwing and foundations of pottery. It'll set you back $120pp, which includes a grazing board, prosecco, and you'll also finish up with your own piece which Tonic will fire for you. Book in here.

Northcote Pottery Supplies

142-144 Weston Street, Brunswick East

Whether you’re looking for some high-quality pottery materials or some professional pottery classes, Northcote Pottery Supplies has got it all.
Build your own workshop at home with their extensive range of materials for sale, or get involved in their own classes and workshops starting from $130. They also cater for children’s parties, group activities, and private consultations, so it’s time to head over and learn to express yourself. 

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Céramiques

15 Horne Street, Elsternwick | 176 High Street, Kew | U4/5 Villamanta Place, Geelong West

If you’re looking for some fun while learning a new skill, look no further than Ceramiques. With studios located in Elsternwick, Key and Geelong, this will be your go-to stop for all things pottery. Classes range from $80 to $100 and that includes firing and glazing, so you can take home the finished product after you learn to craft, glaze and fire your masterpieces. 

Work-Shop

36A Cromwell Street, Collingwood

A person at a best pottery class Melbourne carving out with a tool. Image credit: Work-Shop | Instagram

Work-Shop in Collingwood is a true gem in that it offers several disciplines in pottery, and making and creating. Those wanting to take part in an essentials hand-building workshop absolutely can, while classes in the delicate yet relaxing art of kintsugi are also up for booking. Beginner classes in sculpture are also available, where experienced teachers will take students through relative proportions, surface modelling, and the use of modelling wire and dry-air clay. Book in here

Slow Clay Centre

13 Keele Street, Collingwood

Located in a warehouse in Collingwood, Slow Clay Centre knows exactly how to let you express yourself. Whether you’re just a beginner or a full-blown professional, they offer workshops and classes for individuals at all levels, from clay to porcelain. They even have frequent guest speakers and makers’ events, as well as workshops for kids. 

Brixton Street Pottery

6 Brixton Street, Flemington

You’ll need to get in quick with these classes as they’re only offered four times a year. Brixton Street Pottery offers six weeks of pottery classes for their clients where you’ll learn everything you need from their professionals. With more than 25 years of experience, you’ll be learning from the best with the best materials and studio space available. You can even treat yourself with a glass of wine on weekday nights, or a hot drink on Thursday or Saturday morning. 

SaJo Ceramics

11 Lillypilly Lane, Kilsyth South

SaJo Ceramics offers up casual and social pottery classes, so you’ll be able to learn in a relaxed and calm environment. Classes begin at $40 for intro wheel courses. They also hold a four-week throwing crash course which will teach everything you need to know about pottery, such as forming cylinders and bowls, as well as basic glazing and decorating techniques. 

The Wheelhouse

174 Gladstone Street, South Melbourne

A small boutique studio that produces huge results. The Wheelhouse is known for all the right reasons. The perfect place to unwind and relax while developing a new skill, The Wheelhouse aims to provide a personal experience to their customers. With intro classes starting at $120 and four and six-week courses starting at $295, you’ll be taught and learn to master clay techniques, wheel throwing and all the glaze techniques your brain can handle. 

Urban Clay

2/37 Advantage Road, Highett

Escape the mundane, technology-produced world at Urban Clay, where your hands do all the talking. Classes here emphasise the importance of traditional skills to create pieces that you will keep forever. Join Urban Clay in either their beginner/intermediate six-week course for $449 or their eight-week course for $549 while you learn skills that you’ll keep forever. 

Melbourne Clay

 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Head back to school while you actually learn things you are interested in. Melbourne Clay aims to teach beginners about all things pottery, so don’t worry if you have zero experience, and they also hold classes and workshops for established potters looking to refine their skills. Their expert team here make Melbourne Clay one of the best places for pottery classes Melbourne has to offer.

Studio Artemis

34-36 Hargreaves Street, Huntingdale

Whether you’re looking for adult or children's pottery classes, Studio Artemis caters for all. Classes here generally run for eight to ten weeks. You’ll learn everything you need to (and more) about pottery here while developing a whole range of new and traditional techniques you can use to impress your family and friends.

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