You haven’t really been living the Melbourian high life if you haven’t been pushed out of your comfort zone at least a couple dozen times here. Whether it’s exploring secret bars, finding treasures at op shops or sliding down giant ice slides, Melbourne seems to be composed of it all.
For your next adventure, why not challenge yourself with some old-school pottery classes? If your Year 7 skills have become a bit rusty, there’s no better time to relearn these skills.
We’ve curated a list of the best pottery classes around Melbourne that will leave you crafting and glazing like an absolute pro.
Northcote Pottery Supplies
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 $80. They also cater for children’s parties, group activities, and private consultations, so it’s time to head over and learn to express yourself.
Elsternwick & Camberwell
If you’re looking for some fun while learning a new skill, look no further than Ceramiques.
With studios located in both Elsternwick and Camberwell, this will be your go-to stop for all things pottery. Classes range from $220 for a month-long course or one-off classes from $65, so you’ll easily be making this money back easily while you learn to craft, glaze and fire your masterpieces.
Slow Clay Centre
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. They even have frequent guest speakers and makers’ events, as well as workshops for kids. Their beginner 8-week course is only $535, so there’s nothing holding you back here.
Brixton Street Pottery
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 offers up casual and social pottery classes, so you’ll be able to learn in a relaxed and calm environment.
Classes begin at $45 for around two and a half hours, and you’ll be walking out of here feeling like a pottery pro. 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.
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 one-off classes starting at $80 and four and six-week courses starting at $250, you’ll be taught and learn to master clay techniques, wheel throwing and all the glaze techniques your brain can handle.
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 $349 or their eight-week course for $459 while you learn skills that you’ll keep forever. They also have ‘Wheel & Wine Nights’ (in case you needed any more convincing).
Mercator Ceramics School
Head back to school while you actually learn things you are interested in.
Mercator Ceramics School aims to teach beginners about all things pottery, so don’t worry if you have zero experience. Book into one of their 2.5 hours, 8-week courses for $542 to walk out of here with a handful of cups and bowls to take home, admire and show-off to all your friends.
If you’re looking for a very personal pottery experience, Miller’s Pottery is the place to be.
With classes limited to just two students, you’ll receive a quality session with great attention. Choose between a single lesson for $75, five lessons for $356.25 or learn to seriously perfect your skills with their ten lessons for $675. A perfect gift for a friend or family member, make sure to check out Miller’s Pottery for your next class.
Whether you’re looking for adult or children pottery classes, Studio Artemis caters for all.
Classes here generally run for eight to ten weeks, with prices starting from $375 for two hours, although you can purchase casual sessions for $50. 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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Image credit: Céramiques