You don’t have to be a master potter to dig your hands in some clay and make a cool vase or even a nondescript blob that could pass for a bowl. And with everyone trying to be a bit more sustainable these days, pottery’s really taking off as a hobby. Not only is it a super zen activity, but you also get to actually do something with your hands other than mindlessly scrolling through social media.
So grab a mate, tie up your apron and dig your hands into some clay at 11 of the best pottery workshops around Perth.
Sitting pretty in the back of a home in Mount Hawthorn, Studio P is all about relaxed classes that will bring your creativity out. They offer everything from intro workshops for beginners and weekend workshops to eight-week weel throwing courses. The best part? If your creation sucks (no judgement) you can always buy a piece from their amazing collection of stoneware.
White Peacock Studio Ceramics
Nestled in the heart of Glen Forrest, surrounded by tall trees and an abundance of birdlife, White Peacock Studios is where you want to go if you’re looking to zen out with some clay. They offer beginner and advanced classes with a variety of clays and have both electric and gas kilns. Plus you can display and sell your work throughout the year on various open days.
Whether you’re looking for a one-off workshop or more long-term pottery classes, you can have it all at PerthStudioPotters. Classes are conducted by professional practising ceramic artists in a fully-equipped studio, so you know you’re in good, clay-covered hands. They also run the Burt Street Gallery, where you can pop in and soak up some inspo.
Not Yet Perfect
Not Yet Perfect is ready to teach you a thing or two about clay. Not only is their studio the absolute cutest, but their workshops are fun and inspiring in a stress-free environment that’ll really help you unleash your potential for pottery.
Potteroo is named after the critically endangered Gilbert's Potoroo, a small marsupial that was thought to be extinct for a hundred years until it was re-discovered in 1994 at Two Peoples Bay in Albany. The space serves as both an art gallery and event space, which includes workshops, parties and lessons for all ages. You can check out all their classes here.
In a stunning former diesel workshop in Freo lies Stackwood. Inviting Perth’s top makers to come in and host a session, you’re looking at plenty of ceramics-related classes, as well as anything from weaving your own basket to embroidering your own top. The space is stunning and the classes are killer, so what more could you want?
Ceramic artist Danica Wichtermann runs Rediscover Ceramics, where you can soak up all her ceramics expertise through various classes and workshops. Learn how to make and decorate plates, vases, bowls...whatever you can think of, you can probably make it here.
Guildford Village Potters
The Guildford Village Potters' Club was started in 1981 so you know they don’t mess around. The space is located in the old policeman's house in Guildford's historic courthouse precinct and offers classes and workshops for all skills and all ages.
Clay Make Studio
Clay Make Studio offers some of the best pottery workshops in Perth. From wheel-throwing to designing, hand making and even creating your own glazes, they've got a workshop for every level of potter.
House Of Hobby
House of Hobby runs all sorts of wonderful workshops but one of our favourites is their pottery class. Depending on the session you choose you'll get free flowing bubbles or wine throughout the workshop so you can count on maximum creativity in your pieces.
Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre is where it’s at for all the arts and crafts you could ever imagine, including pottery classes and workshops. If you’re not up for pottery though (why are you reading this article?), they also have oil painting, decorating porcelain, making jewellery, printmaking and lots more.
Looking for more workshops to keep you busy? Hit up 15 of Perth’s best workshops.
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