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Get Your Hands Dirty At The Best Pottery Classes On The Sunshine Coast

By Jenna Kirkham
22nd Aug 2023

From trying your hand as a beginner craftsman to a full-fledged clay connoisseur, we’ve found some of the coolest pottery studios for you right here on the Sunshine Coast. Everything from clay and wine with the girls to the perfect afternoon of garden ornament crafting with your mum. 

You’ll be showing off your funky hand-crafted pieces in no time. So get ready to throw down on that wheel or take a gentler hand-building approach, we think all needs—and skill levels—will be met at these eight Sunshine Coast pottery studios.

The Pottery Studio

Nambour

the pottery studio nambour

If you follow local creatives on Instagram, chances are you’ve probably come across photos of the beautiful space that is The Pottery Studio. Found in Nambour, this warehouse-style space is set to be your new home for everything clay here on the Sunshine Coast. So round up the gang and head down to the studio for a much-needed clay and wine catch-up. Or if you’re looking to delve deeper into your favourite new hobby, check out their wheel-throwing or hand-building classes that are sure to impress. 

Clay Noosa

Noosa Headsperson working on a pottery wheel

Tucked down an arcade in Noosa Junction, Clay Noosa is the Sunshine Coast pottery studio you might not know about yet. Filled with beautiful and simplistic clay pieces that always set Noosa apart from the rest, we know you won’t be able to resist signing up ASAP for these amazing workshops.

So mosey on down and have a go at their guided wheel-throwing classes—sitting a max of six to ensure you’ll know the full ins and outs in no time. They've got you covered with hand-building classes that cover everything from sculpting to glazing. As well as a full one-day course on wheel-throwing that includes all needed tools and lunch. Need we say more? 

Cooroy Butter Factory Pottery Studio

Cooroy

If you’re looking for a pottery studio on the Sunshine Coast where you can let your own creativity and self-inspired projects truly take the wheel, then the Cooroy Butter Factory Pottery Studio is the ideal studio for you. Become a member for $35 and then take advantage of the $10 per day access pass and discounted firing rates.

Equipped with all your pottery equipment, wheel-throwing and glazing needs, you’ll have everything at your clay-covered fingertips to keep you feeling inspired. The pottery studio also offers classes if you’d prefer a little more guidance, including a kids clay club. Your one-stop shop for all things kids clay and moulding, the perfect activity with no at-home mess.  

Syndicate Creative

Maroochydore

One of the first places to offer pottery classes on the Sunshine Coast, Syndicate Creative is the perfect oasis to get lost in all things ceramics. From planters to pet bowls and boobie mugs to platters, Syndicate Creative have pulled out all the stops to ensure their pottery classes meet all your best clay-making daydreams. Be sure to check out their numerous hand-making classes and short courses.

Or prepare to throw down on wheel-throwing Wednesdays or ceramic and wine Fridays and Saturdays. If your looking for a more intimate moulding experience Syndicate Creative also offers private sessions. Perfect for bridal parties, group sessions or making ‘wherever you want’—let inspiration take the wheel, literally. 

Coastal Studio Ceramics

Boreen Point

whale ceramic plates

If you’re looking for a unique studio that offers amazing designs and a more in-depth teaching on how best to craft your favourite pieces, Coastal Studio Ceramics is your missing link. With a few select classes to ensure only the highest quality of your clay designs, we know you’ll be in no better hands.

Hosting small classes, bridal parties—think adorable heart wedding favours—or private sessions, this is one studio that aims to ensure each piece is done right. So cruise on down for an afternoon of humpback whale platters, rustic stonewares or a set of your new favourite mugs and we promise you won’t be disappointed.     

Fried Mudd

Maleny

Cast aside those pottery keep cups and let us introduce to you our new favourite studio for all things clay sculptures, Fried Mudd. Join us at this sweet Maleny space to showcase your best pottery craftsmanship yet.

Together with your lovely host Cathy, you’ll have the option to create kookaburras and frogmouths, a couple of hens or—our favourite—a trio of bathing beauties. Check out their ‘shades of clay’ classes for a little something special to include in your next romantic hinterland date night.       

Oxide Clay Art

Ninderry

Located in Ninderry, Oxide Clay Art is set in a bush studio, providing the perfect environment for bringing out your inner creative.

Run by incredibly knowledgeable potter Joe Ottaway, start with the five-week wheel throwing course and watch as your block of clay turns into a prized pottery piece. Even better? No experience is necessary. 

Raw Earth Clay Shed

Maleny

When looking for those unique rustic pottery pieces, you can’t go past Raw Earth Clay Shed. Located in picturesque Maleny and offering their very own rustic wares workshop—amongst a whole host of other goodies—this studio is our favourite salt-of-the-earth, one with our creative side, go-to spot. Joining the team at this gorgeous boutique studio ensures you’re in for an intimate experience filled with quality teachings and outstanding results.

Whether it be wheel-throwing, creating garden ornaments, mugs, a large ceramic hare or clay and wine with a hoot (you can guess what animal might be on the agenda). You’ll love your gorgeous take-home pieces from the Raw Earth Clay Shed. Check out their pottery painting parties and small group bookings for your next wholesome group gathering as well.  

Now that you've created beautiful pots, fill them with plant babies from the Sunshine Coast's best plant shops.

Image credit: Ellie Baygulov & supplied 

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