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 six of the best pottery classes on the Sunshine Coast.
The Pottery Studio
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 home to all the tools you need to master the art of hand-building ceramic pieces or wheel-throwing. Offering some of the best pottery classes on the Sunshine Coast, you can sign up to Pottery & Chill, Sunday Wine Down (yes, there’s wine involved) and Clay & Wine (also wine involved) sessions, where your creations will naturally get more “unique” with the more vino you sip.
Tucked down an arcade in Noosa Junction, Clay Noosa is the Sunshine Coast pottery studio you might not know about yet. Providing a range of classes and workshops for any skill level, we’re loving their in-depth wheel-throwing and glazing sessions, which run over three hours, teaching you the ins and outs that every potter should know. Got kids? Clay also offers Noosa pottery classes for little hands during school holidays.
One of the first places to offer pottery classes on the Sunshine Coast, Syndicate Creative’s new premises is the perfect spot to get lost in the art of ceramics. Sign up to their new five-week hand-building course and you’ll gain access to studio tools, theory handouts (so you don’t forget what you’ve learnt when you get home) clay, glazes, firings and light refreshments. Perfect for beginners who have no idea where to start, classes are held each Thursday evening. Don’t like structure? Syndicate Creative also have a “Make Whatever You Want” session on their timetable, where you can create whatever you feel inspired to make.
For a more intimate take on pottery, Fried Mudd caters for smaller groups and private pottery classes. All courses here include thorough instructions, equipment and materials. For anyone starting out, take your pick from a number of classes including half-day, full-day or weekend pottery wheel classes or beginner hand building sessions. You’ll leave feeling like a creative whizz, and in three weeks’ time see your masterpiece finished post-glaze.
Cooroy Butter Factory Pottery Studio
If you’re looking for a pottery studio on the Sunshine Coast where you can undertake your own self-directed projects with total freedom, then the Cooroy Butter Factory Pottery Studio is your best bet. Become a member for $35 and then take advantage of the $10 per day access pass and discounted firing rates. Equipped with 10 pottery wheels, a slab roller, pugmill, glaze sink, drying and glaze room, gas and electric kiln, you’ll have everything at your clay-covered fingertips to keep you feeling inspired. The pottery studio also offers classes if you’d rather remain under a pro’s tuition for a little while longer.
Oxide Clay Art
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.
Image credit: Ellie Baygulov