There’s nothing more satisfying than creating your very own stuff and with the world of pottery having a strong moment right now, no guesses as to where you should be flocking to for your homewares.
If you’re keen to make your own teapots, platters, bowls and ceramic keep cups then you’ll want to pay attention.
Here are 9 places to learn pottery in Sydney.
The Pottery Shed
If you’re looking for an easy way into the wheel-throwing life, The Pottery Shed in the heart of Surry Hills is your go. With each basic course being hands-on session and designed for beginners, you’ll rack up all the knowledge on spinning, forming clay and making basic vessels. After this, you can easily work your way through “trimming” classes, all the way up to glazing, which means you’ll be churning out beautiful pieces in no time.
Something At Mary’s
For a more intimate take on pottery, Something At Mary’s caters for smaller groups and individual pottery classes. All courses here include thorough instructions, equipment, materials and firing costs. For anyone starting out, take your pick from a number of classes including one session pottery wheel classes or beginner hand building pottery classes. On top of this, you also have the option to shape out your own teapot, create a handmade smushing platter and even a fish lantern.
Artnest Pottery Atelier And Classes
This private studio is doing big things on the pottery front. Artnest Potter Atelier lets you bring the group together for a night of drinking wine and creating pottery. The class goes for two hours and you’ll learn step-by-step a bunch of hand-building techniques.
Silky Shapes Studio
For all the relaxed and creative vibes, hit up Silky Shapes Studio on Sydney’s North Shore. Here, it’s all about being creative so whether you’re looking to zone out for a couple of hours or extend your imagination, Silky Shapes is the perfect space. You’ll find a handful of beginner’s pottery classes (which cast over a span of three weeks) where you’ll learn to throw, trim and glaze basic cylindrical pieces of pottery. After this, you can crack on to bigger projects like creating matching sets of pottery, teapots, hand building, surface decorations, mold making and slip casting.
Makerspace is a warehouse for anyone to innovate, brainstorm and create. After you’ve been schooled in the intro ceramics class where you’ll work up your skills on throwing, trimming, hand-building and glazing, make sure to flex your newfound knowledge at the keep cup production class, where you’ll finish up with 4-6 pieces that fit a silicone lid.
Since opening in 2013, Claypool is a pottery haven for budding creatives, collectors and professional potters. Whether you need a beginner’s run down, a six-week course, an ongoing membership to make-as-you-want in the studio or the option to drop-in as you feel, this gem has it all. A great thing to note here is that members have unlimited access to the studio, seven days a week, 8am until late.
Sydney Clay Studio
For rustic little pieces you can unashamedly put on display in your home, Sydney Clay Studio is where you need to rack up all your pottery knowledge. Along with a communal space for the more experienced, you’ll find small classes from 2-3 hours to learn throwing and basic hand building. The crew here also does team bonding courses and can even show up at your work for the ultimate Friday office activity.
At Art Est, it’s all about rounding up your crew for the “Pottery and Prosecco” night. During this class, you’ll be working on making your own handmade bowls (the type perfect for dips, olives and nibbles) alongside a complimentary glass of prosecco. You’ll just need to bring an apron and your finished works will be glazed in clear and ready to collect about three weeks after your class.
Kil.n.it is a not-for-profit creative space with a heap of epic classes to get you kickstarted on your road to being the ultimate ceramic creative. You can book yourself into the hands-on intro to ceramics, an experimental mixed business class, a technique-focused course and even a “Training Wheels” eight-week workshop where you’ll learn how to throw basic shapes of cylinders and bowls as well as techniques like centring, turning, throwing off the hump, joining, using bats and glazing.
And here's a bunch of other classes to get around if you're still feeling crafty.
Image credit: Ellie Baygulov.