Beginner 1 is a class is aimed at students who are interested in the fine art of ceramics. Your experienced tutor, Tania Jeffery will teach you classic wheel throwing techniques in a fun, creative and relaxed environment.
We recommend this course to students who:
- are beginners interested in wheel throwing techniques
- have some experience with ceramics and would like to refine their foundation skills.
- are interested in progressing to the next level of ceramic skills
- have completed the Discover Wheel Throwing course.
Some of the techniques you will refine in this class include:
- centering on the wheel
- correct use of tools and studio resources
- foundation forms of cylinders and bowls
- how to finish your work by turning and trimming
- in the 8 week option, you will also be introduced to glazing.
This class is available six or eight weeks. If you want a shorter course that focuses on how to make pieces, choose our six-week option. If you want to also get an in-depth introduction to glazing and firing, look at our eight-week option.
This is a two-hour course on Saturday morning. The next level class "Beginner 2" is also available on Saturday afternoon as a three-hour class.
Why Clay Talk?
Our class sizes are small so you can develop your skills, find your individual style and learn at your own pace. Clay Talk @ Montsalvat’s spacious and beautifully designed ceramic studio is a great space to tap into your creativity.
About your tutors, Tania Jeffery & Denholm Lappas (who will be team teaching this term)
Tania Jeffery has taught all levels and ages how to throw and handbuild. She’s been working as a ceramic artist for over seven years, but Tania’s passion for ceramics started earlier – when she first got a chance to use the pottery wheel in art class at primary school.
Tania runs her own studio, "Jumping Creek Designs" which combines her two passions of ceramics and gardening.
In Tania’s own words, “Turning malleable clay in to limitless shapes and finally transforming the finished artwork in to something permanent and frozen in time is like magic. Sharing this discovery with others is part of the joy of working in ceramics. Teaching is one of the highlights of my time in the ceramic field.”
Denholm Lappas is a young enthusiastic potter, who has recently graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics). He has been working in the medium of clay for over 10 years, working from his own studio in Footscray his practice extends into various facets of the ceramic art including handbuilding, throwing, casting, artistic exhibition and commercial commision. He has a fervent interest in firing and kiln construction, and is looking forward to furthering this exploration in the years to come. When he's not teaching, running studio time and firing the kilns at Clay Talk @ Montsalvat, he's at RMIT University firing their kilns and assist the students in the ceramics department. You could say his life revolves around clay.
Denholm aims to make your first experience with ceramics fun and exciting, and his enthusiasm for the art form is infectious.
- How to prepare your clay, centre it on the wheel and step-by-step throwing skills for making simple vessel forms such as cylinders and bowls
- How to finish your work by turning and trimming.
- + in the 8-week option: Introductory skills in glazing and firing (in last 2 weeks)
- 10kg of clay to start you off
- Use of wheels and other equipment such as banding wheels
- The vessels you threw bisque fired (or glaze fired in the 8 week option), ready to take home (firing fee is $8/kg)
- Clay tool kit (these are available for sale at the Montsalvat shop or any arts supply store)
Casual / older clothes and covered or closed-in shoes - clay can get messy!
Anyone interested in learning ceramics and wants to develop their techniques. You may have never touched clay before, want a refresher course or are keen to build your skills that bit further.
If you'd like to give this course to someone special, gift vouchers are available. To find out more, email email@example.com
Vendor since 2017
Clay Talk @ Montsalvat is a new ceramics facility located in the grounds of Montsalvat – Australia’s oldest continuously active artists’ community. The studio is an addition to Montsalvat’s already rich history as a place where art is made, taught, shown and experienced.
At Clay Talk, we aim to be a creative environment that brings students and practitioners together through education and skills-based programs. Currently we offer classes where you can learn wheel throwing and hand building. From 2018, additional classes will start to be introduced. We also plan to offer specialised programs and workshops taught by established artists so practicing ceramicists can explore new techniques.
If you change your mind and want to cancel your course booking completely, you can either transfer your enrollment to a friend or we'll refund:
- 100% if you cancel at least 4 weeks before the course starts, less a $20 administration fee.
- 50% if you cancel 2 weeks before the course starts, less a $20 administration fee.
- No refund if you cancel:
- less than 2 weeks before the course starts; or
- the course has already started.
We'll give a full refund if we have someone on our waiting list who can take your spot immediately or if we cancel a course for any reason.
If you can’t attend a class during your course, unfortunately we don’t offer make up classes. We therefore encourage you to choose your courses and dates carefully.