Intermediate Wheel Throwing Thu 10am

Expand your skills on the pottery wheel

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing will take your basic skills from our Discover Wheel Throwing course and progress them to the next level. Your education at Clay Talk is designed to be supplemented by our advanced workshops hosted by known professionals periodically throughout the year.

This 2 hour class will be taught by Denholm Lappas, a skilled thrower on the Potter's wheel Denholm has been throwing for almost 5 years and practicing ceramics for over 10.  Ideally you will have completed the Discovery course with Clay Talk @ Montsalvat or have equivalent ceramic experience and are excited to expand your skills.

The course will build upon the intrinsic skill set of correct studio practice, tool use, preparation and throwing basic forms.   

There will be room within the course to introduce some more advanced studio considerations such as altering thrown forms, handle application, making duplicates/sets, throwing off the hump, throwing with large amounts of clay, advance surface decoration and glaze application along with some challenging projects thrown in along the way.

This class an eight week 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.

This is a two-hour course run on Thursday mornings. 

About your tutor, Denholm:

Denholm Lappas is an 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 commission. 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.

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What you will learn
  • 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)
What you will get
  • 10kg of clay to start you off
  • Use of wheels and other equipment such as banding wheels
  • The vessels you threw bisque fired (and glaze fired in the 8 week option), ready to take home at the end of term (end-of term firing fee is $8/kg)

What to bring
  • Towel
  • Apron
  • Clay took kit (available for purchase in the Montsalvat shop or any art supply store)
What to wear

Casual / older clothes and covered or closed-in shoes - clay can get messy!

Appropriate for

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.

Gift vouchers

If you'd like to give this course to someone special, gift vouchers are available. To find out more, email 


Clay Talk @ Montsalvat

Vendor since 2017

Clay Talk @ Montsalvat is a 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 at all stages of development supplemented by specialist programs and workshops taught by established artists.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

If you change your mind and want to cancel your course booking completely, you can either transfer your enrolment 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 for reasons outside of our control, such as severe weather conditions, a class must be cancelled we will do our best to accommodate you with a replacement class.

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.

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07 May 2019 • Intermediate Wheel Throwing Thu 10am

I just can’t get enough! This is the most addictive, informative, creative and satisfying thing I’ve ever done. If you’ve ever wondered what wheel throwing is like, I Highly recommend this course!