Get a feel for which aspect of ceramic creation suits you best or just have heaps of messy fun over 3 weekends - This short course will offer a condensed introduction to the art of throwing on the potter’s wheel along with a component on hand building and glazing, giving you a brief but insightful overview of the ceramic process.
March Course: 3 sessions with two 3-hour classes on Saturday March 7th and Saturday March 14th, then one week break before your final 2-hour glaze session on Saturday March 28th.
May Course: 3 sessions with two 3-hour classes on Saturday May 2nd and Saturday May 9th, then one week break before your final 2-hour glaze session on Saturday May 23rd.
The first week will focus on throwing the basic forms of cylinders and bowls and you will then move onto trimming and finishing your thrown forms with an introduction to hand building in the 2nd week. In your final week you will be introduced to the art and science of glazing by decorating your finished pieces with full access to our range of individual Clay Talk glazes.
Your experienced tutor Yuso Lee will guide you through the techniques of clay preparation, centering on the wheel, throwing basic forms and decorating your pieces by correctly using the tools and resources in the studio.
About your tutor, Yuso:
Yuso Lee is originally from Korea. She graduated her Bachelor of Art in Ceramics in Korea and a Diploma of Ceramics from Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne. She has lived in Australia since 2005.
I get my inspiration for ceramic works from my inner emotions and the environment I live in. I work the clay into ceramic pieces which reflect my feelings and aspirations in life. Sometimes I make faces and bodies which represent me and I try to simplify the body and face to show their emotions through these motions and positions.
Clay is an interesting material. I love working with clay because I can show what I want through either 2D paintings or 3D shapes. Clay has a lot of character whether wet, soft, dry or hard. We cannot predict the result and there are many unexpected and exciting outcomes.
- 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
- An introduction to hand building
- An introduction to glazing and decorating
- 10kg of clay to start you off
- Use of wheels and other equipment such as banding wheels
- The objects you make fired and ready to take home at the end of term (end of term firing fee is $8/kg)
- Clay tool kit (available for purchase with this booking, in the Montsalvat shop or any art 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.