Discover wheel throwing at Clay Talk @ Montsalvat after school this term - the perfect opportunity for kids/teenagers (8 years and over) who love art to extend their skills or dive in for the first time.
In this 1.5 hour after school workshop on Mondays and Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:45pm, students will learn to throw on the Potter’s Wheel. We will teach the basic skills involved in throwing small vessels, how to turn, trim and finish their bowls and cups and learn to decorate with coloured slips whilst having tonnes of fun in the process.
There is a strong emphasis on wheel throwing but students will also have the opportunity to learn the basic skills of hand building so they can experience both of the two main methods of making with clay.
Children will decorate up to 10 of their favourite pieces for glazing and firing by our expert technician. Work will be ready for collection 2-3 weeks after course completion.
Your tutor this term will be Jessie Pittard of Glen Park Studios in Eltham.
Jessie is a passionate printmaker and ceramicist. Growing up with both parents involved with ceramics, she has spent her life immersed in clay. Her studies and technical training as a printmaker at RMIT have influenced her approach. Within her practice Jessie enjoys exploration and experimentation of form, design and process in both her functional ware as well as her sculptural works.
Jessie has been running her ceramic business from her studio in Eltham and is excited to be joining the team of tutors at Montsalvat Clay Talk in 2020. You can find some of Jessies functional ceramics at the Montsalvat Shop.
Some older clothes, suitable shoes and an apron are a great idea in the pottery studio - clay can get messy! - All other materials are provided. The class will have a maximum of 8 students so there is plenty of one-on-one learning time to develop each students skills, style and/or personal project.
Children of all skill levels and abilities are welcome to join.
Teenagers over the age of 16 may be better suited to our adult pottery classes but contact us so we can discuss specific circumstances.
*Please note - Monday class - there is a public holiday on Monday 9th March so classes will conclude a week later than usual on the 30th march*
- Express themselves through fun and imaginative play with clay
- Harness their creative spacial design skills
- How to relax and be present while being absorbed in throwing on the potter's wheel
- Up to 10 finished pieces, decorated and glazed in a functional clear glaze ready to take home and use
Comfortable older clothes and closed in shoes - Clay can get messy!
Creative young minds interested in trying ceramics. You may have never touched clay before or be looking to extend your existing skills.
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 our own reasons not mentioned below.
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.
If technical issues on the part of the tutor disrupt our online stream for a significant amount of time and the class cannot be completed satisfactorily we will do our best to accommodate you with a make-up class or a refund will be offered if no make-up class can be agreed upon.
Technical issues on the part of the participant are not our responsibility.
If booking our online classes you agree to being able to collect and drop-off your materials and/or finished pieces at the designated times and at these times only.