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For you to stay safe at ClayTalk and to protect other attendees and staff at Montsalvat, any patrons with flu or Covid like symptoms are asked to avoid the studio and reschedule their class or workshop when better. Masks are NOT mandatory. Vaccination and QR code checks are NOT required.
Tuesday Kids Pottery Classes 8 week class

Tuesday Kids Pottery Classes 8 week class

After school 8-week wheel throwing & pottery class

Over 100 people have attended this class


Term 1 2023: Tuesday 14th February -Tuesday 4th April.

Term 2 2023: Tuesday 2nd May - Tuesday 20th June.

Term 3 2023: Tuesday 11th July - Tuesday 5th September.

Term 4 2023: Tuesday 3rd October - Tuesday 28th November.

Time: 4.00pm-6.00pm

Tutor: Tracey Hollis

Placements are limited to 10 per class. Placements will be properly opened to the public one month before the beginning of term.

Discover the amazing world of pottery and clay at Clay Talk, Montsalvat, after school this term - the perfect opportunity for kids (8 to 12 years) who love art to extend their skills or who want to dive into clay for the first time. Classes run for 8 weeks.

In this new time and extended 2 hour after school class on Tuesdays 4pm - 6pm, students will learn to throw on the Potter’s Wheel and Handbuild amazing sculptures by hand. Tracey will teach the basic skills involved in throwing small vessels, to sculpting their most mythical of animals by hand whilst having tonnes of fun with the tutor in the process! 

At Clay Talk we want to be able to deliver students the best of both worlds in ceramics when learning on the wheel to handbuilding more complex and abstract forms.

Children will be able to make to their hearts content, guided by the tutor and finished off by the kiln technician who will fire their pieces to take at home after they come out of the kiln.

What is included:

* clay

* glazes, underglazes, colorants

* pottery and sculpting tools

*kiln firings of their pieces

Class size: 

maximum of 10 students so there is plenty of one-on-one learning time to develop each students skills, style and/or personal project.

Skill level required:

Children of all skill levels and abilities are very welcome to join!

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What you will learn

  • 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

What you will get

  • Up to 10 finished pieces, decorated and glazed in a functional clear glaze ready to take home and use

What to bring

  • Apron
  • Towel

What to wear

Comfortable older clothes and closed in shoes - Clay can get messy!

Appropriate for

Creative young minds interested in trying ceramics. You may have never touched clay before or be looking to extend your existing skills.

Clay Talk Ceramic Centre

(455 Reviews)

The Clay Talk Ceramics Centre in 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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4.9 (19 reviews)
Elsierated it
04 Apr 2023
Clay talk is an amazing program that teaches technique and fosters creativity. We keep coming back each term and enjoying it every time.
Olivia rated it
30 Aug 2022
Pottery classes at Clay Talk have exceeded all expectations. Not only has my child grown as a little adult, but also made us very proud of her development and achievements. Term after term Olivia has enjoyed every class and reminds me (very early on) to make sure I sign he up for the following terms. Jessie is amazing and Olivia feels so comfortable wit her and thrives in that class. Thankyou to all the teachers.
Elsierated it
30 Aug 2022
E has really enjoyed her first pottery classes. She has learnt so much already and is really able to explore her creative ideas while being taught amazing skills. Highly recommended!
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a transfer or credit note.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


You may cancel anytime before class starts and claim a full refund or transfer or credit note.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions


To secure your place in a class, course or workshop we require full payment at the time of booking.

Bookings are only accepted through our online portal at www.claytalk.weteachme.com/.

Payment of class, course or workshop fees can only be made through our online portal at  www.claytalk.weteachme.com/.


Clay Talk studio is located on the grounds of Montsalvat. For this reason there are security measures in place to prevent trespassing and maintain your safety. Upon booking you should receive an Information Kit which has instructions on how to access Clay Talk studio.


  • We DO NOT offer refunds or transfers if you change your mind. Please be sure you are able to commit to the class, course or workshop dates and times prior to booking.
  • We do not offer 'make-up classes'. We might be able to offer alternative arrangements if you cannot attend class by contacting us at claytalk@montsalvat.com.au to check if you are eligible  within 5 working days of missing your class . Retrospective requests will not be accepted. Studio Access times are NOT make-up classes.
  • Clay Talk reserves the right to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances such as insufficient enrolments. You will be notified prior to the class if cancellation of the class is deemed necessary and a pro-rata refund will be provided.


In the event of a lockdown or restrictions causing unavoidable or unforeseen interruption to the delivery of classes and workshops Clay Talk will endeavour to provide rescheduled classes and workshops.

In the event that students cannot attend the classes, students must email claytalk@montsalvat.com.au as soon as possible prior to the commencement of the rescheduled class or workshop. If a student is unable to attend the rescheduled classes or workshop Clay Talk may, at its absolute discretion, provide either a credit note or a pro-rata refund (minus an administration fee of 10%).



Gift vouchers are only available through our online portal www.claytalk.weteachme.com/. Gift vouchers can be purchased for a minimum of $20 and are valid for 3 years from purchase. Gift vouchers can be only be used for booking classes, courses and/or workshops at Clay Talk through our online portal. Gift vouchers can be applied at check out when booking a class, course or workshop.


Most workshops include firing and glazing of a specific number of pieces. Check the workshop listing description on our online platform. Students participating in one-off workshops must label their pieces with the name associated with their booking/ticket.

We take extreme care with your work but accidents do happen and we are unable to guarantee that your work will be successfully fired. Clay Talk takes no responsibility for failure or breakage of work. 

Term classes:

  • Firing of 2.5kg of finished work per student is included in the term class fee.
  • Students can make and fire more work over this limit however additional charges apply.
  • Students must label each of their pieces with their Makers Mark (your Makers Mark is made up of the initials of your first, middle & last name and your class code e.g. John Adam Smith = JAS). No Makers Mark will mean your work will not be fired.

If a kiln shelf is badly damaged from your work due to incorrect glaze type or clay body, you will be charged for the cost of replacing that shelf.

  • If your work damages the interior of the kiln, you will be required to pay a fine based on the severity of the damage to be determined by the Clay Talk Studio Coordinator.


  • Firing, glazing and packaging of your work takes approximately 2-4 weeks after your class/workshop.
  • You will be notified by email when your work is ready for collection.
  • Student work must be collected within 1 month of being notified. Students will be notified by email to the email address provided upon booking.  If fired work, leftover clay and/or tools are not collected within this time it will be disposed of or donated to Clay Talk Fundraising.

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