A Message from Clay Talk Ceramic Centre:
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.
Wildlife Sculpture Workshop Special Offer

Wildlife Sculpture Workshop

4 hours of sculpting wildlife animal figurines

Next Available: Sat, 11 Feb 11:00AM (AEDT)
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4 hours
Over 20 people have attended this class


A one day/ 4 hour special Wildlife Animal Cculpture workshop with the amazing and very kind Rob Matheson! Love animals? Love handbuilding in clay? Cant commit to a whole term class but want to make something really interesting in clay and have it fired? Come along for a 4 hour session! Bring a friend, get messy and have some fun!

While this is an adult class we warmly welcome kids 12+ years as well. 

In this 4 hour workshop, starting from 11am- 3pm, our engaging and friendly tutor, Rob,  will introduce you to the art of forming clay by hand using paper armatures and constructing real life like looking animal figurines.  Students will be taught to understand the basic nature of clay, how to manipulate, shape and decorate your animal figurine sculpture.

Please note - this course is NOT a free pass to enter into the Montsalvat grounds  other than going to and from Clay Talk studio. To enjoy the rest of the Montsalvat grounds, you need to go to reception and purchase a pass.

And bring your lunch!

The cost of this this special one-day only 4 hour workshop is $175 which includes all materials & firing your piece. Glazing will be completed by our experienced technician and work is usually ready to collect 3-4 weeks after your class.

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What you will learn

  • Learning how to sculpture animal figures in clay
  • 4 hour workshop + 1 hour for lunch

What you will get

  • Clay & firing all provided for free

What to bring

  • Towel
  • Apron
  • Closed-in shoes

What to wear

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

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in trying sculpting animal figurines. You may have never touched clay before or be looking to untap that creative person inside!

Clay Talk Ceramic Centre

(385 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 (7 reviews)
Sheridanrated it
14 Jan 2023
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Ameliarated it
17 Dec 2022
I can't reccomend this class highly enougy. Rob is a kind, and patient facilitator with a wealth of experience to draw on. The other attendees were very lovely, and I was so impressed with everyone's work! I never thought I would be able to make the kind of work I produced today. What fun!
Jenniferrated it
24 Oct 2022
Great class, Rob is a patient and skilled tutor. All of the participants produced very impressive sculptures. Will definitely attend more sessions.
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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 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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