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.
Dragons & Wild Creatures Kids Handbuilding Class

Dragons & Wild Creatures Kids Handbuilding Class

Kids Handbuilding Class with Rob Matheson

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Dragons and wild creatures handbuilding workshop for kids with Rob Matheson.

This is a very special Monday morning summer school holiday hand building  workshop event with clay for children aged 8+ years! 

If your child loves a bit of clay, the world of Dragons and Where The Wild Things Are, then this is for them! Under the guidance of the amazing Rob Matheson, they will be immersed in a 3 hour extravaganza of creating a fantastical creature in clay and painted in ceramic paints. Firing of their masterpieces is included in the fee and will be collected 2-3 weeks after the event from Montsalvat reception.

A maximum of 6 children per class.


are welcome to watch from a distance. Please be mindful the studio is limited in space. 

Montsalvat grounds:

Apart from Clay Talk studio, Montsalvat grounds are open to the public  Thursdays-Sundays 10am-4pm if you go through reception. Please understand that attending Clay Talk workshops does NOT allow you free access to the Montsalvat grounds.


Located behind the Barn Gallery

Please Note: If your child has lots of energy and excitement that needs regular curtailing, we request parental assistance to support our tutor in keeping things go smooth and quietly for them as best possible.


This workshop is open for ages 8-18 years of age and no previous experience in clay handbuilding is required except to follow Rob's instructions and direction.


your aprons, bring your enthusiasm and come join us in making your own baby dragon!

As participants you get:

* tutoring by Rob Matheson in making your dragon or amazing creature

* free clay

* free ceramic colourants

* free firing of your pieces

* free access to Clay Talk tools

Dates: Mondays from December 12, 10am-1pm each day

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What you will learn

  • How to make a ceramic dragon or wild creature

What you will get

  • An exciting creative animal sculpture making experience at the beautiful setting of Montsalvat

What to bring

  • Apron
  • Towel

What to wear

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

Appropriate for

School aged children 8-18 looking to have fun, who loves dragons and get creative

Clay Talk Ceramic Centre

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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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5.0 (4 reviews)
Elliot rated it
17 Jan 2023
Our 9yo boy absolutely loved this workshop. I was stunned to see the quality of the work all the kids that day had created and he was so proud of his incredible dragon. Thankyou so much for your gentle guidance Rob and for this opportunity to engage in such a vast field
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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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