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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.
2 Day Production Throwing Workshop

2 Day Production Throwing Workshop

A two session focus on Production Throwing


Learn the art of Production Throwing on the pottery wheel with Tracey Hollis!

Note - this isn't a handbuilding course but a wheel throwing course

Over two nights on the 24th & 25th of January 6:30pm-9:30pm, you’ll  be introduced to:

* clay preparation for production throwing

* how to use measuring tools

* making a set of matching vessels

Our experienced and very engaging tutor, Tracey Hollis, will guide you through the processes of production throwing, making sets of functional ware! 

The true art of the potter and in fact the very nature of the design of the modern pottery wheel is for production throwing! If you want to learn and practice under Tracey techniques and styles of making matching sets of vessels, then this workshop is for you!

Our class sizes will be limited to ten people. Clay Talk Ceramic Centre’s spacious and beautifully designed ceramic studio is a great space to tap into your creativity.

Your workshop fee covers your clay and firing of your pieces for FREE. Clay Talk's kiln technicians will glaze your pieces to your choice with the studio glazes on offer. There will be no double glazing.

You must have some experience in centering clay on the wheel. Even if you feel 'average' at centering clay, you will be fine at this course.

However this course is NOT for beginners to pottery. Some experience, even if small, is required as this workshop is about upskilling your throwing skills.

About Tracey Hollis:

Tracey Hollis majored in ceramics in the 1990s whilst studying fine arts at James Cook University and QUT in Queensland.

Tracey has been teaching pottery in Eltham and Box Hill for the past 7 years at Community Arts Centre’s as well as through her own studio and loves the functionality of wheel thrown and hand built pottery. She enjoys seeing the positive benefits that working with clay provides and loves helping others learn and express their creativity through pottery.

Tracey appreciates the importance of the creators hand marks on pottery and takes inspiration from Asian and European influences as well as noted Australian potters such as Owen Rye and John Dermer.

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What you will learn

  • How to prepare clay for throwing production ware
  • How to use timber batts for production throwing
  • Measuring, practising, discarding pieces that dont make the set

What you will get

  • 1 x 10kg stonweware clay
  • Use of wheels, tools, colourants and other equipment such as banding wheels (we also have basic tool kits available if you want to buy your own)
  • Choice of beautiful studio glazes for technician to apply to your pieces after bisque firing

What to bring

  • Towel
  • Apron

What to wear

Casual / old clothes - Covered or closed in shoes

Appropriate for

For those wanting to master the pouring vessel on the pottery wheel. Must have basic skill of centering

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 (1 review)
Tomrated it
25 Jan 2023
I was ready to push myself, and push myself I did. I learnt so much from this class. More than worth the price, and first time doing classes at Montsalvat, and will definitely be back

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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