A Message from Clay Talk Ceramic Centre:
To help protect the community and staff at Clay Talk, any patrons with cold, flu or Covid like symptoms are kindly requested to email us at claytalk@montsalvat.com.au and reschedule their class or workshop at a future date. Masks are NOT mandatory however if you have had any recent symptoms or have close affiliations with others unwell around you, we kindly request you to consider wearing a mask in class.
Friday Advanced Pottery course

Advanced Pottery Term Class

Expand your skills on the pottery wheel

Over 10 people have attended this class

Description

TERM 2: Friday 26th April - Friday 21st June

*PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON 14TH JUNE*

Friday Advanced Pottery classes will take your current skills and love of ceramics to whole new level!

Starts February 9th 6-9pm

This 8 week term course of 3 hour classes will be taught by Sergei Shatrov, Clay Talk's very own manager and potter of 30 years, who will aim to provide a challenging, creative and fun environment for those serious about making a life in ceramics.  

This course is suitable for anyone with basic handbuilding and/or maybe throwing skills as long as you are comfortable being pushed along more intensely than a standard placid beginners course.


**THIS COURSE ALSO INCORPORATES A WOOD FIRING FOR FREE**


**ALL STUDENTS TO THIS COURSE GET FREE STUDIO ACCESS SESSIONS FOR THE ENTIRE TERM** (terms and conditions apply)


For those invested in ceramics both personally, emotionally, financially, as well as equipped with basic centering and turning skills, this course is for you!

While this course  will be encouraging each student to develop their style and explore their hearts interests, this will be a structured course offering key skill development in each class session for an hour before students can work on their skill set and projects with one-on-one tuition and guidance. 

Skill development areas will include:

* Throwing off the hump

* Handles, lids & attachments

* Coiling & extending for larger piece

* Composite forms 

* Clay slip development

* Introduction to the triaxial line blend and making a glaze with ash from trees

* Making pottery ecologically

* Learning to pack a kiln

* Wild clay development

* Potential for a raku firing (if busy scheduling and fire season allows)

* Learn how to constructively critique 


Each lesson will start with a class introduction to technique, demonstration and discussion for up to an hour before you continue your projects and pieces separately.


Why Clay Talk?

Our class size is limited to 6 people so that you can develop your skills with a lot of one-on-one tuition, find your individual style and learn at your own pace. Clay Talk Ceramic Centre at Montsalvat is spacious and beautifully designed ceramic studio that will guarantee tapping into your creativity.

This is a three-hour course run on Friday evenings for 8 weeks.

You get one FREE 10kg bag of white stoneware clay for free at the start of term along with your first 3kg of fired pottery for free. After that it is $15/kg for bisque & glaze firing. 


$30/kg for gas reduction firing.

Access to all studio glazes are also for free.

Tool kits + aprons available to purchase online.

Please note that this course is predominantly a wheel throwing course. Handbuilders are very welcome and will also be an important aspect to this course.

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About your tutor, Sergei:

Born in Sydney and firing and making pots in NSW for 30 years, Sergei brings a strong Japanese aesthetic and approach to making pottery. Trained at the ANU's Canberra School of Art and having studied in Japan and North Carolina as both an apprentice and artist-in-residence, Sergei brings the natural found world and environment in his pottery. Sergei is dedicated to giving and helping all students and participants find their heart in pottery no matter what skill level you might be at, everyone is treated with dignity and respect making the Clay Talk studio environment a  very relaxing and inclusive space to be at. You can find some of Sergei's work at muddymoonface on Instagram.

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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.

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

ACCESS

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 will receive an Information Kit which has instructions on how to access Clay Talk studio. Please read this before coming to class.

REFUNDS / ABSENCE / TRANSFERS/ CANCELLATION

  • We do not offer refunds if you change your mind after you have made the booking. Please be sure you are able to commit to the class, course or workshop dates and times prior to booking.
  • Transfers are done upon email request and subject to available spaces only. Failure to transfer successfully will mean receiving a credit note or being transferred to a later term of the same class.
  • If you are unable to attend a class, please contact us at claytalk@montsalvat.com.au on the day of your class. In exceptional circumstances, we can make alternative arrangements to compensate for lost class time.
  • Retrospective requests (a request for a make-up from last term for example) for class make-ups are not accepted. We request you make contact via email or phone to Clay Talk as soon as you can’t make class so that we can make alternative arrangements for you.
  • Clay Talk reserves the right to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances such as insufficient enrolments or illness or for maintenance works. You will be notified prior to the class if cancellation of the class is deemed necessary, or if there will be another date scheduled, or if a pro-rata refund will be provided.

ILLNESS

If classes and workshops are cancelled due to illness of a tutor, and the inability to find a suitable replacement, Clay Talk will endeavour to provide rescheduled dates for classes and workshops.

In the event that students cannot attend the rescheduled 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

Gift vouchers are only available through our online portal www. Gift vouchers can be purchased for a minimum of $20 and are valid for 3 years from purchase.

Gift vouchers can 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.

FIRING OF WORK 

Most workshops and classes include firing and glazing of a specific number of pieces. Check the workshop listing description on our online platform.

We take extreme care with your work however accidents do happen, and we are unable to guarantee fully 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 could mean losing your pieces.

If a kiln shelf is badly damaged from your work due to materials brought to Clay Talk from elsewhere, you will be charged for the cost of replacing that shelf.

Incorrect glazing or wrong clay body type in the wrong firing type will incur a penalty fee for damages.

  • If your work damages the interior walls, burners or elements of the kiln, you will be required to pay for the damage to be determined by the Clay Talk Studio Manager.

COLLECTION OF WORK

  • Firing, glazing and packaging of your work takes approximately 2-4 weeks after your class/workshop.
  • You will be notified by a written or digital notification, an email, or the Clay Talk Newsletter when your work is ready for collection.
  • Clay Taster & Kids School Holiday programme students have 30 days to collect their pieces from the time they received notification of their pieces to be collected before uncollected works are repurposed elsewhere.
  • Non-returning term student work must be collected on the last Friday before term classes begin.
  • Non-returning term students must talk with their teachers to understand the process of collecting their work and clearing student shelf items on the last day of their class. 
  • Uncollected works, bisqued pieces, items on student shelf including tools and clay - unless the student notifies staff at Clay Talk that they wish to make alternative arrangements to collect their work - will not be guaranteed safe keeping or storage and will be re-purposed.
  • EMAIL / SMS NOTIFICATIONS
  • Clay Talk takes no responsibility for students not reading or checking their messages, emails or checking their spam/junk mail regarding work collection.


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What you will learn

  • How to prepare your clay, centre it on the wheel and step-by-step throwing skills for making simple vessel forms such as cylinders and bowls
  • How to finish your work by turning and trimming.
  • + in the 8-week option: Introductory skills in glazing and firing (in last 2 weeks)

What you will get

  • 10kg of clay to start you off
  • Use of wheels and other equipment such as banding wheels
  • The vessels you threw bisque fired (and glaze fired in the 8 week option), ready to take home at the end of term (end-of term firing fee is $8/kg)

What to bring

  • Towel, Apron, plastic bags, own tools (most tools available to freely use in studio)
  • Please bring N95 rated dust mask
  • Clay took kits & aprons available online purchase.

What to wear

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

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in learning ceramics and wants to develop their techniques. You may have never touched clay before, want a refresher course or are keen to build your skills that bit further.

Gift vouchers

If you'd like to give this course to someone special, gift vouchers are available at claytalk.weteachme.com


Clay Talk Ceramic Centre

4.9
(691 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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5.0 (5 reviews)
Allierated it
15 Jun 2024
What a wonderful class! What a wonderful teacher! Sergei has so much knowledge and experience, he sees each students strengths and capabilities, and takes the time to understand and gently guide them in the right direction. The wood firing has been a revelation, so many possibilities. Can't wait for next term, and the next term, and the next term....
Junerated it
11 Apr 2024
What an incredible 8 weeks ! Absolutely thrilled to have made my own ash glaze & experienced a wood firing . This class is such a treat, Sergei opens your mind to different styles and techniques that is a true testament to his knowledge and worldly experience. Looking forward to seeing what the next term brings.
Lindarated it
15 Jun 2024
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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.

OR

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

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/.


ACCESS

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.


REFUNDS / ABSENCE / TRANSFERS

  • We DO NOT automatically offer refunds or transfers if you change your mind after you have made the booking
  • Our first option will always be to offer a credit note. 
  • Please be sure you are able to commit to the class, course or workshop dates and times prior to booking.
  • If your circumstances have changed BEFORE the class or term starts and cannot commit, we will offer you a refund MINUS the 8% transfer fees incurred to process this of total cost you paid.
  • 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.


COVID

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

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.


FIRING OF WORK 

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.


COLLECTION OF WORK

  • 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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