This 2.5 hour session is an opportunity for participants to get a 'taste' for wheel throwing. Under the guidance of an experienced tutor participants will be taken through the basics of wheel throwing on a revolving pottery wheel - how to prepare clay for the wheel, centre clay and throw small forms. This offers participants the chance to try out the age-old-technique of forming pots, either as a one-off activity or to see if it is something you would like to pursue further. Buff stoneware clay is used in this workshop. This workshop will have a maximum of 10 participants.

This workshop includes all materials, and the glazing and firing of work created. This includes two firings (bisque and glaze) and glazing (as a group, students can choose two stoneware glazes) by our technician. Our turnaround time for work to be ready for collection is approximately two weeks. NPS staff will contact students when work is ready for collection.

Please bring along your own towel and apron to the workshop, wheel throwing can be messy!

Ian Sigley Tutor Profile

Ian is a traveling artist from Houston, Texas where he studed ceramics and sculpture at the University of Houston. During his studies, Ians work was displayed in emerging artist shows and Pop up shops. Ian was a feature/demo artist for Empty Bowls Houston in 2013 where he made and donated 100 bowls. Currently, Ians work focuses on functionality with sculptural aesthetic; using a pastel palette and decorative stamping techniques.

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What you will learn
  • A basic intro to wheel throwing
  • How to operate a pottery wheel
  • Time to practice wheel throwing with tutor guidance
What you will get
  • An opportunity to try out wheel throwing to see if it's an activity they would like to pursue further
  • Glazed and finished pots, that will be ready for collection after the workshop

What to bring
  • Towel and apron are essential
What to wear

This session is hands-on, please wear appropriate clothing. Covered shoes are a must.


Northcote Pottery Supplies

Vendor since 2013

At Northcote Pottery Supplies we sell quality pottery materials including clay, glaze, tools and kiln products. We also offer a broad range of short courses, workshops and masterclasses for those wanting to expand their knowledge of ceramics. We are proud to house SMALLpieces, a retail space offering a wide variety of hand crafted ceramic ware produced by Australian artists and provide oppotunities through our resident artist, studio access and membership programs and firing service. All of these areas come together to promote ceramics, educate and inspire.

All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels.

For more information on our range of supplies, educational program or other services call 9387 3911 or visit

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Terms & Conditions

Please take the time to read through our conditions before you make your booking.


  • To secure your place in a course or one-day workshop we require full payment at the time of booking.
  • Payment can be made in store, over the phone, online, or by direct deposit.
  • Cancellations will forfeit the full fee. However, you may find a replacement to take your place.
  • We are unable to transfer bookings or offer make-up classes under any circumstances.
  • A minimum of five people are required to run courses and one-day workshops. Northcote Pottery Supplies reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum number of bookings is not reached. You will be notified at least one week prior to the class if cancellation is deemed necessary.


Courses: Course fees include all materials and firing costs for the course. When collecting work after the completion of the course please bring your own box and packaging material.

One-Day Workshops: One-day workshop fees include all materials required for the workshop, unless otherwise stated in workshop outlines. Firing is NOT included in all one-day workshop fees, unless otherwise stated in the workshop outline. Northcote Pottery Supplies Firing Service is $9.00/kilo (minimum 2 kilos). Please bring your own box to take home work in progress.

Clothing: All course and workshops are hands on, please wear appropriate clothing (that you are prepared to get dirty!), covered shoes are essential.

Bring: YOUR OWN TOWEL AND/OR APRON TO CLASS. This is especially important for wheel throwing courses and workshops.

Firing of work: We take extreme care with your work but accidents do happen and we are unable to guarantee that all your work will be successfully fired.

Work created: items created during a course or workshop will be kept for one month from the last day of the course. If work is not collected within this time it will be disposed of.

Returning students: Students who are returning (directly from the previous course) are eligible for a 10% discount on the course fee. This applies to four and six week courses only. It is the responsibility of the student to inform staff they are eligible for this discount when making payment. We are unable to give retrospective discounts.

Refreshments: Tea and coffee are freely available all day. Saturday workshops tend to work through the lunch break please consider bringing your lunch to maximise contact with the tutor. There are also cafes located on Lygon Street within, short walking distance from Northcote Pottery Supplies.

Parking: Angle parking is available across the road from Northcote Pottery Supplies. Be careful not to park in time limited spaces.

Tutors: All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels unless otherwise stated in the outline. Our workshop tutors actively seek feedback from participants during class. If you have further questions about our workshops please contact us on 03 9387 3911 or email

Mailing List: When you book into a course with Northcote Pottery Supplies you will be added to our mailing list and be notified of upcoming courses, one-day workshops, masterclasses and special events. You are able to unsubscribe at any time.



(Phone) 03 9387 3911 (Fax) 03 9387 4011

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01 February 2016 • Try The Wheel

A fun, informative and practical introduction to the wheel.


01 February 2016 • Try The Wheel

Made several items on the wheel - great class, fun, informal, good value- highly recommend.