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Form & Surface

Hand Built Pottery & Ceramics - mixed levels

Next Available: Thu, 09 Feb 10:00AM (AEDT)
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2 hours x 8 Weeks
Over 500 people have attended this class

Description

You  have been re-directed to the booking page for Form & Surface courses. Please see the website for latest info about Covid restrictions and refunds. 

Choose your class time carefully please! It can be confusing on our booking page! 

This course is one of our trilogy of foundational courses designed to introduce you different aspects of working with clay. The other two courses are our Porcelain Small Objects course and our unique Slow Clay Wheel course.  It does not matter which of the three you start with. Once you become a student with us you have priority to continue with us and move into a different course each term until you have completed the three introduction courses. Thereafter, you can continue to develop to a high level in one area if you wish. The content for the 8-week course can be found on our website www.slowclay.com.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Slow Clay Centre! 

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What you will learn

  • Beginners learn many different ways to make clay shapes and forms by hand and explore an exciting array of options for decorating surfaces
  • All students learn to finish and glaze their pieces
  • Intermediate level students explore forms and surfaces at a deeper level and start to develop their own strong pathways

What you will get

  • New knowledge, skills and your own creations!
  • Tuition from an experienced teacher and ceramic artist
  • Optional access to our Studio Access Times (offered 4 days per week)

What to bring

  • Notebook and pen
  • Camera if you wish
  • Apron and towel

What to wear

Comfortable clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty!

Appropriate for

All levels welcome


Slow Clay Centre

4.9
(623 Reviews)

Escape to Slow Clay Centre and learn the art, craft and design of expression in clay. www.slowclay.com

Slow Clay Centre specialises in ceramics and pottery education. Classes are offered on a weekly basis by the term, intensive weekends and short courses, and a rich variety of one-day guest artist workshops and forums. We also offer a popular single session "taster class" once per week.  Look out for our Professional Development Program for serious practitioners! And some kid's classes so everyone can learn the art of working with clay!  

Our enrolled weekly students receive priority to re-enrol each term and take advantage of our generous loyalty program providing free studio access (conditions apply). In this way we can help you to develop your skills to a high level. 

Our unique "Slow Clay" method (TM) for teaching the pottery wheel, established by Slow Clay Centre director and ceramic artist Jane Sawyer, has been taught for more than thirty years. Based on the Japanese techniques Jane studied training as a production thrower in Japan in combination with western techniques, the "Slow Clay" method offers a synthesis of East and West. It provides ergonomic best-practice and a solid foundation for personal expression and confidence with clay. All our courses offer skill-based learning within a rich framework of contemporary art and design enquiry.

Based in a beautiful inner-city studio in Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia, the Slow Clay team consists of leading professional ceramic artists and experienced teachers who offer high-level teaching in a broad variety of topics - see our web site for teacher profiles. Together with guest professional artists for workshops and forums, we are a vibrant community and wish to share our passion for clay with everyone who is keen, no matter what level.

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4.6 (60 reviews)
Annerated it
24 Nov 2022
As a regular student in Pilar Rojas’ handbuilding class, I continue to enjoy, learn and love classes at Slow Clay. Pilar is an inspiring teacher and fellow students also provide additional encouragement and new ideas. Slow Clay is a warm and friendly environment, and playing with clay is a great way to relax. Thank you Pilar and all, Anne
Julianarated it
01 Sep 2022
A very enjoyable class lead my a talented and kind instructor! The class would benefit from either being extended to 2.5hrs and/or the addition of an assistant. The time spent setting up, packing down and watching demonstrations really cuts into actual hand building time, often leaving students feeling rushed and not having had enough time to complete tasks and/or gain sufficient one-on-one time with the instructor. Students would also significantly benefit from being provided a hardcopy/softcopy SCC Form & Surface Booklet that includes instructions with images/diagrams/videos that detail the key objectives and techniques covered in each class (including critical information on wedging, making slip, storage, firing and glazing) This will better ensure classes stay on course each week, save time, ensure instructors and students are best prepared, and students have the ability to practice at home and in the studio with confidence between classes with or without the assistance of an instructor.
Slow Clay Centre 04 Sep 2022

thanks for your really thoughtful feedback. Hope we can implement some of the suggestions. 

Monirrated it
11 Jul 2022
Thanks so much for an amazing class, loved it and can’t want to go back
Slow Clay Centre 08 Aug 2022

Thanks Monir!

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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$15.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$15.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

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

Welcome to Slow Clay Centre!

We have some Terms & Conditions you need to know about:

General: 

These apply to all Slow Clay Centre classes/workshops/events:

  1. Deposit or full payment (depending on the course/workshop/event) must be made at the time of booking.
  2. Please choose carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, we can transfer you to another class or hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (there's a $15 fee for transfer or credit note and you must pay the difference if the new course price is higher). 
  3. Please note: All students will receive a reminder three weeks before the start date with a link to pay the remaining balance with your credit card. Students who paid the deposit online will have the balance automatically deducted. Others will need to click on the link provided or ring our office on 99437844.
  4. Due to our limited class sizes, if your balance is not received three weeks before the start date we reserve the right to find a replacement student and if this is not possible we will keep your deposit.


Weekly classes: These additional conditions apply to all Slow Clay Centre weekly classes.

  1. Please note that making ceramics, particularly on the pottery wheel,  can be a physically demanding activity. If you have any pre-existing illnesses and/or chronic injuries to your back, shoulders, hips, neck, wrists or elbows we strongly advise you to seek a medical opinion before enrolling as some activities might exacerbate past injuries and we take no responsibility if this occurs. 
  2. We ask that you fully disclose any prior and/or ongoing illnesses or injuries that could affect you before you enrol AND inform your teacher in person during the first class. 
  3. Your enrolment is conditional on your acceptance that Slow Clay Centre and/or the company's employees, whether casual, contract, or permanently employed, are indemnified against any exacerbation of any past or any new injuries.
  4. All work made during classes is to be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. This is individually negotiable for advanced students or for studio exhibitions but we ask students to accept that the emphasis of our classes is strictly on education not studio production
  5. Teaching fees are fully inclusive of materials but students will incur a single firing fee based on the current cost of $10 per kg weight after gloss firing.($5/kg charge for biqsue firing only).
  6. Please note: you must pay the firing fee for everything that you put in the kiln. If it cracks, glaze drips, or you just don't like it, you are still required to pay the firing fee!
  7. Collection of fired pieces: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited. Students will be notified via email when work is ready to be collected. Work will only be retained for two weeks following this notification. No exceptions.


Regarding Kids Clay Club: 

  1. It is your responsibility to clearly report in writing on the enrolment form, any illness, allergies or disability that may affect your child's involvement in the Clay Club activities.
  2. Please respect our teachers and be prompt to arrive and collect your children. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early to class or leave your children more than 5 minutes later than the class end.
  3. Children are expected to be mature enough to work in a group together, to respect everyone's needs and differences and to be polite.
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