Slow Clay Wheel - Intermediate & Advanced Levels
You have been re-directed to the booking page for Slow Clay Intermediate-Advanced wheel classes.
Please note: The courses on this page are for Intermediate-Advanced level only. You must have completed at least two terms with us (or equivalent elsewhere) at Beginner's level. If you are unsure of your level please ring us on 99437844 to discuss before you book as we do not give refunds. Please read the details carefully on our website: www.slowclay.com.
When you are ready to book, please choose a class time carefully from the drop-down menu on this page. Please double-check your booking because it is easy to make mistakes and impossible to transfer you if other classes are full!
We look forward to welcoming you to Slow Clay Centre!
What you will learn
- Develop the ʻpower of slowʼ where movements are planned to be economical whilst having the most effect.
- Design your own forms and develop your unique sense of touch
- Develop new skills and build upon past ones using a range of techniques that are ergonomically sound
What you will get
- Knowledge and practice of more complex forms and choosing appropriate techniques
- Knowledge and practice in design, development and supportive critique of individual concepts
- A well-chosen group of pieces, finished and glazed
What to bring
- an old clean towel to each class
- notebook and pen
- camera if you wish
What to wear
clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty and sensible shoes! Cut those long fingernails too!
adults who have completed minimum two Beginners courses with us or equivalent elsewhere
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.
Cancellations & Refunds
Please choose carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've enrolled and paid we can only refund you if the class is cancelled by us. You are encouraged to purchase optional cancellation insurance at the check-out gateway for all other refunds or you can share the love and give your booking to a friend! As a last resort, we are occasionally able to fill cancellations if we have a waiting list. In this case there will be a $25 cancellation fee and we will refund your balance. or we hold your full payment in credit for up to 12 months for a future course.
Terms & Conditions
Welcome to Slow Clay Centre!
We have some Terms & Conditions you need to know about:
These apply to all Slow Clay Centre classes/workshops/events:
- Deposit or full payment (depending on the course/workshop/event) must be made at the time of booking.
- 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 hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (you must pay the difference if the price is higher).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.(no charge for biqsue firing).
- 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!
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Children are expected to be mature enough to work in a group together, to respect everyone's needs and differences and to be polite.