Slow Clay Wheel Throwing - Intermediate 8-week course

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! Long hair needs to be tied back.

Slow Clay Wheel Throwing - Intermediate 8-week course

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • This class takes place once a week for 8 weeks.

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 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


Please note: The courses on this page are at Intermediate level. You should have completed at least two terms with us (or 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 refund

Do you wish to expand your knowledge of techniques and of making more complex forms? Do you wish to design your own forms? These eight-week courses for Intermediate and above levels are offered four times per year and develop your skills to extend your range of forms and encourage more individual design and expression. Students attend once per week and have the option to hold their place from term to term as a continuing student. Our loyalty program enables continuing students to receive 6 hours of extra studio time per term to practice, including unlimited clay* (worth $60 + clay) 

Experienced teacher, ceramic artist and Slow Clay Centre director Jane Sawyer, guides students to develop expression whilst developing skills. Slow Clay Centre specialises in teaching Japanese techniques to beginners and our intermediate classes build upon this whilst introducing other techniques as and when appropriate for individual design needs.  Intermediate students are taught both as a group and also individually whilst also working on personal designs and to explore more complex forms. Students start to design their own forms and begin to discover their unique language of touch.

All students are able to glaze their own work and must return to collect it after firing a few weeks later (please note we do not hold work for more than 4 weeks).

* Loyalty rewards: We love to see people develop and working on the potter's wheel requires repetition and persistence! We focus on sound techniques and developing a deep understanding of clay and your relationship to it through your sense of touch. We, therefore, suggest to students who love it to be prepared to return and we offer an attractive loyalty program to continuing students which consists of 2 x free Studio Access Times (SATs) per term. This means 6 hours free studio time plus unlimited clay! SATs are held Mon/Tues 12 -3pm and Friday/Saturday 10am-1pm. Note: Occasionally we need to cancel SATs due to conflicting events and we post cancellations on our Facebook page.

The tuition fee is fully inclusive of unlimited clay, glaze materials and full use of all studio tools and facilities, ie: no hidden fees. Firing of anything you wish to keep is an extra charge of $8.50 per kilo due upon collection.  Bookings online can be with 20% deposit or ring the office on 99437844 to book manually and avoid the online booking fees.


  • Please choose your classes 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, you can hold your payment for up to 12 months for a future course.
  • Pottery is a physical activity. Please ask us if you have pre-existing injuries or weaknesses in your upper body joints.
  • Please note: when paying by deposit online the balance is automatically deducted from the same credit card three weeks before the course start date through our booking agency We Teach Me. If you pay the deposit online and ring us before the three-week deadline you will be able to avoid the automatic balance payment and the extra booking fee. Our office phone is manned Weds - Fri 10am - 5pm. Ph: 03 99437844.

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Mar 2017

Learning to throw on the wheel at Slow Clay has been magical and a privledge. You can go at your own pace, learn many techniques and emerge yourself in the wonderful of Clay. Jane is a brilliant teacher. Everything is done with mindfulness. It's a place where you are encouraged to be your unique and creative. I can't wait to return. It's definitely my happy place.

Dec 2016

Really enjoyed the intermediate class! Learnt about throwing cylinders, bottles, plates... lots of new techniques to absorb but you can also work at your own pace.

Sep 2016

Sitting next to my friend.

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