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Slow Clay Weekend Intensive: Pottery Wheel

Pottery wheel techniques

Next Available: Sat, 13 Nov 10:00AM (AEDT)
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6 hours x 2 Days
Over 250 people have attended this class


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You can find all the information you need about the content of these courses on our website: www.slowclay.com

Please note the Earlybird discount price expires 4 weeks before the start date. Bookings are secured with a 50% deposit and the 50% balance is due 4 weeks prior to the start date.

The Weekend Intensive wheel course is held 5 times per year and is a great alternative to our weekly Slow Clay classes. They are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels and we can occasionally take advanced students who have specific issues they wish to address in their practice. Our ergonomic methods of working on the pottery wheel are based on Japanese techniques. We carefully structure the content for beginners and can tailor individually for experienced levels.

The Weekend Intensives cover the same content as a term course of 8 lessons on the wheel for beginners. Intermediate and more advanced students can work on designing their own forms in more of a mentoring style. The Intensives are great introduction to Slow Clay Centre and to pottery in general and are very popular with people who canʼt enrol in a weekly classe due to work commitments or because they live interstate.

You will attend on a Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm and we run an optional glaze class a few weeks later ($30) or we can glaze your pots for you for a $30 fee plus postage. 


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 if we can fill your place you can hold your payment for up to 12 months for a future course.

You will receive an automatic email 4 weeks before the class with instructions how to pay the balance.

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What you will learn

  • Learn the ʻpower of slowʼ where movements are economical whilst having the most effect.
  • Learn to make pottery on the wheel using our Slow Clay method, inspired by Japanese techniques that are ergonomically sound
  • Learn to trim, decorate and glaze your pieces in an optional glazing class

What you will get

  • a group of pots - the number depends on your capabilities!
  • a complete introduction to making pottery on the wheel!
  • knowledge of Japanese techniques, uniquely taught at Slow Clay Centre by teachers who were trained in Japan

What to bring

  • Camera, Note book and pen, lunch

What to wear

Comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty.

Appropriate for

Beginners or people with some experience who wish to learn our techniques

Slow Clay Centre

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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 education and offers an extensive variety of ceramics and pottery classes throughout the year. 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. Catering for mostly adults, from beginners to advanced, we also have a Professional Development Program for serious practitioners. And some kid's classes so everyone can learn the art of working with clay!  Our enrolled students have 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 twenty five years. Based on the Japanese techniques Jane studied as an apprentice 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 other invited professionals for guest artist workshops and forums, we are a vibrant community of enthusiasts.

No matter what level you are, we welcome you to Slow Clay Centre where you can follow your personal pathway with clay!

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4.7 (29 reviews)
30 June 2021Slow Clay Weekend Intensive: Pottery Wheel
I absolutely loved the beginners wheel weekend intensive course with Jane and Alyssa. The pace of teaching was great and I felt really welcome. The space is warm and friendly and I learned a lot. I really enjoyed learning the Japanese way of throwing, going slow and looking after my body. I can't wait to get back on the wheel and practice what I learned.
29 June 2021Slow Clay Weekend Intensive: Pottery Wheel
Just loved the weekend of beautiful instruction and self paced exploration of my creative side.
28 June 2021Slow Clay Weekend Intensive: Pottery Wheel
My weekend intensive at the Slow Clay Center was a fantastic mixture of teaching, demonstrating and actual creating. The knowledge of the teaching team was wonderful and the help during the creating process was a perfect balance of supporting and guiding ..all to help us all get the most out the weekend. I would highly recommend the weekend course as a great way to spend a good amount of timing learning and practising your skills. Thank you Slow Clay team for a great weekend.
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Refund Policy

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 share the love and 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.

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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:

  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 hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (you must pay the difference if the 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 IN WRITING BY EMAIL before you enrol. 
  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.(no charge for biqsue firing)
  6. 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 one month 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, allergy 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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