Slow Clay Weekend Intensive: Pottery Wheel Techniques

What to Bring

  • Camera, Note book and pen, lunch

What to Wear

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

Slow Clay Weekend Intensive: Pottery Wheel Techniques

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • This course takes place over two days from 10am - 4pm each day.

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 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


Please note the Earlybird discount price expires 8 weeks before the start date. Bookings are secured with a 30% deposit and the 70% balance is due 4 weeks prior to the start date.

The Weekend Intensive wheel course is held once per term (ie 4 times per year) and is a great alternative to our weekly Slow Clay classes. The Weekend Intensive's  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.

Particpants attend on a Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm. We run an optional glazing 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.

Please note: when paying by deposit online the balance is automatically deducted from the same credit card 4 weeks before the course start date through our booking agency We Teach Me. 

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Jul 2017

After not having done any pottery for about 20 years it was great to get a taste of what I was missing. The Japanese ergonomic technique was different from what I was used to but was great for my posture. The demonstrations and instructions given by Jane where clear and the pace sufficient, especially as I had not done any throwing for such a long time. The assistants offered by Grace and Alana complimented Jane's pace, slow and thorough. I was offered, as someone who had done quite a few years of wheel throwing, to work at my own pace. It was extremely satisfying 'turning' the pots that we made on the Saturday and preparing them with 'slip', being taught how to make handles & attach them, as well as decorating the pots with various textures. Great value for money. I highly recommend taking part in this course.

Apr 2017

We were taught the Japanese methods of throwing off the hump in an ergonomically sound way. We also go to throw off the wheel head and turn our work. There were many highlights, but the main one was learning from Jane's expertise and thorough demonstrations and coming out with several successful pots of my own.

Jan 2017

I can't wait to go again. It was a lot of fun and a very appropriate level for those with little to no experience.

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