Slow Clay Beginners' Wheel Throwing, 8-week pottery course

What to Bring

  • a notebook or sketchbook
  • a clean towel to each class
  • camera if you wish

What to Wear

  • comfortable old clothes, or bring an apron to cover up! No high heels!

Slow Clay Beginners' Wheel Throwing, 8-week pottery course

About This Class

Class Schedule

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

What You Will Learn

  • Learn Japanese techniques that are ergonomically sound
  • Learn the ʻpower of slowʼ where movements are planned to be economical whilst having the most effect.
  • Learn about clays, glazes and some historical influences

What You Get

  • Your own beautiful creations
  • skills, knowledge and the perfect introduction to ceramics


We tend to book out very quickly and we cannot take responsibility if you have problems booking online. Please pay the deposit only and you can pay the balance manually through our office to avoid the extra online booking fees.

These popular eight-week courses are offered four times per year, within the school terms, and provide a solid foundation for working on the potterʼs wheel.

Students attend once per week for the term and have the option to hold their place from term to term. Students will learn Japanese techniques that are ergonomically sound. Using Japanese techniques they come to know the ʻpower of slowʼ where movements are planned to be economical whilst having the most effect.

Beginners start with a formal structure and gradually move to individual learning as their skills permit.

Beginners classes are held on Wednesday and Thursday Mornings (10 am - 12noon) and evenings (6.30 - 8.30pm). Intermediate (and above) - level classes are held on Monday and Tuesday mornings and evenings

The class fee is fully inclusive of materials including unlimited clay and glazes, access to all studio equipment and tools. Firing is $8.50/kg payable at the end of the term upon collection.

All enrolled students are welcome to attend optional Studio Access Times (SATs) offered four times per week (Monday/Tuesday/Friday 12-3pm and Saturday 10 am - 1 pm). The fee is $30 per 3-hour session or part thereof. One missed class per term can be made up with a SAT. We reward students who enrol in consecutive terms by giving you two free SATs per term (worth $60 + unlimited clay). Students can make up one missed class in any Studio Access session within the same term.

Instructors:  Louise Morrison (Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Thursday evenings), Prue Venables (Wednesday evenings), Jane Sawyer (Monday and Tuesday Intermediate levels)


  • 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 two weeks before the course start date through our booking agency We Teach Me. You can avoid this by ringing our office on 03 99437844 before the two-week deadline. (Office times: Weds - Fri, 10am - 5pm)
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Jun 2017

Slowclay has an excellent beginners class. Going through 2 x 8 week courses, I am now able to make pots myself at home. Louise was a great teacher aswell. The sats definitely helped, and the enviromnent at slowclay is very welcoming and homely. I'm definitely coming back for an intensive course.

Jun 2017

This was my first even turn at the potters' wheel, and it was AMAZING. Grace (@ohheygrace) is a brilliant, passionate teacher and I loved every moment of my classes with her. The classes are capped at 12 students, so there is plenty of one-on-one time, and you quickly feel like you're part of the Slow Clay family. It will be the highlight of your week, I promise!


this class was very well taught the pace was appropriate for those who had a little bit of experience but also those who were very complete novices. what I liked about it was that the teacher allowed as much individual experimentation as well as being available for very structured tuition. Louise was great. thanks

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