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Slow Clay Beginners' Wheel Throwing pottery course



Description

You have been re-directed to the booking page for Slow Clay Beginner's wheel classes. 

Please read the details carefully our website page on www.slowclay.com. 

When you are ready to book, please choose a class from the drop-down menu on the top right of this page.  


  • 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.
  • Generally, anyone can do the wheel classes but we suggest that you get a doctor’s opinion if you have a bad back, neck, shoulders or wrists. We do not take any responsibility for any pre-existing illnesses or health issues that may be exacerbated by being in our studio, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Using the potter's wheel is quite a physically demanding activity and requires a bit of strength but most physically fit people can master the wheel with practice and perseverance! It often requires about three terms to start feeling comfortable with it so be prepared to join us for a while if you can!
  • 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. 
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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 will get
  • Your own beautiful creations
  • skills, knowledge and the perfect introduction to ceramics

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!

Appropriate for

Beginner adults, 16years+ , all welcome


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Slow Clay Centre

Vendor since 2013

Escape to Slow Clay Centre and learn the art 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 the more skilled, we also have 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 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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Cancellation & 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 & Condition you need to know about:

General: 

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 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, you can hold your payment for up to 12 months for a future course. 
  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. 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. We ask you to fully disclose any prior and/or ongoing illnesses or injuries that could affect you and your enrolment is conditional on the acceptance that Slow Clay Centre and/or the company's employees, whether casual, contract, or permanently employed, are indemnified against any exacerbation of past or new injuries.
  2. 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
  3. Teaching fees are fully inclusive of materials but students incur a single firing fee based on a current cost of $9.50 per kg weight after gloss firing.
  4. Collection of fired pieces: Please understand that our storage 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 unless other arrangements are made.


Regarding Kids Clay Club: 

  1. It is your responsibility to clearly report in writing on the enrolment form, any illness 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 respecting everyone's needs and to be polite.

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Andrew

29 March 2018 • Slow Clay Beginners' Wheel Throwing pottery course

So, WHERE. DO. I. START!? I now know why these classes book within minutes! I couldn't rave about this place anymore. It is not just a school, it really feels like a little family. We had a wonderful teacher (Applause Alana) and even fell in love with the admin girls (they're really REALLY great. Like really) I thought I would come home with a couple of pieces if I was lucky, but I get to make a heap. Some are even functional (haha they all are!) And if you are like me and become addicted by week two and attend their SATS (3 hours a few times a week where you can go in, pay, and have an unsupervised session on the wheel- HIGHLY RECOMMEND!) you can make a few more and more importantly get the practise in. It is that good I signed up for next term and can't wait. Great space, great group of ladies, great everything. I give it 4,289 outta 10! Thanks a bunch, see you in May! -Andy O x

Slow Clay Centre

05/04/2018

aw gee thanks Andrew! 

Agnes

25 March 2018 • Slow Clay Beginners' Wheel Throwing pottery course

I greatly enjoyed doing my wheel throwing beginners course at Slow Clay. Grace was a great teacher, she was very patient answering all my questions and helping me improve my skills. I learned a lot about wheel throwing and I would definitely recommend anyone interested in doing pottery to join Slow Clay!

Slow Clay Centre

25/03/2018

Thanks Agnes and so pleased you learnt a lot and enjoyed it! 

India

03 December 2017 • Slow Clay Beginners' Wheel Throwing pottery course

Incredible! Lovely teachers and staff, beautiful studio, relaxed approach to teaching

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