Early Bird


Porcelain Small Objects & Wearables

Next Available: Tue, 01 May 6:30PM
2.0 hours x 8 Weeks


This course is one of our trilogy of foundational courses designed to introduce you different aspects of working with clay. The other two courses are our unique Slow Clay Wheel course and our comprehensive Form & Surface hand-building course. It does not matter which of the three you start with, once you become a student with us you have priority to continue with us and move into a different course each term until you have completed the three introduction courses. Thereafter, you can continue to develop to a high level in one area if you wish. 

Our Porcelain Small Objects course is an 8-week course repeated 4 times per year in each term. All levels welcome! Choose Tuesday mornings 10am - 12noon or Tuesday evenings 6.30 - 8.30pm.

Learn to make unique porcelain objects and/or wearables with award-winning ceramic artist Pilar Rojas. Pilar will carefully guide you to develop your own designs and create unique porcelain objects from a variety of techniques including lamination and inlay of coloured clays, drawing and incising the surface, sgraffito, textured surfaces and resist. 

This is not a "cut & paste" workshop. It is rare chance to experience a structured design development course and an introduction to porcelain through unusual skills and inventive techniques from an experienced ceramic artist.

All levels welcome, including complete beginers. No matter if you are a complete novice or an experienced professional, Pilar's experience and knowledge of porcelain and ceramics will provide guidance and encouragement to ensure a successful outcome. 

This course takes a hands-on approach from the first day. It introduces an in-depth exploration of color and texture to obtain rich and vibrant surfaces with discussions on product development. 

The 8-week course fee covers porcelain, glazing and firing (maximum size 10cms cubed) and use of studio facilties. Note: specialist silver clasps etc will be an extra surcharge payable direct to the tutor in the final class, depending on individual use. 

Unemployed and Students Discount concession rates are available. Please present evidence in your first class.

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Class Schedule

This class takes place once a week for 8 weeks on Tuesdays 10am - 12noon and 6.30-8.30pm.

What you will learn
  • How to prepare and add colour to clay in different ways
  • How to develop your own unique designs from simple starting points
  • How to turn your designs into unique and personal wearable porcelain and/or small objects
What you will get
  • New in-depth knowledge from an experienced ceramic artist and teacher
  • your own wearable porcelain and/or small objects!

What to bring
  • Sketch book, pen and camera if you wish.
What to wear

comfortable clothes, enclosed shoes.

Appropriate for

Adults 16+, Beginner's or experienced welcome


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 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 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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Cancelation & 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


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.

Weekly classes: These additional conditions apply to all Slow Clay Centre weekly classes.

  1. Wheel classes: Please note that making ceramics on the pottery wheel can be a physically demanding activity. If you have any pre-existing 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 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 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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29 September 2017 • Porcelain Small Objects & Wearables