A Message from Slow Clay Centre:
For the safety of our staff and your fellow students we ask that you wear a N95 mask while inside our premises. Please do not attend if you have symptoms or are a close contact or awaiting testing results. Please ask about our flexible options to help you make up for missed classes and consider purchasing the new refund insurance at the payment gateway to cover you if you cannot attend. Thank you.
Pottery Studio Access, Open Studio Special Offer
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Studio Access Time (SATs)

Our SATs are only for currently enrolled students

Next Available: Tue, 09 Aug 12:00PM (AEST)
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3 hours
Over 1000 people have attended this class


You have been re-directed to the booking page for Studio Access Times (SATs) at Slow Clay Centre. 

Please select the dates you wish to attend from the drop down menu on the right. 

All other information can be found on the original web site page you have just come from. 

Please note:

  • SATs are for Wheel and Form & Surface students, not Porcelain students, sorry. 
  • Please observe the need for quiet concentration. They are not a chance to catch up with people socially or chat on the phone.
  • Please note: CovidSafe arrangements mean all students need to check in with the QR code on entry and must keep 1.5m distance between people, especially when moving around the studio. Please note on 12 people can work in the wheel room and 8 people in the hand building room.
  • The final week's SAT for each term is only for glazing or practice time. You cannot make any new things as they will not get through the kilns.
  • You are limited to one board (900x200mm) for wet work in progress. Extra space might be available if you ask! 
  • Please finish promptly allowing plenty of time before the end of session to clean thoroughly and mop the floor around your wheel and table! 
  • Oh, and check our Facebook page before you leave home in case we have to cancel at the last minute! It sometimes happens and we reserve the right to do this if we need to.
  • Please note SAT times can vary from term to term - we are always trying to find the right balance for our students and staff! 

Thank you and ENJOY! 

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What you will learn

  • Practice your skills!
  • ...and/or enjoy some quiet studio time to explore new directions...

What you will get

  • Time, time, time!

What to bring

  • apron
  • TWO hand towels (CoVid times require extra cleanliness)
  • Personal tools (purchase at the checkout or bring)

What to wear

MASK (Covid Safe rules), comfortable clothes, enclosed shoes

Appropriate for

SATs are for enrolled students to practise and learn. Strictly not for commercial quantities.

Slow Clay Centre

(545 Reviews)

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 and pottery education. 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. We also offer a popular single session "taster class" once per week.  Look out for our Professional Development Program for serious practitioners! And some kid's classes so everyone can learn the art of working with clay!  

Our enrolled weekly students receive 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 thirty years. Based on the Japanese techniques Jane studied training as a production thrower 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 guest professional artists for workshops and forums, we are a vibrant community and wish to share our passion for clay with everyone who is keen, no matter what level.

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Peggyrated it
07 Jun 2022
I have thoroughly enjoyed Mary Lou this term. She has presented and demonstrated good new ways of working and/or refreshed the basics, at the start of each class. Then during the class, she has given very helpful individual attention to me when I needed it and, I am sure other class members would agree. I really look forward to working with her again.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$15.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$15.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

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 transfer you to another class or hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (there's a $15 fee for transfer or credit note and you must pay the difference if the new course 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 before you enrol AND inform your teacher in person during the first class. 
  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.($5/kg charge for biqsue firing only).
  6. Please note: you must pay the firing fee for everything that you put in the kiln. If it cracks, glaze drips, or you just don't like it, you are still required to pay the firing fee!
  7. 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 two weeks 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, allergies 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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