Hiscock & Hukku: The Brush & The Clay

Two approaches to painting the ceramic canvas

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Melbourne-based Fiona Hiscock and Sydney-based Niharika Hukku are ceramic artists who utilise the three dimensional clay form as a canvas for painting. Their subject matter is often the natural environment and they are both representational in style, however their results are entirely unique.
Hiscock's flamboyant paintings of birds and plants inhabit her expressively hand-made and hyperbolic jugs, vases and platters with a cornucopia of life that is rich and entrancing. Hukku's designs are photo-realistic and measured by contrast, yet her life-like goldfish almost swim off her precisely made porcelain vases and her compelling sky and cloud-scapes could legitimately be used as perfect meditation objects.

This one day workshop will bring together these two individual artists to discuss and demonstrate their different approaches to painting the clay canvas. The day will begin with presentations from each artist which will trace the development of their work to date and detail their conceptual approaches.  This will be followed by detailed demonstrations of their techniques, materials and processes and also offer an optional guided teaching exercise where students will be able to experience the materials themselves on a small ceramic object. Finished objects will be fired and students can collect them a few weeks later or have them posted.

Sunday 11 March 2018
 10am - 4pm
 $235 ($195 FT student or potter)
 Slow Clay Centre, 13 Keele St, Collingwood

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What you will learn
  • A rare chance to learn from two accomplished artists
  • Learn about two different approaches to painting on the clay canvas
  • Be guided to paint your own design onto a test pieces and collect it a few weeks later
What you will get
  • Inspiration from two of Australia's most accomplished and experienced ceramic artists
  • Knowledge about painting techniques and how to get the best results
  • transferring 2D images to the 3D form

What to bring
  • Your eager self!
  • Notebook, pen and camera if you wish.
  • Plenty of questions for discussion
What to wear

leave the stilettos at home!

Appropriate for

Beginners to advanced and anyone in-between who is interested in painting on ceramics


Slow Clay Centre

Vendor since 2013

Escape to Slow Clay Centre and learn the art of expression in clay.

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 advanced, we also have a Professional Development Program for serious practitioners. And 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 five 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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Refund & Cancellation 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 & 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 hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (you must pay the difference if the 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 IN WRITING BY EMAIL before you enrol. 
  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.(no charge for biqsue firing)
  6. 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 one month 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, allergy 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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20 March 2018 • Hiscock & Hukku: The Brush & The Clay

I thought the workshop was wonderful. I really enjoyed the different approaches of both artists in using ceramics as their painting surface. Both very acclomplished artists in their choice of direction, and I thought an excellent combination within the same workshop. Both women were very friendly, open and giving in regard to the techniques they had adopted. It was a lovely experience to have had..

Slow Clay Centre


Hey Sharon, thanks for a lovely review! 


15 March 2018 • Hiscock & Hukku: The Brush & The Clay

The creative insights and methods shared were invaluable. This was an inspiring and fun workshop.

Slow Clay Centre


Thanks Caroline, so glad you could come from so far!!! 


13 March 2018 • Hiscock & Hukku: The Brush & The Clay

A great day with Fiona and Niharika sharing their experiences, insights, processes and techniques in clay and surface art. I enjoyed watching both artists at work and the open discussion that followed. Thank you Jane creating the opportunity.

Slow Clay Centre


Thanks for your lovely words Teresa and so glad you found it a valuable learning experience.