Guest Artist Workshop with Richard Parker

A one-day demonstration workshop with NZ legend!

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Richard Parker could rightfully be described as a legend of New Zealand’s ceramic community with a career that has spanned nearly 5 decades. He is a passionate artist and a dedicated and committed educator and we are very excited to present his work to you in Melbourne!

Parker works in a gutsy, strong terracotta clay covered with a local white slip. His signature work where he took an old idea – wire-cutting into a solid block of clay – and shaped his works as three-dimensional drawings, have an immediacy and audacity that is fresh and spontaneous. These works have attracted considerable critical acclaim nationally and internationally.

In Australia as a guest at Clay Gulgong 2018, we have also convinced Richard to come to Melbourne for this one-day workshop! He will present his key developments and will demonstrate a range of his iconic hand built and wheel thrown forms, including the construction methods and decorative techniques he uses. The day will include plenty of rich informative discussion surrounding how to develop concepts and make a living as an artist. He will even offer a mystery activity for everyone's hands 

Richard Parker has received significant accolades including the Premier award in the NZ Portage Ceramic Awards and recognition by Objectspace as their inaugural Master of Craft in 2011. He was commissioned for New Zealand’s parliament buildings and was invited to demonstrate at the Second World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, Korea. He is an elected as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva. Parker’s work is held in many collections including The Dowse Art Museum, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Otago Museum, the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, the Whangarei Art Museum and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

1-day demonstration workshop
 28 April, 10am - 4pm
 Earlybird $165 (until March 15)
 FT potter/student $165
 Normal $195

"I have known Richard for a number of years and his workshop would be one I wouldn’t miss. He thinks outside of the box, his iconic vases are not thrown, coiled or slab built but cut from a block of clay, giving a fresh bold fluid feeling to them. He is also very engaging." Greg Daly, March 2018

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What you will learn
  • A rare chance to learn from Richard Parker, a legend of ceramics!
  • See Parker in action demonstrating his work
  • Hear Parker discuss his concepts and developments and engage with him
What you will get
  • A chance to see, hear and engage with Richard Parker
  • soak up new knowledge and inspiration from one of the world's respected ceramic artists

What to bring
  • Your eager self!
  • Notebook, pen and camera if you wish.
What to wear

leave the stilettos at home!

Appropriate for

students or professional potters/ceramic artists - anyone who wishes to be inspired!


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 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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05 May 2018 • Guest Artist Workshop with Richard Parker

Always interested to see how other ceramists work and Slow Clay Centre provides the perfect forum for sharing knowledge. This is my second guest artist workshop and I look foward to further workshops in the future.

Slow Clay Centre


Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed it!


01 May 2018 • Guest Artist Workshop with Richard Parker

Excellent day, loved Richard's personal style of inspiring. Well run by Slow Clay.

Slow Clay Centre


Thank you!