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Guest Artist Talk & Demo with Sergei Isupov

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We are pleased to announce the world-renowned artist Sergei Isupov will come to Slow Clay Centre for an artist talk and demo 2-5pm on 19 May, 2019. Sergei could rightfully be described as a legend of the ceramic community in the United States with a career that has spanned nearly 3 decades. He is a passionate artist and a dedicated educator and we are very excited to present him to you in Melbourne!

Sergei Isupov is visiting Australia as a guest of The Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart. His visit to Slow Clay Centre will include a talk with accompanying images about his work and a short demonstration of his sculptural techniques.

See our website for more information. 

When: Sunday 19 May 

Time: 2-4.30pm

Price: Normal $45  Student/UE $38

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What you will learn
  • A rare chance to hear and be inspired
  • See Sergei Isupov in action demonstrating his work
  • Hear Isupov discuss his concepts and developments and engage with him
What you will get
  • A chance to see, hear and engage with Sergei Isupov
  • 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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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 & 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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27 May 2019 • Guest Artist Talk & Demo with Sergei Isupov

Fabulous workshop! Sergei gave so much information and was very funny too. Slow clay is a fantastic place!


26 May 2019 • Guest Artist Talk & Demo with Sergei Isupov

A generously engaging speaker!


21 May 2019 • Guest Artist Talk & Demo with Sergei Isupov

What a delightful guest speaker! Sergei was inspiring, informative, candid and entertaining. I learned some very helpful techniques watching him work - and he shared some great tips which will be very helpful as I bumble along my fledgling hand-building path! Thank you, Sergei and Slow Clay!