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Setting Up Your Ceramics Studio

Setting Up Your Ceramics Studio

The essential basics for establishing a studio


Please note: this subject will be modified slightly to be held on Zoom if we are unable to proceed face to face due to Covid19. Thanks for your understanding. 

Setting Up Your Studio is one of the subjects in our ongoing umbrella Studio Practice Program (SPP). The SPP is designed for people who have been studying practical subjects for a while and need to fill in the gaps of their knowledge with some important theoretical areas. Suitable for adults 16+ 

Setting Up Your Studio is our next offering and is an 8-week, a once-per-week, subject.  It will be  held on Wednesdays 3.30-5-30pm, 2 February - 23 March, 2022.  

Tutor: experienced potter and Slow Clay Centre teacher Alana Casey (@usagiceramics).

Content: this course will cover many of the basics from studio design considerations; choosing the correct clay for your needs; basic glaze testing and adjusting; packing and unpacking kilns and kiln care; recycling clay; health and safety considerations; and essential best-practice and environmental studio practice.

What you will get: You will gain confidence and an understanding of how to approach setting up a studio of your own!

Prerequisites: A passion for ceramics and some basic practical experience as a maker! It will suit people who have had a minimum of at least one year of any type of weekly classes. You will need familiarisation and basic understanding of simple ceramics terminology such as Earthenware/Stoneware/Porcelain/Raku/Bisque/Gloss/Lustre/Oxidation/Reduction.

Fees: $585 full price, $545 Earlybird/Concession. Bookings can be secured with a 50% deposit. The balance is due 3 weeks before the start date.

Terms: If we cancel: full refund. If you cancel, sorry,  no refunds, but we will give a credit note if we can find a replacement or you can gift it to a friend.

General information: all classes will be held in our studio 13 Keele St, Collingwood or online via Zoom platform if we are prevented by Covid restrictions. 

Vaccinations: All students show proof of a minimum of two vaccinations, preferably three. We will update students on the wearing of masks and pother Covid requirements as mandated but you can assume mask-wearing will be required. 

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What you will learn

  • how to choose an appropriate clay
  • how to create and adjust simple glaze tests
  • how to pack and unpack an electric kiln and do simple maintenance

What you will get

  • new knowledge and confidence in setting up your own ceramics studio

What to bring

  • notebook and pen

What to wear

Casual. Leave the stilettos at home!

Appropriate for

Intermediate students with practical experience who need some theoretical basics

Slow Clay Centre

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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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5.0 (2 reviews)
Dennyrated it
25 Mar 2022
This was a really great compact crash course into the fundamentals of ceramic making. Alana our amazing tutor is extremely knowledgeable and passionate, bringing a lot of brightness and energy with her teaching. After taking this course I feel more confident in approaching self directed clay and glaze exploration in developing my own practice.
Slow Clay Centre 01 Apr 2022

Thanks so much Denny. So pleased it hit the mark for you!

Felicityrated it
04 Apr 2022
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

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

If you can't attend the class:

Slow Clay Centre's refund policy is strict.

  • No refunds.
  • Transfers: If you cancel up to 14 days before the start date of the original class, you may transfer to a different class date or another class altogether from the same vendor. A AU$15.00 fee applies.
  • Credit Notes: You may cancel up to 14 days before class starts and receive a credit note. A AU$15.00 fee applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

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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