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The fundamentals of Setting Up your Ceramic Studio

Setting Up Your Ceramic Studio

Step up your ceramic practice!!


Ok, you’ve done some classes and you're on the way to making fabulous ceramics but you’re a bit frustrated because you need to learn how to fire your own work and some basics about what to think about when setting up your studio. Maybe you also need some structured guidance in the basics of how to decide what clay to use and what temperature to fire your kiln to? What are the considerations with basic glaze testing and what’s involved in packing your beautiful pieces into a kiln? What can possibly go wrong? Then there’s studio design and recycling considerations! So much to learn!

This weekend intensive course is especially formatted for Craft Contemporary 2022 and will cover many of these basics including health & safety considerations as well as essential environmental best-practice.  

Experienced ceramic artist Alana Casey (@usagiceramics) will help increase your confidence and understanding of how to approach getting started!   

Prerequisites: A passion for ceramics and learning! This course will suit people who have had some basic practical experience as a maker – some beginner’s classes at a minimum – and who wish to learn about becoming more independent as a maker. It will be equally suitable for people who have had more practical experience but want this extra valuable info. If you have a passion for ceramics and some basic practical experience as a maker this course is made for you to step up your practice!

When: Sat-Sun 8-9 October 9.30am-4.30pm

Where: Slow Clay Centre: 13 Keele St, Collingwood

Tutor: experienced teacher and ceramic artist Alana Casey @Usagiceramics. Alana is an experienced Slow Clay Centre teacher and has developed this course, especially for us. And she’s set up two studios in her 5-year career already! Her clear structure and guidance will help ease some of the difficult decisions you will need to make. 

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What you will learn

  • Fundamental knowledge how to set up a ceramic studio
  • Health & Safety issues and best practice
  • Basic glaze testing guidelines & kiln firing

What you will get

  • Important knowledge from an experienced teacher and ceramic artist

What to bring

  • Notebook and pen

What to wear

Casual. Leave the heels at home!

Appropriate for

Students with roughly a minimum one year of study and some specialist terminology use.

Slow Clay Centre

(633 Reviews)

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

Slow Clay Centre specialises in ceramics and pottery education and we aim to give you the best experience learning our ancient craft! We welcome all levels from beginners to advanced, including professional development and mentoring. We offer courses on a weekly basis by the term, intensive weekends, and a rich variety of one-day guest artist workshops and forums. We also offer a popular single session "taster class" once per week and look out for our Professional Development Program for serious practitioners! Oh and we never forget our precious little ones: we have a Clay Club for kids offered as a holiday program and after school so everyone can learn the art of working with clay!  

Our 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" (TM) method 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 a foundation of skill-based learning within a rich framework of contemporary art and design enquiry so you can follow your interests. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve whatever your personal goals are with clay!

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 who host 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 (3 reviews)
Kylierated it
09 Oct 2022
The setting up your ceramic studio workshop was excellent! I learnt so much about all aspects of the 'back-end' of ceramics including recycling clay, firing kilns and glaze chemistry. Alana is extremely knowledgeable and generous tutor who shared lots about her personal practice. A really worthwhile workshop that I'd be happy to recommend to anyone interested in developing their ceramic practice beyond studio lessons.
Slow Clay Centre 12 Oct 2022

That’s so great to hear Kylie. Thanks for attending and best of luck with your future with clay!

Kelly rated it
09 Oct 2022
Such a wonderful class - jam packed full of useful information from formulating glazes to the best studio layout. Now I have a wealth of information to take my pottery to the next level. Thanks so much!
Slow Clay Centre 12 Oct 2022

Fabulous to hear! Best wishes for your future with clay!

Kristyrated it
09 Oct 2022
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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:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • 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 aim to give you the best experience learning ceramics! Each course booking page may have slightly different terms but these ones below are specific to us. Please read carefully:  


These apply to all Slow Clay Centre courses, workshops and 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 any 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 and you have not made arrangements with us, 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 that may arise as a result of your activites.
  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 follow instructions, to work in a group together, to respect everyone's needs and differences and to be polite to everyone.
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