Learn to Throw

Learn to Throw

Beginner Learn to Throw Pottery Classes

SPACES ARE LIMITED – BOOK TODAY!

Come along and learn to throw on the pottery wheel, make your own dinnerware, design, paint & glaze your very own pot. Be prepared to get messy, meet new friends, have a few laughs and best of all – over time and a few classes under your belt, you’ll be hooked and will thoroughly enjoy using your very own unique hand made clay creations!

Cost

CURRENT 2021 PRICES AS FOLLOWS:

$250 for Beginners Course of 4 Classes, 3hrs each class. Price includes use of all tools, equipment, clay, glazes & firings. You will take up to 8 completed pieces home with you after your 4th class. See class schedule below on what’s involved in your 4 classes.

PLEASE NOTE: AS OF 1ST JANUARY 2022 THERE WILL BE A PRICE INCREASE. I AM CURRENTLY NOT REGISTERED FOR GST, THIS WILL CHANGE AS OF NEXT YEAR. BEGINNERS 4 CLASS COURSES WILL BE INCREASED TO $300 INCLUDING GST AS OF 1st JANUARY 2022

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CURRENT 2021 SINGLE CLASS PRICE IS AS FOLLOWS:

$70 for one 3hr class. A great way to try wheel throwing and see if you like it before committing to a full course. Please note if you book just one class you won’t get to take a completed piece home with you, but you will still have a lot of fun learning! For travelers to Cairns booking one class only, an additional $60 option is available if you would like me to fire & glaze 2 of your pots, plus post to your home address once complete (Australian residents only).

PLEASE NOTE: AS OF 1ST JANUARY 2022 THERE WILL BE A PRICE INCREASE. I AM CURRENTLY NOT REGISTERED FOR GST, HOWEVER THIS WILL CHANGE AS OF NEXT YEAR. BEGINNERS SINGLE CLASS COURSES WILL BE INCREASED TO $80 INCLUDING GST AS OF 1st JANUARY 2022

When

There is no start date, you can start any time as everyone is at different stages. New Timetable for 2022 – Beginner Classes are run every Friday & Saturday in 2022.
FRIDAY 6-9pm
SATURDAY 9am-12pm

Book NOW! See ‘HOW TO BOOK’ tab below.

Where

Home based studio (garage)
39b Clifton Road, Clifton Beach QLD 4879 – House in Middle

Location & Parking

39b Clifton Road, Clifton Beach.

Workshops are run out of my home garage. When you arrive you’ll notice it is a shared driveway with three houses using the same driveway. I am the house in the middle.  You are welcome to drive all the way down the driveway (Please don’t park along the actual driveway or block access for our neighbours to get out).

If you drive down the driveway, PLEASE DRIVE ALL THE WAY AROUND THE TURNING CIRCLE & PARK ON OUR DRIVEWAY IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE. Please don’t drive straight in and stop midway, other cars can’t fit behind you if you stop short and then their car blocks the entry. If there is space in front of the garage you can park there, but if two cars are there already, don’t stop behind them, please continue around the turning circle and park on the driveway in front of our house. If you need to leave early, please park out on the street and walk down so we don’t have to shuffle cars around.

Currently we can’t park on the grassy area in back yard like map shows, we are in the process of getting a new gate so once we get it you will be able to park out the back on the grass area. In the meantime please be thoughtful of others when you park.

Class Schedule

It takes 4 sessions to complete a piece from scratch to completion.  Below is a  guide on what to expect, however pottery is self paced, so I encourage you to take your time and enjoy the process. Please keep in mind if you book just one session only you won’t be able to take a completed fired piece home with you and any pots you make in this session will be recycled. You are welcome to take your green (un-fired) pieces of pottery home with you. Pieces left in the studio will be recycled. If you have not booked your next session, any unclaimed pieces will be recycled.

A Maximum of 8 pieces will be fired per person so you can practice making as many pieces as you like in the time frame, however only your best 8 pieces will be fired and glazed, the rest will be recycled.


  • Session 1: Learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel: centering & pulling.  Practice pulling cylinders.

  • Session 2: Throwing – keep on practicing, practice, practice & throw your first pot, a bowl or small vase on the pottery wheel.

  • Session 3: Trimming – trim your pots, carve or decorate, add handles to mugs, make your mark & shape your bottoms.

Your pots will have it’s first bisque firing in the kiln after it has been trimmed and has been left to become fully bone dry. A Maximum of 8 pieces will be fired, so keep your best 8 and we will recycle the rest.
  • Session 4: Hand paint & apply glazes to your bisque fired pots. Your pot will then have a second firing in the kiln and you can return to collect your finished pieces at a later date.

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind clay dries out fairly quickly. You can book your session times whenever you like (see HOW TO BOOK tab below), however it is ideal to book your first 3 sessions fairly close together. No more than one week in between each session is ideal. Leaving your clay sit any longer than one week will make it difficult for YOU. I will fire your pieces after the 3rd session, so you will need at least 1 week after your 3rd class before you can glaze.

IDEAL SCHEDULE IF YOU CAN: sessions 1,2,3 (book close together – once or twice a week is great) then session 4 leave it at least 1 week later, glazing can be done anytime onward.

Unclaimed pots will be recycled – ie. if another session is not booked and I don’t hear from you – your pots will be recycled.

What you’ll make

Initially we will be centering and pulling cylinders. Beginners will start with a bowl and/or vase, and & may continue to make a mug, and pull and attach your own handles.

You can make whatever your heart desires…. Bowls, vases, mugs, plates, candle holders, jars, dinnerware…  Come along and create what you like, enjoy spending time with new friends who have a passion for pottery.

Number of pieces you will make

A maximum of 8 pottery pieces will be fired and glazed per person, per 4 class block. If you have booked 1 class only, you won’t be able to take any completed pieces home, however you will still have fun practicing. During the 4 class beginners sessions, you are welcome to throw as many pieces as you like while you are practicing, however only your best 8 pieces will be fired & glazed, the rest will be recycled. & yes once you have completed 4 beginner classes you can take your finished pottery pieces home!

Clay used

All of the clay used in our studio is Mid Fire Cone 6 (fired to 1220 degrees Celsius).

How many people in each class

There are 8 pottery wheels, however each session has 1 wheel reserved for me to demonstrate on, so maximum 7 people in a beginners class. 

What to bring / What NOT to bring

  • Wear comfy clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Don’t bring or wear a watch, rings or bracelets. It is best to keep your arms bare from elbows down.
  • Keep your fingernails short. False or acrylic nails are OK but they won’t make it easy, the shorter the better.
  • A hair tie or headband or cap if you have long hair to keep hair out of your face while you’re bent over the wheel.
  • You are welcome to bring any of your own tools if you have them (marked with your name), but not necessary as all items will be supplied.
  • Bring a jumper or long sleeve T-shirt (in winter months), it can get cool in the studio as we sit outside, especially night classes and your hands will be in water most of the class.
  • There is Tea & Coffee available.
  • There is cold water, however most people like to bring their own water bottle or snacks.
  • BYO sparkly beverages!

Can Children Attend Classes?

No sorry, children can’t come to these beginners classes – but click here to check out our NEW KIDS POTTERY CLASSES page!

How to Book

Please NOTE: Samsung devices the calendar functions don’t work properly & some buttons don’t appear. If it’s not working for you, you may need to book on a desktop computer or try a different device.

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind clay dries out fairly quickly. You can book your session times whenever you like, however it is ideal to book your first 3 sessions fairly close together. No more than one week in between each session is ideal. Leaving your clay sit any longer than one week will make it difficult for YOU. I will fire your pieces after the 3rd session, so you will need at least 1 week after your 3rd class before you can glaze.

IDEAL SCHEDULE IF YOU CAN: sessions 1,2,3 (book close together – once or twice a week is great) then session 4 leave it at least 1 week later, glazing can be done anytime onward.

Unclaimed pots will be recycled – ie. if another session is not booked and I don’t hear from you – your pots will be recycled.

FIRST: You need to Login or Create an Account & then Login.

SECOND: Click onto a BLUE session time on the calendar. BLUE are Beginners. The session time you have selected will appear below the calendar. The small number on the calendar indicates how many spaces are left available in each time slot. If the box is a lighter shade & it has a zero ‘0’ it means the class is fully booked and you won’t be able to click on it. Use arrows at top of calendar to scroll to up-coming weeks.

THIRD: After you have selected a BLUE Beginners session. Select how many people are coming, then click ‘Book Now’.

FOURTH: A pop up will appear, then click ‘View Cart’ on the right hand side. On the cart page, check your booking, scroll to bottom then click ‘Proceed to Checkout’.

To book more than one session at a time: you need to click onto each session on the calendar one by one, you will see a list appear of your selection under the calendar. Once you’re happy with your selection, click ‘Book Now’. Then you can ‘View Cart’ and checkout.

NOT WORKING?

  • It won’t let me click on the time or add a session to my cart? – The class is probably full already. Full classes wont let you add to cart. Check the tiny number to see how many spaces are available. Zero ‘0’ means the class is full.
  • I can’t see my Cart? – If you’ve added session and clicked ‘Book Now’ but you can’t see your Cart, click up the top main menu > My Account > My Cart.
  • My booking’s not in my cart? If you’ve clicked Book Now but your booking is not in your cart you may need to refresh your browser or clear your cache, or go back to the top main menu > My Account > My Cart. OR the class might be full already! It won’t let you add to cart if the session is full already.
  • Still not working? *As mentioned above – Samsung devices don’t work. But if you’re not on a Samsung and it’s still not working – please try a different device or a desktop computer.
  • STILL Still not working? If you’ve tried all of the above and it’s still not working. Send me an EMAIL with your contact details, full name, phone, email, address, and how many people you would like to book in, and the dates you would like to book, and I can book it for you. Please don’t text, DM, instagram or facebook message, I lose those messages quickly and I’ll forget to book you in.

IMPORTANT: Rescheduling or Cancellations

Bookings cannot be rescheduled within 24hrs. If you cannot make a class within 24hrs of your booking you will forfeit your spot & lose your money. Sorry – no rescheduling or refunds for ‘no shows’ or last minute cancellations within 24hrs.

Please do not text or email at last minute to Reschedule or Cancel a booking. You must log into your account to reschedule. See pics below. Log In. Click onto ‘Bookings’ left hand side, then click onto the ‘Reschedule’ or ‘Cancel’ button. If there is no button you may have left it too late, the reschedule & cancel button will automatically dissapear 24hrs before your scheduled class.

Sorry – but unfortunately I have had too many people reschedule or cancel at last minute which costs time & money.  I cannot afford to hold a place or block the calendar for someone who doesn’t show.  I often get texts from potters annoyed when they miss out on a spot or upset when the class is full and they can’t get in, and so if someone cancels at last minute or doesn’t show, not only do we lose a spot on the day, it also takes up another spot the following week or whenever you may decide to reschedule to. It’s not fair on me or on other potters who would loved to be here in your place. If you’re not sure whether you can make a class, please don’t book in the first place. Please wait until you’re 100% sure that you can make it before you book any spot and block it on the calendar for anyone else.

Thanks so much for your understanding.

STudio rules

  • PLEASE DON’T COME TOO EARLY.No more than 5 mins before a session starts please.
  • PLEASE DRIVE ALL THE WAY AROUND THE ROUND ABOUT & PARK ON THE ROUNDABOUT. Please don’t drive straight in and stop midway, other cars can’t fit behind you if you stop short and then their car blocks the entry. Please drive all the way around the round about and park on the roundabout, so you can drive out when it’s time to leave. If there is space in front of the garage you can park there, but if two cars are there already, don’t stop behind them, please continue around the roundabout and park on the roundabout. That way you don’t have to maneuver a 3 point turn or reverse to exit. If you need to leave early, please park on the street and walk down so we don’t have to shuffle cars around.
  • Apron, Towel & Tools are provided for BEGINNER Classes. If you would like to continue coming to pottery after the 4 beginner classes, please read the Studio Rules on the Wheel Time & Studio Time Pages as you need to bring your own supplies.
  • BRING A BOX at the end of your 4 classes to take any completed pieces home with you.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST! If you would like to discuss anything with me or have a suggestion of what you would like to see happen here, or any ideas, or if you’re not happy about something – Please let me know, I want to hear your feedback!

Thanks so much for your support and co-operation for for making our small potting community so wonderful!

Everyone is creating such great work & I can’t wait to see what you make next!

Blue = Beginner Learn to Throw Classes

Green = Wheel Time (Click here for more info on Wheel Time)

Orange = Studio Time (Click here for more info on Studio Time)

Purple = Kids Classes (Click here for more info on Kids Classes)

Please Note: The small number indicates how many spaces are left available in each time slot. If the box is a lighter shade & it has a zero ‘0’ it means the class is fully booked and you won’t be able to click on it. Click on the ‘How to Book’ tab above for instructions.


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