Classes

Now that our studio is built we’re keen to share our knowledge about clay – how to turn your ideas into reality and to explore this amazing material. Our studio is well equiped with Leach style treadle wheels, lots of workspace and storage, fully stocked with glaze materials and a selection of moulds and other equipment for hand building.

For the 2021 Workshops we’re only taking bookings after the date listed in the class details. To book, please click on the link. We work on a first in, first served order and full payment of the course fee is required to secure your place on the workshop. Please read the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the classes page.

While we hope that COVID 19 won’t interrupt 2021 in the same manner it did in 2020 we will adjust our schedule if lockdowns or level changes do occur. 

Day Workshops for 2021

Wild Clay

Date: 6 March 2021, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens: 15 February, 9am

How to find clays locally, test them and adapt them into your studio practice. Connect your work to your environment in the most intimate way  possible – by using found clays in your work. We’ll look at ways of processing the clay, finding out its’ characteristics and solve technical issues with using local resources. Bring your own clay to test. Maximum 6 students $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Kiln Technology

Date: 27 March, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens: 8 March, 9am

This workshop looks at various kiln designs including: gas, electric, wood and oil. We cover the principles at play, problem solving, repairs and maintenance, good kiln practice and how to tweak your kiln for maximum efficiency. Maximum 6 students $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Glaze Technology – Beginner

Date: 29 May, 9am to 4pm
Bookings open: 10 May 9am

This course covers glazing methods including tools, spraying and resists. We will also cover a basic overview of the materials that make up a glaze and what to look for in a new glaze recipe. Bring some of your own bisque ware to practice on. Maximum 6 students. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Glaze Technology – Intermediate

Date: 3 July, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens: 14 June 9am

This course is focussed on understanding what materials are used in making up a glaze, how to formulate a recipe and test it and how to take an existing glaze and make it your own by adapting it to your clay and style. Maximum 6 students. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Glaze Technology – Advanced

Date: 4 September, 9am to 4pm
Booking opens: 16 August, 9am

Delve into the chemistry that sits behind the materials we use in glazes. This course is focussed on understanding Unity Molecular Formula and how that applies to your glazes. We look at the important ratios between different oxides and how these affect your glazes. Maximum 6 students. $160 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Weekend Workshops for 2021

Taming of the kiln

Dates: 1 & 2 May, 9am to 6pm
Booking opens: 22 April, 9am

This workshop is an introduction to wood firing and the soda glazing process. Based around loading and firing of our wood kiln for a soda firing we will also be covering the principles at work in wood fired kilns. Work for the firing will need to be bisque fired and glazed with suitable stoneware glazes (firing to cone 11), loading on Saturday and firing on Sunday. The kiln will be unloaded on the following Saturday. A limited range of glazes and flashing slips available. Maximum 6 people, $330 (includes refreshments and lunches)

Wood firing – Beyond the basics

#1 – Dates: 12 & 13 June
Booking opens: 26 April, 9am

#2 – Dates: 7 & 8 August
Booking opens: 21 June, 9am

#3 – Dates: 2 & 3 October
Booking opens: 23 August, 9am

This series of three workshops is an opportunity for students with some experience of the process to have a larger space in our kiln, allowing for more experimentation and refinement. Students are encouraged to use this chance to develop their own style of wood fired soda glazing. The kiln volume is divided into three with Duncan taking a third along with the two students. Loading will be on Saturday and firing on Sunday, unloading and cleaning on the following Saturday. Students can only book for one of the workshops, A limited range of glazes and flashing slips available. Maximum 2 people per workshop, $330 (includes refreshments and lunches)

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Terms and Conditions

  • Rahu Road Pottery reserves the right to cancel a class if it fails to achieve a minimum number of enrolments, or for reasons outside its control. A full refund will be given if the course is cancelled by Rahu Road Pottery.
  • If a student cancels their enrolment three or more weeks prior to course commencement then a full refund will be given. If a student cancels their enrolment within two week of course commencement then a refund will be given minus an administration fee of $60. If a student cancels their enrolment within one week or after the start date of the course then no refund will be given.
  • A confirmed booking requires full payment of the tuition fee.
  • Rahu Road Pottery reserves the right to discontinue tuition for any student deemed to be unsuitable for the course.
  • Rahu Road Pottery reserves the right to change the tutor on advertised courses and replace that tutor with another suitable tutor without advertising those changes or refunding course fees.
  • All students must comply with the Health and Safety policy of Rahu Road Pottery