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 2022 Workshops we’re only taking bookings after the “Booking opens” date listed in the class details. To book, please click on the button that is below the workshop open for bookings. 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 2022 in the same manner it did in 2021 we will adjust our schedule if lockdowns do occur. Our policy is that everyone must be double vaccinated and show their vaccine pass. Mask wearing is recommended for all students when the workshops are held indoors.

Day Workshops for 2022

Throwing Bowls

Date: 12 February 
Bookings open: 9am, 24 January

The simple bowl is actually a complex object, full of curves and histories. This course will take the students on an exploration, a mapping of some of the key considerations when throwing and finishing a bowl. Using the Leach treadle wheel, students will make a range of bowl forms and practice trimming techniques. Maximum 4 students. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch)

GlazeTechnology – Advanced

Date: 5 March
Booking opens: 9am, 14 February

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. We will be using various computer programmes and experiments to understand how the ratios alter glazes. Maximum 6 students. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch).

Glaze Technology – Beginner

Date: 7 May
Bookings open: 9am, 18 April

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. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Glaze Technology – Intermediate

Date: 11 June
Booking opens: 9am, 23 May

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. You will have a go at glaze test trials and learn tips of the trade about material selection. There will also be time to answer your specific glaze issue. Maximum 6 students. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Throwing Mugs

Date: 29 October
Bookings open: 9am, 10 October

The mug is one of the most intimate ceramic objects you can make, snuggling into your finger and meeting your lips every time you drink from it. So when it comes to throwing the form and pulling the handle thought must be given to how it will be used. Students will be learning on the Leach treadle wheel, throwing a range of shapes before finishing them with a variety of ways to form a handle. Maximum 4 students. $185 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Weekend Workshops for 2022

Taming of the kiln

Dates: 2 & 3 April
Booking opens: 9am, 21 February

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 students, $380 (includes refreshments and lunches)

Mastering Wood Firing Effects

Date: 24 & 25 September
Bookings open: 9am, 15 August

A more advanced workshop to the earlier ‘Taming of the Kiln’ workshop that is more focussed on you developing an individual approach and aesthetic to wood fired soda glazing. We will be exploring different slips, glazes and clays and firing pieces raw where necessary. We will be loading on Saturday, firing on Sunday with the unloading happening on the following Saturday. Maximum 6 students. $380 (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