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Our dedicated pottery studio/ retail space is a unique blend tucked away on the outskirts of Newtown in Geelong- far from the ‘madness’ of Pako St, and a stone’s throw from the beautiful Barwon river.
StudioMade offers classes, that encompass the pottery wheel as well as hand-building with clay, glazing and decorating techniques. Our classes remain small to ensure a student focused experience.
If you are looking for a potters wheel course to further ‘hone’your skills, wishing to experience handbuilding with clay as a sculptural form, or like the majority of our new students are exploring ceramics for the first time – you have landed! Or if its just time out/ head-space, 2 hours a week for you – you have found your tribe – StudioMade offers a relaxed space to explore your personal style and increase your pottery skills to the next level. There is so much more to take away from your 2 hour class, than an array of utilitarian items – this is the studio that keeps on giving – your dedicated creative time will spill over well beyond the tangible. Its very subtle.
Pottery Classes designed for you
temporary cessation of all classes
– watch this space – we are hoping alongside everyone else there will be a re-balance and light at the end of the COVID tunnel.
meanwhile – if you have already booked or you have a gift voucher these will all be honoured once we are up and running again.
Stay safe and sensible…see you all soon
Taster Classes are ongoing throughout the year and our calendar is updated on a month by month basis.
During these one off pottery wheel classes tutors demonstrate hand-building techniques and / or the basics of throwing clay on the pottery wheel, beginning with clay preparation, centering clay, through to making your first clay pot. These are hands on sessions where you will get clay-dirty and enjoy a unique studio experience.
These 2 hour sessions are popular and fill quickly due to limited class size – and of course a premium studio experience that StudioMade provides.
Custom made classes have proven popular with families, private groups and corporate gatherings. From an intimate class of just 2 – to larger groups of 20+ – Darren creates an individualised experience no matter the size of the group. The cafe attached is also an asset and can be considered when making a booking for your special event.
beautiful pieces for the home
These are dynamically changing times giving rise to the artisan and the cultural imperative of creativity.
In this world of busy the time of the maker is now…..the restoration, recognition and an appreciation for the handmade and individually crafted is being reckoned with in our time.
Take a wander through the shop you will find collections from dinnerware to kitchen utilitarian items, sculpture light fittings and even a kitchen sink – all individually crafted and marked by the hand of the maker.
While ceramics are a featured product, Darren’s skills are not limited to working with clay. From a sculptural back ground Darren also weaves other organic materials into his practice.
As an artist the hours are long, but as that old cliche goes, the work is not hard when you do something you love.Darren is now ever more engaged in his heart-passion – designing and making from his home based studio. Collaborating with lighting designers and manufacturers, chefs and interior designers he looks forward to expanding his repertoire . So many ideas – so little time.
Whether it be a picnic plate or a pinchpot, a beautiful hand thrown ceramic bowl or sink, you will be mesmerised by the authenticity of the form.
Every handcrafted piece sings a different song, has been individually crafted and is ready to find a place to share its beauty.
StudioMade Coffee and Gallery
CLOSED…too small a business to survive COVID.
Unfortunately we didnt make it …we may revisit hospitality in late 2020 or early 2021…so please watch this space…we remain positive and optimistic.
We truly value all our regulars’ support over the past 3 years.
If you would like to continue to support us – Darren will be taking this hiatus to focus more on his ceramic – production and design wares – working from the home studio.
You can still contact us for your projects…we remain open for retail business – via online enquiry only.
Attached to the studio and also operating as a small gallery – you can purchase off the shelf or talk to Darren and discuss your custom made project. We’re currently doing some pretty cool stuff with very passionate people in their own creative fields – lighting designers, chefs and interior designers.
Come on down and check us out. Parking is abundant – the Barwon River is a sneeky 3 minute walk away.