think, design, make and create
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
We have added new beginners classes and alongside with CoVid we are adhering to the new social distancing etiquette. This is the silver lining – classes are extra small providing alot of space and individual support while you begin your pottery journey.
Term by term we consider the timetable and the possibility of adding new pottery classes – although we promote these as beginners classes – if you have experience already – this is also a wonderful environment to further your skills and learning base.
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.
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.