join us on our journey
Our dedicated pottery studio, retail space and cafe are 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.
While continuing to teach pottery classes to a small collective of keen students, the aim of our new dedicated creative education space is to allow others to get on board and join us. 2019 sees us welcome a cohort of passionate potters/ tutors with energy and creative skills aplenty.
StudioMade offer classes, that encompass the pottery wheel, hand-building with clay, glazing and decorating techniques. In addition there is now more space and time for specialty classes – we had a very successful Raku firing towards the end of 2018. Taster Classes are ongoing throughout the year and we are encouraging younger adults, children and parents to participate in some mixed age classes.
Pottery Classes designed for you
Classes are designed to cater for all levels of skill, ability and artistic potential – from beginners to experienced creatives. Everyone will enjoy learning in the studio at their own individual skill level. The studio is warm and friendly – the focus is on developing your personal pottery practice in a fun, social setting. Due to our ongoing commitment to maintaining small class size there is loads of time to get plenty of individualised attention.
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 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.
Taster classes are also offered at various intervals throughout the year. During these one off pottery wheel classes tutors will 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 experience.
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.
Come and enjoy a coffee in this delightful tranquil space, and peruse the shelves for a take home hand crafted piece. Sit and imagine some time out, a space at the pottery wheel for yourself.
StudioMade Coffee and Gallery
DOUBLE SHOTS BY DEFAULT & house made ceramics.
Our intimate cafe offers all locally sourced, artisan produce. Boutique coffee, cake -smith cakes and french patisserie – hand made sourdough croissants by locally grown Ket Baker. Our coffee roast choice is aptly named Coffee Snobs – an award winning local roastery right here in Geelong – delivered by our man Andy on a weekly basis, so its fresh off the press every time. Our milk is the best going around in Victoria – home grown at Schulz Organic Dairy located in nearby Timboon.
All of this served on gorgeous house -made ceramics by Darren himself. You can purchase one of Darren’s hand thrown dimpled tumblers if you would like a piece of StudioMade to take home.
We reckon we’re Newtown’s best kept secret among the locals and our students. Coffee is served double shot by default – and is almost ‘dessert like’ when it’s combined with feathery rich organic Schulz full cream milk. Nut mylk alternatives are available of course. If you’re not a coffee snob, we also do a mean chai – ( home- ground by us ), we have a good choice of teas, house made Kombucha and cold drinks too.
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 if you need to walk off that buttery croissant, or bring in your walking, running or rowing group for a light refreshment.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 9-3.